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Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root rampage to England’s seven-wicket win, and series clean-sweep

England 360 (Bairstow 162, Overton 97, Boult 4-104) and 296 for 3 (Root 86*, Pope 82, Bairstow 71*) beat New Zealand 329 (Mitchell 109, Blundell 55, Leach 5-100) and 326 (Blundell 88, Latham 76, Mitchell 65, Leach 5-66) by seven wickets

Jonny Bairstow got here barrelling out of the dressing-room with the impatience of a person who’d endured a two-and-a-half-hour rain delay, as he and Joe Root rampaged to a 3-0 collection win on the ultimate afternoon at Headingley in simply 15.2 overs of pedal-to-the-metal motion.

For the third time in as many matches, a supposedly daunting goal – 296 on this event, in comparison with 277 at Lord’s and 299 at Trent Bridge – was hunted down with preposterous haste. Bairstow, following back-to-back centuries in his earlier two innings, rushed alongside to a 29-ball fifty, England’s second-fastest in Checks, and by the point he ran out of street on 71 not out from 44 balls, he’d chewed up Root’s possibilities of emulating Daryl Mitchell’s feat of centuries in every of the three Checks.

It says one thing for England’s present temper that even a rating of 86 not from 125 balls is now not sufficient to dominate a stiff run-chase, not even when he unveils one other variation on his ramp stroke, this time a deflection for 4 by effective leg. Root, after all, is not going to care a jot for that, and as he and Bairstow raced to a seven-wicket victory with a 111-run stand from simply 87 balls, he was capable of reaffirm his personal majestic vein of type with a last collection tally of 396 runs at a mean of 99.

Bairstow, nevertheless, virtually managed to lap Root’s tally regardless of a comparatively standing begin. After scores of 1, 16 and eight in his first three innings of the collection, he has gone into world-beating overdrive in his final three visits to the crease – 369 runs from 293 balls, together with 46 fours and ten sixes. Root, nevertheless, was later named as England’s Participant of the Sequence – a mirrored image of the large stature he brings to this staff because the undisputed No.1 batter on this planet.

After a murky morning of rain all throughout Leeds – and an early lunch – the competition resumed with manic impatience. Tim Southee scalped Ollie Pope together with his fifth ball of the morning, an ominously pinpoint seamer that zipped again off the deck to pluck out his off stump and deny the batter his second hundred of the collection. Pope fell having added a solitary run to his in a single day 81.

But when England would possibly ordinarily have responded to such excellence with respect, Root and Bairstow opted as an alternative for contempt. Trent Boult has been the excellent seam bowler on both aspect this collection, however his first over of the morning was slashed for 17 – back-to-back cuts from Root, however a zippy first ball that climbed from a superb size, and consecutive deflections from Bairstow, off the pads and thru third man, together with his white-ball nous coming to the fore.

That, frankly, was the tip of the day as a contest. Although Southee particularly continued to problem the sting together with his typical talent in seaming circumstances, England’s willpower to maintain accelerating by the risk was extraordinary. Bairstow belted Boult for one more 4 by level, and when he prolonged his arms by a Southee size ball to launch him again over his head for six, he’d romped alongside to 21 from his first 12 deliveries.

With 66 runs left to defend, Kane Williamson turned again to his spinner, Michael Bracewell, who’d been ransacked for 70 runs in 11 overs on day 4, and Bairstow greeted him with a sweep for 4 by sq. leg. One over later, he drilled a straight six so quick and flat that it ended up wedged between two seats within the Soccer Stand.

Bairstow biffed alongside to his fifty with one other dismissive drive by mid-on off Southee, and when New Zealand burned their last evaluate on a catch that was proven to have looped off his forearm, he barely paused for reflection. Bairstow secured a becoming finish with back-to-back boundaries off Bracewell, a chop off the again foot for 4 then a muscular mash excessive over broad long-on, and eventually, a series-sealing whack over midwicket.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket

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