TL;DR: Bairstow blitz powers England to series win

Ross Taylor

TL;DR: Bairstow blitz powers England to series win

Not for the first time, it was the bowlers who put England in contention, restricting New Zealand to 223 all out. 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. To go further back, over the last two years England have lost a single bilateral one-day series, and that was in Fortress India, which is the stuff of which World Cup winners are made.

"With that, it brings a little bit of extra pressure - having to win those one-off matches - so this is a good test".

"Our top order hasn't set the platform, that's pretty clear", Hesson acknowledged on Sunday as he reviewed the ruthless way the tourists wrapped up the series.

"(Then) the way the spinners bowled through the middle was really impressive".

After achieving one milestone, Bairstow stepped up a gear.

"I'm absolutely delighted to score the hundred off 58 balls".

It was the fastest century by a England opener in one-day cricket and the third fastest by any England player. Ben Stokes (26 not out) though finished the chase in style with Joe Root (23 not out) for company.

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Woakes has set the tone for England throughout the series, taking a wicket in his first two overs in every game.

Blackcaps batsman Colin Munro.

New Zealand seemed to struggle to read the pitch.

Their latest, 3-2 against opponents who pushed them hard in a succession of tight finishes elsewhere, was never in any doubt from the moment New Zealand began fluffing their lines against some exemplary new-ball bowling from Woakes and Mark Wood.

Taylor scored a magnificent unbeaten 181 to guide the Black Caps to a five-wicket victory in match four on Wednesday, but suffered a recurrence of a left leg problem that left him limping during the match.

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

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

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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.

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

"The disappointing thing was too many soft dismissals through that middle order".

They came for a classic but Jonny Bairstow gave them a blowout. It was clean hitting.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson: "We lacked discipline with the bat".

Eoin Morgan, in his 200th ODI, won a crucial toss and backed his bowlers in the field.

"I think, certainly, as a batting unit we didn't really fire in terms of the balance we wanted to put out there", Hesson said.

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