England set the bar for their new era impossibly high in their record one-day victory over New Zealand on Tuesday.
As the Royal London Series moves on to The Oval, Joe Root is not ruling out a similar performance to the one at Edgbaston when England piled up more than 400 for the first time in their history en route to a record 210-run win.
Root, one of the Birmingham centurions alongside Jos Buttler, knows nonetheless that the remainder of the five-match series presents 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 at their first attempt.
They have a history already this year, however – in two Test series, rather than one-day internationals – of failing to consolidate after very promising starts, having squandered 1-0 leads over West Indies and then New Zealand.
Speaking about the Edgbaston game, Root said: “Obviously the way we played it was pretty much the perfect performance. I suppose our challenge now is to try and do that more consistently.”
Root is optimistic, with evidence of England’s capabilities so strong and fresh in the mind.
“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.”
England, likely to stick with a winning team, will not be underestimating opponents who inflicted an embarrassing eight-wicket defeat on them in their previous ODI meeting four months ago.
Root added: “We’re not naive enough to think they won’t come back hard at us, because they’re a great side.
“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.”
He has reason to believe nonetheless that he is part of a team who can match them these days.
“I feel in great, great touch at the minute,” said the Yorkshireman.
“We committed to being very aggressive and we also knew how talented our batting order was, having Liam Plunkett coming in at 10 and Finny [Steven Finn] at 11 – who’ve proven over the years they can clear the ropes.
“It was very exciting, obviously a phenomenal partnership between Adil [Rashid] and Jos, and an absolute pleasure to watch from the dressing room.”
“It was great fun,” Root added. “I’m sure all the crowd were just as excited as we were really.
“It was spectacular to watch. Jos almost made you feel like every ball was going to go out of the park.
“It is only one performance, but it is very exciting going into the rest of this series.
“Obviously, it is not going to happen every week, but it is something we definitely want to try and do.
“We’ll take that approach into every match and then see where we’re at.”