It’s rare that a side scores 299 in a one-day international and yet has such an underwhelming batting card. Who got the runs? Somehow, it was no-one.
To be fair, Eoin Morgan’s 58 off 41 balls was pretty eye-catching, but it still falls slightly short of significance somehow, particularly after England rather inevitably failed to defend that total.
The steady, everyone-gets-double-figures nature of that batting card made more sense for the brief period later in the game when Dimitri Mascarenhas and Ravi Bopara were bowling in tandem. England are clearly working to the New Zealand template: everyone bats (a bit) and everyone bowls (medium pace).