Nottinghamshire: Alex Hales does not expect to be an England record-holder for long after his 171 helped the team post a new world one-day international mark of 444 for three en route to thrashing Pakistan on Tuesday.
Hales`s innings at his home ground of Trent Bridge was the highest score by any England batsman in this format and helped the hosts to a 169-run win that ensured they won the series at 3-0 up with two to play.
But Hales believes it`s just a matter of time before an England colleague betters his score.
"I think the improvements we`ve shown in the last couple of years, I`m not sure how long that record will stand," he said.
"The batting we`ve got all the way down to pretty much number 11 so it`s an exciting time for us as a team."
Jos Buttler made a dashing 90 not out, that included England`s fastest ODI 50 -- off just 22 balls.
Partnerships of 248 between Hales and Joe Root (85) and an unbroken 161 shared by Buttler and England captain Eoin Morgan (57 not out) overwhelmed Pakistan`s bowlers in a total featuring 16 sixes.
This was a timely innings for Hales, who 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 in the first two ODIs at Southampton and Lord`s respectively.
But back in front of his Nottinghamshire home crowd, the opener looked a far more confident and authoritative batsman as Robin Smith`s 167 not out against Australia at Edgbaston back in 1993 finally ceased to be England`s highest individual ODI score.
"It`s been a tough few weeks personally," he said.
"The Test series didn`t go to plan -- but when it comes to the white ball in the last 12 months, I`ve felt in good form.
"I was always confident heading into this series, and it`s nice to put it right tonight."
Jason Roy, Hales`s opening partner had gone close to breaking Smith`s record with 162 against Sri Lanka at The Oval -- his home ground -- in June.
"I knew I was I closing in," said Hales.
"When I heard the cheer going round the ground I knew something was happening, but at the time I was unaware," he added of the moment he broke Smith`s longstanding record.
"It`s a special feeling."This victory was further evidence of the progress England have made in 50-over cricket since their dismal first-round exit at last year`s World Cup.
And Hales believes there is better to come from the 2019 World Cup hosts.
"It`s exciting for us as I don`t think we`ve reached our full potential yet. We`re still learning with the bat and ball and still improving in the field so hopefully there`s a lot more to come in the next two years," Hales said.
A delighted Morgan added: "To score 171 in any from of the game -- particularly a 50-over game -- is remarkable.
"International cricket`s about how you go through the tough times and how you manage them -- certainly today he (Hales) has come back really well from them."
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali praised Hales and Buttler but accepted his own side`s fielding had been well below the required standard.
"It was an exceptional innings from Alex Hales and Jos Buttler," he said. "But I think 444 is a bit too much.
"I think we missed some key chances -- especially that (Wahab Riaz) no-ball when we would have got rid of Alex Hales on about 70.
"We didn`t start well, and there`s no excuse for that. Those fielding lapses straightaway didn`t send a good message."