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Williamson prepared for batting onslaught from England in 2nd ODI

The Kiwis were on the wrong end of a record-setting England blitz at Edgbaston on Tuesday when the hosts racked up 408 for nine and went on to win by 210 runs.

cricket Updated: Jun 12, 2015 05:48 IST
England vs New Zealand,The Oval,Kane Williamson

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson expects another barrage from England's batsmen when his team try to get back on track in the second one-day international at the Oval on Friday.

The Kiwis were on the wrong end of a record-setting England blitz at Edgbaston on Tuesday when the hosts racked up 408 for nine and went on to win by 210 runs.

Both England's total and their margin of victory were records for the hosts, who have finally ditched the conservative approach to the one-day game that hampered them so badly in the recent World Cup. England's embarrassing early exit from the World Cup included a dismal defeat at the hands of co-hosts New Zealand.

But, despite the one-sided nature of that encounter, Williamson says he already knew enough about several of England's players to anticipate they could be successful with their new attacking method. He expects England to stick with their ultra aggressive tactics for the rest of the season and admits it is down to New Zealand to come up with an answer.

"England played outstandingly. To come out and get 400 on any surface, although it was a very, very good one, is a great effort," Williamson told reporters on Thursday. Asked if he can imagine them repeating the dose at some point, he said: "I think so. I'm familiar with most of the players, having played county cricket over here, and I knew to expect they'd play aggressively.

"There's a lot of stroke-makers. It wasn't a surprise."

Scores in excess of 400 in 50 overs are thin on the ground, but Williamson acknowledges these days teams must have a plan to make a fist of the chase if necessary. "Not many teams achieve that - but nowadays with (the impact of) Twenty20, you can break it down to your first 30 overs, which can be less intense mentally," he added.

"Then we know through Twenty20 that chasing 200 has happened many a time. Breaking it into small blocks is important."

Root wants consistency

England batsman Joe Root has warned his team-mates not to rest on their laurels as they aim to follow their record victory over New Zealand with another dominant display.

Yorkshire star Root was a key part of the success with his swashbuckling century setting the tone for the demolition of New Zealand's attack, but he knows the remainder of the series will present a significant and telling test of the hosts' new adventurous methods.

England resolved, after their winter of woe at the hands of New Zealand and others in the World Cup, to come out firing with bat and ball and they delivered brilliantly at their first attempt.

However, they have displayed a worrying tendency to let the advantage slip after squandering 1-0 leads in Test series against West Indies and then New Zealand this year, and Root is determined to ensure there is no repeat in the second ODI. "Obviously the way we played there was pretty much the perfect performance," said Root. "I suppose our challenge now is to try and do that more consistently.

"We've shown we can do it, and it's certainly something we'll look to replicate on Friday. We'll go out there with a similar frame of mind to take on New Zealand. We've now done that, we know we can do it - can we go and do it again on Friday?

"It's about taking the same mindset, same approach and hope we can do the same thing."

While Root wants England to stay on the front foot, he will not be underestimating opponents who inflicted an embarrassing eight-wicket defeat on them at the World Cup just four months ago. "We're not naive enough to think they won't come back hard at us, because they're a great side," Root added. "They've proved that now for the last couple of years in one-day cricket, and we're going to have to play extremely well to get another win under our belts."

First Published: Jun 12, 2015 05:17 IST