Their latest, 3-2 against opponents who pushed them hard in a succession of tight finishes elsewhere, was never in any doubt from the moment New Zealand began fluffing their lines against some exemplary new-ball bowling from Woakes and Mark Wood. "England were outstanding and they deserved to win the series".
New Zealand's 223 all out at Hagley Oval was easily overhauled by England with seven wickets remaining and 104 balls to spare. Rashid, given the luxury of one on each side of the wicket, took his best haul of the series with three wickets of equal importance.
"We've been working towards this for a while", said coach Trevor Bayliss.
There were some special performances in the first two rounds of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 tournament in Zimbabwe.
"Probably a little more bounce and we really did take advantage of that". People had spoken about it and compared it to a knockout game potentially in the World Cup next year.
"That didn't happen. [and] wasn't good enough from us".
"We were disappointed with how we did in the last game when we could have potentially won the series - because we got ourselves into a position [to do that]".
Yet this result in a winner-takes-all contest can partly lay that ghost to rest.
"The lads up front really set the tone", Bairstow said of Woakes and Mark Wood.
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"My job is now to try and go out and score big hundreds and contribute to match-winning scores".
The 34-year-old, who carved a match-winning 181 not out in the fourth match in Dunedin on Wednesday, injured his quadricep while batting in that match. This was Taylor's second hundred of the series.
And his absence with the thigh problem he aggravated during that innings was a huge blow to the hosts.
England now travel to Hamilton for a tour match beginning on 13 March, before the two-match Test series starts on 22 March.
Morgan elected to bowl and saw Woakes give England a terrific start when he had Colin Munro caught behind from the third ball of the match.
Rashid (three for 42) had Tom Latham clipping to midwicket and foiled Martin Guptill's attempt to anchor a faltering innings too when the opener poked a drive to cover three short of his 50. Hales's tumbling effort at deep square leg set the standard, only for Bairstow to better it two balls later: a one-handed grab after scarpering along the boundary, within a whisker of the sponge, accounting for Tim Southee.
"I suppose it is always a possibility but one of the strengths of this team from a bowling point of view is that we've always got six options", he told Sky Sports Cricket.
Rohan Mustafa and Mohammad Naveed were special for the United Arab Emirates in the first game with 95 runs and a five-wicket haul as they completed a 56-run victory in their opening game against Papua New Guinea.
Hales reached his half-century in 67 balls before picking out Williamson at mid-wicket in the 24th over to give Santner a wicket.
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