England v NZ, 1st NatWest ODI, Lord's May 31, 2013

Win builds NZ excitement for CT - McCullum


Brendon McCullum said that excitement was building as to what New Zealand could achieve over the next few weeks of one-day cricket after his team took an early lead in the three-match series against England to mark the ideal start to final preparations for the Champions Trophy.

An impressive all-round performance from the bowlers, led again by Tim Southee, restricted England to 227 for 9 and despite losing two wickets in the first over of the chase New Zealand, through an unbeaten hundred by Martin Guptill, eased home with 19 balls to spare.

McCullum conceded there were more than a few nervous moments when James Anderson found the edges of Luke Ronchi and Kane Williamson within his first five deliveries but, unlike the Tests where they were rarely able to establish a significant foothold with the bat, this time Guptill and Ross Taylor combined to add 120 to put the chase on course.

"At 1 for 2, I wasn't thinking the top order was firing but Martin and Ross put together a brilliant partnership and showed that under tough circumstances we've got players with a wealth of experience we can call on," McCullum said.

"There's a little bit of excitement. It's difficult because you don't want to take your eye off what's directly in front of you. We've got most bases covered as a team... if we can build up some momentum, who knows where we can get to in the Champions Trophy."

Although New Zealand's current ODI ranking of No. 8 indicates that, like Test cricket, it has not been a profitable format for them in recent times, they retain a much stronger belief in the shorter formats.

"As I said before the series it's important to separate the forms of the game," McCullum said. "We have a very experienced one-day unit. We saw that today with Ross and Martin, they were able to assess the situation and counter-punch."

However, it was not a day without concerns for New Zealand. Daniel Vettori, who had been lined up for his first international in eight months, was ruled out shortly before the toss after his Achilles problem flared up. It followed a similar reaction after he had trained with the squad in the build-up to the Headingley Test and it now looks far from certain that he will be available for the Champions Trophy. New Zealand have already lost Andrew Ellis and Trent Boult from their original squad.

"I'm a bit worried about it," McCullum admitted. "I'm always a bit worried when 270 games pulls up injured. But we have to work what is best for Dan and what is best for the team. We'll assess it in the coming days."

In Vettori's absence McCullum's brother, Nathan, played a vital role with his offspin as he snared the key wickets of Joe Root and Jonathan Trott who had established for England a foundation with a third-wicket stand of 67. "He's a confidence player so will take a lot from that performance," McCullum said.

Andrew McGlashan is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ryan on June 4, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @goldeneraaus: like that 359/3 flash of brilliance? We're now #7 and about to take the series 3-zip. How you like them apples?

  • Garry on June 2, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    If McCullum fails in all 3 warm up games and Rochi fails to makes runs then McCullum HAS to take the gloves, its either that or drop McCullum and reinstate Taylor.

  • arnab on June 2, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Are you serious Brendon? one win and suddenly your excited? you are ranked no8 for a reason, flashes of brilliance are often interspersed with amateur mediocrity

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    The reason that Rutherford is not being picked for the ODI team is because his domestic one day average is 12.92, and he had a chance in NZ on flat decks against Finn, Anderson, and Broad and failed.

  • Alan on June 1, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    @ Robert Lamb - Guptil a 1 in 10 performer? Whatever his limitations are as a test player, he has already proved himself a very good limited over player. Is being in the top 5 all time ODI averages and the top T20 average ever for NZ really suggestive of a 1 in 10 performer? I just wish he could transfer that ability to tests, as I really like his attitude (eg forgoing the chance to play IPL etc to play FC cricket).

    KW also has a very decent ODI record - better average than Astle, Fleming, Styris, McCullum.... And he can only get better. To me he looks perfectly suited to no. 3, and has played the anchor role very well on a number of occasions.

    Rutherford struggled in the ODIs against England. Personally I would prefer for him to concentrate on tests until he has a bit more experience, and has proved himself as 50 overs player at domestic level.

    Hope Ronchi goes well, makes sense to have your best keeper in the team if he can bat ok, and his record would suggest he can.

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Thrilled that Guptil came good for this game after a very poor return in the 2nd test but he has to deliver more than once in a series to prove that he isn't just a one in ten performer. I am not sure why Rutherford isn't considered for this format - he is naturally attacking and can hold his own in the field. Franklin has always promised much and delivered very little and is an average fielder. He really looks like a hit me bowler and his batting is unreliable. Vettori represents a much better option so hopefully he can get fit but he has been out of the game a long time. Ryder would definitely offer much to the balance of the side and would mean we could get rid of bits and pieces players like Elliot. Despite the good win I can't see NZ performing much above their ranking.

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    wow, everyone is harsh here!!! KW has a pretty good ODI record (Tons against SA in SA, BD in BD and against Zim in Zim (Fastest ton by a Kiwi too)), Ronchi is bringing good domestic form in. NZ's problems in ODI cricket currently lie with the allrounder's spot. Straight swap Vettori for Franklin, then swap Elliott with Ryder and you have a pretty solid line-up

  • Khub on June 1, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    NZ will go 2 SEMI, as it is their routine practise

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    A bit knee jerk on Williamson, he did score a magnificent hundred in SA

  • David on June 1, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    I like Ronchi in the team, but I think he should bat at 7 until he finds his feet. Agree that Williamson might be one spot too high at three, and anyway I think as our best batsman Taylor should come in as early as possible. Don't see why Rutherford hasn't been given a chance (although admittedly I don't know what his domestic one day form is like). He scores his test runs at a reasonable clip, and might be worth a go. I don't think Franklin should bat or bowl. Despite amazing potential I don't think he's shown enough at this level to be perservered with. I also have my doubts about Elliot, but until Ryder returns, I don't know who else you could try. Maybe Munro?

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