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im Southee took 7-33 in the most

destructive spell in New Zealand’s

one-day international (ODI) history,

and Brendon McCullum made the

fastest 50 in a Cricket World Cup as

the tournament co-hosts crushed

England by eight wickets yesterday.

Southee hurried England out for 123 in

33.2 overs, then McCullum made the embar-

rassment deeper when he smashed 77 from

25 balls, reaching a half century from 18

deliveries – the third fastest in the history of

one-day internationals after A.B. de Villiers

(16 balls) and Shahid Afridi (17).

Southee’s devastating second spell, when

he took 5-10 in four overs, and McCullum’s

ruthless onslaught saw New Zealand com-

plete its third straight win in Pool A within

seven days.

It won with 37.4 overs to spare before the

floodlights had been turned on in the day-

night match.

No victory against a top team in New

Zealand’s ODI history has been more com-

prehensive or executed with more callous


Southee began a record-breaking day with

the ball: he beat his own best ODI return of

5-33, then went on the surpass Shane Bond’s

6-23 (against India) to produce the best

bowling return by a New Zealander in the

50-over format.

To prove it wasn’t the pitch playing tricks

on the batsmen, McCullum went out and beat

his own record for the fastest 50 in a World

Cup innings – which

stood at 20 balls and

was achieved against

Canada eight years

ago. He beat his own

record for the fastest

international 50 by a

New Zealander.

McCullum didn’t just

dominate, but devoured

the England bowling,

hitting eight fours and

seven sixes, taking

18 runs from Stuart

Broad’s first over and

49 runs from two

overs bowled by Steve


Morgan was out for 17 when England was

104-4 in the 27th over, having batted for 51

minutes and faced 41 balls which did little to

alleviate his batting slump or the personal

ordeal this tournament has become.


He’d barely left the field when James Taylor

– England’s best batsman with 98 in its loss to

Australia – was bowled by Southee for zero.

That sparked the last unravelling of the


Jos Buttler (three) followed Taylor, Chris

Woakes (one) was bowled three balls later,

Stuart Broad went for four, and Steve Finn for

zero as England’s last seven wickets fell for

19 runs.





NZ embarrass England

New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum plays a shot during their

Cricket World Cup match against England in Wellington, New

Zealand, yesterday.