West Indies breaks record for number of sixes in an ODI innings

Chris Gayle also broke a record on the way to his 24th ODI century.

Chris Gayle smashed 12 sixes as he surpassed Shahid Afridi's ODI record.   -  AFP

West Indies hit a record 23 sixes against England on Wednesday as Chris Gayle fired the hosts to 360-8 in the opening ODI.

Gayle launched 12 of the maximums in Barbados as they went past the previous best set by New Zealand against the Windies in January 2014.

Darren Bravo struck four of his own before Ashley Nurse slapped Adil Rashid for two in four balls in the 48th over. It was Devendra Bishoo who levelled the record, before Nurse sent Rashid over the long-on boundary off the last ball to give the Windies a 23rd maximum.

Gayle's heroics had already seen him set a personal record, the opener moving past Shahid Afridi with the most sixes in international cricket. Gayle now has 477 ODI sixes to his name, surpassing Shahid Afridi's 476.