McCullum and Guptill deny England
Brendon McCullum delivered another match-winning performance in Hamilton and received admirable assistance from the injured Martin Guptill as New Zealand defeated England by three wickets in a thrilling one-day international.
McCullum, who hit 74 in the Black Caps’ Twenty20 victory at Seddon Park on Tuesday, contributed a powerful unbeaten 69 to guide his side to a target of 259 with one over unused in this opening game of three.
However, it was Guptill who perhaps deserved more credit. After retiring hurt with a hamstring injury early in the chase, he returned at the death to thump five decisive boundaries.
England may regret the number of short balls they served up to McCullum, who profited from a series of savage pulls during a typically belligerent 61-ball innings.
Yet it can be argued that greater damage was done earlier in the piece, when a flurry of late wickets prevented the tourists from capitalising on a solid platform.
Half-centuries from Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root lifted England into a promising position after they had lost the toss, but New Zealand hit back, claiming eight wickets for 74 runs to dismiss Alastair Cook’s side in 49.3 overs.
Mitchell McClenaghan returned 4-56 but provided another injury concern when leaving the field with a side injury in his final over, while James Franklin and Kyle Mills returned 3-38 and 2-32 respectively.
Prior to McCullum and Guptill’s late heroics, it was Kane Williamson who held New Zealand’s reply together with an assured 74.
He came to the crease following James Anderson’s first-over removal of BJ Watling, a wicket that saw the Lancastrian surpass Sir Ian Botham’s record of 528 international scalps for England.
New Zealand appeared second-favourites when Guptill limped off, but Williamson kept things ticking along nicely in stands of 57 and 49 with Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott, who each fell to Chris Woakes.
The number three’s fine knock, which featured a couple of delightful back-foot punches through the off side, came to a messy end when he was run out after a mix-up with McCullum.
Franklin fell cheaply, but McCullum then cracked three successive boundaries off the previously economical Anderson in a momentum-shifting 39th over and New Zealand were able to keep up with the required rate thereafter.
England also lost an early wicket when Cook was bowled by McClenaghan for four.
Bell and Trott added 84 before the former was caught behind off Franklin and another substantial partnership followed as Root carried on where he had left off in India with another mature display that featured innovative strokeplay and good rotation of the strike.
Trott gradually upped his own tempo in a third-wicket alliance of 89 that ended when he played on to the accurate Mills.
At that point England still had hope of pushing on towards 300, but there was little to come from the remaining batsmen, with two sixes from Jos Buttler the exception rather than the norm in the closing overs.
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New Zealand Innings
8:50am – NZ 259/7 (McCullum 69 not out, Guptill 27 no) & WIN BY THREE WICKETS! Broad is heaved over midwicket for six by McCullum and Guptill then clears point with a thick outside edge to level the scores. The injured hero duly picks up the winning run. That was a quite thrilling game!
8:45am - Yet another pull from McCullum finds the boundary. Woakes responds with two dot balls to Guptill, but the opener then cuts and drives powerfully for back-to-back fours. New Zealand are firm favourites now.
8:39am - Guptill, who is really struggling to run, clears mid-off by the slimmest of margins to pick up four and then upper-cuts Finn for six! Twenty-six required from 18 now.
8:34am - WICKET! Ellis c Finn b Broad 13; NZ 218/7 - Ellis picks out Finn at fine-leg, who pulls off a juggling catch, and the hobbling Guptill returns to the crease! New Zealand need 40 from the last four overs.
8:28am - A top-edge from Andrew Ellis flies to the fine-leg rope. McCullum then fails to get hold of a pull, but the ball lands agonisingly short of Jonathan Trott, who raced in from deep square-leg. Finn completes a fine over to leave 46 required from 30 balls.
8:22am - FIFTY! B McCullum (48b 5x4 2x6) – We have a real nail-biter on our hands here. After edging a Broad leg-cutter short of Buttler, McCullum brings up his fifty and continues to hold the key.
8:15am - Another crunching pull from Brendon McCullum finds the midwicket fence. Woakes then sends down a full toss and is glanced away for four more.
8:10am - WICKET! N McCullum lbw Swann 14; NZ 186/6 - Nathan McCullum cuts Finn for four before clearing long-on off Swann. The off-spinner gains swift revenge by winning an lbw decision that stands following a review! Bat and pad were close together, but I think that hit the latter first.
8am - The momentum shifts again as Anderson is taken for 17 in his ninth over. Brendon McCullum pulled for six and four either side of a bottom-edge flying through Buttler’s legs. New Zealand now need 87 from 66.
