England aim for sixth-straight ODI gong

12 March, 2018, 03:29 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Blackcaps batsman Colin Munro

But exemplary new ball work from Mark Wood and Chris Woakes - named man of the series for his 10 wickets at 20.30 - reduced the Blackcaps to 26 for two, before Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali combined, bowling their full allocations through unhindered, to inflict a collapse of four wickets for 33 runs.

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson has plenty to ponder with their ODI side, 15 months out from the Cricket World Cup in England.

"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. Officially, a four and six from Ben Stokes saw England home by 108 balls.

New Zealand, sent into bat, stumbled to 93 for six as the top order fell with an all-too-familiar regularity before Henry Nicholls and Mitch Santner put some steel in the innings with an 84-run stand.

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.

The Black Caps have held off a making on whether batsman Ross Taylor will play in the series decider against England until just before the match in Christchurch tomorrow.

Rohan Mustafa and Mohammad Naveed were special for the United Arab Emirates in the first game with 95 runs and a five-wicket haul as they completed a 56-run victory in their opening game against Papua New Guinea.

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

New Zealand finished with a 10 win-three loss ODI record for the home summer after winning eight straight matches against the woeful West Indies and Champions Trophy champions, Pakistan, who were well below their best.


Later, in 32.4 overs team England easily chased the score.

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. They are a far cry from the team that arrived in New Zealand for the World Cup three years ago.

New Zealand's inconsistency with the bat was a worry with the side guilty of losing too many early wickets, which left the middle order with too much to do.

Ironically before the fifth and deciding ODI, Bairstow had actually suggested he would relish at the opportunity of wearing the wicketkeeping gloves for England in limited-overs cricket.

They came for a classic but Jonny Bairstow gave them a blowout. "No bowler was been able to contain him".

"The way the guys have taken wickets early on has enabled us to turn the screws in the middle", Bairstow said.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and England captain Eoin Morgan.

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

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