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Jonny Bairstow’s incredible century inspires rejuvenated England to remarkable series win over New Zealand as hosts hunt 299 in 50 overs

Jonny Bairstow produced a run for the ages as England secured a thrilling and unlikely win over New Zealand at Trent Bridge.

Ben Stokes’ men won the three-game series chasing 299 from 50 overs on the final day, claiming a stunning five-wicket win over the Kiwis.

A thrilling round from Bairstow inspired England to victory

After slipping to 93/4, including the loss of talisman Joe Root before tea, there were fears of an all-too-familiar England collapse until Bairstow got to the crease.

Despite the high stakes, he hit 136 balls from 77, recording the second fastest Test century in England history.

Bairstow eventually dropped to 272/5 – but the stellar job was already done in front of a sold-out Nottingham crowd and the remaining runs were a formality for Stokes and Ben Foakes.

Stokes battled through a knee injury to coerce his side to victory, with the captain finishing with 75 points unstretched as England chased their highest Test tally at Trent Bridge.

Jonny Bairstow’s incredible century inspires rejuvenated England to remarkable series win over New Zealand as hosts hunt 299 in 50 overs
Stokes was also sensational as England ended their barren run

A run of five winless streaks ended with two extraordinary victories over a New Zealand team that was top of the Test Championship.

But it’s the spirited nature of the two wins that truly marks a rejuvenating start to Stokes’ reign as captain under new head coach Brendon McCullum.

England were seemingly against it after the tourists racked up 553 runs in their opening rounds, but a transformative approach saw the fearless hosts pick up one of their biggest and most unlikely victories.

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