7:53am - WICKET! Franklin c Buttler b Finn 3; NZ 155/5 - Franklin’s unconvincing stay at the crease comes to an end as he is caught down the leg side attempting to pull a short ball. Nathan McCullum joins brother Brendon.
7:50am - James Franklin is alongside McCullum, but struggling to score at the necessary rate. New Zealand need more than eight an over now.
7:45am - He may have leaked runs earlier, but Swann’s last two overs have been much better. Finn returns for the batting powerplay and a spell of pressure is broken when McCullum pulls for six to finish the 36th over.
7:36am - WICKET! Williamson run out (Bell/Woakes) 74; NZ 142/4 - Now this is a big bonus! Williamson fails to take advantage of his recent let-off. After being sent back by McCullum, he is run out as Woakes collects a throw from Ian Bell at midwicket and swings around swiftly to break the stumps at the non-striker’s end!
7:31am - MISSED CHANCE - Every run could be crucial here and Joe Root saves one with a fine diving stop in the deep. An edge from Williamson off Woakes drops short of wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and there is more good fortune for the set batsman when Anderson puts down a sharp chance at midwicket in Swann’s first over back. The fielder had virtually no time to react.
7:24am - Brendon McCullum is the new batsman and someone England will be keen to see the back of as soon as possible given his boundary-clearing ability. The Black Caps require 128 from 19 overs, with McCullum having clipped a half-volley from Broad to the midwicket fence.
7:17am - WICKET! Elliott c Morgan b Woakes 22; NZ 124/3 - An effortless back-foot punch through the covers takes Williamson to 63. Elliott is then struck on the grille by Broad after failing to swerve away from a short ball. I’m not sure if that affected the batsman’s concentration, but he departs in the next over when edging a drive to backward point!
7:11am - I would not like to pick a winner here, although the hosts perhaps hold a slight advantage at present. Williamson gets away with a injudicious prod outside off against Anderson. That aside, the number three has hardly been troubled.
7:02am - Swann is lofted over cover by Elliott as New Zealand reach the halfway mark on 99 for two. Another breakthrough for England could be hugely significant, so it is no surprise to see Anderson recalled to the attack.
6:54am - FIFTY! Williamson (70b 5x4 0x6) - Swann has been worked around with relative ease after an excellent first over. Williamson moves to 50 with a dab down to third man off the returning Broad. Can he succeed where England’s batsmen failed by going on to three figures?
6:43am - Grant Elliott has somewhat surprisingly come in ahead of Brendon McCullum. The new man gets off the mark in streaky fashion, inside-edging Swann past his stumps for four. He then survives an lbw appeal as Swann gets another to rip.
6:39am - WICKET! Taylor c Finn b Woakes 22; NZ 75/2 - Swann’s latest over is taken for nine and England could do with a wicket here if they are to apply the brakes. Just as I type that, Woakes strikes! Taylor top-edges a pull and is caught at fine-leg by Finn.
6:27am - Ross Taylor collects his first boundary with a crunching stroke through backward point as Woakes’ second over proves expensive. A delicate late cut then earns Taylor four more off Swann and the Black Caps are starting to gain some momentum.
6:20am - England turn to spin in the form of Graeme Swann, back for this series after missing the one-dayers in India. He also starts well, giving up a solitary run.
6:16am - Finn beats Williamson with a jaffa, but then strays on to the batsman’s hips and is tucked away for four. Chris Woakes, who played some domestic cricket in New Zealand earlier this winter, is subsequently introduced and concedes two singles in his first set of six. New Zealand are 43 for one after 14 overs.
6:04am - New Zealand end the mandatory powerplay on 32 for one, with Taylor having picked out fielders with a number of well-timed strokes. There is a change of ends for Finn, who takes over from Anderson and keeps the pressure on.
5:56am - We are told that Guptill will bat again if necessary, which could be interesting if there is a close finish. The immaculate Anderson finishes his fifth over with figures of 1-9.
5:50am - You have to wonder whether Guptill will be fit for the start of the Test series, which starts on March 6. Williamson, meanwhile, picks up a fourth boundary when top-edging a pull off Stuart Broad over the wicketkeeper’s head.
5:41am - Guptill retired hurt 3; NZ 18/1 - Guptill can continue no longer. He is unable to run between the wickets and retires hurt following two driven fours from Williamson.
5:37am - Guptill appears in some pain, but he is going to carry on. Anderson, meanwhile, is now England’s leading wicket-taker in international cricket, having moved ahead of Sir Ian Botham with the scalp of Watling.
