Jos Buttler already has unique billing as the scorer of the two fastest hundreds in England’s one-day international history - and he hopes to go even quicker in future.
Buttler added a 66-ball century, in England’s record-breaking Royal London Series victory over World Cup finalists New Zealand at Edgbaston, to add to the Lord’s hundred he smashed off only 61 against Sri Lanka last summer.
His big-hitting, and some too from Joe Root above him - the Yorkshireman raced to three figures in 71 balls, to become England’s third-fastest for around an hour or so before Buttler overtook him - carried the hosts into unchartered territory with their first ever 400-plus ODI total.
The Kiwis, who had trounced England in Wellington in their last meeting four months ago, folded to 198 all out to go 1-0 down in the five-match series.
England recorded their biggest runs margin of victory, 210, leaving Buttler to expound afterwards as to what may still be possible as the transformation of Eoin Morgan’s team gathers pace.
Captain Morgan, and his deputy Buttler, both spoke before Tuesday’s match about the collective decision to ditch the conservatism associated with their woeful World Cup winter.
Buttler shared a world-record seventh-wicket stand of 177 with Adil Rashid and said: “I feel really proud. Throughout my career, that is the way I enjoy playing cricket.
“My method is to score as many as I can as quick as I can.”