4th ODI, Nottingham

England v New Zealand, 2015

Andrew Alderson

At Nottingham, June 17 (day/night). England won by seven wickets. Toss: New Zealand.
England squared the series in emphatic fashion, recording their highest successful one-day chase,eclipsing 306 for five at Karachi in 2000-01. They also passed 300 for the fourth game in succession, having never previously done so more than twice in a row. The day belonged to their top four, who tore into New Zealand's pace quartet as if afraid of missing last orders at the Larwood & Voce. Set 350, England were sent on their way by an opening stand of 100 in 10.4 overs between Roy and Hales, before Root and Morgan thrashed 198 in 26.2.

The in-form Morgan hit his eighth one-day international hundred, in all facing 82 balls and launching five sixes, while Root's unbeaten 106 -his sixth - came from 97. Their partnership was England's best for any wicket against New Zealand,whose bowlers seemed powerless to intervene. Victory came with a resounding six overs to spare;until now, no side had made more than India's 326, at Lord's in 2002, to win a one-day international in England. New Zealand had looked in command with the bat, and the only stumble en route to 349 came during some miserly bowling in the second powerplay from Finn and Wood. But Willey went for 89, and Rashid 75 off eight overs, including 28 from the 48th as Santner connected with four sixes over midwicket.

It was brave of Morgan to give his leg-spinner the 50th over too: he responded with the wicket of Southee and conceded only four off the bat. Williamson had again been in sublime touch, easing his way to 90 from 70 balls, but England's pursuit left him in the shade. Injuries toChris Jordan and Liam Plunkett had led to the call-up of Craig and Jamie Overton, the two Somerset quick bowlers - briefly raising the possibility of England fielding twins in the same match for the first time. Neither was selected.
Man of the Match:E. J. G. Morgan.

© John Wisden & Co