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Ben Stokes finishes with an explosive 26 off 18 balls, Joe Root with a sedate 23 off 37. And Ish Sodhi, who has had a pretty good series, is left nursing figures of 7.4-0-78-1. He was shredded by Jonny Bairstow, who made his fourth and most destructive hundred in this format, and was well supported by Alex Hales, back from the wilderness with a punchy 60. With the ball, Chris Woakes was superb again, but the Man of the Match award was only ever going to Bairstow.
Next week, he may find himself back at No.7 in the Test side. Which is a nonsense, isn’t it? Especially when two of the six above him are fringe players at best. Alastair Cook has been looking for a partner for a long time now, and Bairstow fits the bill in terms of personality (more assertive than Cook), which hand he uses (right), and experience (plenty, but not too much). Let Ben Foakes keep wicket for now, with Jos Buttler in contention in the summer. As they once did with Alec Stewart, England are wasting a top batsman by lumbering him with the gloves.
Ben Stokes does his best to get caught, offering two chances, both missed, and then thumping a four and a six to round things off in style. England win the match with no fewer than 104 balls to spare, and the series by 3-2.