Jonny Bairstow produced a man-of-the-match performance as his blistering hundred saw England claim their one-day worldwide series with New Zealand but the centurion heaped praised on the team's bowlers.
A masterclass from Ross Taylor in the fourth saw New Zealand win comfortably by five wickets and deny England the series. It was left to Nicholls and Santner to rescue the innings as they came together at 93-6.
England's ODI opener Jonny Bairstow feels that he has settled in to the role well and now wants to consistently win matches for his team.
Bairstow, who scored 138 in the fourth game in Dunedin, smashed a 58-ball century with eight boundaries and six sixes as he combined with Alex Hales (61) in a 155-run opening stand in flawless batting conditions. Ben Stokes (26 not out) though finished the chase in style with Joe Root (23 not out) for company.
Bairstow toyed with the best of New Zealand's bowling stocks as he smacked nine fours and six sixes.
Bairstow and Alex Hales put on 155 for the first wicket as England rampaged towards their small target of 224.
England always looked in control after skittling the Kiwis for 223 in 49.5 overs, and were untroubled in reaching 3-229 with more than 17 overs to spare.
In the fourth ODI, New Zealand was two for two before Ross Taylor saved the day with his unbeaten 181.
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"It would be fair to say that my focus hasn't been on four-day cricket this season and my passion for that format of the game isn't what it once was", Munro said via New Zealand Cricket's official website.
"I'm really happy", said Bairstow, whose face said it all.
Ironically before the fifth and deciding ODI, Bairstow had actually suggested he would relish at the opportunity of wearing the wicketkeeping gloves for England in limited-overs cricket.
New Zealand's one-day batting frailties have been brutally exposed by England with just 15 months to go for the 2019 World Cup, causing deep concern for coach Mike Hesson.
In all five ODI innings against England, New Zealand had to rely on a handful of individual performances to get it through with two centuries by Taylor, one from Kane Williamson and an impressive total of 216 runs by No. 8 batsman Santner.
They delivered all that could reasonably be expected, putting on 84, Nicholls with a 73-ball half-century on his home ground and Santner capping his remarkable series from number eight with a new career-best. "England were outstanding and they deserved to win the series".