BATTERED; ENGLAND v NEW ZEALAND FOURTH ODI TRENT BRIDGE; Ton-up skipper Morgan leads magnificent run chase as he and Root smash Kiwi bowlers.
Byline: DEAN WILSON Cricket Correspondent
EOIN MORGAN flexed his new-look one-day muscles, tore up the history books and helped steer England to a whopping 350-run record chase.
His eighth one-day ton, from 73 balls, was one of the brightest and best of his stellar career, and was followed by a wondrous sixth of Joe Root's, who finished 110 not out.
With Morgan's 113, England were able to top their biggest ever chase by 46 runs, which also happens to be the fourth highest of all time.
They made a mockery of New Zealand's 349-7 to win with six overs to spare and show just how much their approach to the game has changed in the space of four fun-filled, entertaining and bonkers matches.
No one was more hurt by the World Cup shambles than Morgan, handed the captaincy at the 11th hour before suffering paralysis by analysis and playing nothing like his true self.
In this series he has collected four consecutive scores over 50, something no England skipper had done. Before this seven-wicket win at Trent Bridge to level the Royal London series at 2-2 with one to play, England had been set a target of 300-plus 27 times and succeeded just twice.
But after a blistering start from Alex Hales and Jason Roy, plus more batting brilliance from Root and Morgan, England have shown no score is safe against them.
The turnaround with the bat has been little short of astonishing, but after defeats at the Kia Oval and the Ageas Bowl, interim coach Paul Farbrace insisted the currency for any team remained results, even if they were a developing side.
And this was the result to prove just how much this England team have improved.
Hales and Roy played out a maiden at the start of the England innings, but once they got going with 17 from the third over there was no looking back.
They smashed England's highest 10-over powerplay score of 97 before Hales (above) fell for 67 and Roy to an instinctive catch by Kane Williamson for 38.
It cleared the way for the Root and Morgan show that added a breathless 198, the highest England partnership for any wicket against New Zealand.
And to think that midway through the Kiwi innings it felt as though the story of this game would be rather similar to those of the previous two defeats, when dropped chances cost England dearly.
Once again their catching was abysmal as Martin Guptill (twice), Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor were all given extra lives by England's fumbling fingers. Even so, Steven Finn and Mark Wood were outstanding with the ball, bowling with good pace and hostility on a pitch that did not offer too much.
And for their 20 overs to go for 100 between them is a modern one-day miracle.
Alas there had to be a fall guy and with skipper Morgan bowling his quick men out before the death, it was left to Adil Rashid to carry the can as Mitchell Santner hit 28 from his penultimate over and the 48th of the innings.
It still was not enough.
CAPTAIN'S KNOCK Morgan celebrates his hundred with Joe Root during their record partnership
mor the merrier England skipper Eoin Morgan hits out on his way to a brilliant 113 at Trent Bridge