T20: England is one of the strongest teams in the white-ball format. The prime reason for that is the approach towards the game. England have always promoted an aggressive batting approach in white-ball cricket, which is the reason for their success in the past couple of years. The reason why they have been so successful is the availability of some of the hard-hitting batters in their ranks.
England have certainly got some of the biggest hitters of the cricket ball in their team. And with so many hitters, the scoring rate becomes faster. In this article, we will look at the fastest fifty by an English batter in the history of T20 internationals. So let’s check.
5. Eoin Morgan (21 balls) vs South Africa in 2020
Former English captain Eoin Morgan was one of the best white-ball middle-order batters in the world. He registered the joint-fourth-fastest half-century for an Englishman in T20Is. It came against South Africa in Centurion in 2020. Batting first, South Africa made a huge total of 222/6 in their first innings. It was a big target to chase and needed a good performance. Chasing the target, Jos Buttler (57 off 29) and Jonny Bairstwo (64 off 34) gave them a good start. But in the end, it was Morgan’s 21-ball fifty that helped England chase down a huge target and make 226/5 in 19.1 overs. Morgan was not out on 57* off 22 balls.
4. Eoin Morgan (21 balls) vs New Zealand in 2019
Eoin Morgan scored both 21-ball half-centuries for England in T20 internationals. The first one came against New Zealand in 2019 in Napier. It was the fourth game of the five-match series. New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first. England made a high target of 241/3 runs, largely thanks to a century from Dawid Malan (103* off 51). Morgan, on the other hand, was unlucky and missed his century. He made a 21-ball fifty and scored 91 runs off 41 balls, with seven fours and seven sixes. In reply, New Zealand were out for 165 runs in 16.5 overs and England won the game by 76 runs.
3. Philip Salt (19 balls) vs Pakistan in 2022
The third fastest T20I fifty for England is registered under the name of Philip Salt. It came against Pakistan in 2022 at Lahore Stadium. Batting first, Pakistan made 169/6 in their first innings. Babar Azam made an unbeaten 87 off 59 balls. Chasing the target, England started aggressively and went on to chase down 170/2 in just 14.3 overs. Opening batsman Salt played incredibly well and hit a 19-ball fifty. He was not out on 88* off 41 balls with 13 fours and three sixes to help his team win the game.
2. Liam Livingstone (17 balls) vs Pakistan in 2019
Liam Livingstone holds the record for the second fastest T20I fifty for England. It came against Pakistan in 2021 in Nottingham. Batting first, Pakistan made a huge score of 232/6 in their 20 overs. Mohammad Rizwan (63 off 41) and Babar Azam (85 off 49) were the top scorers. In reply, England were in big trouble with 82/4 in 6.4 overs. Then came an incredible innings from the bat of Livingstone, who hit a 17-ball fifty to keep England in the chase. In fact, he made a brilliant century and scored 103 off 43 balls with 6 fours and 9 sixes. But once he got out, England lost the game by 31 runs.
1. Moeen Ali (16 balls) vs South Africa in 2022
The fastest T20I fifty for England is registered under the name of all-rounder Moeen Ali. It came recently, against South Africa in 2022 at Bristol Cricket Ground. Batting first, England posted a huge score of 234/6 in their 20 overs. Jonny Bairtow scored 90 runs off 53 balls, with three fours and eight sixes. Moeen Ali came and played a brilliant cameo. He hit a 16-ball fifty and made 52 off 18 balls, with two fours and six sixes. In reply, South Africa scored 193/8 and lost the game by 41 runs.
List of Fastest 50 in T20 by England
|Moeen Ali||16||52 (18)||South Africa||Bristol||27/07/2022|
|Liam Livingstone||17||103 (43)||Pakistan||Nottingham||17/07/2021|
|Phil Salt||19||88* (41)||Pakistan||Lahore||30/09/2022|
|Eoin Morgan||21||91 (41)||New Zealand||Napier||08/11/2019|
|Eoin Morgan||21||57* (22)||South Africa||Centurion||16/02/2020|
|Jos Buttler||22||61 (30)||Australia||Birmingham||28/06/2018|
|Jason Roy||22||70 (38)||South Africa||East London||12/02/2020|
|Ravi Bopara||23||65* (27)||Australia||Hobart||29/01/2014|
|Jason Roy||23||67 (31)||India||Bristol||08/07/2018|
|Jos Buttler||23||57 (29)||South Africa||Centurion||16/02/2020|