TOP SPIN AT TEST: England become first team to chase over 250 three times in a series after New Zealand’s win… as Jonny Bairstow scores England’s second fastest half-century
- England recorded a stunning 3-0 win over New Zealand on Monday afternoon
- They started the day with 113 runs left to win and achieved the feat
- Jonny Bairstow continued his impressive form to inspire England’s victory
England rode to victory on the final day of the third Test against New Zealand at Headingley to win a stunning 3-0 series.
Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root put in a dominant unbroken 111 tie, with Root going undefeated at 86, while Bairstow crushed a whirlwind of 71 that wasn’t out of 44 balls.
sports post‘s LAWRENCE BOOTH provides the big stats from an exciting final day of action in Leeds.
Jonny Bairstow was England’s hero again as they rode to victory against New Zealand
England became the first team to chase over 250 three times in a series, 277 at Lord’s, 299 at Trent Bridge and 296 at Headingley – the 12th highest, fifth highest and seventh highest successful chases in the fourth inning in their history.
Seven of England’s top 12 chases are now against New Zealand and the other five against Australia.
Only once before have England scored faster in a Test series than the 4.54 and more than they knew against New Zealand. In a two-game run against Bangladesh in 2005, they scored at 5.13.
England became the first team to chase over 250 three times in a series after winning in New Zealand
And only one other team has scored faster in a run of three or more matches: Australia took 4.66 at home against the West Indies in 2015-16.
This was England’s first Test money laundering since the 3-0 win in Sri Lanka in 2018/19. It means they are approaching world champions New Zealand in the Test standings, having already overtaken fifth-placed Pakistan earlier in the series.
New Zealand remain fourth but have been reduced from 23 points to three with their pre-series lead over England.
Joe Root was in good form on Monday as he finished the game unbeaten at 86
Joe Root brought his test average back above 50 with his undefeated 86. Only twice before has he averaged more in a series than the 99 he achieved here: 103 at home in India in 2014 and 106 in Sri Lanka at the start of 2021.
No English batsman has scored more than Jonny Bairstow’s 394 runs in a Test series with a strike rate higher than his 120. Ben Stokes scored 411 runs in South Africa in 2015-16, but with a strike rate of 109.
Bairstow’s half-century with 30 balls was the second fastest in Test history in England, behind Ian Botham’s 28-ball blitz against India in Delhi in 1981-82.