Alex Hales, Michael Lumb and Stuart Broad guide England to emphatic win


The slow outfield didn't help, but New Zealand's slow start - with Broad and Finn restricting them to 20-1 in the first five overs - proved crucial.

Broad got the wicket, Hamish Rutherford mis-hooking straight to short fine-leg.

But a double change to Jade Dernbach and Luke Wright then saw an immediate spike in the scoring rate. James Tredwell also took some early punishment, but hit back in his second over when Brendon McCullum got underneath a slog-sweep and was well-caught by Jonny Bairstow at deep midwicket.

Ross Taylor hit Joe Root for the first six of the match over wide long-on, but it was to be his only scoring shot. From round the wicket, the young Yorkshireman made the batsman fetch the next ball a little further and he too was held by Bairstow in the leg-side deep.

Grant Elliott then glided an upper-cut at Dernbach straight into the hands of third-man, and before the 100 was up the returning Broad took England's fifth wicket in the 16th over - another mis-hook, Colin Munro this time caught at point.

Broad helped to close out a polished performance when another short ball did the trick to see off Guptill caught-and-bowled, while Dernbach removed James Franklin and Nathan McCullum in successive deliveries in the final over.

In comparison, England's reply got off to a flying start with 11 coming off the first over of Trent Boult.

And it took just 29 deliveries for the 50 to come up - although by that point New Zealand were left ruing Brendon McCullum's failure to hold a high spiralling effort from Hales off Mitchell McClenaghan.

Hales had looked shaky at the start of his inning but once set he cut loose, smashing the New Zealand attack around the Westpac Stadium.

He cleared the boundary rope four times, while Lumb hit five sixes as the pair put on a record opening stand for England.{"count":1,"widgets":[{"name":"Additional Media 4","id":1,"type":"media","content":{"mediaTypeId":"11","imageDim":"null","mediaPosition":"4"}}]}