Bairstow leads England to series triumph

10 March 2018 04:52:50 EST

A century from Jonny Bairstow guided England to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand as they clinched the one-day series 3-2.

In the absence of Ross Taylor, the hero from the Kiwis victory in the fourth one-day international, the home side's batting order lacked stability and they never recovered from a bad start.

Kane Williamson's side found themselves at 93-6 at one point before Mitchell Santner (67) and Henry Nicholls (55) helped the Black Caps post an under-par total of 223.

Chris Woakes finished with figures of 3-32 and Adil Rashid 3-42 as England produced a controlled bowling display to restrict New Zealand.

The tourists then showed their aggressiveness with the bat to chase down the Kiwi's total in under 33 overs, opener Bairstow smashing nine fours ands six sixes as he completed his century in 58 balls.

Bairstow was eventually dismissed for 104 to leave his average for the series at 60.40, while Alex Hales made 61 as England made it six successive ODI series victories.

Despite hitting three figurees for the fourth time in his last 15 ODI matches, Bairstow believes there is still more to come from him in the batting stakes for England.

"Obviously opening the batting is a bit different to batting in the middle order so my job is now to go out, try and score big hundreds and contribute to match-winning scores," he said.

"That's something I'm really trying to set my mark out to do. It's something that is still a work in progress and will hopefully continue to be for a long time."

The two teams will now switch their focus to a two-Test series which gets underway on 22nd March.

Meanwhile, England are 5/2 to win the Cricket World Cup next year as they continue to impress in the 50-over format, while New Zealand are 9/1.

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