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Phil Salt is targeting ‘headache’ for selectors after England’s ODI world-record 498 against Holland

Phil Salt says he wants to give selectors a ‘headache’ after breaking 122 in England’s ODI world record 498 against the Netherlands… and claims the target of his first one-day century ‘didn’t matter’ because he wanted 150

  • Phil Salt hit 122 as England hit an ODI record beating the Netherlands
  • Lancashire star Salt says England captain Eoin Morgan’s expectations are clear
  • The 25-year-old made his case for selection by hitting his tally in just 93 balls
  • Salt admits he wanted 150 as he neared his first one-day barrel for England

Phil Salt is determined to ‘give the selectors a headache’ after scoring his first one-day century for England in Friday’s record-breaking run-fest against the Netherlands.

Salt made a penalty 122 from 93 balls and was one of three centurions – along with Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler – in a world record 498 for four.

Now, having left Sussex for Lancashire last year to pursue his international ambitions, 25-year-old Salt is looking to ensure he is the first point of contact for the selectors when a gap opens up in the powerful white-ball line-ups of England.

Phil Salt struck his first one-day century as England hit an ODI record of 498-4 in Amstelveen

Phil Salt struck his first one-day century as England hit an ODI record of 498-4 in Amstelveen

Lancashire's Salt knew he had to make an impact and did it properly as part of a huge score

Lancashire’s Salt knew he had to make an impact and did it properly as part of a huge score

With Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes all engaged in the Test series at home against New Zealand, Salt and Malan knew they had to make an immediate impact in this three-game ODI series against the Dutch. The second game will take place today in Amstelveen and Salt does not intend to give up.

“We are world champions and have such a strong XI with a strong side out,” he said. “But if I can keep doing things like that and stick my name in the hat, hopefully I’ll give voters a headache.

“Morgy has been very clear about how he expects people to play if they want to play in an England jersey, and that’s something I’ve chosen from day one.”

He cannot be accused of wasting opportunities. When Covid forced England to pick an all-new squad for last summer’s one-day series against Pakistan, he broke 60 from 54 balls at Lord’s and then 37 from 22 to start a big chase in Edgbaston.

Salt admits England skipper Eoin Morgan has made the need for players to perform 'very clear'

Salt admits England skipper Eoin Morgan has made the need for players to perform ‘very clear’

Earlier this year, at number 6, he made 57 out of 24 on his T20 international debut against the West Indies in Barbados. As he puts it: ‘It’s pretty clear what you have to do if you want to play for England.’

Salt’s stature has grown to the point that he is now a fixture in franchise cricket around the world. In the past year alone, he has played in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament, the Lanka Premier League and the Pakistan Super League.

“It makes a huge difference to be exposed to that higher level of cricket. You play against international top players and that’s the best there is.’

As for players he looks up to, he mentions Australian great Matthew Hayden and – with a smile – Lancashire team-mate Steven Croft. He also has kind words for Jason Roy, his opening partner on this Dutch outing.

“I love talking to J-Roy about the game because he is so clear and destructive in what he does,” he said.

And Salt’s standards are high. “When I was about 80, I looked at the scoreboard and thought about the hundred, and you can’t do that as a batter. I shifted that number in my head and thought 100 didn’t really matter, but 150 did.”

Meanwhile, Liam Livingstone is expected to be fit for today’s game after leaving the field on Friday with a tight fibula as he hit England’s fastest 50 ever.

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