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England usher in new era with record-breaking win

By Staff reporter

England began their new one-day era with a glut of records as exemplary centuries from Jos Buttler and Joe Root (below) powered them to an emphatic victory over New Zealand in an Edgbaston run-fest.

On a wonderful batting surface for this Royal London Series opener, it was the hosts rather than the World Cup finalists who proved they had the necessary firepower with a national record 408 for nine in a 210-run win.

As they kick-started the fresh approach under former Ireland star Eoin Morgan after their own miserable World Cup winter, England were chiefly indebted to Root (104) and Buttler (129), who dominated a world record seventh-wicket stand with Adil Rashid (69).

Then Rashid (four for 55) in particular did enough with the ball too for a career-best in both disciplines as the Kiwis predictably found the first 400-plus total in England's 50-over history beyond their range.

Ross Taylor (57) got most back with the bat after his torrid day in the field, but not enough to stop England recording victory by their highest ever runs margin, with almost 19 overs unused.

Root's 71-ball hundred was, for an hour or so, England's third-quickest until Buttler, already the scorer of their fastest, made it a one-two with his latest century off 66.

England's progress with their new spirit of adventure was sporadic but undeniably effective - in Root and Morgan's third-wicket stand of 121 and then Buttler and Rashid's 177.

Ben Stokes' departure defied conventional description, under-edging a pull down on to his leg and stumps.

But Buttler and Rashid stuck to the plan with supreme skill.

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