New Zealand held to 223 despite Santner, Nicholls fifties

England's Jason Roy

England's Jason Roy

England had always looked in control after they skittled the Black Caps for 223 in 49.5 overs, and were untroubled in reaching 229-3 in just 32.4 overs.

Bairstow scored back-to-back tons, his whirlwind century on Saturday inspiring England to a crushing seven-wicket victory in the fifth and final ODI against the Black Caps.

The fixtures will be played on March 14-15 and 16-17 and precede the two Test matches between New Zealand and England.

"We know we needed to get better in certain areas and put in a clinical and ruthless performance here, and that's exactly what we did", added Bairstow, who reflected as well on his own achievement at the top of the order.

"(Then) the way the spinners bowled through the middle was really impressive". Taking on the senior role in the absence of Roy, he was aggressive and confident as he led the chase on a flat pitch. Both slammed half-centuries with the latter being more enterprising.

After achieving one milestone, Bairstow stepped up a gear.

Often in the last decade have England's captains and coaches have talked about an "attacking brand of cricket" but only Eoin Morgan's 50-over side have successfully delivered.

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He also declared Warner was not, as he sometimes stands accused, a player who could dish out sledging but not take it. I feel like everybody needs to focus on cricket. "I'm just relieved to be able to get back on the park and move on".

In all five ODI innings against England, New Zealand had to rely on a handful of individual performances to get them through with two centuries by Taylor, one from Kane Williamson and an impressive total of 216 runs by number eight batsman Santner.

"It was great fun", Bairstow said.

Following Colin Munro's third-ball dismissal, only opener Martin Guptill (47) managed an innings of note as the hosts folded to 93-6 early in the 27th over. Realising that Tom Latham's success against quality spin in New Zealand's tour of India, Hesson pushed Latham down the order to No. 4 where he would straightway be up against spin. Woakes and Rashid ripped through their line-up as they scalped three wickets each with the other bowlers chipping in nicely and supporting them.

New Zealand did rally thanks to a 84-run partnership between Mitchell Santner and Henry Nicholls, the former hitting a career-best 67 to finish the series with an average of 108 after his previous batting heroics in Hamilton, Mount Maunganui and Wellington.

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. Hales adjusted well to catch Santner in the deep, before Bairstow took a superb, one-handed diving catch on the boundary to dismiss Tim Southee for 10. The tail were left struggling at the end against Curran's variations and the home side were bowled out for the first time in nine matches at the Hagley Oval. Besides, team England is now travelling Australia and New Zealand for long and so, they have already familiar with the environment.

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

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