England power to record ODI win inspired by Root and Buttler
England power to record ODI win inspired by Root and Buttler.
After the World Cup there was talk of a massive clearout of the England ODI team and five new players were drafted into the team. There was also a clear need for England to engage the game in a more positive manner. Only one of these changes really happened against New Zealand.
Roy, Stokes, Billings and Plunkett only scored 26 between them - half of these came from Plunkett in the last three balls of the innings.
Plunkett and Stokes were England's least effective bowlers conceding 65 for 0 off 9 overs between them. The exception to this was Rashid's performance. The Yorkshireman, so cruelly denied a game in the tour of the West Indies hit 69 off 50 balls then took four wickets in an aggressive spin bowling spell.
However, it was England's positive approach to their batting, scoring a record-breaking 408 with Root and Buttler hitting swashbuckling centuries that really took the eye. The New Zealand attack wasn't at it's strongest, but this was a formidable innings from England. The kind they need to score on a regular basis to progress in future World Cups.
It may seem churlish to point out some of the new players' failings after a record win with a record batting display, but in a new ruthless England set up, all four players will be under pressure if selected for the second ODI at the Oval. Suddenly everyone is accountable and not allowed to rest on previous heroics and it's proving a success.
Is the future looking brighter for England cricket?