Cook laments England loss

England's Alastair Cook is bowled
England's Alastair Cook is bowled
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The sun shone, the beer flowed – and so did the runs.

The trouble was, they came from New Zealand batsmen.

England have an impressive record at the Ageas Bowl.

Actually, make that they had an impressive record.

Their past two visits to Hampshire have now ended in defeat.

And they haven’t been close affairs, either.

The defeat to South Africa last August ended in a loss by 80 runs.

This time it was even worse as New Zealand bullied their way to victory by 86 runs.

The one-day international record at the venue now reads: played 10, won six and lost four. The losses are catching up fast.

To be fair, it would have made little difference where the game was played, with Martin Guptill in the kind of form to hammer 189 not out and the England bowlers struggling for any kind of control.

And skipper Alastair Cook – without Stuart Broad and Steven Finn – knew those pressing their claims for selection instead boosted the absent duo’s claims for an instant recall.

Cook said: ‘It’s been a tough couple of games.

‘When you lose bowlers of the quality of Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, it does leave a hole.

‘It gave an opportunity to guys to step up and show what they can do.

‘It’s been tough but we have learned a lot about these players and about us as a side for the future.

‘It’s obviously a concern that the standards we have played to haven’t been good enough.

‘We need to look at a few things.’

One man who certainly did step up for England was Jonathan Trott, who played a fine innings with an unbeaten 109.

On another day, it would have been a match-winning knock.

This time around, it was the cricketing equivalent of a consolation goal in a 5-1 battering.

While he excelled with the bat, Trott had a mixed day in the field.

He can certainly share some of the blame for New Zealand’s stunning total.

Guptill was on just 13 when he blasted a shot straight at Trott from a Chris Woakes delivery, only for the fielder to get himself in a tangle and put the chance down.

Trott got himself in even more of a mess in the late blitz from the New Zealand innings, attempting a catch on the boundary.

His effort saw him anticipate that his momentum would take him over the rope, and as he threw the ball back in play attempting to take the catch again, he lost sight of where he’d thrown it.

With a comical blank expression on his face, it dropped to the turf behind him.

It was a tough chance and would have been a world-class catch.

But he didn’t take it and an unforgiving crowd greeted him with ironic cheers as he completed a routine piece of fielding soon afterwards.

He delivered his own answer to his critics with the bat during the England innings – and the Ageas Bowl crowd gave him a warm ovation.

But most knew the game was up by that point.

Cook said: ‘Trott’s innings was an outstanding hundred.

‘It was a tough day but huge credit must go to Guptill for the way he played.

‘To get 189 in a one-day game was a very special effort.

‘Even at the end, we saw how hard it is to defend at the Ageas Bowl and I was thinking “if only we were only two or three wickets down”.

‘But New Zealand earned the right to put us under that pressure by getting 359. Any side chasing that would find it hard.’