Jonny Bairstow ton helps England win series against New Zealand

Blackcaps batsman Colin Munro

Taylor hit a six off Woakes in the 48th over, then New Zealand reached the 49th over needing 13 from 12 balls.

He added 155 runs with Alex Hales (61) for the opening wicket before the hosts came back with quick wickets. "You never win a game like that in the first 10 overs but you certainly do lose it".

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 took a hold of this match early on, reducing their opponents to 93 for six in the 27th over.

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

After achieving one milestone, Bairstow stepped up a gear.

Altogether, the flame-haired Yorkshireman struck nine fours and six sixes before being out hit-wicket as he attempted another aggressive shot against Trent Boult. It was nearly a surprise when he fell, hitting his stumps as he attempted to cut Boult. 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.

Taylor aggravated a thigh injury in making 181 not in Wednesday's win in Dunedin which levelled the five match series at two games all. Finally England got the series as the better team.

Blackcaps batsman Colin Munro.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, a Yorkshire team-mate of Bairstow's, set aside his disappointment to deliver credit where it was due.

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They had fortunate escapes with record fourth-wicket partnerships between Ross Taylor and Tom Latham in the victories at Hamilton and Dunedin.

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. However, he goes at a wider one next ball, lucky not to be caught at cover.

Despite Nicholls and Santner's efforts, New Zealand were not able to recover from a poor start.

The rain has stayed away and Hagley Oval is a picture!

While the Black Caps end this series wth questions over their batting line-up, England's bowling attack looks secure.

Three years on from being finalists in the 2015 World Cup, where they lost to Australia in Melbourne, New Zealand are now struggling to get an innings underway as they build towards the next showpiece in May 2019.

"The disappointing thing was too many soft dismissals through that middle-order", said Williamson.

JONNY BAIRSTOW scored a blistering one-day global century for the second time in three days. "It was a brilliant innings by Jonny - hitting the ball cleanly like he has all series". He cut, he swept, he drove. His experience, ability to bat long periods on hard surfaces and reputation for digging New Zealand out of trouble with the bat, should see him preferred over Blundell against a quality English attack.

It was the England bowlers who set up the win, bowling out the hosts for 223. "I think [it was great] the way the guys went out in a game that people had compared to a knockout in the World Cup next year and said "Right, this is how we'll react".

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