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England completes Twenty20 sweep

Source - sportal.co.nz

Not only did England's 50-run Twenty20 win over New Zealand clinch a 2-0 series victory, it also established firm dominance for the ODI and Test series' over the next two months.

It's often said that Twenty20 is only a vague form guide for the longer versions, but Paul Collingwood's side have already shown to be a vastly superior outfit right across the park.

Innings such as Collingwood's 54 off 28 balls, which included five fours and three sixes, powerful cameos from openers Phil Mustard (40) and Luke Wright (30) along with Owais Shah's 47 showed the class of England's batting line-up.

Then all of its bowlers chipped in wickets and miserly economy rates against a New Zealand side facing an arduous home series should it not improve greatly, and quickly.

The Black Caps were never in the contest from the time Mustard and Wright pounded a first-wicket partnership of 65 in the first six powerplay overs, and it took a bright young 19-year-old star to stop the bleeding.

There's been a mass of hype around Tim Southee recently, and his brilliant spell of 2-22, including the prize wicket of Kevin Pietersen for three, confirmed that he is worth all of it.

However, none of his team-mates went for less than eight an over and England's 193-8 was always going to be beyond the home side, managing just 143-8 in reply.

Both Jesse Ryder (12) and Brendon McCullum (5) failed to fire, Ross Taylor looked promising until playing a horrific swish to fall for 21 and even Jamie How, the top scorer with 31 off 25, was laboured.

Kyle Mills' unbeaten 30 off 22 balls gave a semblance of respectability to the total but the rate of around 10 an over was always a bridge too far.

In contrast, England's bowlers showed control and nous in spades and should have a field day in New Zealand conditions for the rest of the tour.

Left-armer Ryan Sidebottom was again the pick of the bowlers, mustering pace and movement to take 2-19 after a similar performance at Eden Park two days earlier.

Crowd-pleasing all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas took two wickets to compliment his batting pyrotechnics, while off-spinner Graeme Swann grabbed two of his own.

With only two days to recover until Saturday's first ODI in Wellington, the Black Caps have a mountain to climb in order to be competitive.

They gladly receive captain Daniel Vettori and Jacob Oram back from injury and need them desperately to add their punch to a side already looking on the ropes.

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