5:34am - New Zealand belatedly pick up their first four as Kane Williamson stands tall to punch Finn through the covers. Guptill then pulls up with a hamstring injury after stealing a quick single. With no runners allowed he could be in bother here.
5:27am - After a tight over from Steven Finn, Anderson maintains a probing length in a maiden to Martin Guptill. This has been a terrific start from England’s premier paceman.
5:19am - WICKET! Watling b Anderson 2; NZ 2/1 - James Anderson produces an absolute beauty to oust BJ Watling. The opener was beaten by appreciable movement off the seam as he looked to drive.
5:15am - Right then – time for New Zealand’s reply. Will England regret their failure to press on with the bat I wonder?
4:36am - END OF INNINGS - Eng 258 all out - That’s a shame – McClenaghan is forced to leave the field with what looks like a side strain, leaving Williamson to complete the penultimate over. Successive fours from Swann off Franklin, over cover-point and fine-leg, provide England with a welcome late boost, but he is then caught in the deep for 16 with three deliveries unused.
4:29am - WICKET! Finn c Guptill b McClenaghan 0; Eng 248/9 - McClenaghan looks to be struggling with a side injury, but claims a fourth scalp as Steven Finn holes out to deep square-leg.
4:26am - WICKET! Woakes c B McCullum b Ellis 17; Eng 247/8 - Graeme Swann gets off the mark with a lofted drive over mid-off before Woakes pulls successive deliveries from Ellis for four, the latter via a thick top-edge. He falls to the next delivery as Brendon McCullum pulls off a superb catch to his right.
4:16am - WICKET! Broad c B McCullum b McClenaghan 1; Eng 228/7 - Woakes drives Ellis handsomely over mid-off to pick up his first four, but another wicket follows when Broad top-edges a pull high into the air to be caught by Brendon McCullum.
4:09am - WICKET! Root b Franklin 56; Eng 222/6 - Root looks to up the ante but misses a straight one. England are in danger of throwing away a promising position as Stuart Broad joins Chris Woakes.
4:03am - WICKET! Buttler c Elliott b McClenaghan 21; Eng 220/5 - Mills has been comfortably the pick of the Black Caps attack and completes a return of 2-32 from 10 overs. Buttler then falls; after swiping McClenaghan high over the rope at midwicket, he slaps the next ball, a full toss, straight to cover.
3:54am - FIFTY! Root (57b 4x4 0x6) - Root, so impressive on the tour of India, is showing his class again. He now has a breezy half-century to his name and England are 206 for four with eight overs remaining following a straight six from Buttler off Ellis.
3:48am - That double strike from Mills has prevented England from kicking on as they would like. Cook’s men need to get going again ... and quickly.
3:44am - WICKET! Morgan c Guptill b Mills 1; Eng 190/4 - Morgan flays a wide delivery straight to backward point, where Martin Guptill takes a fine low catch, and Mills has two wickets in as many overs. Jos Buttler is the new batsman.
3:36am - WICKET! Trott b Mills 68; Eng 184/3 - Trott plays on attempting a savage stroke. Eoin Morgan walks out and this situation appears tailor-made for the left-hander.
3:33am - The assured Root gets down on one knee and paddle-scoops over the wicketkeeper for four. McClenaghan didn’t think much of that and he suffers further frustration as Trott clears the fielder at short fine-leg. Given the dimensions of this ground, England will be aiming to pile on the runs in the remainder of the innings.
3:23am - REVIEW - McClenaghan concedes just four at the start of the powerplay. Mills, whose opening six-over spell included two maidens, then appeals successfully for caught-behind against Root, but the decision is overturned on review, with replays showing the ball brushed arm rather than glove as the batsman dropped his hands.
3:14am - Nathan McCullum and McClenaghan return, but runs come easily as England's third-wicket pair work the ball around for a succession of singles. There should be a few more boundaries to come now as it’s time for the batting powerplay.
3:05am - FIFTY! Trott (74b 5x4 0x6) - A swept four off Grant Elliott takes Trott past 50. He has picked things up nicely in the last few overs and England are well placed to accelerate now.
2:58am - McCullum senior is finally taken out of the attack and replaced by part-time spinner Kane Williamson, a familiar face to Gloucestershire fans following his time at Bristol as an overseas player. Trott then collects back-to-back fours off Franklin, via a convincing cut stroke and a delicate glance off his hips.
2:50am - Brendon McCullum allows his brother Nathan to continue. The unspectacular off-spinner finishes his eighth over with 0-33. Root is rotating the strike comfortably, while Trott claims his second four when cracking a slower ball from Franklin through the covers.
