Jonny Bairstow crushed Kiwis, England won the series

Jonny Bairstow crushed Kiwis, England won the series

There was little doubt about England's prowess on true batting pitches, but questions remained how willing they were to curb their natural instincts with the Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan and two startling collapses against the swinging ball, at Lord's and in Adelaide, as examples.

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson is confident Ross Taylor will be fit for the first test against England in Auckland. Hales's tumbling effort at deep square leg set the standard, only for Bairstow to better it two balls later: a one-handed grab after scarpering along the boundary, within a whisker of the sponge, accounting for Tim Southee.

Taylor took his 181 runs from 147 balls with 17 fours and six sixes, gradually making the impossible look possible.

England hunted the same target to win by six wickets with 73 balls to spare at Mt Maunganui in the second match of the series.

With just 15 months left for the World cup, New Zealand find themselves in a tricky situation to set things right especially with their next ODI assignment being six months away.

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Though Taylor-Kane Williamson occupies the most runs scored in a partnership since the start of 2014 in the world with 2500 runs that includes ten century and ten half-century stand, Taylor-Latham is not far behind. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro follow. The Black Caps are as expected.

Mitchell Santner came to the rescue again in his finest ODI batting series, but his acceleration was tethered to a lack of wickets-in-hand.

At one stage he pumped five sixes from eight balls off Ish Sodhi who finished with one for 78 from 7.4 overs. It was touch-and-go between them and Colin Munro as to who disappeared fastest.

ENG: 1. Alex Hales, 2.

JONNY BAIRSTOW scored a blistering one-day worldwide century for the second time in three days. Eoin Morgan (c), 5.

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What has been impressive is his play against the spinner, having swept Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali and coming out of the crease with good effect to keep the scoreboard moving. Five months after the incident in Bristol that led to a not-guilty plea to a charge of affray, Ben Stokes returned to worldwide cricket. Nicholls hit Root's off-spin for six but he top-edged Tom Curran to short leg at an inopportune moment. Both smashed the ball to all the parts of the Hagley Oval. "We didn't get a complete performance all series, but England were outstanding, a very good one-day unit, and deserved to win the series".

It took an 84-run seventh-wicket stand between Santner and Henry Nicholls to add some respectability to the New Zealand tally. The match he was run out in and the two he missed, New Zealand lost.

England on the other hand will be looking to clinch their sixth straight ODI series win, with the only real questions surrounding who to pick as their third seamer, with Mark Wood and David Willey battling it out for the final spot in today's XI.

First on this list is a recent performance from Jason Roy at MCG.

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