PLAYER RATINGS: Jonny Bairstow hits one of the best centuries in England Test history… but how much longer will they persist with Zak Crawley after his struggles against Trent Boult?
Jonny Bairstow unleashed an astonishing century to power England to a famous series win over New Zealand, making child’s play of a record chase alongside triumphant captain Ben Stokes.
Bairstow produced the innings of his life, obliterating the Kiwi attack to finish with 136 in 92 balls as he and Stokes bullied their way to a five-wicket win at Trent Bridge and an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Here, Sportsmail’s LAWRENCE BOOTH delivers player ratings from a truly enthralling Test match.
Jonny Bairstow was England’s hero after a stunning century against New Zealand
7 – Alex Lees
Showed signs of greater fluency in the second innings at Lord’s, and took his mood into this game, with scores of 67 and 44. Now he needs to turn a start into a hundred.
1 – Zak Crawley
Boult was all over him in both innings, having him caught in the cordon for four and nought. His average is now 27, and tumbling fast. How much longer will England persist with him?
8 – Ollie Pope
With any luck, his first-innings 145 will be the start of the next phase of his Test career. Got a good ball in the second innings from Henry when he was starting to settle in once more.
8.5 – Joe Root
Batted like a dream to make 176 in the first innings, but couldn’t repeat his Lord’s heroics in the second. Skipped about the place like a newborn lamb – he’s loving life back in the ranks.
Zak Crawley is coming under increasing scrutiny after two poor displays at Trent Bridge
Ollie Pope, however, showed that he does have a future batting at No 3 for England
NEW ZEALAND RATINGS
Tom Latham 3
Will Young 7.5
Devon Conway 7
Henry Nicholls 4
Daryl Mitchell 9
Tom Blundell 8
Michael Bracewell 6
Tim Southee 2
Matt Henry 3
Kyle Jamieson 4
Trent Boult 8
10 – Jonny Bairstow
Who cares if he made only eight in the first innings? His 92-ball 136 on the last afternoon instantly became one of England’s great Test knocks, and ensured Bairstow will be around in this team for a while yet.
9 – Ben Stokes
Led from the front by pummelling 46 off 33 on the third day, then added 75 not out from 70 while Bairstow went berserk on the fifth. Bowled a tireless 10-over spell too. Easy lark, this Test captaincy.
8 – Ben Foakes
His best Test since a debut hundred against Sri Lanka nearly four years ago. Batted with class and ease, and kept immaculately.
6 – Matt Potts
Back down to earth in the first innings after his dreamy Lord’s debut, but took the big wickets of Nicholls and Blundell in the second. Cost Foakes his wicket in the first innings with a poor piece of running.
6 – Stuart Broad
Five wickets in all, but was unusually expensive: 3.84 runs an over was his highest economy-rate for nearly three years. Effective with the bouncer on the final morning.
5 – Jack Leach
Suffered a couple of dropped catches, but concerns are growing over his lack of variety. Now averages 80 in the first innings of a Test. Moeen Ali and others are waiting in the wings.
8 – James Anderson
Ticked off 650 Test wickets, and had match figures of five for 82. Underused in the second innings.
Ben Stokes led from the front as England captain in an unforgettable Test match for his side
Ben Foakes kept immaculately for England and is fast becoming a key part of this setup