A magnificent 58-ball century from Jonny Bairstow helped England hammer New Zealand by seven wickets, thus ensuring that they won the series 3-2.

Set a modest 224 to win, Bairstow (104) and Alex Hales (61), recalled in place of the injured Jason Roy, put on a partnership of 155 in just 20 overs to all but end any hopes of the home side defending their under par score.

Bairstow’s century was the fastest by an England ODI opener, and the third fastest by any English batsman in history.

With Eoin Morgan (8) the only batsmen to fall cheaply, it was left to Joe Root (23*) and Ben Stokes (26*), to see the visitors home.

Earlier in the day, Morgan won the toss and put New Zealand into bat on what looked a very good pitch at Christchurch.

His decision was justified as his bowlers performed magnificently, bowling the Black Caps, who were without the injured Ross Taylor, out for 223.

Chris Woakes got things started, taking the wicket of Colin Munro with the second ball of the game, and England didn’t look back.

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A combination of disciplined bowling and poor shot selection saw the home side fall to 93/6, with Adil Rashid taking theee wickets for just 42 runs.

Henry Nicholls (55) and Mitchell Santner (67) put on an 84 run partnership for the seventh wicket to help give New Zealand a score they could even think about defending, but a some excellent death bowling by Woakes (3/32), and some excellent catching in the deep by Hales and Bairstow, helped restrict them to a score which looked well under par.

England’s opening batsmen showed just how poor the score of 223 was as they bludgeoned the New Zealand attack, on a pitch that offered very little assistance for the bowlers.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, Morgan was understandably delighted with the performance.

He said:

It’s probably been our best performance in this series. I thought the boys were incredible, really. The bowling unit set the tone from ball one. Reproducing things you do every day, under pressure, is someone that we do as professional sportsmen. Doing it in a must-win game is that bit more important. We’re certainly not a complete side. We do need to learn from each game. We haven’t necessarily played a perfect game this winter but we’ve shown a lot of fight and character.