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Ross Taylor, who has been central to New Zealand’s two victories in this series, has been ruled out of the deciding ODI against England in Christchurch.

Taylor steered the remarkable chase of 336 in Dunedin with a career-best unbeaten 181, but re-injured his quad shortly after reaching three figures having initially suffered the problem in Mount Maunganui.

He went through a fitness test on Saturday morning but was only able to run at 70% and the decision was taken that playing him would risk more serious damage ahead of the two-Test series which concludes the tour.

Mark Chapman, who previously stood in for Taylor and Kane Williamson in this series, comes back into the side but this time will bat at No. 5 with the in-form Tom Latham going up to No. 4.

England also suffered a late injury with Jason Roy going down with a back spasm which means a recall for Alex Hales who had been sidelined since Ben Stokes’ return to the side. It is Hales’ first match since he opted to move away from first-class cricket to focus on the limited-overs game.

New Zealand 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Colin Munro, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Tom Latham (wk), 5 Mark Chapman, 6 Henry Nicholls, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Trent Boult

England 1 Alex Hales, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Tom Curran, 11 Mark Wood


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