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England vs New Zealand T20 player ratings: Who looks to have secured World T20 finals spot next year?

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England celebrate winning the series against New Zealand
England celebrate winning the series against New Zealand

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England secured a 3-2 Twenty20 series win over New Zealand in Auckland, but only after another Super Over between the teams.

Four months on from their suspenseful World Cup final at Lord’s, England and New Zealand were once again at a stalemate inside Eden Park after finishing level on 146 from 11 overs, shortened because of rain.

Boundary countback was all that determined England’s first 50-over global title in July but there was to be little of that drama on the other side of the world as Morgan’s men prevailed by nine runs in the six-ball shootout.

Our cricket correspondent, Scyld Berry, rates the England players’ performances. Who stood out for Morgan’s side?

Jonny Bairstow 

An excellent final game, and his IPL runs as an opener, suggest he should be England’s in the World T20 finals, with Jason Roy to pep him up. 6

Bairstow gave a good account of himself

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Tom Banton

Looked the part of a boundary-hitting T20 opener, except England need a finisher not an opener. Needs to rotate strike more. Did not keep but can field. 6

Sam Billings

Another series without a substantial contribution, when he could have won the third and fifth games. Too late to establish himself as a finisher and boundary-fielder? 4

Pat Brown

More suited to tired slow pitches where his cutters can grip. A bit exposed as a bowler (and fielder) on faster pitches where he needs more pace than 130 kph. 5

Pat Brown is more suited to tired slow pitches where his cutters can grip

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Sam Curran

A clever if not quick bowler, and all the more useful for being left-arm. Auckland showed he could hit from the word go, which a T20 allrounder down the order must. 7

Tom Curran

T20 is his best format as he has so many variations to compensate for lack of real pace. Can field – a top catch at Nelson running from mid-off – and hit a bit. 6

Lewis Gregory

Played every game but almost no chance to impress. His Somerset record suggests he could do a job as a T20 replacement for Ben Stokes. 4

Lewis Gregory’s Somerset record suggests he could do a job as a T20 replacement for Ben Stokes

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Chris Jordan

Experience, yorkers, slower balls, tail-end hitting, rounded off by being the most athletic and safest catcher in England’s T20 side:  a complete package. 9

Saqib Mahmood

Has the qualities to become a Test opening bowler, so better off working on a fast stock ball than developing variations for the white-ball game. 5

Dawid Malan

Such is the competition that 208 runs off 127 balls – and a boundary every four balls – might not be enough to get him into the team. Squad perhaps. 9

Dawid Malan is likely to be in the squad for the World T20 finals

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Eoin Morgan

A strike-rate of 190 suggests he batted as well as he has ever done. A very firm hand on the tiller as captain and England’s white-ball strategist-in-chief. 9

Matt Parkinson

Did well to quit while ahead and miss Eden Park. Good revs and overspin but needs more legbreaks against right-handers to go with the sliders. 6

Adil Rashid

The zip has not yet returned – neither has his googly – so England need his right shoulder and wicket-taking ability to recover in the next year. 5

England need Adil Rashid’s right shoulder and wicket-taking ability to recover in the next year

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James Vince

A total of 110 runs off 83 balls – not bad, but not good enough to force his way into the full T20 side, and his catching or dropping in Wellington set him back further. 6

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