The recently concluded five march ODI series between England and New Zealand will be any statistician’s delight. Old record were broken. New ones were made and some of them were re-written. More than half of the England’s core from the disastrous World Cup squad were removed from the team and a new energy was infused to the team by the newcomers. England choose to abandon their conventional way of playing conservative cricket and opted to play fire-with-fire against a team which is now renowned for playing aggressive brand of cricket. If this is the way ODI cricket is going to be played in the coming years, we might see the extinction of a species from the world of cricket soon – the bowlers. Let us see some of the stats from the series, most of them coming at the expense of bowlers.
408/9 – England’s score after 50 overs at Edgbaston. The highest ODI total for England. Previous highest was 391/4 against Bangladesh at Chester-Le-Street in 2005.
408/9 – Runs made by England after losing Jason Roy off the first ball of the match. This is the most runs scored by a team after losing a wicket off the first ball of the match. Previous highest was 372/2, WI v Zim, Canberra, 2015.
210 – England’s margin of victory at Edgbaston, their highest in ODIs. Previous highest was by 202 runs against India at Lord’s in 1975 in the first ever World Cup match.
177 – Partnership between Jos Butler and Adil Rashid at Edgbaston, the best ever partnership for the 7th wicket in ODIs. Previous highest was 130 runs between Andy Flower and Heath Streak against England at Harare in 2001.
4/55 – The best figures for an England leg spinner in ODIs by Adil Rashid. Previous best was 3/41 by Ian Salisbury against West Indies at Port of Spain in 1994.
69 & 4/55 – Adil Rashid became the second England spinner to score a fifty and take four or more wickets in an ODI after Graeme Hick’s 80 & 5/33 vs Zimbabwe at Harare in 2000.
129 – Runs scored by Jos Butler in the 1st ODI at Edgbaston, the most by a wicket keeper for England in ODIs. Previous highest was also by him 121 against Sri Lanka at Lord’s in 2014.
763 – The total match aggregate in the 2nd ODI at The Oval. This is the highest ever in an ODI in England and the 3rd highest overall after 872 (Aus vs SA, Johannesburg, 2006) and 825 (Ind vs SL, Rajkot, 2009).
398/5 – New Zealand’s score in the 2nd ODI at the Oval. This is the most scored by any team against England in ODI. Previous highest was 387/5 by India at Rajkot in 2008.
365/9 – England’s reply to New Zealand’s 398/5. Their highest while chasing in ODIs and the 3rd highest ever for a team batting second in ODIs after 438/8 (SA v Aus, Johannesburg, 2006) and 410/8 (SL vs Ind, Rajkot, 2009).
27 – The no. of sixes hit in the second ODI at The Oval, the most in an ODI in England. Previous highest was 15 in the first ODI at Edgbaston.
97 – Runs conceded by Chris Jordan in the second ODI at The Oval, joint most for an England bowler in ODIs. Steve Harmison had figures of 10-0-97-0 against Sri Lanka at Headingly in 2006. His economy rate of 10.77 is the worst for any England bowler with 8 or more overs.
5 – Number of 350+ scores for England in ODIs, three of them coming in this series. In the 645 ODIs prior to the series, they managed just two.
684 – Number of ODIs needed by New Zealand to achieve 300 wins, the most for any team.
4 – Number of consecutive ODIs England posted a 300+ score. The previous most was twice each on 3 occasions, all coming in the World Cups.
7 – The number of 300+ scores in this series, the second most a bilateral ODI series. Highest being 9 in the India-Australia ODI series in India in 2013.
3151 – Total runs scored in the series for two sides combined, the most for a series with five or fewer matches. Previous best was 2963 in the India-Pakistan series in Pakistan in 2004.
7.15 – The average run rate in the series, the highest in a series with more than one match. Previous best was 6.64 in the India-Australia ODI series in India in 2013.
7.40 – The average run rate for the opening partnership between Alex Hales and Jason Roy, the highest for any English opening pair in any series with more than one innings together.
4 – Number of fifty plus scores for England captain Eoin Morgan, the most by any English captain in a bilateral series. Previous best was 3 by Michael Vaughn against Zimbabwe in 2004. In the 8 innings prior to the series Morgan had 4 ducks.
3 – Number of occasions when a bowler from either side finished with an economy rate of under 5 in the series. Mark Wood did it twice while Adil Rashid did it once. There were 110 bowling innings in the series.