On a day the place England’s World Cup future was underneath risk, Bairstow produced his second century in 4 days and his third consecutive ton in opposition to New Zealand in in the future cricket, to arrange a probable tie with India at Edgbaston subsequent Thursday.
For England, which needed to beat New Zealand to ensure its place within the final 4, victory introduced welcome reduction after a tough few weeks wherein it had proved constantly inconsistent.
However right here, buoyed by a capability crowd within the picturesque metropolis of Durham, England proved too good for a New Zealand group that has quickly fallen away in its previous few video games.
This defeat, New Zealand’s third on the bounce, is unlikely to show deadly to its personal hopes of constructing the final 4. It’ll now probably face Australia in Manchester on Tuesday in a repeat of the 2015 ultimate barring a miraculous intervention from Pakistan, which nonetheless harbors qualification ambitions of its personal.
A fantastic victory over India in its final group recreation underlined this group’s potential, whereas this win confirmed its capability to destroy an opponent’s bowling assault after which strangle the life out of it within the subject.
That England’s destiny at this World Cup ought to relaxation on beating New Zealand, the group that humiliated it on the World Cup 4 years in the past, was slightly apt.
Few English cricket followers will need to keep in mind the 2015 defeat in Wellington wherein England was overwhelmed in a day/evening recreation earlier than the floodlights had been even required.
Skittled out for simply 123, New Zealand required simply 74 balls to sentence England to an eight-wicket defeat with 49 runs coming off simply two Steven Finn overs.
For England it was the nadir. For Eoin Morgan, it was one of many lowest moments of his profession.
“It was a horrible day,” Morgan mentioned forward of the conflict with New Zealand in Durham.
“A type of moments in my profession that can stand out for ever in my life as a day the place I used to be devastated, not solely with the best way we carried out but in addition the best way we carried ourselves.”
Quick ahead to right now and England is a completely completely different proposition in one-day cricket.
Certainly, the chastening defeat by New Zealand sparked a revolution in how England approached the 50-over recreation with Morgan taking inspiration from the philosophy employed by the Black Caps and its captain, Brendan McCullum.
“The best way his New Zealand group performed, the best way they did it their very own means was essential. It is essential for any group to get their very own identification and keep it up,” mentioned Morgan. “New Zealand proved some extent which you can really be actually good people and develop the sport and play cricket in your individual means and win, on the similar time.”
Since that defeat, England’s fortunes have been remodeled. The 2015 Three-2 collection win at residence to New Zealand marked the beginning of a climb to primary on this planet rankings and 4 years of positivity going into this 12 months’s match.
Such positivity was justified, too. A 5-Zero win over Australia final summer time, and a Four-Zero whitewash of Pakistan forward of the World Cup gave but extra impetus to the thought that this might lastly be England’s 12 months.
However as ever with any England group, at any sporting match, progress isn’t easy.
A defeat by Pakistan, a group it had overwhelmed 4 instances in succession solely weeks earlier, and consecutive losses in opposition to Sri Lanka and Australia, left its place within the final 4 in extreme jeopardy.
Victory over India, which was unbeaten going into the competition and had briefly changed England on the prime of the world rankings, was welcome, as was the character of the efficiency.
England, having gained the toss and selecting to bat, made a riotous begin with Bairstow and Roy placing on a primary wicket partnership of 123 — the identical complete your entire group mixed managed when it final performed New Zealand on the World Cup 4 years in the past.
Bairstow’s century and Roy’s 60 from 61 balls set the tone for the host, although New Zealand managed to battle its means again with England dropping its subsequent three wickets for simply 20 runs.
Whereas at one stage England appeared to submit a complete within the area of 350, it ended up ending on 305-Eight, a rating that appeared sufficient to be assured of victory, however not sure.
Not that England ought to have been too involved given its vibrant begin with the ball.
Each New Zealand openers had been dismissed with simply 14 runs on the board and the visiting group was quickly diminished to 69-Four with each skipper Kane Williamson and the damaging Ross Taylor run out.
With these two batsmen went any hopes New Zealand had of profitable the tie.
Tom Latham did supply some resistance, hitting 57 earlier than feathering the ball by behind to Joss Butler in slightly disappointing trend to go away his facet 164-7.
For New Zealand, the top was nigh. Mark Wooden, bowling in extra of 145 km/h, claimed three wickets on his residence floor to assist dismiss New Zealand for simply 186 and e book England’s place within the final 4 of the competitors for the primary time since 1992.