England v New Zealand player ratings: Dawid Malan impresses but vice-captain Sam Billings struggles


New Zealand v England Twenty20 series player ratings: Dawid Malan played one of England’s greatest T20 innings as Sam Billings fails to take advantage of being handed vice-captaincy lifeline

  • England claimed a series win in their Twenty20 leg of their tour of New Zealand 
  •  Eoin Morgan’s men won the final match in Auckland via another super over 
  • Sportsmail has assessed the performances of each England player in the series

England secured a 3-2 series victory in their five-match Twenty20 contest against New Zealand after winning the final match in  Auckland via another thrilling super over.

In a repeat of July’s 50-over World Cup final, the game was forced into a super over after both sides scored 146 in the fifth T20I.

The series win is another confidence boost for Eoin Morgan and his men ahead of the World T20 next year, and here Sportsmail’s Lawrence Booth rates each England player’s performance in the five-match series. 

England claimed a 3-2 series win in the Twenty20 leg of their tour to New Zealand

England claimed a 3-2 series win in the Twenty20 leg of their tour to New Zealand

Dawid Malan – 9 

His 48-ball hundred in Napier was arguably England’s greatest T20 innings, but he’ll need to sort out the character clash with his captain. 

Eoin Morgan – 8

Sublime at Napier, and keeps growing in stature as a leader – which hardly seemed possible after the summer. His strike-rate for the series was a remarkable 193. 

Chris Jordan – 8

The pick of the attack. Finished with seven wickets at 14, and was one of England’s super-over stars in Auckland – earning it with the bat, winning it with the ball. 

Jonny Bairstow – 7

Got the chase going in Christchurch, before falling first ball in Wellington. But his power and class helped England over the line in the decider. 

Dawid Malan played arguably the best ever T20 innings from an England player in Napier

Dawid Malan played arguably the best ever T20 innings from an England player in Napier

Matt Parkinson – 6.5

A wicket in his first over at Nelson, then four at Napier as he bravely tempted New Zealand’s big hitters by flighting his leg-breaks. An impressive start to his England career.

James Vince – 6.5

Drove the chase in Christchurch, but was culpable during the collapse in Nelson. Now firmly behind Malan in the T20 pecking-order.

Sam Curran – 6.5

Performed well with the new ball against the dangerous Guptill and Munro, and produced a handy cameo from No 5 at Eden Park. Can he supplant David Willey as England’s T20 left-armer? 

Tom Curran – 6

Began his series with a maiden, and kept having the guts to mix up his seamers. Well-placed to make the World Cup squad. 

Matt Parkinson impressed with his legspin in his debut series as a full England international

Matt Parkinson impressed with his legspin in his debut series as a full England international

Tom Banton – 6 

Showed promise in his first international outing, and at Napier earned comparisons with Kevin Pietersen. Unafraid to show off his full repertoire. 

Pat Brown – 6

Didn’t enjoy much luck with dropped catches in his debut series, but made decent use of his variations. Now to nail down a stock ball. 

Adil Rashid – 6

Not at his best as he continued to shake off the shoulder trouble that almost derailed his World Cup. But Morgan still views him as England’s No 1 spinner. 

Tom Banton also showed glimpses of why the hype has grown around the Somerset batsman

Tom Banton also showed glimpses of why the hype has grown around the Somerset batsman

Lewis Gregory – 5.5

Took a wicket with his first ball in international cricket, but not much to shout about otherwise.

Sam Billings – 5

Handed the lifeline of the vice-captaincy, he didn’t really grab it. Was bailed out by Jordan during the Auckland run-chase. 

Saqib Mahmood – 5

Didn’t quite live up to the Lancashire hype, and cost nearly two runs a ball. Dropped back into the fast-bowling pack. 

Sam Billings struggled in the series despite being handed the vice-captaincy beforehand

Sam Billings struggled in the series despite being handed the vice-captaincy beforehand

 



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