Breathtaking Bairstow outshines Nicholls and Santner... PLAYER RATINGS

England put in a barnstorming effort to take the decisive fifth ODI. The Cricketer assesses the individual performances of the two sets of players


England put in a barnstorming effort to take the decisive fifth ODI.

The Cricketer assesses the individual performances of the two sets of players...


Martin Guptill (47): New Zealand needed the senior batsman to stick around a lot longer than he did, perhaps attacked too early. 6.5

Colin Munro (0): A forgettable end to a forgettable series for the opener who is set to give up the red-ball game. 1

Kane Williamson (14): Skipper beaten by the skill of Mark Wood. 4

Tom Latham (10): Simple chance flicked to Ben Stokes at mid-on. 3

Mark Chapman (0): Utterly bamboozled by Moeen, off peg knocked back, just nine runs in three matches in the series. 1

Colin de Grandhomme (6 & 0-33): Couldn’t resist a big old heave against Rashid, couldn’t get it out of the screws. Poor decision making under the circumstances. 2

Henry Nicholls (55): Has had a poor series up until today, impressed under both personal and match pressure. 8

Mitchell Santner (67 & 1-44): Santner has been a revelation with the bat in this series. Coming into it he had no ODI fifties to his name, now he has two. 8.5

Tim Southee (10 & 0-20): Compared to the rest of the seamers, kept it tight, bowled the only maiden in New Zealand’s fielding effort. 6

Ish Sodhi (5 & 1-78): Went at an eye-watering 10.17 an over, was smashed for seven sixes, then had salt stamped in the wounds with an absolute dolly dropped off his bowling. Not his day. 2

Trent Boult (2* & 1-50): Expensive today and sent down a few wides. 3



Jonny Bairstow (104): A box-office innings to make it back-to-back hundreds. Took a one-handed blinder in the field as well. 10

Alex Hales (61): Played sensibly, a well-crafted half-century to make sure he is not a forgotten man. 8

Joe Root (0-15 & 23*): Steered England through the final furlong. 7

Eoin Morgan (8): Will be frustrated with his dismissal, wasn’t a good delivery, should have been hit out of the ground. 4

Ben Stokes (0-23 & 26*): A little wayward in first spell with the ball, released some of the pressure Woakes & Wood had created. Typically entertaining flourish with the bat. 6

Jos Buttler (one catch, DNB): Not a great deal of work to do for the Buttler. 5

Moeen Ali (1-39): Tight, Chapman made to look a little foolish for the wicket delivery. 7 

Chris Woakes (3-32): Brilliant from the off again, wonderful control and has a knack of picking up those early wickets. Named man of the series. 9

Tom Curran (2-46): Doesn’t get much of a look in early in the innings, picked up two wickets when he came on but went for 7.88 an over. 5

Adil Rashid (3-42): So good at luring batsmen into the mistake. 8

Mark Wood (1-26): Kept things tight alongside Woakes, built up pressure then released one wide of the crease to get the crucial wicket of Williamson. 8



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