Taylor ruled out of fifth ODI

England head coach Trevor Bayliss expects Taylor to be fit for Christchurch

England head coach Trevor Bayliss expects Taylor to be fit for Christchurch

That's the encouraging message from Black Caps coach Mike Hesson after the star batsman was unable to recover from a thigh injury and ruled out of Saturday's ODI series decider in Christchurch, which New Zealand lost by seven wickets.

Bairstow's 104 off 60 deliveries, backed by 61 from fellow opener Alex Hales transformed the winner-takes-all showdown from an expected tight contest into a one-way event. At 93 for 6 it looked as though New Zealand could fold completely, but Mitchell Santner's outstanding series with the bat continued and a stand of 84 runs with Henry Nicholls at least took them over 200.

Taylor aggravated the injury in the fourth ODI in Dunedin on Wednesday during his heroic 181 not out, which helped lead New Zealand to a victory against the odds. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid picked up three wickets apiece. Ben Stokes (26 not out) though finished the chase in style with Joe Root (23 not out) for company.

Bairstow dominated the bowlers, smashing nine fours and six sixes as he thrashed a century from just 58 balls.

The platform for the triumph was laid early when England's bowlers constricted New Zealand's top order. It was no different in Christchurch as he struck with his third ball, enticing Colin Munro into top-edging a drive to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.

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However, with one eye on the two-match Test series between the teams, which begins this month, New Zealand have opted not to risk Taylor's fitness.

Morgan's men have won nine of their last 10 50-over series as they build towards a home World Cup next year.

Tom Latham and Martin Guptill captains of the two sides.

They timed their partnership well, first being cautious against Moeen and Rashid to make their way to half-centuries, before accelerating.

It needed three from the last over: the first two balls bowled by Tom Curran yielded no run, but Nicholls hit the third for six into the midst of an excited crowd to end the game.

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"The disappointing thing was too many soft dismissals through that middle order".

Some of his hitting straight and over mid-wicket was as clean as anybody could wish to see. Had England batted first, or if they had been forced to chase 300, then there would have been a clearer indication of whether they are becoming mentally strong enough to win a global tournament, in comparison to all previous England one-day sides that have buckled. His experience, ability to bat long periods on hard surfaces and reputation for digging New Zealand out of trouble with the bat, should see him preferred over Blundell against a quality English attack.

England on the other hand will be looking to clinch their sixth straight ODI series win, with the only real questions surrounding who to pick as their third seamer, with Mark Wood and David Willey battling it out for the final spot in today's XI.

"I think, certainly, as a batting unit we didn't really fire in terms of the balance we wanted to put out there", Hesson said.

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