England's top five white-ball performances of the last 12 months
England face Sri Lanka on Tuesday in the first of five ODIs live on Sky Sports
By Sam Drury
Last Updated: 20/06/16 1:32pm
As Chris Woakes and James Anderson trudged off at the Adelaide Oval, the glum faces on the England balcony - in stark contrast to the wild Bangladesh celebrations in the middle - told the story.
Eoin Morgan's side had crashed out of the 2015 World Cup in embarrassing fashion, playing an outdated brand of cricket. The gulf between England and the top sides in white-ball cricket seemed so vast that even four years out, the prospect of a World Cup on home soil was met with dread rather than relish.
However, little more than 12 months on and the narrative could hardly be more different. Under the tutelage of Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace, England are now earning plaudits for their dynamic, fearless approach to the game.
Here we look at the performances from the last year that best typify the "new" England...
World Cup finalists New Zealand arrived in June 2015 as overwhelming favourites to win the ODI series against an England side they had swatted aside in Wellington less than four months earlier during the World Cup.
That the first ball of the series at Edgbaston saw Jason Roy dismissed by Trent Boult only reinforced that viewpoint. England's response though was emphatic. Joe Root hit a 71-ball century and when he fell with the score on 180-4, rather than crumble, the hosts rallied.
Jos Buttler reached his half-century from 46 balls but required only 24 more to get to three figures. He eventually fell for 129 from 77 deliveries and it was left to Liam Plunkett (13no from three balls) to take England past 400 for the first time in an ODI.
Defending 408-9, England skittled the Black Caps for just 198, securing victory by a mammoth 210 runs. The standard had been set and England went on to win a thrilling series 3-2.
The feel-good factor surrounding English cricket continued that summer as the Test side regained the Ashes and it was further extended by victory in the only T20 between the sides.
Having been put in to bat by the Australians at Sophia Gardens, England found themselves 18-2 after four overs with both openers back in the hutch. However, an explosive 135-run stand between Morgan and Moeen Ali gave the hosts the perfect platform heading into the final few overs.
Morgan was eventually dismissed for 74 off 39 balls, having hit seven maximums, while Moeen remained unbeaten on 72 from 46 balls as England made 182-5 in their 20 overs.
The England bowlers then made the ideal start and reduced the Aussies to 12-2 after two overs, David Warner and Shane Watson both gone. Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell (44) got the tourists back on track though, the former finally removed for a fabulous 90 from 53 balls.
Going into the final over, Australia needed 11 to win but Ben Stokes held his nerve to secure a five-run win for England. The Aussies did claim the ODI series, 3-2, but only after being pegged back to 2-2 having won the first two matches.
It was a slightly different scenario as England took on Pakistan in the UAE. The Test side had been well-beaten and it was up to the limited-overs team to make amends. They did so and in some style.
Having lost the first ODI, England struck back to claim the four-match series 3-1, winning by 84 runs in Dubai to seal victory. The fourth ODI saw Roy hit his maiden international century but his achievement was rather overshadowed by another incredible Buttler knock.
The Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman bludgeoned England's fastest ever hundred, from just 46 balls, as the tourists closed on 355-5. Buttler finished unbeaten on 116 having struck 10 fours and eight sixes against a beleaguered Pakistan attack. Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 271, Moeen and Adil Rashid sharing six wickets.
England's white-ball dominance on the tour continued as they won the T20 series 3-0, Chris Jordan the hero as the final game went to a Super Over - the seamer picking up a wicket and restricting Pakistan to just three runs.
South Africa stunned
After his record-breaking ton in the UAE, Buttler's century in Bloemfontein was rather tame in comparison - he took a whole 73 deliveries to reach the milestone on this occasion.
However, half-centuries from Hales (57 from 47 balls), Root (52 from 58 balls) and Stokes (57 from 38 balls) saw England reach their second-highest ODI total ever, 399-9, with Morne Morkel the most economical of the South African bowlers having gone at seven an over.
The Proteas' response though was outstanding. Quinton de Kock led the charge and had England on the ropes as they brought up the 150 inside 20 overs. The tourists showed their resilience though, three wickets from Moeen reduced South Africa to 245-5 and they had added just five more before the rain came down to hand England a 39-run victory on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Morgan's men also won the second ODI but South Africa came storming back to win the series 3-2.
Wonderful World T20
Despite their undoubted improvement in the year since the World Cup, England headed into the World T20 in India on the back of five straight defeats in white-ball cricket - South Africa having followed up their ODI series success with back-to-back wins in the T20 clashes.
After being seen off by a Chris Gayle-inspired West Indies in their opening game in Mumbai, England returned to winning ways with a stunning victory over South Africa - Root making 83 as they successfully chased 230.
That was followed by victory over Afghanistan in Delhi and led to a winner-takes-all clash with Sri Lanka with a place in the semi-finals at stake. An unbeaten 66 from Buttler pushed England up to 171-6 from their 20 overs and when they had Sri Lanka 15-4 after three overs, it looked like job done.
However, Angelo Mathews (73 off 54) had other ideas and spearheaded the Sri Lankan fight back. Indeed, heading into the final few overs with Mathews in full-flight, England were second-favourites.
Yet again though, England's new-found resilience came to the fore. Jordan (4-28) conceded just 13 from his final two overs, leaving Sri Lanka with 15 to win from the final over.
Stokes stepped up and restricted Mathews and Jeffrey Vandersay to just four from the last six balls, to see England into the last four, though it would ultimately end in heartbreak in the final.
Watch the first ODI of the five-match series between England and Sri Lanka, live on Sky Sports 2 from 1.30pm on Tuesday.