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  2. Bairstow, in for Buttler, hits 83 off 60 balls
  3. NZ 283-9 (50 overs) - Guptill 67, Stokes 3-52
  4. Final match of series in Durham, level at 2-2

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant and Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Right, that concludes a memorable series of ODI cricket. It's been an absolutely terrific tour, and it concludes with the T20 on Tuesday. Join us for that, until then, goodbye.

'A childhood dream'

Sam Billings tells Sky Sports: "This series has been phenomenal. It's a childhood dream, it's what you get up for every morning. It's been with a group of mates who have been fantastic. New Zealand have played some unbelievable cricket and it's been a great advertisement for ODI cricket."

Captain's reaction

England captain Eoin Morgan: "There has been some incredible cricket played over the five games. All credit to New Zealand - they've played some fantastic cricket. We've come out of left-field. Jonny Bairstow was incredible - in what was our worst batting display of the series, he stuck his hand up and won us the game.

"Everything that has happened in this series has been stuff that we've been striving for over the past few years. As we've gone around the country the support has been magnificent and we've managed to deliver some entertaining cricket.

"I had an immensely dry spell up until this series and I managed to make some contributions which was great, but it was a huge team effort. Let's hope going into the Ashes that we maintain that level."

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England batsman Jonny Bairstow: "I'm obviously delighted to come back and help the boys with the series win. It's a fantastic turnaround, and it's been great to come back into a care-free atmosphere and just play cricket. I'm really, really happy with the way that I've been striking the ball after coming back from the Caribbean and this is the icing on the cake."

Captain's reaction

Brendon McCullum
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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "It's been a tremendous series. The Test series was keenly fought and some of the cricket we've seen in this ODI series has been sensational. Both teams have played their part.

"The wicket here wasn't as quick as others but we knew any score was going to be hard to defend. Credit to England, they held their nerve under pressure. They had the series on the line but managed to stay true to their attacking philosophies.

"I'm really excited about cricket in our country. We're in a good place but we have to keep striving to get better."

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I know Eoin Morgan is a great admirer of Brendon McCullum and he won't be having second thoughts about playing the same shot again. He'd say that it felt right to try and stamp his authority on the game, no matter whether it's the first shot you face or not. That is the sort of spirit England will need if they are to continue their positive approach. You really cannot be tentative at all."

Man of the series

Kane Williamson
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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson is named man of the series.

He says: "It was an unbelievable series. England were outstanding, they deserved everything that they achieved for the style that they played. It was a great series to be a part of. I try to bat with a man at the other end and build those partnerships, and it was nice to contribute in this series. The pitches have made for great viewing and I think England will get a few more good wickets."

Man of the match

Jonny Bairstow

Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is named man of the match after hitting 85 runs: "It's been fantastic to come back in. The guys have put in some great performances in this series so to top it off is very special. The way the guys have gone about their business in this series is wonderful. It's good to bat with Rash - he's the most chilled man in the world. I knew we had three overs of powerplay under our belt so we wanted to take it as deep as we could and see what happens."

Steve Davis

It's Steve Davis's final match as an umpire (he was on third umpire duties today), and he gets a gong for his efforts.

Jeremy Coney

Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

"The bowling was raw from New Zealand today. We saw people running in slightly in a dream over what they were going to do. Tim Southee was the only one we saw try and bowl the yorker and get it in the right place. I felt there was no idea of there being a go-to ball that would make the batsmen take a risk."

Jeremy Coney

Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Sports fans do love to have a hero and they have another one today in Jonny Bairstow. Don't worry, Jonny, it doesn't always last long, but today he played aggressively with just the sort of innings that was required. He hit the ball cleanly, sure he had a bit of luck, but he carried his side home on a wave of euphoria."

Match review

Yet another brilliant match in this utterly superb series. England have beaten the World Cup finalists and announced themselves as a serious force in ODI cricket.

New Zealand benefited from some sensible top-order accumulation and an explosive late-innings flurry from Ben Wheeler to reach a total of 283-9, that on a slow track looked fairly imposing.

The match was transformed by a rain revision that set England a target of 192 off 26 overs - a tough ask, but a real test for England's new found spirit of aggressive cricket. They faltered badly at the top of the order, losing five wickets for 45 with Mitchell Santner the destroyer in chief, but Jonny Bairstow came to the crease and played an absolute blinder. In a heroic innings that included an excellent partnership with Sam Billings, he took apart New Zealand's inexperienced attack and led England to a glorious victory.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"What a way to grab your opportunity. Bairstow is only playing because Jos Butler has got that hand injury. 85 runs from 60 balls, I'm absolutely made up for him. He's never quite grabbed the opportunities he's had before with both hands. Well done."

What a series. 3,051 runs. Five extraordinary matches. And one incredible series win for England that has revolutionised the outlook of their ODI team.

Champagne moment

England win by three wickets and win the series 3-2

Bairstow skews Mathieson's final ball through the off side and England are over the line!

Eng 190-7 (need 2 off 7 balls)

Oh no, it's a big wide from Mathieson! England inch closer, this game is all but over.

Eng 189-7 (need 3 off 7)

Yorker. Rashid digs it out. Scampered single.

Eng 188-7 (need 4 off 8)

Rashid on strike, and he cleverly nudges it through third man for another four! Mathieson wilting under pressure here...

