|England 311-9 (50 overs): Malan 127 (114); Ravindra 4-60|
|New Zealand 211 (38.2 overs): Ravindra 61 (48); Moeen 4-50|
|England received by 100 runs, win collection 3-1|
Dawid Malan’s chic century impressed England to a series-clinching hammering of New Zealand within the fourth and closing one-day worldwide at Lord’s.
Malan, in prolific kind earlier than the World Cup beginning in India subsequent month, stroked 127 from 114 balls.
That led England to 311-9, a complete the bedraggled Black Caps by no means threatened.
Off-spinner Moeen Ali claimed 4-50 as New Zealand have been bowled out for 211 to offer England victory by 100 runs.
England take the collection 3-1 in what’s their final significant motion earlier than their defence of the World Cup.
Subsequent week, an nearly fully totally different England squad meet Eire in a three-match one-day collection, starting at Headingley on Wednesday.
England triumph in low-ley World Cup build-up
Regardless of a showpiece occasion now being so shut, the depth of this recreation was far beneath the final time these two sides met in a one-dayer on this floor – the heart-stopping 2019 World Cup closing – or what it can doubtless be after they subsequent face one another within the match opener in Ahmedabad on 5 October.
Certainly, Friday might be extra vital for what didn’t occur, reasonably than what did. England opener Jason Roy was nonetheless not match to play due to again spasms and may now characteristic in opposition to Eire so as to show his health.
In Roy’s absence, Harry Brook didn’t push his case to be included when the ultimate World Cup squad is introduced subsequent week, scoring solely 10.
New Zealand additionally suffered an enormous blow when tempo bowler Tim Southee suffered a damaged and dislocated thumb dropping a catch off Joe Root at gully and will now be a doubt for the World Cup.
4 years in the past, England’s preparation was laser-focused they usually delivered the trophy. This time they’ve performed fewer than half the quantity of ODIs between World Cups – 88 to 43 – whereas these 4 matches are the primary the full-strength squad has performed collectively in additional than a 12 months.
Nonetheless, they’ve the expertise of being the reigning world champions in each limited-overs codecs and their batting particularly is the envy of the world. They are going to be one of many groups to beat in India.
Marvellous Malan proves his level
When England’s preliminary squad was introduced, Malan was talked about as a possible candidate to make means for Brook.
However Roy’s damage has allowed the left-hander to grab his alternative. He had earlier scores of 54 and 96 within the collection, lacking the second recreation for the beginning of his second baby.
On a pitch that made batting removed from easy, Malan used his expertise of 13 years spent with Middlesex to time the ball exquisitely. Jos Buttler’s 36 was England’s subsequent highest rating, whereas Root’s 29 from 40 balls was torturous.
A characteristic of Malan’s innings was his scoring by the off facet, cowl drives and punches by level. When he swiped Kyle Jamieson for a flat six over sq. leg he reached the 81 runs wanted to go to 1,000 in ODIs in simply his twenty first innings. Solely three males have reached the milestone in fewer.
On 95 he edged Matt Henry previous diving wicketkeeper Tom Latham and accomplished his fifth ODI century from 96 balls in the identical over.
After Malan finally nicked a large one off the spin of Rachin Ravindra, it was the beginning of England wobbling barely to lose 4 wickets for 39 runs, however late cameos from Sam Curran, David Willey and Brydon Carse took them to a complete that was greater than sufficient.
Wounded New Zealand overwhelmed once more
This has been a tough collection for New Zealand, who received the primary recreation however have since been properly overwhelmed on three events when trying to chase a goal.
Captain Kane Williamson ought to return from an extended lay-off on the World Cup, however the Black Caps have been already with out injured all-rounder Mitchell Santner earlier than they misplaced Southee. When seamer Ben Lister, who just isn’t within the World Cup squad, went off with a hamstring downside, the Black Caps assault was left badly depleted.
With Southee managing simply 4 overs and Lister six, New Zealand did properly to limit England. Ravindra picked up 4-60 and Daryl Mitchell 2-40 along with his fill-in medium-pace.
An try at what would have been the second-highest profitable run-chase at Lord’s by no means bought going. Buttler ran out Devon Conway with a direct hit, Willey was probing with the brand new ball to have Will Younger caught behind and the pacey Carse pushed his case to be an official reserve for the World Cup by bowling Mitchell.
Moeen then set to work. Latham was bowled and Henry Nicholls, who made 41, was given out lbw on evaluate as he superior down the pitch.
Jamieson was caught and bowled and Henry edged to slide in successive deliveries, leaving Lister to hobble out to outlive the hat-trick ball. Ravindra not less than swiped 61 earlier than he was the final man to fall, bowled by a Curran yorker.
‘I am extraordinarily excited to go to the World Cup’ – what they stated
England captain Jos Buttler to BBC’s Take a look at Match Particular: “We have improved at no finish from the primary recreation, which is nice. It has been some time for the reason that crew have been collectively so it is good to see that development and end with a extremely good win and a collection win.
“Malan was improbable to get that 100. We put that strain on. Everybody who batted impacted the sport and bought us as much as that rating.”
Participant of the match and collection, England’s Dawid Malan: “It was good enjoyable, particularly on the house of cricket. It is good to get some runs on the board earlier than the World Cup as properly. I bought away with a couple of early on, and located it laborious to attain, however when Jos [Buttler] got here in we bought going and ultimately managed to get a rating on the board.
“Attempting to interrupt into this England white-ball crew it’s a must to both be a freak or constant. I’ve tried to be as constant as I could be with the bat. I used to be gutted within the final recreation to get out after I appeared to get an enormous rating. So it was improbable to again it up and contribute to a win.
“Now I am extraordinarily excited to go to the World Cup. It is a dream come true – if chosen. It is a dream to play for England, not to mention to be probably going to a World Cup.”
New Zealand captain Tom Latham: “I am unable to keep in mind getting 4 accidents in a single recreation earlier than, however if you face these challenges it is necessary guys step up and we did fairly properly with that.
“On the midway level we knew it was a very good floor, possibly a bit of gradual, however we weren’t in a position to construct partnerships and bought behind the sport.
“Whenever you get to a World Cup it’s barely totally different. It’s who turns up on the day. It has proven us areas we have to enhance and it’s good to come back up in opposition to a top quality facet.”