It was a great result for England, who beat New Zealand by 87 runs, with another terrific team performance.
To get over 300 on the board again is very good, especially in such awful conditions. It was a cold and blustery old day which would have made it awkward for the batters, but they did well and it was great to see guys like Hales (56), Stokes (48), Buttler (61) and Root (64) maintain their good form.
England bowled brilliantly as well – I was particularly impressed with the way Plunkett made good use of the pitch, taking four wickets, and it was nice to see Rashid back in the side who got a couple himself.
It’s a great start that England have made to the competition and they’re in a lovely position going into Edgbaston against Australia on Saturday. They’re through to the semi’s and so the pressure is off somewhat, but they’d want to keep the momentum going and maintain the winning role they’re on.
I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that Australia will come out fighting against England at the weekend. The Ozzys need to beat us to reach the semi-finals, so it may give the England boys a bit more motivation, knowing that a win would knock their old rivals out of the competition.
The ICC Champions Trophy is really starting to take shape now and the big boys are beginning to lay down the markers.
England v Australia is going to be a great match and I’ll be at Edgbaston on Saturday, hoping that our boys can roll over the Ozzys and cruise into the semi-finals as undefeated winners of Group A!
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