New Zealand v England: Tourists win third ODI to clinch series

England thumped New Zealand by five wickets in the third one-day international in Auckland to seal a 2-1 series win.

Steven Finn claimed 3-27 as the hosts were bundled out for 185 in 43.5 overs, despite Brendon McCullum’s defiant 80 off 67 balls.

Alastair Cook made 46, Eoin Morgan a rapid 39 and Jonathan Trott 38 in England’s largely untroubled chase.

Victory, completed with 12.3 overs to spare, secured a first ODI series triumph over the Kiwis for 19 years.

Not since the 1994 Texaco Trophy had England beaten New Zealand in a bilateral limited-overs campaign, but those who witnessed this comprehensive win, or Wednesday’s eight-wicket mauling in Napier, can have few complaints about the destiny of the trophy. Read more
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