Being an England fan, it was horrible viewing and I really do feel for the players. It just proved the gulf between the two sides and you’re not talking about a major difference in the skill levels, it’s just about approaches and tactics.
Tim Southee was world-class. He got very late swing and, with his accuracy, that was what was causing the problems. The approach of England’s batsmen was pretty conservative and almost like a Test match.
Brendon McCullum wasn’t worried about the ball swinging, he was trying to stop it swinging as quickly as possible and putting the ball into the stands twice is the way to do it.
Southee is a world-class bowler going about his business and making good international players look amateurish at times.
McCullum did exactly the same. He’s one of the world’s best strikers of a cricket ball and there was no way he was going to be sedate. It was just pure entertainment to get it away from England from the first ball.
The bowlers knew they had to try to get him out but the game had gone after a couple of overs of his striking, it was that brutal.
I really do feel for Eoin Morgan. He’s taken over the captaincy right at the last minute and he’s carrying the can for a lot of the work that’s gone on over the past year. I think he can be a Brendon McCullum in the future in the way he’ll want the team to move forward and get the right players into the right positions. McCullum has been in charge of this team for nearly two years now and he’s put his stamp on them and they’ve grown under his leadership and he’s getting the best out of his players.