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James Gheerbrant and Chris Osborne

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  1. Goodnight

    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.

  2. '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."

  3. 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."

  4. Post update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    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."

  5. Captain's reaction

    Brendon McCullum

    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."

  6. Post update

    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."

  7. Man of the series

    Kane Williamson

    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."

  8. 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."

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    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."

  11. Post update

    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."

  12. 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.

  13. Post update

    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."

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. Eng 189-7 (need 3 off 7)

    Yorker. Rashid digs it out. Scampered single.

  18. 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...

  19. 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
  20. 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...

  21. 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.

  22. Post update

    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
  23. 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...

  24. 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.

  25. Post update

    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."

  26. 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!

  27. Powerplay

    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.

  28. Post update

    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."

  29. 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
  30. 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.

  31. 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
    Image caption: Where Jonny Bairstow has scored his runs
  32. Post update

    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."

  33. WICKET

    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
  34. Post update

    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."

  35. 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
  36. Text 81111

    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.

  37. 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
  38. 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.

  39. WICKET

    Billings c Taylor b Henry 41 (Eng 125-6)

    Has that swung the pendulum back New Zealand's way? Billings tries to swat Matt Henry into the leg side but is foiled by an absolutely magnificent catch from Ross Taylor, flying in the air at short midwicket and taking the ball oh-so-softly in the cradle of his fingers. Huge wicket.

    Sam Billings
  40. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Andy Turner: England could lose, but are keeping to their word; attacking cricket. It's refreshing to see regardless of one or two collapses

    HurriKane: Typical of the English mentality they demand aggressive cricket then complain when people get out! Hope Morgan etc keep at it

  41. Eng 121-5 (need 71 off 54 balls)

    McCullum turns back to Andrew Mathieson, who in his first spell slipped into international cricket like a rubber duck into a warm bubble bath. But he's got plenty of work left to do now, as Billings demonstrates with a flick behind square on the leg side. Runs flowing for England, pressure squarely on New Zealand.

  42. He scores where he wants...

    This Sam Billings fella is one of those 360 degree players they talk about - he can score runs anywhere he wants. Check this out:

    Sam Billings
  43. Eng 111-5 (Bairstow 35, Billings 33)

    McCullum decides that the military medium-pace of grizzled Grant Elliott is the best way to stamp on this England insurrection. Ronchi, who has already taken one blow in the chops today, trudges up to the stumps with the reluctance

    Bairstow lofts Elliott back over his head for four and then gets another boundary down to long-on, then Billings really gets hold off on - down on one knee, rubber wrists, the ball sent sailing in a glorious arc over the rope at fine-leg. Superb shot, and England are right back in this contest now...

  44. Eng 95-5 (need 97 off 66 balls)

    Savage from Sam Billings, charging Matt Henry and aiming a brutal cross-batted swipe that brings him four down the ground. Good scampering between the wickets makes it a plentiful harvest from that over, 11 off it. The 50 partnership is up off 42 balls, and England are just beginning to believe again..

  45. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "If England lose this series, supporters should not be dejected. There has been a massive transformation in how they play the game."

  46. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Walmsley: Fans were saying they won't mind England collapsing now and again for playing attacking. Now they're saying same old England

    Matt Chapman: To all the defeatists and moaners, bad run chase, completely agreed. But what did Eoin Morgan say after the 1st match?

  47. Eng 84-5 (Bairstow 25, Billings 18)

    Southee is back. Jonny Bairstow absolutely wallops him wide of mid-off for four, and then repeats the trick with an even better shot, this time through the covers, all along the carpet. Top notch. It's not been a particularly happy series for Southee, who dismantled England with the ease of a child knocking over a Jenga tower when these sides met in the World Cup. 10 off the over.

  48. Eng 74-5 (target 192 off 26)

    Matt Henry is thrown the ball, and his first over is a good one - just three singles off it.

