Hesson confident Taylor will be fit for day-night Test against England

Jonny Bairstow

Often in the last decade have England's captains and coaches have talked about an "attacking brand of cricket" but only Eoin Morgan's 50-over side have successfully delivered.

New Zealand's meagre 223 all out at Hagley Oval in Christchurch was easily overhauled by England with seven wickets remaining and 104 balls to spare.

Munro amassed just 56 runs from five innings against England with the 49 he notched on a tricky surface in Wellington in game three, forming the bulk.

New Zealand now turn their attention to two Tests against England, starting on March 22. So, they did not have to worry about any warm up matches. Add to that the absence of talismanic opener Brendon McCullum who was responsible for giving New Zealand blazing starts, particularly in ODI cricket.

With the first Test in Auckland still more than a week away, Hesson pointed out that a cautious approach will be taken with Taylor in order to give him the best chance of being fit for the match.

Three years after being the finalist in the 2015 World Cup, where it lost to Australia, New Zealand is now struggling to get an innings underway as it builds towards the showpiece in England next year.

Nicholls struck an intelligent 55 from 81 while Santner top-scored with a crucial 67 off 71 balls before he was dismissed early in the penultimate over.

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The batsman's inclusion for the Christchurch match would be a massive boost for New Zealand. So, 5th match was important for both teams to win the series.

Accurate with the ball and showing a controlled aggression with the bat, England look a settled one-day side and, as shown with Hales coming in for Roy after he suffered a back spasm, they have good depth available to them.

Earlier, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root scored 138 and 102 for England before a four-wicket haul from Ish Sodhi pegged the visitors back. New Zealand came to bat bat did not present very handsome total.

In the last ODI chasing a 300 plus score, Latham scored 65 runs to nearly taking his side close to victory.

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. But exemplary new ball work from Mark Wood and Chris Woakes - named man of the series for his 10 wickets at 20.30 - reduced the Blackcaps to 26 for two, before Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali combined, bowling their full allocations through unhindered, to inflict a collapse of four wickets for 33 runs. He checked runs in his bowling spell. Southee took just two wickets at 128.50 in the five games and was belted for 1-87 from 10 overs in Dunedin.

Later, in 32.4 overs team England easily chased the score.

A yet to be confirmed New Zealand "A" tour will allow Hesson to get a greater gauge on several fringe World Cup hopefuls.

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