The world of cricket is only just coming to terms with England’s record One Day International score of 444-3, set last week against Pakistan.
But one week since, another mammoth record has been broken, with Sri Lanka’s 2007 record international Twenty20 total of 260-6 against Kenya the latest to fall.
263 – Australia have just posted the highest ever T20I score (263/3 v SL). Bonanza. pic.twitter.com/l2Fr1vSNgb
— OptaJason (@OptaJason) September 6, 2016
Australia’s innings was not just the highest in international cricket, but equal highest at all levels, beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s total of 263-5 on wickets lost.
Australia's 263/3 is joint highest total in T20 format equaling RCB 263/5 in 2013#SLvAUS
— Farhan Nisar (@farhanwrites) September 6, 2016
The internet was astounded.
Australia just scored a total of 263 in a T20 match #SLvAUS pic.twitter.com/oig1tCdBcS
— Hanâ¨ (@hclaire29) September 6, 2016
Others quickly came to the realisation that Sri Lanka had lost two world records in the space of a week.
Poor Sri Lanka have lost the highest ODI total and highest T20i total records in a week.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) September 6, 2016
In just one week,the record highest totals in ODIs/T20Is, both previously held by Sri Lanka, have been surpassed by Eng and now Aus #SLvAus
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 6, 2016
And it was unfortunate that Sri Lanka, who Australia made the record total against, had the option to bat first.
Let this sink in,
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field in the 1st T20I, Australia hit 263/3.
WON the toss pic.twitter.com/DXv7fbihnU
— Global Cricketer (@GlobalCricketer) September 6, 2016
Glenn Maxwell couldn’t have done it alone, but he almost did. Twenty20 centuries are rare and mysterious things…
3 – @Gmaxi_32 has become only the 3rd man to post a T20I century for @CricketAus. Massive. pic.twitter.com/2zhm5XUxjg
— OptaJim (@OptaJim) September 6, 2016
Australia just posted a world record score for T20 internationals. Finished with 3 for 263. Maxwell 145no with 110 from boundaries #freak
— Liam Croy (@liamcroy) September 6, 2016
What a way to answer your critics!
Delighted for @Gmaxi_32 to come out of his rough trot in such a manner. Said he had something to prove to himself & others at the top level.
— Brian Murgatroyd (@murgersb) September 6, 2016
Of course, Sri Lanka have the chance to immediately take the record back, as they chase down Australia’s total. It is, however, unlikely.