  49. Eng 71-5 (Bairstow 14, Billings 16)

    Luke Ronchi has got a huge plaster on his chin following his earlier stumping off Santner - looks like he's shaved in a hurry this morning. Bairstow picks up his first boundary with a hoick over mid-on, but make no mistake, Santner has played an absolute blinder there - he finishes with 3-31 off his six overs.

  50. Eng 63-5 (target 192 off 26)

    Mathieson's charmed introduction to international cricket is finally ended when Billings drives him down the ground for four. Billings follows that by gloving a wide short ball down to the fine-leg boundary.

    Sam Billings
  51. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The run rate is starting to pick up, because there are not many overs. A few more runs can pick up the run rate. England are probably an over behind to be really comfortable. It only takes three or four decent overs and the run rate will rise dramatically."

  52. Eng 52-5 (Bairstow 8, Billings 3)

    Oh my goodness, Billings was nearly back in the shed too. Santner gets one to grip, Billings tries to work into the on side and ends up popping a leading edge on the off side just wide of the diving bowler. Five off the over, Santner proving very hard to get away.

  53. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ed Fondue: This has been one of the more clueless chases you'll witness. You'd think the run rate target was 17.4 per over not 7.4

    Ian: Is there anything more English than an England batting collapse? 45-5 normality has returned #bbccricket We can't blame D/L for this!

    Ian Bradley: What a debacle, 4 matches of huge promise followed by this shambles

  54. Eng 47-5

    Sam Billings is the new man. He gets away with a single to midwicket. Just two off the over from Mathieson, what a start to his international career.

  55. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think the pace does for him. Mathieson hasn't got a name or number on the back of his shirt. Roy dangles his bat out and Guptill has a safe pair of hands. Maybe Mathieson won a competition to play for New Zealand today?"

  56. WICKET

    Roy c Guptill b Mathieson 12 (Eng 45-5)

    The mystery man strikes! Andrew Mathieson, plucked from the Devon and Cornwall League to play his first ODI, gets Jason Roy with his first ball! Horrible, horrible shot from Roy, seemed to be caught in two minds between flat-batting it over point and leaving it, and ended up just hanging the bat out. The ball balloons in the air and Martin Guptill pockets the catch.

    Jason Roy
  57. Eng 45-4 (target 192 off 26)

    Santner is doing sterling work. He hustles through another good over for the loss of just three runs.

  58. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have continued with their new brand of cricket but I think they can be smarter. The rate is not ridiculous. The captain has been brilliant but to play that shot first ball..."

  59. Eng 42-4 (Roy 11, Bairstow 2)

    Jonny Bairstow enters the fray and punches his first ball into the covers for two.

  60. WICKET

    Stokes c B McCullum b Wheeler 17 (Eng 40-4)

    That's a good old-fashioned brain explosion. Ben Stokes hits the first two balls of Ben Wheeler's over for four, and then aims an ungainly, unnecessary heave at the next one. The bat twists in his hand, the ball doesn't get the altitude he was hoping for, and Brendon McCullum is there at mid-off to clasp the catch above his head. Stokes walks off wielding the bat above his shoulders, as if he's going to smash it on the first thing he sees when he gets back in the changing room. Watch your laptops, lads.

    Ben Stokes
  61. Eng 32-3 (Santner 3-0-15-3)

    Hearts in mouths as Ben Stokes drops to one knee and slog-sweeps Santner. We've lost some good men that way, Ben. Stokes is OK though, he bisects the men on the leg-side boundary and collects four. Busy running makes it a good over for England, nine off it.

  62. Email

    Brian Millington: The D/L system IS fair! It takes into account that England have all 10 wickets available during the 26 overs. If the required total was reduced to give the NZ run-rate, then to be fair, the numbers of wickets available should be reduced.

  63. Eng 23-3 (Roy 10, Stokes 2)

    Ben Wheeler, architect of that late-innings fightback from New Zealand, replaces Southee. He bowls it back of a length and it proves hard to get away. Just a single for Ben Stokes. New Zealand on top.

