One of the best teams in white-ball cricket and 2010 T20 World Cup champions, England has also played an aggressive brand of cricket. They have given many memorable matches and performances over the years. One of the prime reasons for that is the batting quality they have. It would not be a wrong statement to say that the current England side has some of the most destructive batters in the game.
That is the reason for their consistency in the white-ball format. Notably, England has registered four centuries in T20 cricket, but they also have three scores of 99. Among these four centurions, Alex Hales has some the highest score in T20.
In this article, we will discuss about the highest individual score in the history of T20 cricket.
3. Liam Livingstone (103 runs) against Pakistan at Nottingham
Liam Livingstone is one of the most destructive batters in the T20 format. He knows only one way to play, and that is to hit the ball as hard as you can. The right-hander has registered the third-highest score for England. It came in a match against Pakistan at Nottingham on July 16, 2021. After winning the toss, Pakistan chose to bat first. They had a really good start and added 150 runs for the first wicket. Babar Azam (89) and Mohammad Rizwan (63) gave them a really good start.
As a result, Pakistan made a big total of 232/6 in their 20 overs. In reply, England lost their first three wickets early. None of the English batters made any significant contributions, but at one end, Livingstone was hitting the ball. He smashed a 42-ball century to keep his team in the game. But once he got out, it was difficult for England to chase and they got all out for 201, losing the match by 31 runs. Livingstone made 103 runs off 43 balls, with 6 fours and nine sixes.
2. Dawid Malan (103* runs) against New Zealand at Napier
The second highest score was made by Dawid Malan against New Zealand at Napier. It was the fourth game of the five-match series. The Black Caps won the toss and chose to bowl first. For England, after losing two early wickets, there was a massive partnership of 182 runs for the third wicket between Dawid Malan and skipper Eoin Morgan. Morgan scored 91 off 41 balls, with 7 fours and 7 sixes, while Malan scored only the second century for England.
The left-hander made an unbeaten 103* off 51 balls, with 9 fours and 6 maximums. Thus, England scored a huge total of 241/3 in their 20 overs. It was always a big target to chase, and New Zealand couldn’t carry on at the required rate. They got all out for 165 runs in 16.5 overs and lost the match by 76 runs. Malan registered the second highest score for England.
1. Alex Hales (116* runs) against Sri Lanka (highest for England in T20)
The highest score and the first ever century for England came under the name of Alex Hales. It was the 22nd game of the 2014 World Cup between Sri Lanka and England at Chattogram. Batting first, Sri Lanka scored a competitive total of 189/4 in their 2 overs. Mahela Jayawardene scored 89 runs, while Tillakaratne Dilshan made 55 runs. Chasing the target, England had a horrible start. They lost their first two wickets in the very first over without scoring any runs.
But after that, a match-winning partnership of 152 runs between Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan changed the game in favour of their team. Hales scored an unbeaten century and made 116* runs off 64 balls with 11 fours and six maximums. Morgan scored 57 runs to help England chase down the target in 19.2 overs and win the match by 6 wickets.
List of Highest Individual T20 Score for England
|Alex Hales||116*||64||11||6||Sri Lanka||Chattogram||27 Mar 2014|
|Dawid Malan||103*||51||9||6||New Zealand||Napier||8 Nov 2019|
|Liam Livingstone||103||43||6||9||Pakistan||Nottingham||16 Jul 2021|
|Jos Buttler||101*||67||6||6||Sri Lanka||Sharjah||1 Nov 2021|
|Luke Wright||99*||55||8||6||Afghanistan||Colombo (RPS)||21 Sep 2012|
|Dawid Malan||99*||47||11||5||South Africa||Cape Town||1 Dec 2020|
|Alex Hales||99||68||6||4||West Indies||Nottingham||24 Jun 2012|
|Alex Hales||94||61||11||2||Australia||Chester-le-Street||31 Aug 2013|
|Eoin Morgan||91||41||7||7||New Zealand||Napier||8 Nov 2019|
|Joe Root||90*||49||13||1||Australia||Southampton||29 Aug 2013|