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Live Reporting

Amy Lofthouse and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    The fifth and deciding ODI is at Christchurch, starting at 22:00 GMT on Friday. Hope you can join us then and hopefully it's another thriller.

    Went to bed with England cruising and wonder how they lost? Amy Lofthouse's report of a manic, brilliant ODI at Dunedin is here.

    And the scorecard is here.

    See you on Friday night. Cheers.

    Ross Taylor
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    With the series level at 2-2, the fifth ODI in Christchurch will be a decider.

    New Zealand will hope Ross Taylor can play, as does the man himself if he's willing to forgo birthday wine.

    But it would be a tremendous effort to be fit in time - that quad injury looked to be causing him serious pain out there.

    Still, 181 not out. What a marvellous innings.

  3. 'I can't have a drink on my birthday'

    Man of the match Ross Taylor, who made an unbeaten 181, on Sky Sports: "It's my birthday tomorrow and when I walked off, I was thinking, 'I can't have a drink tomorrow'. I've got a nice bottle of wine, but I can't drink if I've got any chance of playing in the last game."

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    Indeed, Ross Taylor deserves a lengthy lie down.

    In addition to his quad injury he also got hit flush on the toe and was suffering with cramp in his right arm near the end.

    Despite all that he hit 181 not out off 147 balls, with 17 fours and six sixes.

    Ross Taylor deserves a drink. Only...

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    The Mighty Mojo: I would say Ross Taylor take a bow, but I think that would be too painful right now. Take a breather instead.

    Ross Taylor
  6. 'One of the best ODI knocks ever'

    New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Sky Sports: "Ross played his best one-day knock - one of the best one-day knocks we've seen. Ross' knock was just sensational. He has been batting like this all year.

    "We needed him to be out there. He had a few niggles. It was an outstanding partnership with him and Tom Latham."

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  8. 'It doesn't usually happen like that'

    England captain Eoin Morgan, on his side's collapse: "It's the first time it's happened like that - we bat deep and go hard from that position. Jos Buttler is the only one of us who can score a 40 or 50-ball hundred but it didn't come off today.

    "Our demise was not having a skill level high enough. We started well with the ball but New Zealand fought back hard again and Ross Taylor played extremely well. It was quite dark at the end so huge credit to them for chasing that down.

    "When somebody can't run and is just trying to hit out it usually means they give you a chance but Ross didn't. He pulled the trigger earlier and took the game away from us.

    "It was just that collapse in the middle order. We won't look at it too much unless it starts happening consistently."

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    Sue Greening: Great match! Not a bad ODI score - 181 no Taylor!! All to play for in deciding game! Well done NZ!

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    Man of the match Ross Taylor, speaking to Sky Sports, on his 181 not: "It's right up there. It's nice to be there at the end. It's still sinking in.

    "We knew it was a good wicket and we needed to set those little goals along the way. We needed to take it as deep as we possibly can.

    "When I was on about 110, the physio came on and said, 'do you want to come off?' I'm glad I made the decision to stay out there and swing. You don't want to panic in that situation."

    Ross Taylor
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    England made a tremendous start with the ball - reducing the hosts to 2-2 as openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill both fell for ducks.

    Kane Williamson looked imperious until he gloved a ropey first ball by Ben Stokes behind for 45.

    But Ross Taylor stepped up majestically, ably supported by Tom Latham (71).

    The New Zealand innings looked to be drifting away at 125-3 off 25 overs but they upped the rate by manipulating the field and clearing the ropes to the point that the contest edged their way.

    Latham fell but Colin de Grandhomme smashed 23 off 12 balls, all while Taylor continued to plunder boundaries, even while hobbling on one leg.

    Before you knew it, it was New Zealand's to lose and Taylor saw them home in style.

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    Dan Gee: Wish we could play NZ all the time. Win or lose, the games are always epic.

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    New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Sky Sports: "A great game of cricket. It ebbed and flowed.

    "We were put under pressure with the ball. But the way the guys bowled in the back third of the game to restrict them to 330 was outstanding."

  15. 'England had brain fade'

    James Taylor

    Ex-England batsman on Test Match Special

    It looked like complacency - almost arrogance - from England, to go hell for leather straight up in your innings. That doesn't happen that often in cricket. Give yourselves a chance - then you can go big. They had brain fade in the middle overs and that massively cost them in this game.

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    England captain Eoin Morgan, on Sky Sports: "A beauty of a game. I'm sure the crowd were thoroughly entertained by a high-scoring game on a fantastic wicket.

    "I thought there was more moisture in it at the toss - I would've chosen to chase too but our openers got off to a flyer we were in a commadning position until the 38th over before we collapsed.

    "335 is still a reasonably compettive score so we would have liked to have done better from there."

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    You've got to take your hat off to Ross Taylor. He was superb. But England lost this game. They have to look at themselves and say, 'how on earth have we chucked that position away?'

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    Rob Fussey: What a majestic ODI innings by Ross Taylor but England threw that away with poor batting at the end of the innings and very average bowling.

  19. What have you missed?

    That's a chastening defeat for England, given the position of strength they found themselves in.

    After being put in, the tourists reached 267-1, with Jonny Bairstow clearing the ropes for fun before he fell for a superb 138.

    That sparked an abhorrent collapse as one England batsman after another tried to tee off from the start. Only this time, none of it came off, as Jos Buttler was out for a duck and Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes all fell for single figures.

    From seeming set for 380, England were in danger of barely making 300 and leaving Joe Root stranded.

    Root was able to bat alongside Adil Rashid for long enough to reach a fine century, but it was only Tom Curran's rapid 22 that got England up to a competitive total on a good pitch with a tiny boundary. But England had lost 8-46 and that is where they ultimately lost the game.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special commentator

    Anyone who has been here today will not forget this one-day international in a hurry.