Record-breaking England on a different level

Brilliant Bairstow fires England to series win

England maintained their unbeaten record under the new regime, with a stunning seven-wicket win over India in the fifth Test at Edgbaston.

Despite being set a record run chase of 378, the revived Three Lions made it look easy with Joe Root (142) and Jonny Bairstow (114) both scoring centuries on day five.

Resuming on Tuesday still requiring 119 for victory, the Yorkshire pair made light work of the chase and both were unbeaten at the end, as the feel-good factor under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes continues.

The victory in Birmingham means the series, which started last summer, ended in a draw but more importantly for England, it signals a fourth win out of four Tests since the change in coach and captain.

Speaking after the win, skipper Stokes stated: “When you’ve got real clarity in what you want to achieve as a team and how you want to play it makes things a lot easier.

“We knew we were always going to go out and try and chase that down. It is phenomenal. I wish people could understand what is going on in this changing room right now – it is incredible.”

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England’s next Test series isn’t until August, when South Africa are the visitors to UK shores for a three-match clash – with the opening Test at Lord’s from Wednesday, August 17.

Before then, England’s white-ball team take over, with Jos Buttler taking charge for the first time after Eoin Morgan’s recent decision to step down.

The hosts face India in three T20 internationals, before six ODIs – three against India and then three against South Africa. The opening T20 match takes place at the Ageas Bowl on July 7, with England 8/11 to claim a victory and India available at 11/10.

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Author: Lucas Carlson