New Zealand and England are locked at 2-2 going into the final ODI of the series today, reports Espncricinfo. Few would have predicted that when New Zealand’s score also read 2-2 in Dunedin chasing 336, but then Ross Taylor played one of the great one-day innings.
Whether he can haul himself through the deciding match with an injured thigh could be one of the decisive factors.Such is the importance of Taylor and Kane Williamson to New Zealand’s cause that losing one leaves them with a hole they struggle to cover.
Taylor went through a fitness test on the Hagley Oval outfield on Friday and did not look too hindered in his movements but it will need to be factored in that this is a much larger playing area - fielding and running between the wickets will take more out of him.
As in Dunedin, New Zealand have an excellent record here having won eight out of eight ODIs.
England have been keen to move on from their collapse in the last match, although Trevor Bayliss did say it had been addressed in the aftermath of the defeat. They are aiming for six consecutive series wins. Having been 2-1 one up and in such a strong position in Dunedin, it would certainly feel like one that slipped away if the honours go to New Zealand.