England vs New Zealand: England beat NZ by 8 wickets in 2nd ODI

Ross Taylor of New Zealand celebrates scoring 100 runs against England

"I thought the way we bowled up front was outstanding," Cook said. "Steven Finn and James Anderson really bowled well.

"We gave them nothing to get going, took some wickets and put them under pressure. It was really only a fantastic knock by Brendon McCullum that got them up to a decent score."

After 10 overs New Zealand was 21-2, after 20it was 59-2 and at the midpoint of the innings 89-2 while England was 106-1 after 25 overs.

"The England bowlers put us under a lot of pressure early on today and kept us at bay," McCullum said. "Obviously with their batting as well they played brilliantly to be able to knock off 270 reasonably comfortably."

McCullum boosted New Zealand toward a competitive total, reaching his half century from only 26 balls with a six off Stuart Broad. When Broad claimed his wicket in the 47th over, McCullum had hit 74 runs from 36 balls with nine boundaries and four sixes.

Taylor scratched for runs at first, battling ongoing problems with timing and judgment, but he settled, then blossomed when McCullum relieved the pressure on the New Zealand middle order. The former captain, fired and replaced by McCullum late last year, provided the perfect foil for his new captain in a partnership which provided exactly 100 runs from nine overs.

Cook wasn't able to restrain the New Zealand pair but he rotated his bowling attack expertly and after slowing the scoring at the top of the innings, he reintroduced Anderson and Finn and closed down the scoring at the end. New Zealand was 243-5 when McCullum was out but lost its last six wickets for 26 runs.

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