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Can anyone beat AB De Villiers century record?

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AB De Villiers broke the record the quickest century in ODI cricket history against the West Indies on Sunday - is there a batsman out there who could possibly beat it?

Australia

If the record is going to be broken again then the most likely nationality of the player will be Australian.

Australia have some top world class batsmen in their side and with their big bash tournament growing the way it is, we will see their stars play more high quality limited overs cricket where they can develop their game.

From their current ODI squad their is four players who could beat the record. Both their opening batsmen David Warner and Aaron Finch are both big hitters of the ball and could hit sixes for fun if they wanted to.

The only thing stopping them perhaps is that it would be very difficult to play the way needed to from the opening overs of the match. Therefore a middle order batsmen like Glenn Maxwell coming in later in the game like De Villiers did might stand a better chance. Maxwell has shown what a top player he is especially for Kings XI in last years IPL and he hit a very good quick-fire century for Hampshire against Lancashire in last years Royal London cup.

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The final Aussie with a chance is James Faulkner. Faulkner comes in at the end of the innings for Australia with a licence to go big from ball one and is more than cable of doing so.

West Indies

The West Indies best format is without question T20, and if some of their players bring their form from T20 to ODI's then a few could be in with a shout. The man with the fastest century ever must be the favourite to beat De Villiers record.

Chris Gayle smashed a hundred off just 30 balls in an IPL game for RCB in 2013 so he has proven that he is cable of bettering what De Villiers did. However like with Warner and Finch it's whether or not Gayle would get the licence to go that big from ball one in a fifty over match.

Two other West Indians who may be in with an outside chance are Darren Sammy and Andre Russell. Both come in at the end of an innings and can both hit the ball a long way like Faulkner for Australia but they usually end up on something like 30 off 8 balls. However depending on the pitch and who their facing its not completely out of the question for them to do it.

India

The IPL has helped change the way players play cricket these days and there will be a whole generation of Indians in the future who have been brought up with IPL and the outrages shots that are attempted. If the record stands for years to come you wouldn't put it past a young Indian doing it but from their current side their out standing candidate is MS Dhoni.

Dhoni has built a career on coming in lower down the order and smashing the ball to all parts of the ground for India in all three formats, and for CSK in the IPL. Dhoni and De Villiers are both similar players with their incredible array of shots they can play and their calmness in pressure situations. 

The other Indian is Virat Kohli. Kohli is just a quality player in every format of the game and can play some extraordinary shots and you wouldn't put anything past him.

New Zealand

Like India, New Zealand have two players who could break the record. The first of which is Corey Anderson - the man who held the record for just over a year. Anderson smashed a 36-ball century against the West Indies in 2014 so there is nothing to suggest why he can't break the record again.

The second player is the star of the New Zealand team Brendon McCullum. McCullum smashes the ball to all parts of the ground in all formats of the game so it would be very difficult to over look him. One thing that both Anderson and McCullum have in their favour is playing at Eden Park in Auckland. The ground has very small boundaries and players of Anderson and McCullum's quality would enjoy batting their.

South Africa

If your looking for someone to break the record again you can't forget about the possibility of De Villiers breaking his own record. De Villiers had three dot balls in his innings yesterday as well as a couple of ones so if he where to convert those into boundaries then he would have every chance of breaking it again. The other team mate of De Villiers who could break his record is David Miller. Miller has shown in the past he can hit the ball well and a quick knock could suit the way he plays better than a longer innings. I think however he will still have to develop his game a bit more first before he is fully capable of being able to break it.

England

The only England player who would be capable of doing it currently is captain Eoin Morgan. Since the sacking of KP from the England side Morgan is now England's go to man to get them quick runs. Morgan can play the big shots needed to score the runs quickly to break the record, however England's style of play would probably restrict Morgan from attempting it. Current younger players such as Alex Hales and Jos Buttler could also have ago at challenging the record but like with David Miller will have to develop their game further first.

Sri Lanka and Pakistan

The problem for both Sri Lanka and Pakistan is that their players capable of doing it are all coming to the end of their careers and probably aren't going to have the opportunity to do it before they step down.

Sri Lankan legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene and Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi who once held the record are probably all to late in their careers to break it.

Others

Their are three other player's who could break De Villiers's record. Ireland's Kevin O'Brien has shown before he can smash quick centuries against all calibre of opposition including his century against England at the 2011 World Cup, and his exposure at playing less nations with lesser quality means he has a chance to. 

The other two would need calls to their national sides to be able to do it on the international stage. They are New Zealand's Jessy Ryder and England's Kevin Pietersen. Both have enormous amounts of talent and can both play at the tempo that would be needed for the record to be broke. 

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