Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

New Zealand dealt Taylor blow ahead of England decider

New Zealand dealt Taylor blow ahead of England decider

A masterful century by Jonny Bairstow complemented an exceptional bowling spell as England cruised to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand to claim the one-day worldwide series 3-2 in Christchurch on Saturday.

Tight England bowling restricted New Zealand to 223 in their deciding one-day global with the innings propped up by half centuries from Mitchell Santner and Henry Nicholls. Chris Woakes (3-32) and Adil Rashid (3-42) wreaked havoc, helping to reduce the Kiwis to 93-6. After a fitness examination this morning and discussion with medical staff it was decided he wouldn't be able to play today and would be at high risk of significantly aggravating the injury ahead of the Test series.

Bairstow said: "They set the platform as they have done first up all the way though the series".

"This series was probably more seen as a bit of a pinnacle event in terms of wanting to perform well. My job is to go out and score big hundreds and score match-winning's work in progress".

In the fourth ODI, New Zealand were two for two before Ross Taylor saved the day with his unbeaten 181.

He said the series was a pinnacle event in the summer, at least with the white ball, and it was a disappointing all-round performance. The aggressive nature that we play, we want to impart that on a game at any stage. It was a shame. Had England batted first, or if they had been forced to chase 300, then there would have been a clearer indication of whether they are becoming mentally strong enough to win a global tournament, in comparison to all previous England one-day sides that have buckled.

Bairstow dominated the bowlers, smashing nine fours and six sixes as he thrashed a century from just 58 balls.

He eventually brought about his own downfall by belting the stumps as he stepped back to cut a wide Trent Boult delivery.

He partnered well with Hales, the two taking sharp singles, before Bairstow began to cut loose. The opening stand of 155 in just 20 overs sucked all the fighting spirits of New Zealand with Hales also scoring 61 off 74 balls in his comeback game.

In all five ODI innings against England, New Zealand had to rely on a handful of individual performances to get them through with two centuries by Taylor, one from Kane Williamson and an impressive total of 216 runs by number eight batsman Santner.

New Zealand lost Colin Munro in the first over to Woakes (three for 32), for a second-ball duck in the first over when he mistimed an attempted leg-side flick to loop an easy catch for Jos Buttler. After his two major partnerships he also worked up important late stands of 30 with Colin de Grandhomme (23 from 12 balls) for the fifth wicket and 36 with Henry Nicholls (13 not out) who hit six runs from the third ball of the final over, bowled by Tom Curran, for the winnings runs.

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