  64. McCullum a genius?

  65. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jonny Chard: A typical response to an important run chase from England...come on gents, pull it together

    Momo: Come on England, it's not rocket science. Nurdle Santner around the ground and score the runs against the quicks.

    Too late Momo, too late.

  66. Eng 22-3 (target 192 off 26)

    Local lad Ben Stokes is the new man. He's off the mark with a single to long-on.

  67. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's round about off stump and turning into Morgan. He didn't get enough of the ball. It's a long square boundary, so it's gone straight towards Guptill who is a solid fielder. This really puts the pressure on England."

  68. WICKET

    Morgan c Guptill b Santner 0 (Eng 20-3)

    It's like watching a DVD of 'Classic England ODI Performances'. Eoin Morgan swings his first ball out to midwicket, doesn't get hold of it, and Martin Guptill on the boundary scoops it up just above the turf. Crumbs. You'd forgotten what this felt like, hadn't you?

    Eoin Morgan
  69. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I initially thought it was safe, he looked like he got back. But the momentum carried him a bit further forward. It bounced more and might have caught Ronchi in the face. But he was able to gather it and take the stumps."

  70. WICKET

    Root st Ronchi b Santner 4 (Eng 20-2)

    The baby-faced Mitchell Santner is taking a wrecking ball to England's top order. He lobs up a really floaty delivery, Joe Root's eyes light up and he dances down the track, and that paves the way for Luke Ronchi to execute one of the more unorthodox stumpings of his career. The ball cannons into his chin, drops providentially into his gloves and he punches the bails off. Root trudges off; Ronchi, blood dripping from his face, screams in a mixture of pain and triumph. Big wicket.

    Joe Root
  71. Umpire review

    We've got a review for a stumping, and it doesn't look good for Joe Root...

  72. Eng 20-1 (Roy 9, Root 4)

    Southee continues. He gets away with one when Roy flat-bats a juicy wide delivery straight to cover, but the bowler's radar remains awry and he gifts England two wides. Roy finishes the over with a flourish as Southee errs again and he clips him to the square-leg fence.

  73. Email

    Adrian in the Netherlands: D/L is almost always in favour of the team batting second, even with a much higher run rate. Would be nice to know how often a revised target isn't being chased down.

  74. Eng 12-1 (target 192 off 26)

    Joe Root is the new man, and he's off the mark with a four through the covers.

  75. WICKET

    Hales c Williamson b Santner (Eng 8-1)

    What a snag! Hales has got to go, and it's vindication for one of Brendon McCullum's zany captaincy experiments. Off-spinner Mitchell Santner is thrown the new ball, and his second delivery is short and dragged powerfully off his hips by Hales, but Williamson leaps at square leg and plucks it out of the sky. Just the start New Zealand wanted.

    Alex Hales
  76. Eng 7-0 (Roy 2, Hales 1)

    Southee's first ball is edged well wide of the slips by Jason Roy, who trots through for a slightly streaky single. Hales gets off the mark with a single to mid-on, then Southee gets his radar wrong and sprays one down leg to the third-man boundary via Roy's pads.

    Jason Roy
  77. Post update

    Tim Southee has the ball. Here we go...

  78. Text 81111

    Brian, Beds: What a RIDICULOUS target...!! How on EARTH can this be deemed fair?

    Gideon, Manchester: England bowl well and keep New Zealand at 5.66 runs an over. In return, Duckworth Lewis make England have to score at 7.44 an over!!!

    Charlie, Essex: How can we lose just under half of the overs yet only lose 91 runs off the total?

  79. Post update

    That target isn't proving popular with many of you, it seems. But England can't worry about that. The target has been set and they just have to set their sights on chasing it. If you ask me, over 26 overs, it's not such a tall order for England...

    Alex Hales and Jason Roy are just the pair you'd want to kick things off, too. And they're now out in the middle. We're ready to play.

