An extraordinary result in the first Royal London One-Day International at Edgbaston. England hit their highest ever score in a 210-run thrashing of New Zealand to thrill spectators enjoying cricket hospitality packages. The five match ODI series continues with June 12, The KIA Oval; June 14, Ageas Bowl; June 17, Trent Bridge; and June 20, Emirates Durham ICG. Eventmasters are delighted to offer official cricket hospitality packages for the fourth ODI at Trent Bridge which promises to be a fantastic encounter.
Could a proud new era of success be looming for English cricket?
Eoin Morgan’s side smashed a total of 408-9 at Edgbaston, surpassing the 391-4 made against Bangladesh in 2005. Jos Buttler hit the second-fastest ODI hundred by an England batsman off 66 balls, while Joe Root completed the fourth quickest. They then bowled New Zealand out for 198 to claim a stunning win. Adil Rashid, who made 69 from 50 balls, took 4-55 and Steven Finn 4-35. England’s effort was quite remarkable given how poor was the performance in the World Cup.
Sometimes you need to opt for radical change in order to see what those challenging for recognition have about them. With Paul Farbrace in temporary charge following the sacking of Peter Moores, England included only six members of that World Cup squad.
A number of established players were rested – James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara and James Tredwell. The result was a display of aggression from hungry newcomers that had long been missing. Root’s hundred came from 71 balls, while wicket-keeper Buttler, who holds the record for the fastest England ODI century, went on to score 129 off 77 balls. New Zealand lost captain Brendan McCullum in the first over and were never really in the match, their last six wickets going for just 13 runs. It was England’s biggest winning margin in ODIs.
Former England captain Alec Stewart commented: “A couple of months ago, England were being laughed at for playing archaic one-day cricket. It’s roles reversed from the World Cup. The public needed this, the England dressing-room needed this. If this is how they are going to play for the next four years, it’s a great start.”
The wider question now is – can this improvement translate into the Test squad ahead of the Ashes? The arrival of the Aussies may be just too early – England certainly seem on an upward curve but the Baggy Cap brigade are a formidable outfit. However, after 1-1 Test series draws in the West Indies and at home to New Zealand the young English players know what it is expected. They now need to kick on and continue to play this aggressive and exciting brand of cricket.