Jonny Bairstow's Century Powers England To Series Win Over New Zealand

13 March, 2018, 11:20 | Author: Jason Torres
  • England's Jason Roy

England welcome Alex Hales back into the XI for the series-deciding match after Jason Roy was ruled out due to back spasms.

England, building towards the 2019 World Cup on home soil, have now won five successive ODI series.

Santner finished with 216 runs in four innings - at an average of 108 - before he fell to the first of two outstanding outfield catches in the 49th over off Woakes.

However, with one eye on the two-match Test series between the teams, which begins this month, New Zealand have opted not to risk Taylor's fitness.

"(Then) the way the spinners bowled through the middle was really impressive". Both slammed half-centuries with the latter being more enterprising.

After achieving one milestone, Bairstow stepped up a gear.

Bairstow was intent on completing the job in style, following his century in Dunedin three days ago with another brutal innings - including 22 off one over from leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.

Altogether, the flame-haired Yorkshireman struck nine fours and six sixes before being out hit-wicket as he attempted another aggressive shot against Trent Boult. Bairstow reached three figures from 58 balls, moving from 50 to 100 in just 20 balls. It was nearly a surprise when he fell, hitting his stumps as he attempted to cut Boult.

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"Throughout this series, there were some very good one-off performances, but it probably overshadowed a batting line-up that hasn't quite fired".

The best and longest stand by openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro was 12 off 13 deliveries in the third ODI. It was left to Nicholls and Santner to rescue the innings as they came together at 93-6. Adil Rashid, 10. Tom Curran, 11.

England were lax at times in the field, with Moeen dropping Santner on 57, but they improved in the final overs.

They delivered all that could reasonably be expected, putting on 84, Nicholls with a 73-ball half-century on his home ground and Santner capping his remarkable series from number eight with a new career-best.

Though Tom Latham showed development in the middle-order role - combining with Taylor for stands of 178 and 187 - the loss of either Taylor or Williamson is too great a burden for the team to cover.

A blistering hundred from Jonny Bairstow turned what could have been a tricky day for England into a stroll in the park at Hagley Oval yesterday.

Some of his hitting straight and over mid-wicket was as clean as anybody could wish to see. He cut, he swept, he drove.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson: "We lacked discipline with the bat". 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. "I think [it was great] the way the guys went out in a game that people had compared to a knockout in the World Cup next year and said "Right, this is how we'll react".

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