  80. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Small Man Peaky: No excuse for DL method. 5.68 to 7.38? How is that acceptable? Would be saying the same the other way around

    Ben Turner: Absolutely no qualms with DL there, this England side could chase 192 in a T20. 7.5 an over for 26 should be no problem

    Michael Glyn-Hall: Duckworth-Lewis is a joke, England require 7.38/over meaning effectively we'd need 369 to beat a score of 283, nonsense.

  81. Vote results

    Our vote has now closed. We asked you who should be England's spinner for the Ashes series. Adil Rashid gets a resounding nod.

    • Adil Rashid 69.4%
    • Moeen Ali 20.4%
    • Other 7%
    • No spinner 3.2%
  82. Freddie's in town

  83. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Luke Holden: How does that work out? 7.38 an over when New Zealand's was only 5.66. Robbed again by Duckworth Lewis.

    Colin Prudhoe: No mathematician, but how is 200ish off 22 overs fair, when NZ had another 28 overs to score 80 or so?

    Angus McPhail: The required rate being raised makes sense as they know they can go harder in fewer overs, D/L not completely illogical

  84. Target is 192

    England's target is 192. Off 26 overs. At 7.38 an over. I can hear the knives being sharpened for Duckworth-Lewis already...

  85. Post update

    They're keeping us in suspense on England's victory target, though. We're expecting it to be around 200, but it hasn't yet been officially announced. Tenterhooks.

  86. Hallelujah!

    Sound the trumpets! Hang out the bunting! Play is due to restart at 17:30 BST.

    We have lost some overs though. 24 of them, to be precise with you. So it's a 26-over match.

  87. Post update

    Let us not cry though. In fact, let us laugh. Laugh in the face of the rain gods.

    And as luck would have it, we've got something for you to have a good giggle at. It's a clip of TMS's very own Graeme Swann doing his best impressions of England duo Jos Buttler and Joe Root. Have a listen here. Enjoy.

  88. Text 81111

    Will, Horsham: We'll be praying for this rain come the Ashes, fluke a test win, washout the rest and win back the Ashes...they call me the optimist.

    Jan, a gardener and cricket fan: Come on guys, stop moaning. The gardeners are celebrating!

    Duncan, Isleworth: Who's bright idea was it to schedule a ODI series right in the middle of British summer time...honestly..

    Will Collins, Yorkshire: I don't want to see this rained off, however a draw seems a very fair way for this to finish; cricket is the winner.

  89. Post update

    Oh England. Just when you think they've finally got it all figured out. You can dispense with openers who take 30 overs to score a dogged 40, you can get rid of bits-and-pieces medium-pacers, you can heave Peter Moores's beloved laptop into a skip, but it seems there's one relic of England's past era of one-day cricket that you can't escape: the rain.

  90. Post update

    I'm seeing hardy-looking men in shorts and boots dragging tarpaulin sheeting on my TV screen. Covers going back on, not off, I'm afraid. Sorry.

  91. Meanwhile, in the tennis

    While we wait for the rain to disappear, let me point you in the direction of live text commentary on Andy Murray's Queen's semi-final against Viktor Troicki. That one's just about to get under way and you can follow it here.

  92. Email

    Martin in York: Up here in Yorkshire we see Adil Rashid not as a leg-break bowler but an all-rounder (check his first-class batting averages over the past five years). Moeen Ali is a decent batsman who can bowl a bit. Rashid is a decent batsmen who can bowl very well. Why are we bothering to discuss it

  93. Post update

    Thank you Chris. Consider this the BBC's very own attempt to break the rain jinx. Having delivered nothing but drizzle, Chris has been been removed and I am here to bring you sunshine. Hopefully.

    Rain at Durham
  94. Precipitation deliberation

    There are only so many ways of saying it's raining, aren't there? It is brightening up around Chester-le-Street, by all accounts, but the wet stuff continues to fall.

    FYI - play needs to restart by 17:55 BST for us to have any chance of a result.

    I'm going to leave you in the capable of hands of James Gheerbrant, who will no doubt find more creative ways of describing drops of H2O falling from the sky.

