England outplay jaded Kiwis
Riverside: When England play one-day cricket with this level of intensity, they look capable of beating anybody.
The re-jigged top order has a much more positive appearance to it, and the fielding inside the circle was aggressive and mightily impressive.
In contrast, New Zealand never really got going again and, frankly, look as if they have had enough of playing against England, losing the first one-day international by 114 runs.
After all, they have now lost six of the last seven matches they have played against them and haven't won a game....
With Kevin Pietersen batting at three, this top order looks much more business-like for one-day cricket, which is why I was staggered that Andrew Strauss was called up as stand-by for Alastair Cook.
England have not been nearly busy enough at the start of innings recently, but the last two performances auger well.
Pietersen's century was thoroughly professional, but with two remarkable shots to savour.
First, he switched to left handed and slog-swept Scott Styris over cover for six before playing a shot that, surely, has never been played in international cricket before.
Again, he swapped his hands around and hit Styris high over long off. Styris simply shrugged his shoulders and KP's value in the IPL went up another notch or two.
The most amazing innings of the day was produced by Owais Shah whose 49 came from only 25 balls. Bear in mind that when he went in, his priority would have been to give the strike to Pietersen.
He played some remarkable shots - a mixture between clever deflections and towering sixes - and it was his contribution that drove the final nail into New Zealand's coffin.
Stuart Broad's bowling stood out once again. I was interested in the way both he and Wright bowled a number of balls with their fingers across the seam. This can, given a receptive pitch, make the ball stop a fraction and cause the batsman to mis-time their strokes.
Two wickets fell to that ploy, including Ross Taylor's, who planted a defensive block straight down long on's throat.
New Zealand needed to get their show on the road, but failed to rise to the occasion.
Unless they can pull themselves together at Edgbaston on Wednesday - and getting Jacob Oram on the field would help - their tour could end very disappointingly indeed.