Joe Root urges England to maintain aggression
England vice-captain Joe Root wants his side to carry on the aggression that gave them a historical win against New Zealand in the first One-Day International on Tuesday.
Root, who scored a counter-attacking century, that set the platform for England’s first ever ODI total of 400, is aware of the expectations after the flawless performance at Edgbaston.
"Obviously the way we played there was pretty much the perfect performance," said Root.
"I suppose our challenge now is to try and do that more consistently.
"We've shown we can do it, and it's certainly something we'll look to replicate on Friday.”
Root doesn’t want England to relax despite having taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after their biggest ever margin of victory by runs in an ODI.
The 24-year-old insists that England will continue to dish out their new-look aggressive intent on the opposition during the second ODI which begins on Friday at The Oval.
While the attacking intent produced results in a big way at Edgbaston, Root knows that the consistency of the performances will be key for the young England side.
“We'll go out there with a similar frame of mind to take on New Zealand.
"We've now done that, we know we can do it - can we go and do it again on Friday?
"It's about taking the same mindset, same approach and hope we can do the same thing."
While making his side’s intentions clear ahead of the second ODI, Root knows that England cannot afford to underestimate their opponents.
Heaping praises on Brendon McCullum’s New Zealand outfit, Root stated that England will have to be on their toes to maintain their winning ways in the series.
"We're not naive enough to think they won't come back hard at us, because they're a great side," Root added.
"They've proved that now for the last couple of years in one-day cricket, and we're going to have to play extremely well to get another win under our belts."
The two sides have faced each other at The Oval three times previously with England winning twice while New Zealand won the last encounter at the venue which was back in 2008.
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