  95. Rain, rain go away

  96. Nice suit, Colly

  97. Tweets from cricket journalists

  98. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Paul Collingwood on the Ashes prospects of Durham seamer Chris Rushworth and Worcestershire spinner Moeen Ali.

    "I did get a phone call from a selector about Chris Rushworth, so he's not that far away.

    "Australia will play two left-arm bowlers and there will be a lot of rough for Moeen Ali to hit. If he has rough to hit he will cause problems."

  99. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Andrew Gallagher: I'm in Durham and it's now bright and sunny. Our poor cousins in Chester-le-Street will have this soon.

    Let's hope the wind doesn't change direction

  100. Email

    Matt in Singapore: The trouble for Moeen Ali is that he has had to follow Graeme Swann, who to say the least is an outliner when it comes to England spinners (ave 29.9). But Moeen Ali's record (32.6) stands up well to his predecessors: Panesar (34.7), Giles (40.6), Croft (37.2) and Tufnell (37.6). His ODI average (39.7) is also favourable compared to Rashid's (51.6).

  101. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The groundsmen are trudging off looking forlorn. We're not going to see any cricket any time soon."

  102. Weather update - it's raining

    The rain is getting harder. Which is the opposite of what we want.

    We've made the trip over to our friends in the weather department, and using those big cardboard cut-outs of clouds and suns, they've given us the lowdown.

    It's raining. It could keep going until 17:00 BST, but when it stops, it shouldn't come back.

    Rain at Durham
  103. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Andrew Flintoff has been removed from the TMS studio, after giving Aggers a shed load of stick.

    And now former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood is chatting to Charles Dagnall about his career.

    "I'll have another season if Durham will have me," he said.

    "I was going to hang the boots up last year, but I found form I hadn't had for three years."

  104. Rain update - it's still raining

    A bit more tarpaulin is on the outfield, which tells you all you need to know. As of now, we are losing overs. Not the way this series deserves to finish, I'm sure you'll agree.

  105. Get Involved

    It's not looking good...

  106. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    The Angry Dog: Proof if ever you needed it, God is not a cricket fan! If he was he would want to see England bat. Or he's a New Zealander.

    Steve Clark: No doubt England will be asked to chase 220 in 9 overs by the time Duckworth Lewis has had its way.

  107. Dreaded Duckworth-Lewis

    I've done a bit of maths. By which I mean I've asked other people to do the maths for me.

    Here are the rough Duckworth-Lewis targets for England, after New Zealand scored 283-9 in their 50 overs.

    • 40 overs - 253
    • 30 overs - 213
    • 20 overs - 161
  108. It's raining

  109. Rain stops play

    The drops of rain are coming down, the stumps are back out of the ground, the covers are being dragged across the pitch.

    The waiting game continues. Alex Hales is on the balcony, practising a few forward defensives, like he's shadow boxing. We need the real thing though.

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    Charlie, Cork: I've seen enough of Eoin Morgan captaining to know he is not the most strategic thinker that ever to walk the planet. Fielding placement and bowling changes may owe more to luck than great thinking. Enjoy his batting though.

    Matt: Rain can only mean a good thing for England right? Time to take away a bit of momentum from New Zealand's romp at the end, a greasy outfield to soften the ball and induce some slips in fielding. How much will we miss Buttler though?

  111. Scorecard catch-up

    New Zealand 283-9 (50 overs) - lost toss, inserted by England

    Batsmen: Wheeler 39*, Mathieson 0*.

    Fall of wickets: 7-1 (McCullum 6), 101-2 (Williamson 50), 150-3 (Guptill 67), 155-4 (Santner 2), 210-5 (Elliott 35), 212-6 (Taylor 47), 219-7 (Ronchi 2), 244-8 (Southee 18), 267-9 (Henry 12).

    Bowling figures: Finn 10-0-73-2, Willey 10-0-50-2, Wood 10-0-60-0, Stokes 10-0-52-3, Rashid 10-0-45-2.

