England have set a new world record for the highest 50-over total in history as Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone shone in their 4-498 against the Netherlands on a sweltering day in Amstelveen.
Friday’s remarkable effort eclipsed the previous one-day international best of 6-481 that England amassed against Australia four years ago.
It also bettered the 4-496 that Surrey registered against Gloucestershire which had stood at the top of the List A summit since April 2007.
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Buttler missed out on breaking his own record for the fastest century by an England batter by just one delivery, reaching three figures from 47 balls.
He finished unbeaten on 162 off 70 as their semi-professional opponents were punished to the fullest extent by a series of costly fielding errors.
Livingstone walked out with the total on 4-407 and blazed the quickest half-century by an Englishman off 16 balls – finishing on 66 not out from 22 deliveries, the coup de grace following a staggering few hours.
Phil Salt’s maiden international ton and Dawid Malan’s first in ODIs in a 222-run union helped England recover from the early loss of Jason Roy, bowled by his cousin Shane Snater, before Buttler kicked the visitors into overdrive.
Dropped on 37, Buttler, the most valuable player and top-scorer at this year’s Indian Premier League, clattered seven fours and 14 sixes in what is Australian Matthew Mott’s first game as England white-ball head coach.
In total, there were 26 sixes – another ODI record – in an exhibition of boundary hitting that may raise questions about the viability of this three-match series.
The Netherlands, who elected to field first, didn’t help themselves, also spilling opportunities from Salt and Livingstone before they had reached 50.