England’s total of 408/9 was their highest in one-day internationals and the margin of victory was England’s biggest in 44 years in the 50-over format, with Jos Buttler and Joe Root impressing with the bat, smashing the second and fourth fastest one-day hundreds for England, from 66 and 71 balls respectively.
England captain Eoin Morgan seemed to be ecstatic on his team’s win. He praised the spectacular performance showed by the youngsters in his team and is looking forward to the upcoming challenges and maintaining consistency.
Following their disappointing performance in the World Cup, England promised to deliver some positive and aggressive cricket in this series against the Kiwis.
“It was pretty spectacular, outstanding,” said Morgan. “You can look back and wonder about the World Cup, but today I am looking forward and I am really excited.
“Considering it is the first game of the series, and with more younger guys in our squad than we would like if the next World Cup was around the corner, it was as close to perfect as you will find.”
“I am surprised it has happened so quickly, and given that we had two or three new faces we were brilliant.”
“England just kept coming at us,” New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said. “They blew us off the park. We knew they would be positive, but did not expect them to score 400.”
The five-match Royal London one-day series continues at the Kia Oval on Friday and England skipper looks forward to the challenge with his young team.
“For a long time we have talked about a new brand of cricket and here we produced it, said Morgan. “Now we have to show consistency, but this is a huge high and a great benchmark to set.
“If you look at the guys who scored the runs, the method in which they scored them was attacking cricket and that comes naturally to them. That is crucial because normally over a period of time we go into our shells.
“It is the way the game is played in England because the ball moves around, and slowly but surely we have to go to the other end of the spectrum and stop playing safe cricket. This is a big step towards that.”
After the five-match one-day international series between England and New Zealand, Old Trafford will host a NatWest International T20 between the two teams and England will take on Australia in the shortest format in Cardiff on August Bank Holiday Monday.