    Full scorecard

  112. Play to restart at 15:49 BST

    The covers are doing a cracking hokey cokey at the moment in Durham. They are currently... on. But, wait, they are coming off, hopefully for the final time.

    It means we may lose some overs. There are some twitchy looking England players out on the balcony, who fancy a crack at this 284-run chase. They will get that chance at 15:49 BST.

    Rain at Durham
  113. Guest appearance

  114. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jonny Wren: Lovely listening to Freddie. I miss his playing but more so his candid character

    Ruari Crichard: Kerrigan deserves another chance. England confident with a coach without preconceived ideas. 200+ first-class wickets shows he can bowl

    Jason Burton: Finn is a liability. Never capable of keeping it tight when it matters. He has talent but far too inconsistent and expensive

    Dave Amitri: Drop Bell, promote Moeen, select Rashid, more choices, more variety, more batting......

  115. Daddy's better at cricket than boxing

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Now we're hearing from Andrew Flintoff's seven-year-old son Rocky: "I think dad is better at cricket than he is boxing. My favourite cricketer is Ian Bell.

    Flintoff adds: "I didn't think I would want him to play cricket in the future because of the pressure. But cricket has been kind to me, and he's good at it?"

  116. Sky scraper

    England kept New Zealand in check throughout their innings, as this graph highlights:

  117. Covers on and off again

    The rain was back out briefly and so were the covers. But they're being dragged back off again, but it means we are going to be waiting a tad longer.

    There is time for an extra hour to be added on, so we're just about OK at the moment. Nobody fancies this being settled on Duckworth-Lewis.

  118. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Andrew Flintoff has been having a chat with Jonathan Agnew about the Ashes, which begin in July.

    "I think Australia are favourites but if I were a betting man I'd put my money on us.

    "When we got beat 5-0 and we had to go to a World Cup afterwards, I tried to get home on a pedalo. You can either dwell on it or you can let it fuel you. Without the worst parts of my career I don't think I'd have enjoyed the good stuff."

  119. Record coming?

    England need to just knock off 41 runs for this series to become the first ever to surpass 3,000 runs.

    The sides had scored a combined 2,676 runs at 7.30 an over before the start of play. History beckons.

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    Sarah and Dawn: Waiting in Palma Airport to come back to Blighty and can't get off the live coverage

    Scott, Carlisle: You can criticise Finn for the last over but what could the score have been if he had removed McCullum in the 1st over.

    Peter: I think Rashid for first Ashes Test is the only logical choice. Ali bowled well against India but that was nearly a year ago and has not preformed close to that since, the boy is bowling well let him give the Aussies some of their own medicine, some ripping leg spin!

    Adil Rashid
  121. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ed James: Can't we have Moeen as a 6 or 7 and Rashid as our spinner? Between them and Root we'll have so many options!

    Steve C Lawley: With the ball not swinging and the Kiwi's lack of a quality spinner, England should still make this total comfortably

    Mark Higginson: Usual negativity from some numpties, great show from England. Top draw

  122. Post update

    Thanks James. Yup, we're not going to have play straight away. However, as we speak, the covers are coming off. That means we'll have about 15 minutes before the England innings gets under way.

  123. Get Involved

  124. Post update

    Time for me to hand you back to Chris Osborne for the start of England's reply, which might not be imminent...

  125. Rain

    Uh oh. The umbrellas are up and the covers are on out in the middle. Doesn't look a prolonged shower, but it looks like we could be in for a slightly delayed start to the reply...

    ...a reminder of the weather forecast for the rest of the day

    Durham weather forecast
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    Soumen, pretending to be interested in shopping, Bromley: Rashid has to play in the Ashes. He offers something different, especially when we're toiling against Australia who are 200 for 1. PS Swanny's impressions are priceless. Shame he isn't available this summer.

  127. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Adam Wheeler: So pleased that Rashid has been given the whole series. I reckon he will play in The Ashes at some point.

