When an opening pair starts breaking records held by the likes of Greenidge and Haynes, Sachin and Sourav, Hayden and Gilchrist you know they are in territory reserved for the very special.
So perhaps it is time to start thinking of Bairstow and Roy - Jonny and Jason, as they may well come to be remembered - in such a category. It's not just that, in this match, they recorded their third successive century opening stand - no opening pair has made more in a single World Cup campaign - or that they have the best average partnership of any pair with more than 1,000 ODI runs between them in history.
No, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of their partnership is that they have achieved all those things while setting a record for the highest strike-rates of any opening batsmen with more than 1,000 runs to their name. "Incredible" was Eoin Morgan's description; "awesome," Kane Williamson's. "I don't know if there's an answer to them," the New Zealand captain added.
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