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Watch: Liam Livingstone smashes contender for the biggest six of all time

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Watch: Liam Livingstone played another innings to suggest he should be in England’s first-choice T20I side, with the most eye-catching moment a six which cleared the new South Stand, leading many to suggest it might have been the biggest six ever hit in the game’s history.

The massive hit came off the first ball of the 16th over, bowled by Haris Rauf. Livingstone had already started strongly, carrying on his good form from the first T20I, when he broke England’s records for the fastest ever T20I fifty and hundred. But this was something else, an enormous straight shot which cleared the tiered structure, which is over 85 feet tall. For comparison, Lord’s’ media centre is just under 69 feet tall at its highest point.

“Where has that ended up? That is massive! That is enormous!” said Ian Ward on Sky Sports commentary. “Hang on, that’s gone over the stand. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a six bigger than that. Gracious me, if that has gone over the roof… Straight over the top! You’ve got to be kidding me!”

There was immediate speculation that the six might be cricket’s biggest, with ESPNcricinfo’s Matt Roller suggesting it might have travelled over 130 metres. No figure was shown on the television coverage of how far the ball travelled. There is also no official record for cricket’s biggest ever six.

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