Brendon McCullum Eoin Morgan England New Zealand
Fans have been treated to some outstanding cricket in the England vs New Zealand ODI seriesReuters

It has been one of the most exciting, high-scoring ODI series in recent memory, and this fantastic series between England and New Zealand will culminate in Chester-le-Street when the 5th ODI takes centre-stage on Saturday.

The pace of this ODI series has been relentless, the scores insane and the hitting ridiculous, with batting showmanship of the highest order on show. Whether such batting dominance in limited-overs cricket is good for the game or not is another matter, but what cannot be denied is the entertainment that both England and New Zealand have dished out so far.

The fourth ODI went England's way, and in some style too, after Eoin Morgan and Joe Root struck centuries to chase down 350 in 44 overs.

This new-age England has certainly caught the attention of the fans, and memories of those abysmal performances at the World Cup are slowly fading.

"[It would be] massive [to win the series]," flamboyant England all-rounder Ben Stokes told ECB's official website.

"They finished second and were probably the best team in the whole World Cup until the final. We've played some outstanding cricket against the second-best team in the world.

"So regardless of what happens, as a one-day outfit we will be leaving here knowing we've made people watch England cricket again and made people watch the one-day game.

"Hopefully we can get that victory and make it an even more special day."

England have banished those World Cup ghosts in style, but to make the turnaround a little more tangible, a series win over the seriously talented Black Caps will be a good start.

Brendon McCullum's team will look to improve on their bowling after a poor show in the last match, and the bowlers might get a little more joy in Durham than any of the other venues so far, with the weather expected to be cloudy.

Swing bowling is Tim Southee's forte, but after demolishing England with a seven-for in the World Cup, things haven't gone swimmingly, and New Zealand will look to their best bowler to stop the marauding England batsmen in their tracks.

Team news: England: Wicketkeeper/batsman Jos Buttler is a doubt for the 5th ODI after injuring his left thumb in practice. Jonny Bairstow has been called up as cover, even if Sam Billings is capable of taking over the wicketkeeping duties if Buttler fails to recover in time.

New Zealand: There are no new injury worries for the Black Caps, but McCullum might make a few changes to his bowling, after the dismal show in the last match.

Where to Watch Live

England vs New Zealand 5th ODI is scheduled for a 10.30 am BST (3 pm IST, 5.30 am ET, 9.30 pm NZ time) start, while live coverage in India will be on Star Sports2. The final match of the ODI series can also be watched via live streaming online on

Viewers in the UK can catch the match action over on Sky Sports2, while the live stream options are on Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports.

Audience in the US can watch the game live on ESPN3 and Watch ESPN, while viewers in New Zealand can do so on Sky Sport and Sky Go NZ.

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