The new era of English one-day international cricket continued at pace last night at the Kia Oval as New Zealand squared the five-match series at 1-1.
Whilst congratulations must be given to Brendon McCullum and his players on their victory - and in scoring 398 runs in their 50 overs - the feeling of the majority of the capacity crowd inside the Kia Oval on Friday night is what might have been.
At 345-7 after 43.5 overs, and with Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid having shared an unbroken partnership of 70 runs, it was beginning to look like England might pull off the impossible of chasing down 399 to win the second match in the series.
Then the heavens opened and there was a 50-minute rain delay. When the rain abated the revised target formulated by the Duckworth-Lewis system meant that England needed to score another 34 runs off just 13 balls.
In the end England ended up losing by 13 runs. Although it was very disappointing for England to lose in such circumstances nothing can take away from the fact that this is a seemingly new, exciting, and exhilarating England team.
Captain Eoin Morgan is leading from the front and along with new coach Trevor Bayliss, has obviously installed in England the attitude of going out and attacking the game from the very outset, regardless of the opposition.
The fact that England even got near to chasing down such a massive total is proof of the positive outlook and attitude of this new look side.
A few more of these type of performances from England and that feel-good factor will be back into English cricket and we might once again start believing we are one of the best sides in the world.
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