New Zealand's three-wicket victory yesterday gave them a 2-1 series lead in the third one-day international at Southampton.

After wasting strong positions of 194-3 and 288-5 through Eoin Morgan's 71 and Ben Stokes' 68, England committed the cardinal sin of being bowled out with more than four overs to spare to post 302.

Then Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor both made centuries and shared a stand of 206, before the Black Caps stuttered to their target with an over to spare.

The most disappointing aspect of England's performance was their fielding.

Jos Buttler dropped a regulation catch offered by Taylor on 67, who was then reprieved by Stokes at short mid-wicket on 72. Wood then shelled a dolly at mid-off just after Williamson passed 100.

Had these chances been snaffled, we may have been in for an interesting finish. Instead, the pair built New Zealand's highest ever partnership against England in an ODI and made sure their side were ahead of the game throughout the chase.

England will say this poor fielding display was just an off-day and, given the usual skill and athleticism of this young side, they may well be right.

Perhaps more of a concern is the way England lost their last five wickets for only 14 runs and failed to bat the full complement of overs.

Before Sam Billings departed with the score on 288, England were well set to post a target of 350-plus. However, the home team subsided as naive batting by Stokes, Adil Rashid and David Willey saw them set a below-par total, which proved costly due to the relatively close nature of the result.

This new positive approach in England's batting has received great plaudits, rightly so as it brought them their highest ever score and an almost remarkable run chase in the previous two fixtures.

But this time their commitment to aggressive batting was their downfall.

This can be forgiven from a young, developing side, of course. But the fact is, England were bowled out yesterday and ended nine wickets down in each of the first two matches of the series.

In my opinion, that suggests the line-up needs tweaking.

There is no doubt England have improved considerably and their exciting batting is a breath of fresh air after that dismal World Cup, where they were so far behind most of the other nations.

Don't get me wrong, I love the boundary-hitting as much as anyone. I just believe a little more structure will allow them to keep wickets in hand and provide the platform to give their big-hitters full licence to strike at the back-end of the innings.

I'm not sure England currently have enough batsmen that are likely to score tons. Rapid half-centuries are useful but as Williamson and Taylor showed today, it's the big scores that win you the games. 

That is why I would bring in James Taylor for Billings. The Nottinghamshire batsman performed admirably when he was recalled to the side last year, batting at three. In the World Cup Taylor was used poorly, being dropped down to six to play an out-of-form Gary Ballance. But during that period, he provided energy and brought momentum to an innings, without taking risks - much like Joe Root has been doing in recent times.

An argument against this would be that the elevation of Morgan, Stokes and Buttler up the order has allowed the dangerous players more time at the crease to great effect.

This could still be utilised - but in the right circumstances. If England get off to a good start, then put these players in earlier. But if they lose early wickets, Taylor can be used to rebuild the innings, still scoring at a decent run rate, but by taking less risks and with a greater chance of batting through the innings to score a century.

Flexibility in the batting order is a feature of the modern game and with this change, I believe England will be in a better position to set or chase down a target in different situations.  #Cricket