Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Taylor ruled out of deciding one-dayer

Taylor ruled out of deciding one-dayer

England were helped by the absence of New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, who was ruled out with a thigh injury that he aggravated when he scored an unbeaten 181 in the five-wicket win in the fourth game on Wednesday.

It took an 84-run seventh-wicket stand between Mitch Santner and Henry Nicholls to introduce a semblance of respectability to the Black Caps score.

Bayliss also feels that their series decider against New Zealand on Saturday will help their World Cup preparations with the match taking on the air of a final after a see-saw series which both teams have led.

He is replaced by Mark Chapman.

Opener Colin Munro continued his woeful run of form in the five-match series, lasting just two balls before he looped a leading edge off Woakes to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

Nicholls - who had mustered just 14 runs in his previous four innings in the series - then played a disciplined knock, reaching his fifty from 73 balls, while Santner set a new career-best in the format, topping the 63 not out he totalled in the second ODI at Mount Maunganui.

Bairstow, who scored 138 in the fourth game in Dunedin, smashed a 58-ball century with eight boundaries and six sixes as he combined with Alex Hales (61) in a 155-run opening stand in ideal batting conditions.

"It's different from batting in the middle order but my job now is to score big hundreds and contribute match-winning scores. That's what I'm trying to do but it's still a work in progress".

Latham went first, caught for 10 by Ben Stokes at mid-on off a beautifully flighted Rashid delivery, while Chapman lasted just three balls before he was clean bowled by Moeen in the 18th over.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson had said earlier this week that Taylor would not be risked in order to make sure he was fit for the test series, with the first game starting on March 22.

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