Birmingham - Jos Buttler's 129 and a hundred from Joe Root helped England to
a record 210-run win over New Zealand in the first one-day international at
Edgbaston on Tuesday as they launched their 'new era' of limited overs cricket
It was England's biggest victory, in terms of runs, in all ODI cricket
beating their 202-run margin against India at Lord's way back during the
inaugural 1975 World Cup.
England's total of 408 for nine, their highest in all ODI cricket, was built
on the back of hundreds by wicket-keeper Buttler and Joe Root (104).
It surpassed the 391 for four that England made against Bangladesh at Trent
Bridge in 2005 - the previous highest in any ODI in England.
Buttler's stand of 177 with Adil Rashid (69) was also a new seventh-wicket
record in all one-day internationals, topping the 130 shared by Zimbabwe's Andy
Flower and Heath Streak against England in Harare in 2001.
England dismissed World Cup finalists New Zealand for 198 with more than 18
overs to spare, fast bowler Steven Finn (four for 35) and leg-spinner Rashid
(four for 55) doing the bulk of the damage.
England had threatened a huge score while Root, who made 104, and captain
Eoin Morgan (50) were putting on 121 for the third wicket.
But they lost four wickets for 31 runs, including the well-set Morgan and
Root, to be 202 for six.
It was a slump from which recent England teams might not have recovered, but
Buttler and Rashid continued to go for their shots.
"There was a game within a game there," said man-of-the-match
Buttler, who faced just 77 balls including 13 fours and five sixes.
"But we saw that out and it allowed us to attack later in the innings.
"Credit to Joe Root on the way he played. It gave everyone confidence
to follow his lead."
Trent Boult took four wickets for 55 runs in his maximum 10 overs, but only
two of those overs were faced by England's seventh-wicket duo.
England's total was a far cry from their meagre 123 during the Black Caps'
eight-wicket World Cup win in Wellington in February - the previous ODI between
That result formed part of New Zealand's unbeaten run to the final, where
they lost to fellow co-hosts Australia, whereas for England it was one of
several defeats that contributed to a first-round exit.
However, New Zealand rested paceman Tim Southee, the bowling star of that
match with seven for 33, for this fixture following his efforts during the
preceding 1-1 drawn Test series with England.
"It was certainly a different performance to the World Cup," said
Morgan. For us to come out of the traps like that is outstanding."
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who won the toss, accepted his side
had been overwhelmed.
"It was a special performance from Root and Buttler," said
McCullum. "To post 400 in any game is outstanding. They blew us off the
The Wellington match saw McCullum launch a savage assault on Finn, whose two
overs cost 49 runs.
But the first over of New Zealand's reply on Tuesday saw Finn clean bowl the
Rashid removed dangerman Kane Williamson for 45 and he subsequently took two
wickets in two balls to reduce New Zealand to 185 for six.
The Yorkshire spinner finished with ODI best figures to set alongside his
maiden fifty at this level.
New Zealand lost their last six wickets for just 13 runs.
England's 'new era' started with a whimper when the first ball of the match
saw Jason Roy caught by Guptill at backward point off Boult.
But Root, making the most of a couple of atypical New Zealand fielding
errors pressed on to a hundred off a mere 71 balls.
But he fell soon afterwards, caught behind off Boult.
However, Buttler and Rashid counter-attacked in fine fashion.
Buttler, whose maiden ODI century against Sri Lanka last year came in an
England record 61 balls, took 66 for his second.
The 24-year-old went to three figures in style when he cover-drove Mitchell
McClenaghan for his 11th four.
His superb innings ended when he holed out off Matt Henry.
The series continues at The Oval on Friday.