Eng 184-7 (need 8 off 9)

Tim Southee and B-Mac have a word with the bowler. A tinker with the field. Ready? Yes.. Mathieson runs in and Bairstow plays a wild slog which runs for a single off the inside edge. Over to you, Adil.

Jonny Bairstow

Eng 183-7 (need 9 off 10 balls)

Bairstow lines up a slightly errant yorker and drives it handsomely over the covers for another four. He's surely leading England to victory...

Eng 179-7 (need 13 off 11)

Andrew Mathieson to bowl the penultimate over. Good luck, debutant. Jonny Bairstow on strike and he clouts four over the covers.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"The old back-of-the-hand ball, when it works it looks magnificent but Bairstow smashed it. Andrew Mathieson, talk about being thrown into the deep end, this next powerplay over is going to make or break this game."

Jonny Bairstow

Eng 175-7 (need 17 off 12 balls)

Rashid pulls Southee for a single, which brings Bairstow back on strike, and Southee cracks. He delivers a slower ball which sits up nicely and is hammered to the cow-corner boundary by Bairstow! A single down the ground off the last ball. We're going ball by ball...

Eng 169-7 (need 23 off 15 balls)

Tim Southee to bowl. He begins with a leg bye, and then he errs with a wide. That's seven wides for New Zealand, very costly that. He responds well, beating Rashid with a slower ball next up. And then an excellent yorker, right in the blockhole and Rashid can't dig it out for a run.

Jeremy Coney

Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

"It is definitely on. Everything is running with England now the catches have gone down. The raw quality of the New Zealand bowling attack has been highlighted. They are a bit overawed, and that has cost the visitors."

Eng 167-7 (need 25 off 18 balls)

Bairstow gets the boundary that England crave with a thick edge over third man, then adds a three with a lofted drive over the covers. And then Rashid smashes the final ball of the over to the cover boundary. England are in charge!


Eng 156-7 (need 36 off 21 balls)

England take the batting powerplay. Bairstow smashes a two to long-off, before Wheeler foxes him with a clever full and wide one.

Jeremy Coney

Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Mitchell Santner was never really set out at third man. Perhaps the sun made it a bit more difficult for him - you can never quite tell the depth of the ball - and it bobbled. Critical that it was Bairstow as well."

Dropped catch

Eng 153-7 (need 39 off 24 balls)

Oh my goodness. Jonny Bairstow skies the ball miles in the air, Mitchell Santner settles underneath it, this is the game right here, and he drops it! Three juggles at it, snatching for it desperately like a man trying to grasp a bar of soap, but it squirms out of his grip and hits the deck. Pressure, pressure...

Mitchell Santner

Eng 149-7 (need 43 off 27 balls)

Bairstow tries to scamper two off a dab to third man but some electric fielding from Santner keeps them to one. An unorthodox scoop pull from Rashid gets him off the mark, then Bairstow picks up a much-needed boundary with a clever whip over square leg.

50 for Bairstow

Eng 143-7 (need 49 off 30 balls)

Bairstow smashes one to the midwicket fence, but then misses out on a half-volley. The Yorkshire batsman then brings up his fifty, his first in ODIs, with a single to mid-on. Good knock - now England need him to guide them home...

Jonny Bairstow
Where Jonny Bairstow has scored his runs

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"The short ball to Willey, he went for it, swatted it away wherever he could and it just ballooned up into mid-off. It was an easy catch. The important thing for England though, is that Bairstow is still there."


Willey c Santner b Wheeler 7 (Eng 138-7)

Oh, that could be costly. We knew Willey wouldn't die wondering, and having lived by the sword, he dies by it. He tries to pull a ball that gets big on him and ends up splicing it miles in the air.

David Willey
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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I've noticed a change in technique for Bairstow. His bat used to wave around his waist, it still does, but it's now even higher, getting towards a baseball stance. It's working for him, he's in great nick for Yorkshire."

Eng 138-6 (Bairstow 45, Willey 7)

Again Bairstow enjoys a hefty slice of fortune, lofting Henry over mid-on and just avoiding the back-pedalling Tim Southee. Willey then baseballs one through the off side, cracking shot. Eight off the over - this is going to be close.

Jonny Bairstow
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Simon, Bath: This performance will keep the moaners happy but those who actually support the team will understand overall the series had been a great success.

Paul: Why are people moaning? It's this same stroke playing ethos that has got us to 400 and chased 350 this series. Sometimes we will lose wickets cheap, that's the risk involved in trying to score fast. We will get toppled for 50 some days, others we will hit 400.

Dropped catch

Eng 130-6 (need 62 off 42 balls)

A lot of pressure on the shoulders of Jonny Bairstow now. And he gets lucky! He gets a big inside edge aiming a lusty drive at Ben Wheeler but Luke Ronchi clangs the cymbals behind the stumps and the chance goes to ground. It's a good over under pressure from Wheeler though, just four off it. The vice tightens for England.

Jonny Bairstow

Eng 126-6 (Bairstow 39, Willey 1)

David Willey is promoted up the order. He gets off the mark with a single into the off side.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"The tactic of banging it on to the pitch has worked. Billings has come down the wicket and Taylor took a good diving catch to his left."