Had the events of the final day at Trent Bridge panned out differently, and had England tripped over themselves in their eagerness to chase a remarkable 299 for victory, then Trent Boult would surely have emerged as the Player of the Match. On a belter of a batting surface, his indefatigable seam bowling kept New Zealand competitive throughout as he emerged from a bruising contest with figures of 8 for 200 in 49.3 overs.
Instead, Boult bore the brunt of one of the most astonishing onslaughts in Test history, as Jonny Bairstow emerged after tea to belt a 77-ball century and 136 from 92 balls all told, in a thrilling five-wicket victory. And though Boult got his man in the end, it wasn't until he'd been thrashed for three fours and three sixes from Bairstow's previous ten balls, as England raced to victory with 22 overs of their allocation unused.
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