England, for the first time in a long time, played ODI cricket of the current era, and the result was an outstanding performance and a thrashing of New Zealand. The home team will look to carry forward the momentum, when the two sides play in the second ODI at the Oval on Friday.
Eoin Morgan, with a new-look team in tow, promised some attacking cricket from England, and his players certainly delivered, with Joe Root and Jos Buttler leading from the front via cracking centuries.
New Zealand, surprised as anyone else watching the match, just did not have an answer to the England assault, eventually caving in with the bat as well, while chasing 409, to crash to a 210-run defeat.
"Our challenge now in this game is to try and be more consistent and to keep trying to play in that positive frame of mind, but at the same time read the situation of the game," Root told ECB's official website.
"[We have to] keep looking for the positive option but not getting too carried away.
"We have got a lot of new faces in the side and we are going to make a few mistakes at times, but as long as we keep doing what we are doing and we keep the approach that we've got I'm sure it will happen more consistently for us."
The Kiwis have earned respect from the world owing to their own attack-always style, and knowing Brendon McCullum, his team will come back hard at England.
New Zealand are a formidable one-day unit, and even if they might have failed the test in pretty much the entire match at Edgbaston, they will know fortunes can turn around pretty quickly, very much like the preceding Test series.
"We're not naive enough to think they won't come back hard at us, because they're a great side," Root added.
"They've proved that now for the last couple of years in one-day cricket, and we're going to have to play extremely well to get another win under our belts."
The likes of Jason Roy, Alex Hales and Sam Billing, feeling their way into the ODI format, did not get going for England in that thumping win, and with Ben Stokes also not finding the middle of that bat, the quartet will be keen to make an impression.
With Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott in the other team, though, this 2nd ODI also promises to be an absolute cracker – just don't tell that to the bowlers.
Where to Watch Live
England vs New Zealand 2nd ODI is scheduled for a 1 pm BST (5.30 pm IST, 8 am ET, 12 am NZ time) start with live coverage in India on Star Sports2 and Stars Sports HD2. The match can also be watched via live streaming online on Starsports.com.