Bairstow smashes century to set up England’s series win over New Zealand


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Jonny Bairstow’s breathtaking final‑day century against New Zealand at Trent Bridge did not just chase down a target of 299 runs in 72 overs, it vaporised it.

Ben Stokes had stressed before this second Test against New Zealand that the mantra of positivity he hopes will underpin his time as captain was not to be taken as simply hitting fours and sixes.
Bairstow appeared not to have got the memo, however, with the Yorkshireman’s pyrotechnic 92-ball 136 wiping off a supposedly challenging target with 22 overs to spare for a famous five-wicket win.
With victory came an unassailable 2‑0 lead before the third Test at Headingley next week and thus a first series win for Stokes and his new head coach, Brendon McCullum.


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