Powerful England excite Broad
Stuart Broad is hoping Saturday's record-breaking victory over New Zealand is a sign of special things to come from his England Twenty20 team.
In a six-hitting spectacular at Eden Park, the tourists finished streets ahead with 15 of the 23 struck - many over the uniquely short straight boundaries at this venue.
After Eoin Morgan and Luke Wright had powered England to 214 for seven, 12 runs more than the former ICC World Twenty20 champions have ever previously made in the shortest format, Broad's career-best four for 24 helped to complete the job.
New Zealand's 174 for nine under lights left them losers by 40 runs, and 1-0 down with two matches still to play in Hamilton and Wellington.
Morgan's 46 was England's top score, but their six-hitters just kept coming - and then Wright, Steven Finn (three for 39) and Broad provided the wickets which meant the hosts' run chase was never quite competitive.
The England captain reflected afterwards on an impressive collective performance which left him wanting more of the same.
"It was a really good experience to be out there today - a record batting score for us, and the energy out there in the field was fantastic," said Broad.
"It was really calm, but a lot of buzz out there - and that's what you're looking for.
"It was pretty much the complete performance from us today.
"The power we have is hugely exciting.
"Our challenge now is to make it as good as it was today at Hamilton."
The strange dimensions of the playing surface for this first match lend themselves to an extreme version of cricket.
But that said, there was no doubt England adapted far better than their hosts.
"You're not going to see smaller straight boundaries than that. Fielding at mid-off was pretty much long-off," said Broad.
"But some of the striking would be sixes anywhere in the world.
"It was probably quite a good toss to lose in the end, because we saw how we batted on it and then communicated really well and defended the smaller boundaries well.
"We knew we wanted to go into the wicket, take pace off the ball and get the guys hitting to the bigger boundaries - and that really worked for us.
"We made it difficult for the New Zealand batsmen to time the ball and settle into any rhythm.
"It was just a chip for the spin. We saw Jos Buttler came in, and from ball one pretty much played a back-foot punch for six over long-on."
The vulnerability of James Tredwell and Samit Patel therefore made it a necessity that Wright's medium-pace did not let England down.
The all-rounder bowled his full four overs for 29 runs, and took two wickets - much to Broad's satisfaction.
"For a guy who's not bowled a huge amount this winter, he did really well.
"It's been fantastic to have him back in the team. He's obviously got a lot of experience of Twenty20 cricket in all conditions now.
"He is a wonderful striker of a ball ... and he offers that bowling skill as well if he is needed."
Even with England's best ever total on the board, Broad knew he could not take New Zealand's destructive batting line-up lightly - and he was relieved to see Morgan take a cool catch under a mis-hit skier to see off home captain Brendon McCullum early.
"You never think it's safe with the likes of McCullum and (Ross) Taylor in their team.
"We were very aware that wickets were going to be crucial for us, and that's why Morgan's catch was absolutely fantastic to get rid of such a key man."
McCullum rued his team's poor catching - five chances went down in all - and gave due credit to England.
"They put us under pressure right from the get-go, and we were never able to claw it back," he said.
"No one means to drop catches. But five drops in a Twenty20 game is never going to help your cause.
"It's an area we normally pride ourselves on. Tonight we were off the pace, with our bowling and batting as well."
McCullum pointed out too that, despite the short boundaries, the match took place on a level playing field.
"It does bring a quirk to it," he said.
"But that is no excuse from our point of view - we knew the boundary sizes when we came into this game, and they seemed to be able to access them pretty well."