England sweeps the series with dominance
England sweeps the series with dominance. To sweep the series against New Zealand, England cruised to a seven-wicket victory in Headingley. On the last day, rain predominated at Headingley, frustrating those hoping for an early conclusion to the events. On day five of the competition, the officials made the decision to call an early lunch because the rain showed no signs of stopping. They then left the two sides waiting to force a decision.
With 113 runs still needed for victory, England suffered an early setback when they lost the hot-shot Ollie Pope. Tim Southee bowled the young batsman on 82.
But Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root wanted to finish the game quickly, with the former maintaining his series-long dominance. Bairstow was aggressively hitting boundaries for amusement as Root rotated the strike. He reached his half-century in just 30 deliveries, the second-fastest fifty for England in men’s Test matches, as they advanced nearer the goal.
Root struck 86* as England cruised to a seven-wicket victory, while Bairstow finished unbeaten on a 44-ball 71.
With a win percentage of 28.89 after the victory, England surpassed New Zealand in the standings. With a victory percentage of 25.93, New Zealand is now barely ahead of Bangladesh in the penultimate position on the standings.