England v New Zealand: Series set for record-breaking finale

Eoin Morgan
Captain Eoin Morgan is England's top scorer in the series with 322 runs
England v New Zealand, fifth one-day international
Venue: Emirates Durham ICG. Date: 20 June, 10:30 BST. Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

England and New Zealand could break another record in Durham on Saturday in their one-day international decider.

The teams are level at 2-2 and with a combined 2,676 runs at 7.3 an over, they need 324 to pass 3,000 for the first time in a five-match series.

England bowler Mark Wood has promised to "fight fire with fire" when he faces New Zealand at his home ground.

"If they're going to come hard, I'm going to come hard as well," he said.

'It will be another high scorer'

Wood, 25, believes it is set to be another high scoring game at the Emirates, where England hold the ground's record for the highest ODI score of 307-5, against New Zealand in 2008.

But he will be up against the series' top scorers in Kane Williamson, who has 346 runs, and Ross Taylor, who has hit two centuries in his 328.

For England, captain Eoin Morgan, who hit a century in England's win at Nottingham, leads the way with 322 runs. while Joe Root has two centuries in his 270 runs.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who is a doubt for Saturday's game, scored England's second fastest century of 66 balls at Birmingham as the side scored 408-9, their highest ever ODI score.

"I think it'll be another high-scoring game," said Wood. "No doubt we'll be bowling it down again for the batters to try to smack it.

"In the past, if you hit a four or a six, you might think about getting a single off the next ball. There's none of that now. If the batsmen think they can take you down, they're going to try to do that."

Ross Taylor
New Zealand's Ross Taylor is averaging 109 with the bat in the series

'I'd be happy to go for under eight an over'

Wood, who has taken two wickets in the series, has the best economy rate of any of the bowlers at 4.85 an over.

He is the only England bowler to have gone for less than five an over with David Willey (7.90) and Adil Rashid (7.21) coming in for some punishment from the New Zealand batsman.

He added: "We have to try to take wickets. If you take wickets, that's the best way to stop the scoring.

"If you can go at under six an over, then you've done pretty well. Even eight an over is OK. If you go at eight as a bowler in those times, you're actually doing all right."

Mark Wood
Wood has the best economy rate of the England bowlers

A record-breaking series

Last time New Zealand played an ODI series in England was in 2013. Then the aggregate run-rate for both sides was 5.65, a figure which stands at 7.3 an over with a game to play in this series.

Here are some other records set this summer:

  • England have passed 300 runs in four successive one-day internationals.
  • England's previous highest aggregate number of runs scored in a five-match series was 1,399. They already have 1,425 with a game to spare.
  • They have scored the runs at their highest rate ever at 7.68 runs an over. The next highest was 6.19 against India in 2011.
  • The 699 runs scored between the sides in the fourth game at Nottingham was the most scored in an ODI in England.
  • Three of the top five ODI totals by England have been scored in this series.
  • In the last game, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan's 198 was England's second highest ODI stand for the third wicket, behind Neil Fairbrother and Graeme Hick's 213 versus West Indies in 1991. It was also their highest ODI stand against New Zealand for any wicket.
Jos Buttler
England may be without wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for the series decider at Durham

Buttler injury worry

Jonny Bairstow has been added to the squad as cover for Buttler after the wicketkeeper damaged a hand.

Despite having Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings, England have opted for further cover behind the stumps by drafting in Yorkshire's Bairstow.

Buttler split the webbing on his left hand in practice and had to have a protective bandage on the wound.

England will wait to see how Buttler's hand recovers before making a final decision on his participation on Saturday morning.

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