England player performance ratings in ODI series win over New Zealand:
It proved to be a memorable series which caught the English public’s imagination and helped fans feel pride in its team once again after a difficult past couple of years. England, led by Eoin Morgan, promised to start playing an attacking and aggressive style of cricket. They most certainly delivered. Sealing the series 3-2 at Durham on Saturday thanks to a superb solo effort from Johnny Bairstow with the bat. Here, our featured writer, Will provides his evaluation of the players involved in the 5 games!
Alex Hales – Good
A perfect example of the aggressive batsmen England are now searching for. Hales provided excitement at the top of the batting order. He tended to start well and always threatened to make a huge score without necessarily managing to.
Jason Roy – Poor
His inclusion in the team was somewhat of a shock to many. However Roy has impressed for Surrey in the past couple of years and was given the opportunity to shine at international level. He didn’t take his chance as he struggled and never quite looked comfortable through-out the series.
Joe Root – Excellent
Having struggled on his home ground at Headingly in the final Test match against the Black Caps, Root fought back. He has been England’s most consistent player over the past couple of years and his century and partnership with Morgan in the 4th match lead his side to a crucial victory.
Eoin Morgan – Excellent
The captain had suffered from a long runs drought before the start of the series for England. However for 4 of the 5 games in the series he was sensational, posting 50+ on all occasions and adding one hundred. Morgan is at his best when attacking, so the team’s new style has undoubtedly suited him. A handy reminder of his phenomenal talents!
Ben Stokes – Good
Didn’t quite match the explosive form he displayed during the Test matches but was still a real threat to the opposition bowlers. He didn’t always get big scores but showed some of the big hits he has become revered for. With the ball he was average it must be said though.
Jos Buttler – Excellent
England’s wicket keeper was simply sensational! His ton in the first game at Edgbaston was the second quickest in his country’s history, with only another one of his knocks v Sri Lanka (coming last year) ahead. His keeping has improved and for all his batting flair, this must be noted. However, he has the potential to become one of the world’s elite batsmen for sure.
Sam Billings – OK
In his first senior England call-up, the Kent man didn’t manage any big scores but did provide a couple of handy knocks. His 34 off 16 at the Ageas Bowl and partnership with Bairstow in the final game were crucial innings for the team.
Adil Rashid – OK
Started like a house on fire in Birmingham, scoring a big total with the bat and then taking 4 wickets. However in the next 3 games he would struggle somewhat, probably acting as the deciding factor in his omission from the Ashes training squad. Fortunately the Yorkshire spinner recovered some form to perform admirably in the final match of the series, to raise further questions as to why he was not deemed good enough to take on the Australians.
Liam Plunkett – OK
Was dropped from the final 2 matches. His 2 massive sixes at the end of that record breaking knock in the first game, had the ground on its feet. In fact, he also batted well at the Oval in the following match before rain disrupted play. With the ball he did ok, taking a few of wickets.
Mark Wood – Poor
After an impressive debut Test series, the Durham man failed to display the same vein of form in the ODI matches. He was quite expensive through-out, without taking the sufficient numbers of wickets.
Steven Finn – Poor
Particularly disappointing against the New Zealand tail-enders. Finn bowled fast but made little influence. He wasn’t appalling but England certainly need to strengthen in this area. The big fast bowler is too easy to hit.
David Willey – Ok
Replaced Plunkett for the final 2 games and did ok. Had a steady debut at Trent Bridge before putting in a solid performance in Durham, taking 3 for 50.
Johnny Bairstow – Excellent
Only played one game due to Buttler’s unfortunate injury, but boy did he make the most of it! Having turned out for his county just 24 hours earlier, he came into the side at the last minute for the series decider. He kept well before winning the game with the bat as he posted a spectacular unbeaten 83 – saving England from the brink.
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