Jos Butler's unbeaten 47 in 16 balls and Ian Bell’s gritty knock of 82 helped England post a challenging total of 287 for the loss of six wickets against New Zealand in the third and final One-Day International at Nottingham on Wednesday.
Brendon McCullum won the toss and chose to field. With a victory in search to restore the pride, England lost their skipper Alastair Cook very early in the innings. Mitchell McClenaghan bowled a beautiful delivery which nipped back to hit the pads of Cook right in front of the leg stump.
Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott restored the shaky start patiently with a 66-run partnership before McClenaghan struck again. Trott tried to play across a delivery and missed it. The umpire had no hesitation in giving it in the bowler’s favour as England’s No.3 walked back scoring a well paced 37.