England recall Bairstow as injury cover for NZ Tests


Malan was 103 not out at the close with Morgan falling in the final over for 91 as he tried to plunder the boundary to join his partner on three figures.

The left-hander achieved his century off just 48 balls, the swiftest ton by an England batsman in T20 internationals.

Courtesy of this partnership, Malan and Morgan now hold the record for highest T20I partnership for third wicket.

Their previous highest was 230 for 8 in their successful chase against South Africa in the 2016 World T20.

Malan posted a remarkable innings of 103 not out off just 51 balls, while Morgan smashed 91 off 41 - with the pair putting on a partnership of 182 off just 12.2 overs, England's highest ever T20 partnership.

Bairstow will remain with the squad after the end of the T20I series which concludes on Sunday (November 10) at Eden park in Auckland and provide cover for England's two-day warm-up match against a New Zealand Cricket XI and the three-day game against New Zealand "A", both to be played at Cobham Oval, Whangarei. The previous record was held by Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan, who had stitched together 152 runs against Sri Lanka in 2014.

Mitchell, a late replacement in the New Zealand side for the unwell Jimmy Neesham, was punished for the error by conceding 25 from his only over of the innings, the 19th, with Morgan taking him for three sixes.

Malan has now reached 50 six times in his nine T20 internationals - yet he.

"Felt like I had rhythm today, glad I clicked especially with these short boundaries".

England's eventual total looks all the more absurd when considering they were poking around at 18-1 after four overs, while even at the halfway mark - 88-2 - a competitive game looked on the cards.

Munro (30) and Guptill (27) added 54 in 4.2 overs before Tom Curran broke the blistering start.

They took 20 off the left-arm spinners third over and Santner finished his four-over spell with two for 32, which were the best New Zealand figures.