Harry Brook, the young England batsman who created many records while playing only in his second test match against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, revealed at the end of the first day’s play that there were plenty of bad balls on offer for him and he took advantage of that.
On his way to his first test hundred, which came off only 80 balls, Harry Brook hit six back-to-back fours in a single over of the Pakistan part-time spinner Saud Shakeel. The right-hander was asked about that over by Mike Atherton later on the Sky Sports post-match show and he said that he was not trying to force the play in that over.
According to Brook, all the balls that Shakeel bowled presented scoring opportunities for him because the lengths were either too short or too full and what he did was he just play the normal cricketing shots. Brook said those were just “bad balls” which needed to be hit for fours.
Brook also said with a chuckle that he was happier with the fact that he managed to hit 6 consecutive boundaries in an over than the fact that he scored a test hundred.
Love Harry Brook's straightforward manner. Asked on Sky about hitting six fours in an over: "they were all bad balls, and I just tried to put them away"
— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) December 1, 2022Advertisement
Harry Brook started with the same tempo on the second day of the Rawalpindi test as well
England had piled on 506 runs on the very first day of the Rawalpindi test match and Brook, who was one of the unbeaten batsmen overnight, started with the same tempo on the second day as well, as he again went on to smash 27 runs in an over, this time off Zahid Mahmood.
During Zahid’s over, Brook couldn’t hit 6 consecutive boundaries and he got a 3 off the last ball, but before that, he had hit 2 sixes and 3 fours off the first 5 balls of the over and it turned out to be a record because it was the most runs scored by an England batsman ever in one over of a test match.