Back with a bang
Posted in England team blog
Our win over South Africa was an exciting game to be involved in and it really sets us up for the rest of the World Cup.
After losing to Ireland we needed a response. We got the perfect result but it wasn't a perfect performance. Losing those early wickets wasn't ideal. We know we have plenty of hard work to do.
When Ravi and I came together at 15 for three, we knew we had to get a partnership going and to score at a decent rate. We had to be as risk-free as possible though.
The wicket was quite difficult to bat on and it was clearly going to be a low-scoring game.
We had been looking at around 220 before I got out, so to be bowled out for 171 was much less than we had hoped for.
We were up against it when South Africa reached 124 for three but we hadn't given up hope. The ball had got soft and it was hard to hit the ball over the ring. The big shots were not coming off. If we could take wickets in clusters then we might turn it around.
When we got Du Plessis I thought we were back in the mix.
It was an amazing feeling when Broady took that final wicket. To pull off a win like that against a very decent side, on the big stage in a World Cup, was a great team effort. I'm sure the spectators enjoyed the game too.
We need to focus on Bangladesh now. They are a good side in their own conditions. Their backs are against the wall and they will be up for a scrap. They need a win at any cost.
They will be playing in front of their home crowd too. Chittagong has been completely redeveloped. It's a really nice stadium now.
I didn't pay that much attention to equalling the record of becoming the quickest batsman to 1,000 one-day runs. Everyone kept telling me about it though. It's flattering to be mentioned alongside Sir Viv Richards and KP, who also hold the record, but I don't play for stats or headlines. As long as I am going along at a decent rate then that's all I care about.
I'm pleased with my form at the moment. I like batting at number three. If you come in early and the fielders are up then you can hit a few boundaries and get your innings going. If the openers bat for 15 overs then the platform has already been set when you come in. It's a win-win situation.
My mentality is different to batting in Tests. I look to score more in one-day matches. You need to play with more intent. In Tests you can play to your strengths but in one-day cricket sometimes you have to hit shots into areas where you aren't so strong.
There is an element of risk management too. Building partnerships, like Tests, is key. You don't want to lose two or three wickets and put pressure on the guys coming in.