NOTTINGHAM - Alex Hales's century provided the platform for England to post the highest ever one-day international total of 444 for three against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.

That surpassed the previous record of 443 for nine by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands at Amstelveen in 2006. Hales's knock on the opener's Nottinghamshire home ground was the highest ever-individual ODI score by any England batsman and together with Joe Root (85) he put on 248 for the second wicket.

Both batsmen fell in quick succession to leave England 283 for three in 38 overs. But an unbroken stand of 161 in 76 balls between Jos Buttler (90 not out) and captain Eoin Morgan (57 not out) took England into record territory.

Buttler's innings featured England's quickest ever ODI fifty, off just 22 balls, and he hit seven fours and as many sixes in total during his 51-ball knock. It seemed England would fall short of a new record when Buttler played and missed at the fourth and fifth balls of the last over, from Hasan Ali with the hosts then on 339.

But the last ball of the innings saw Buttler, the standard bearer for England's dynamic approach to ODI cricket following their woeful first-round exit at last year's World Cup, thrash Hasan over extra-cover for four to the delight of a sun-drenched and capacity crowd of more than 17,000.

Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz, who twice took 'wickets' with no-balls, finished with figures of none for 110 in his maximum 10 overs. That was the second-most expensive return in an ODI, behind Australian Mick Lewis's none for 113 against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006.

Hales's innings topped Robin Smith's previous England ODI best of 167 not out against Australia at Edgbaston back in 1993. Hales had managed just 145 runs at an average of 18.12 during England's preceding 2-2 Test series with Pakistan.

That was followed by meagre scores of seven and 14 at Southampton and Lord's respectively as England went 2-0 up in this five-match ODI series. But Hales was rarely troubled after Morgan won the toss in this day/night fixture.

Pakistan, top of the Test rankings but a lowly ninth in the ODI table, helped England on their way by letting through a couple of early boundaries to set the tone for a desperately shoddy fielding display.

Hales on 72 pulled Riaz to deep square leg only for third umpire Marais Erasmus to correctly rule the bowler, who often over-steps, had no-balled. It was a similar story when Riaz 'bowled' Buttler on 75. England were 33 for one when Jason Roy (15), who nearly beat Smith's record with 162 against Sri Lanka at The Oval in June, was caught behind gloving a pull off Hasan.

Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz briefly put a brake on England's scoring, with his first five overs costing 11 runs.  But his sixth went for 13 as Hales hit him for a four and a six off successive balls.

Hales did give a chance on 114 when he flayed leg-spinner Yasir Shah to short extra-cover where Azhar dropped the head-high catch. Next ball, Hales hoisted Shah for six. Hales broke Smith's record when he clubbed a woefully short Hasan delivery for four.

But next ball he was lbw to Hasan to end a 122-ball innings including 22 fours and four sixes. Root, who scored at nearly a run-a-ball, was well-caught by wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed after edging Nawaz. But the runs kept coming, with Buttler lofting Nawaz straight for two sixes in as many balls. Meanwhile left-hander Morgan, dropped on 14 by Shah, cleared the rope five times in an innings featuring 16 sixes.

Records that tumbled at Trent Bridge

443 Previous highest total in ODIs, by Sri Lanka against Netherlands in Amstelveen in 2006. England now hold the record with their 444 for 3 in this match. The previous highest total against Pakistan was 392 for 6 by South Africa in Centurion in 2006-07.

167* Previous highest score by an England batsman in ODIs, by Robin Smith against Australia at Edgbaston in 1993. Alex Hales established a new record for his country with 171. Hales' innings is the second highest by any batsman against Pakistan.

22 Balls taken by Jos Buttler to reach his 50, the fastest by any England player. He bettered Paul Collingwood's effort of 24 balls, against New Zealand in Napier in 2007-08.

46.2 Overs in which England reached 400, the joint-fastest by any team. South Africa also reached the mark in 46.2 overs against Australia in Johannesburg in 2005-06.

13.41 The run rate during the unbroken 161-run partnership between Buttler and Eoin Morgan, the highest in any century partnership for England. Among 150-plus partnerships, this is the third-quickest by any pair.

248 Runs added by Hales and Joe Root for the second wicket, which is the highest partnership for any wicket against Pakistan. They went past the 238-run stand between Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers at the Wanderers in 2012-13. This was England's third-highest partnership for any wicket in ODIs.

6 England batsmen who have made five consecutive scores of 50 or more in ODIs. Root became the sixth to do so, having made scores of 65, 93, 61, 89, 85 in his last five innings. Geoff Boycott, Graham Gooch, Alec Stewart, Jonathan Trott and Hales are the other five England players to do so. Click here for batsmen with most consecutive 50-plus scores.

7 Instances of a team having two partnerships of 150 or more in the same ODI innings. This was the first such innings for England and six of the seven occurrences have been since 2013.

1 Instance of a bowler conceding more runs in an ODI than the 110 by Wahab Riaz in this ODI. Mick Lewis went for 113 runs in the Wanderers ODI of 2005-06, when 400 totals were made for the first time. Wahab is the first Pakistan bowler to concede over 100 runs in an ODI.

59 Boundaries hit by England in their innings - joint-most in an ODI innings - 43 fours and 16 sixes. Sri Lanka also hit 59 - 46 fours and three sixes - when they made 443. England's 16 sixes was also their most in an ODI.

Scoreboard

ENGLAND:

J Roy c Sarfraz b Hasan 15

A Hales lbw b Hasan 171

J Root c Sarfraz b Nawaz 85

J Buttler not out 90

E Morgan not out 57

EXTRAS: (b6, lb8, w3, nb9) 26

TOTAL: (3 wkts, 50 overs) 444

FOW: 1-33, 2-281, 3-283

BOWLING: Aamir 10-0-72-0 (1w); Hasan 10-0-74-2 (3nb); Riaz 10-0-110-0 (6nb, 2w); Nawaz 10-0-62-1; Shah 6-0-48-0; Azhar 1-0-20-0; Malik 3-0-44-0

TOSS: England

UMPIRES: Simon Fry (AUS) Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV UMPIRE: Marais Erasmus (RSA)

MATCH REFEREE: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

Highest totals in ODIs

Total Team Vs Date

444-3 England Pakistan August 30, 2016

443-9 Sri Lanka Netherlands July 4, 2006

439-2 South Africa West Indies January 18, 2015

438-9 South Africa Australia March 12, 2006

438-4 South Africa India October 25, 2015

434-4 Australia South Africa March 12, 2006

418-5 India West Indies December 8, 2011

418-5 South Africa Zimbabwe September 20, 2006

417-6 Australia Afghanistan March 4, 2015

414-7 India Sri Lanka December 15, 2009