    Fenners: Rashid in the Ashes is a no brainer, why he isn't in squad is bamboozling. Just hope they don't play him once we are 3-0 down.

    Simon Goodall: Simon Kerrigan had 1 game, nerves got to him, and was knocked round the park by the Aussies. Surely deserves another chance.

  128. Vote now

    England's Ashes spinner

    So after Adil Rashid's excellent performance with the ball today, we're asking you who should be England's spinner for this summer's Ashes series? You can vote on that very topic on this page now. Go.

    Adil Rashid
  129. Innings review

    Well well, what a remarkable late swing of momentum. England seemed to be in complete control of that innings, and then suddenly in the space of a few balls, New Zealand snuck from a very underwhelming position to one that gives them a fighting chance of winning this series.

    New Zealand rebuilt after the early wicket of Brendon McCullum with some solid if not spectacular batting from Guptill, Williamson and Taylor - not quite in keeping with the wham-bam tenor of this series but enough to lay a solid foundation for a decent New Zealand score on what appears the trickiest pitch of the series.

    The wickets of Taylor and Grant Elliott, who fell to the very impressive Adil Rashid, looked to have turned things decisively in England's favour, and when Luke Ronchi departed to leave New Zealand 219-7, a sub-par score looked on the cards. But that was before Wheeler's explosive intervention...

    Ben Wheeler
  130. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Greg: Rubbish bowling at the end. Yorker Yorker Yorker! Don't our bowlers ever practice that?

    Phil McDonald: Good bowling to restrict NZ to under 300 but disappointing last 3/4 overs to let them get 283

    Jamesd: Pathetic from Finn. Yorkers for god's sake

    Chris Mitchell: Indisciplined & poor bowling from Eng in the last 5 overs. What was Finn thinking? NZ 25 above par here; Eng 2 lose by 30

  131. End of innings scorecard

    New Zealand 283-9 (50 overs) - lost toss, inserted by England

    Batsmen: Wheeler 39*, Mathieson 0*.

    Fall of wickets: 7-1 (McCullum 6), 101-2 (Williamson 50), 150-3 (Guptill 67), 155-4 (Santner 2), 210-5 (Elliott 35), 212-6 (Taylor 47), 219-7 (Ronchi 2), 244-8 (Southee 18), 267-9 (Henry 12).

    Bowling figures: Finn 10-0-73-2, Willey 10-0-50-2, Wood 10-0-60-0, Stokes 10-0-52-3, Rashid 10-0-45-2.

    Full scorecard

  132. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think that is a very competitive total on this pitch. Wheeler didn't panic when the other guys were getting out. I don't think Morgan's fields at the end gave Finn much hope."

  133. NZ 283-9

    This is brilliant. Mathieson doesn't even have a number on his shirt! He enters at the non-striker's end. Meanwhile, Ben Wheeler ends the innings with a magnificent cameo of tail-end slogging, ramping Finn cheekily over Bairstow's head for four and then clouting the bowler for two big sixes over long-on. And suddenly, out of nowhere, New Zealand have ended up with a very respectable score.

  134. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Good little knock that from Henry. Meanwhile, the big screen just went on a group of storm troopers with a very hairy Princess Leia - which has ruined a few fantasies I've had about that film."

  135. WICKET

    Henry c Stokes b Finn 12 (NZ 267-9)

    Henry tries to repeat the trick, skies it miles in the air, and is caught by Ben Stokes. It's time for the mystery man!

    Matt Henry
  136. NZ 267-8

    New Zealand are finishing strongly here. Matt Henry opens his shoulders and absolutely bludgeons Steven Finn's first ball into the stands at cow corner.

  137. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ali Tahabrown: Morgan is an underrated captain. Has done really well with instilling the new attacking belief, and bowling has been great today.

  138. NZ 261-8 (Wheeler 23, Henry 6)

    Wowzer! Ben Wheeler shows he can bat by flaying a length ball from Ben Stokes miles over the rope at long-on. He's not quite so adept at smiting the slower ball, missing with a couple of mistimed swipes.