New Zealand crush England in one day series

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With theChampions Trophy looming, it's apparent that New Zealand are in far better shape than England in the one day form of cricket. The Kiwis destroyed England in Southampton to seal a series victory and leave England unsure of their best team ahead of the tournament.

Martin Guptill produced one of the best displays of one-day batting ever seen in England to score 189 not out as New Zealand amassed a huge total of 359. England openers Ian Bell and Alastair Cook briefly looked in the mood to chase the runs but once the wickets started to topple, it was apparent that the cause was a forlorn one.

With Bell, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler getting out to injudicious shots, only Jonathan Trott offered any sustained resistance, finishing unbeaten with a century as England were all out for 273. It's a total England might have been happy with on another day, but well short of New Zealand's superb achievement.

Lacking Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Steve Finn, England looked very average. Broad and Finn will return for the Champions Trophy and should make a considerable difference to the bowling, but the batting still needs to find a balance between aggression and recklessness.

Cook admitted that changes were likely ahead of the last match at Trent Bridge, England's last chance of a win before the Champions Trophy. "We have some quality players in our squad," Cook said. "It may be that this is the time to give them an opportunity. We have options to go both ways and we'll be looking at different combinations."

England really need a one-day batsman with the skill and application of Guptill. "It was a tough day for us," Cook admitted. "They really batted us out of the game and Guptill's innings was a very special effort."

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