Bairstow, bowers fire England to series win

Bairstow, bowers fire England to series win

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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.

New Zealand was deprived of its most reliable batsman when Taylor withdrew shortly before the start of play Saturday with a leg injury which has troubled him throughout the series.

Woakes was named player of the series following his 10-wicket haul over the five matches and the paceman added: "Thought there were a few better knocks than my bowling, but happy to take it, nice to come out on top in a tight series". They were tottering at 93 for 6 and it was only thanks to the 84-run stand between Mitchell Santner (67) and Henry Nicholls (55) that the Kiwis crossed the 200-run mark.

New Zealand's one-day batting frailties have been brutally exposed by England with just 15 months to go for the 2019 World Cup, causing deep concern for coach Mike Hesson.

But however, this two teams have returned from the last T20I tournament which was Trans Tasman Tri Series where Australia and New Zealand were the local team and England was the guest team.

Hales reached his half-century in 67 balls before picking out Williamson at mid-wicket in the 24th over to give Santner a wicket.

Colin Munro went on the second ball he faced, caught behind off Woakes for the third time in five innings and for his second consecutive duck. In the end, it was Ben Stokes who finished with a couple of big sixes off Ish Sodhi and stamped England's authority on what was a thoroughly competitive series barring the last game.

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Hales was the second wicket to fall when England were on 177 and just 47 runs short of victory.

They timed their partnership well, first being cautious against Moeen and Rashid to make their way to half-centuries, before accelerating.

A previously-out-of-form Nicholls made a restorative 50 before becoming Tom Curran's first wicket.

"It was a really disappointing effort from our part", he said.

In the last ODI chasing a 300 plus score, Latham scored 65 runs to nearly taking his side close to victory.

It needed three from the last over: the first two balls bowled by Tom Curran yielded no run, but Nicholls hit the third for six into the midst of an excited crowd to end the game.

Former New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney on Test Match Special: "New Zealand's middle order looked to me as though they didn't know how to defend spin bowling, let alone attack it. Chapman's dismissal was bad".

"If you only have five options that means you've got to drop another bowler and in the one-day game, almost every game, there is always someone for who it doesn't go as well as they'd like so it is always good to have that sixth option".

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