With a decisive seven-wicket win in the third and final test on Monday, England swept New Zealand 3-0 in the test series. On the final day, after the first session was canceled due to weather, England sped to 296-3 in the second session after commencing on 183-2. At Headingley, Joe Root (86 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (71 not out) scorched the New Zealand bowlers for 111 runs as England easily reached the goal in a little over an hour on the fifth day.

Bairstow, whose brilliant 162 helped England escape a dangerous 55-6 position in the first innings, produced another aggressive game, scoring England’s second-fastest test half-century off only 30 balls. In a magnificent 44-ball unbeaten performance, Bairstow put the game away in style by hammering off-spinner Michael Bracewell for a four and a six.

When play resumed after lunch, Tim Southee clean bowled Ollie Pope (82) to give New Zealand a strong start to the day. But Bairstow once again demonstrated his bat skill by giving Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes the ideal start to their new positions as captain and coach, respectively. England won the first Test at Lord’s by five wickets before chasing down 299 runs in Nottingham to win the second Test by five wickets.