Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

TL;DR: Bairstow blitz powers England to series win

TL;DR: Bairstow blitz powers England to series win

Bairstow's 104 off 60 deliveries, backed by 61 from fellow opener Alex Hales transformed the winner-takes-all showdown from an expected tight contest into a one-way event. They slumped to 93 for six in the 27th over and only had the innings rescued by an 84-run partnership between Mitchell Santner (67) and Henry Nicholls (55).

Accurate with the ball and showing a controlled aggression with the bat, England look a settled one-day side and, as shown with Hales coming in for Roy after he suffered a back spasm, they have good depth available to them.

England were helped by the absence of New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, who was ruled out with a thigh injury that he aggravated when he scored an unbeaten 181 in the five-wicket win in the fourth game on Wednesday.

Mark Wood bowled Kane Williamson for 14 before spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali stepped up to decimate the middle of the New Zealand innings. In the end, it was Ben Stokes who finished with a couple of enormous sixes off Ish Sodhi and stamped England's authority on what was a thoroughly competitive series barring the last game.

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

After the first four ODIs, which had the series level at 2-2, the England bowling attack had the New Zealand batsmen well worked out.

The only real blot on England's record over the past year was last summer's Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to Pakistan in Cardiff.

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For now, the focus will switch to red-ball cricket as New Zealand prepare to face England in a two-match Test series at home.

New Zealand's test squad will be predictable with wicketkeeper BJ Watling likely to be the only major change from the side that beat the West Indies 2-0 in early December.

That would be Curran's only involvement till the 40th over, by which point New Zealand had turned around their position to 151 for six.

After he had followed his 138 in defeat in Dunedin three days earlier with the fastest ODI hundred by an England opener, Bairstow was on a high personally - and also on behalf of a team who had recovered their composure so emphatically. Hales adjusted well to catch Santner in the deep, before Bairstow took a superb, one-handed diving catch on the boundary to dismiss Tim Southee for 10. Nicholls hit Root's off-spin for six but he top-edged Tom Curran to short leg at an inopportune moment.

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.

Some of his hitting straight and over mid-wicket was as clean as anybody could wish to see. That's something I'm really trying to set my marker out to do.

England captain Eoin Morgan, who won the toss and opted to bowl first, said: "I thought our bowlers set the tone after winning the toss, took advantage of the bounce, good line and length, the execution was outstanding, and we created opportunities by building pressure".

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