Holden, Bartlett smash Under-19s batting record
Max Holden and George Bartlett earned a select place in the history of England Under-19s cricket as they extended their marathon partnership on the second day of the first four-day match against India in Nagpur.
They were finally separated after a stand of 321 in 82 overs, a new record for any wicket for England which has only been beaten once in all international Under-19 cricket, in 2001 by an Indian opening pair including Gautam Gambhir who put on 391 against an England attack including Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett, and captained by Ian Bell.
Bartlett was the first to go, stumped for 179 off 249 balls including 25 fours and three sixes. That became the highest score by an England Under-19s batsman overseas, beating 170 by Nasser Hussain against Sri Lanka in Kandy in 1986-87.
There are still 10 batsmen ahead of Bartlett in the all-time England list, but all of them made their runs on home soil - including his Somerset seniors Marcus Trescothick with 206 against India at Edgbaston in 1994, and James Hildreth against Bangladesh in Taunton a decade later.
After Bartlett's dismissal, Holden batted on, for almost 20 more overs and into a fifth session, until after eight hours and 47 minutes at the crease the opener was finally dismissed for 170 - leaving him joint second with Hussain on England's overseas list.
Still the agony wasn't over for India as Delray Rawlins, the Sussex allrounder who had been England's batting star of the one-day series ended unbeaten on 70 from 94 balls before Holden declared on 501 for 5 - England's second highest total against India in Under-19 cricket, and the third highest by anyone in India.