MANCHESTER (UK), June 24 (AFP): England set themselves up for the Ashes by ensuring New Zealand�s tour ended in a comprehensive defeat as they thrashed the Black Caps by 56 runs in the lone Twenty20 international at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
New Zealand, set 192 for victory, collapsed to 135 all out as they lost their last five wickets for four runs in 12 balls.
For England, it was the ideal way to sign off ahead of the Ashes after they had shared the two Test series 1-1 and defeated New Zealand, who humiliated them en route to the World Cup final, 3-2 in a thrilling one-day international series.
The first Test against Australia starts in Cardiff on July 8.
Tuesday saw left-arm paceman David Willey (three for 22) and fast bowler Mark Wood (three for 26) mark their England debuts at this level in style.
England�s Joe Root was named man-of-the-match for his 68 in the hosts� 191 for seven.
�This felt a million miles away after the World Cup,� said England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan.
England: Roy run out 23, Hales c B McCullum b Santner 27, Root c Guptill b McClenaghan 68, Bairstow b Santner 1, Morgan c Taylor b Henry 4, Billings c Ronchi b McClenaghan 21, Stokes not out 24, Willey c Santner b Southee 6, Rashid not out 7. Extras: (bl, lb2, w7) 10. Total: (7 wkts, 20 overs) 191. Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-76, 3-79, 4-101, 5-144, 6-157, 7-169. Bowling: Santner 4-0-28-2; McClenaghan 4-0-37-2 (1w); Southee 4-0-45-1 (1w); N McCullum 4-0-46-0 (5w); Henry 4-0-32-1
New Zealand: Guptill b Willey 6, McCullum b Wood 35, Williamson run out 57, Taylor c Willey b Rashid 17, Munro b Stokes 1, Ronchi c Bairstow b Stokes 5, Santner b Wood 9, N McCullum c Finn b Willey 3, Southee c Morgan b Wood 0, Henry not out 0, McClenaghan c Bairstow b Willey 0. Extras: (lb1, w1) 2. Total: (all out, 16.2 overs) 135. Fall of wickets: 1-6 , 2-48, 3-89, 4-95, 5-101, 6-131, 7-131, 8-131, 9-135, 10-135. Bowling: Willey 2.2-0-22-3 (1w); Finn 4-0-29-0; Wood 3-0-26-3; Rashid 4-0-33-1; Stokes 3-0-24-2.