Bairstow blitz seals England rout of New Zealand
June 27 2022 10:40 PM
England’s captain Ben Stokes (centre) holds up the series trophy as England players celebrate after
England’s captain Ben Stokes (centre) holds up the series trophy as England players celebrate after winning the third Test against New Zealand at the Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds, northern England, yesterday. (AFP)

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Jonny Bairstow led England to a whitewash of Test world champions New Zealand with a stunning fifty on his Headingley home ground yesterday.
Bairstow made a blistering 71 not out, England’s second quickest Test fifty of all time, to follow a majestic 162 that helped revive the hosts from a first-innings collapse after they had slumped to 55-6.
Former captain Joe Root, largely reduced to the role of a spectator by Bairstow, was 86 not out after sharing a partnership of 111 with his Yorkshire teammate, having started the day unbeaten on 55.
England reached their target of 296 with just three wickets down to complete a 3-0 series clean sweep in a first campaign under their new leadership duo of captain Ben Stokes and red-ball head coach Brendon McCullum, a former New Zealand skipper.
“To walk away with a 3-0 win over the best team in the world is very special,” said Stokes at the presentation ceremony.
“The team has been phenomenal. For me when I took over this job it was about more than results, it was about changing mindsets towards Test cricket.
“I wanted them to have fun and enjoy representing their country.”

‘Incredible series’
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson added: “It’s been an incredible series.
“In all three matches we had our opportunities and we were ahead of the game at times in each one but credit to England, they chose to counter-attack when they were under pressure and they did it well, especially in this match.”
Rain washed out the morning session to leave England, 183-2 overnight, with a nominal 78 overs in which to score the remaining 113 runs they needed for victory.
But they took just 15.2 overs, scoring at a rapid rate of 7.43 an over, with Bairstow sealing victory in storybook style with a six off spinner Michael Bracewell.
Ollie Pope, 81 not out overnight, was bowled off the fifth ball of the day by Tim Southee to end a sparkling stand of 134 with Root.
But that was as good as it got for New Zealand, with Trent Boult’s first over of the day costing 17 runs.

Brilliant Bairstow
Bairstow came into this match having made a remarkable 136 during England’s victorious run chase in the second Test.
His purple patch continued Monday as he got off the mark with two boundaries off successive deliveries from left-arm quick Boult.
Bairstow then ‘picked’ a slower ball from Southee as he disdainfully drove the Black Caps spearhead for six. He was equally severe on Bracewell, preferred to frontline spinner Ajaz Patel, sweeping the off-break bowler’s opening ball of the day for four before driving him for six.
Bairstow then completed England’s second-fastest fifty when he drove Southee for a sixth four in 30 balls faced.
Only outstanding all-rounder Ian Botham, with a 28-ball half-century against India at Delhi in 1981, had made a quicker Test fifty for England.
New Zealand made 326 in their second innings, Tom Blundell top-scoring with 88 not out and Daryl Mitchell making 56 as the pair shared their fourth century partnership this series.
Mitchell finished the series with a record total of 538 runs, the most scored by an overseas batsman in a campaign of three or fewer Tests in England, including three hundreds, at a huge average of 107.60.
But after he was dismissed on Sunday, player of the match Jack Leach mopped up the tail on his way to 5-66 for a match return of 10-166 - the first time the left-arm spinner had taken 10 wickets in a Test. A year ago, England did not attempt to chase a target of 273 in a first Test draw with New Zealand at Lord’s during a two-match series they lost 1-0.
But they have become a transformed team under Stokes and McCullum, with England chasing down stiff targets of 277 and 299 earlier in the series while recording five-wicket wins at both Lord’s and Trent Bridge.
England now meet India at Edgbaston in a re-arranged test from last year’s series with no plans to take the foot off the accelerator. “Trust me when I say that we’ll be coming out with exactly the same mindset even if it’s a different opposition,” Stokes said.
“And then the result will look after itself. That we’ve done it so quickly is just unbelievable,” added Stokes, who was particularly pleased with the buy-in from his team mates after taking over from Joe Root.
“Being 55-6 (in the first innings), and then doing what we managed to do, and in the manner that we did, was probably the most pleasing thing of the series, because it could have been very easy for us to go back into our shell.”
He also praised the role of McCallum, who said on Monday he was hoping to make playing test cricket simpler for the English team. “I’ve tried to strip things away, keep things quiet, ignore some of the outside noise,” McCallum said of his approach to a new dressing room.
“I want to try and get these guys a little closer together and to better understand their games.
“In the professional game sometimes we can get quite caught up in our own stuff rather than where you sit in the group and being able to bounce things off some of your team mates. My role is try and force a bit more of that and try and give the guys as much confidence as I can,” the former New Zealand captain added.

New Zealand 1st Innings 329
England 1st Innings 360
New Zealand 2nd Innings 326

England 2nd Innings
(target: 296, overnight 183-2)
A. Lees run out 9
Z. Crawley c Williamson b Bracewell 25
O. Pope b Southee 82
J. Root not out 86
J. Bairstow not out 71
Extras (b13, lb8, nb2) 23
Total  (3 wkts, 54.2 overs) 296
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Lees), 2-51 (Crawley), 3-185 (Pope)
Bowling: Boult 12-2-65-0; Southee 19-5-68-1; Bracewell 15.2-0-109-1; Wagner 8-2-33-0 (2nb);
Result: England won by seven wickets
Series: England win three-match series 3-0
Player of the match: Jack Leach (ENG)
England player of the series: Joe Root
New Zealand player of the series: Daryl Mitchell
Previous Results
Jun 2-5: 1st Test, Lord’s: England won by five wickets
Jun 10-14: 2nd Test, Trent Bridge: England won by five wickets.

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