Jos Buttler’s 129 and a hundred from Joe Root gave England the perfect start to their series with a record 210-run win over New Zealand in the first one-day international at Edgbaston.
It was England’s biggest victory, in terms of runs, in all ODI cricket, beating the 202-run margin they achieved against India at Lord’s during the 1975 World Cup.
England’s total of 408-9 on Tuesday, their highest in all ODI cricket, was built on the back of hundreds by wicket-keeper Buttler and Joe Root (104).
It surpassed the 391-4 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.
England then dismissed World Cup finalists New Zealand for 198 with more than 18 overs to spare, fast bowler Steven Finn (4-35) and leg-spinner Rashid (4-55) doing the bulk of the damage. – AFP