2:44am - Joe Root gets off the mark with a thick-edged cut down to the third-man rope off McCullum. Trott is then struck on the helmet by Franklin, but he is ok and the ball races away for four leg byes!
2:36am - WICKET! Bell c B McCullum b Franklin 64; Eng 95/2 - There will be no hundred for Bell today I’m afraid. He advances to James Franklin and, in attempting to hit through the off side, gets a thin nick through to the wicketkeeper.
2:31am - Trott gets away with a top-edged sweep off McCullum, not for the first time. He is finding it hard to get going, but Bell looks fully settled now and will be determined to kick on to a fourth one-day international century. A glorious off-driven four takes him to 63.
2:21am - FIFTY! Bell (67b 5x4 2x6) - Bell picks up four when pulling a rare loose delivery from Ellis and then moves past 50 with an effortless maximum over long-on. I was just about to say that both batsmen were struggling for fluency, but that over has given England a lift. After 20 overs the score reads 77 for one.
2:15am - England continue to progress steadily, although Bell receives a blow in the most painful of areas when looking to take the attack to Ellis.
2:03am - Bell is superbly caught ... by a young lad stationed behind the rope at deep backward square! The opener’s pull off Ellis narrowly cleared McClenaghan to bring the game’s first six. A mix-up between Bell and Trott almost results in a run out, before the latter takes England to 50.
1:55am - DROPPED CHANCE - Bell gets a top-edge when slog-sweeping McCullum, but BJ Watling spills a diving chance after running in from the deep.
1:52am - He may not be finding extravagant movement, but the accurate Mills is proving pretty tough to score off. Ellis’ first two overs have also been economical, but it is now time for spin in the form of Nathan McCullum.
1:44am - Mills tightens things up with a maiden in which Trott was almost cleaned up by one that jagged back from outside off. Andrew Ellis takes over from McClenaghan and Bell is lucky not to be run out when stealing a quick single. Had Ross Taylor, who dashed in from short midwicket, gathered the ball cleanly, there would have been trouble!
1:35am - More controlled aggression from Bell, who flicks a full delivery from McClenaghan over the infield at square-leg. A shorter ball is then pulled for four more and England are moving along nicely now. They end the eighth over on 32 for one.
1:32am - The bustling McClenaghan maintains a good line and length to keep Bell on his toes, before firing in a yorker that Trott does well to dig out. Bell then dances down the pitch to Mills and clears mid-on to collect his second four. That forces the bowler to drag his length back.
1:23am - Jonathan Trott gets off the mark in delightful fashion, clipping the first ball he faces through midwicket for four. Neither he nor Bell have played much cricket recently, but they both appear in good touch.
1:15am - WICKET! Cook b McClenaghan 4; Eng 11/1 - That’s the breakthrough New Zealand wanted! Cook plays down the wrong line to a length ball and is bowled via thigh pad.
1:12am - Cook punishes a half-volley from Mills with a drive to the cover rope. The seamer then gets one to nip back into England’s skipper, but New Zealand's lbw appeal is turned down due to height. That delivery aside, there has been little evidence of movement through the air or off the seam thus far.
1:08am - After five dot balls from Mitchell McClenaghan, Ian Bell gets England moving with a sweetly timed cross-batted stroke through cover-point. That raced away to the boundary.
1:04am - With the exception of one loose waft outside off stump, Alastair Cook adopts a watchful approach in an opening maiden from Kyle Mills. The wicket, which was used five days ago in the T20, looks a good one and there should be plenty of runs on offer due to the short boundaries.
12:55am - We’re almost ready to begin in Hamilton. Cook and Bell are likely to be challenged by some early seam and swing movement. Let’s see how they get on.
12:50am - England suffered a T20 defeat at this venue on Tuesday and will certainly not be underestimating today’s opponents. It should not be forgotten that New Zealand defeated South Africa in their last ODI series.
12:43am - Here are the two teams in full:
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (captain & wicketkeeper), Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan.
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn.
12:35am - NEW ZEALAND WIN THE TOSS AND BOWL - Brendon McCullum invites England to bat on an overcast morning at Seddon Park. The tourists welcome back a number of players who were not part of the Twenty20 squad. Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Graeme Swann and James Anderson are all included, while there are also places for Chris Woakes and Joe Root.
12:30am - With a Twenty20 series victory in the bag, England now face the challenge of defeating New Zealand in the 50-over format. The first of three ODIs takes place in Hamilton this morning and ecb.co.uk will provide live text coverage of all the action.