West Indies vs England

Florence Fletcher
June 17, 2019

The sun emerged in time for England's innings, drying the outfield, flattening out the wicket and giving Root a ideal deck to showcase his batting.

At the same time, Root came to the opener with Jonny Bairstow in the match, as regular opener Jason Roy suffered an injury during fielding.

"It´s obviously nice for this hundred to mean something and for us to win".

"Adil (Rashid) had got it to turn so much, Jos said "it's turning more than you think here" so we discussed it and then went with it for one, possibly two overs but Joe started brilliantly; he's got a golden arm", said Morgan.

"Yeah, going forward, we have to persist".

Shannon Gabriel had Bairstow caught by Carlos Brathwaite for 45, leaving England 95-1, but Chris Woakes was quickly into his stride, drilling a four back past Gabriel off his third ball.

Root and Woakes kept the runs flowing with a 104-run stand before Woakes was dismissed by Gabriel for 40.

But the Jamaican, who was made to hop around by Archer, added only 21 more runs his tally before he attacked a short ball from Liam Plunkett and was caught on the deep square leg boundary by Bairstow. After taking the trophy, Root said, "It was good enough for us to win the toss". Every time we got something going, we lost a wicket. I thought we lost the game in the middle. "We have only played four games".

Earlier, England contained the West Indies well but at a cost, with Roy and captain Eoin Morgan limping off the pitch.

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Chasing the paltry target of 213 runs in 50 overs, English squad edged past the Jason Holder and team with a margin of eight wickets at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground on Friday.

The game was brilliantly set up by the bowlers, Barbados-born seamer Jofra Archer and Mark Wood delivering with pace and goal as they shared combined figures of 6-48.

During the first Innings: Evin Lewis and Shai Hope were snared early on in the Windies innings.

Both batsmen appeared to be very comfortable before Root struck in his second over, having Hetmyer caught and bowled from a drive. "We think it is another back spasm".

Morgan said Roy would have scans on the hamstring. I felt the sun came out in the second half and the wicket flattened out, it's one of four games [in which] we didn't get any new-ball wickets.

Wood finished with figures of 3-18, while Archer took 3-30.

After a series of abandoned matches in ICC World Cup 2019, the battle between England and West Indies operated without any jolt.

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