It went right down to the proverbial wire in the third one-day international of the five-match series between New Zealand and England, with Kane Williamson’s unbeaten century taking the home side to the doorstep of victory before England clung on to go 2-1 ahead, reports Icc-cricket.com.
The two sides will meet again today in their fourth ODI at University Oval, Dunedin at 4:00am (BST).That came after a Ross Taylor century and a Mitchell Santner blitz had given New Zealand a three-wicket victory in the first game before England bounced back with a stellar bowling effort and half-centuries from Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes in the second fixture, which they won by six wickets.
England have certainly looked the more complete of the two sides. The only two centuries in the series might have come from New Zealand blades, but Morgan, Stokes, Jos Buttler and Joe Root have all been among the runs, while all of Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Stokes have been picking up wickets.
Stokes has settled back into the side well after a long time out, and that’s certainly lifted England in a big way – not that they were doing badly without him, beating Australia 4-1 in their ODI series earlier in the year. The runs have come smoothly too, and England – Morgan in the main – have shown that they can change gear when needed and have alternatives when their all-out attack plan doesn’t work. That’s positive keeping the long-term view in mind.