England v West Indies – ODI series review

England secured a comfortable 4-0 series victory over West Indies, as Jonny Bairstow (141*) and Jason Roy (96) guided England to a nine-wicket victory in the fifth One Day International in Southampton.

After a 2-1 win in the Test series, England lost the sole T20 international between the two sides, but bounced back to dominate in 50-over cricket ahead of a big winter for English cricket.

The series began with a seven-wicket victory for the hosts at Old Trafford as a maiden one-day international century from Bairstow helped his side chase down 204 with almost 20 overs to spare.

Trent Bridge was the venue for the second instalment of the five-match series but the match was abandoned just 14 balls into England’s innings and attention quickly turned to the third clash at Bristol.

All-rounder Moeen Ali produced an exhilarating 53-ball century, the second-fastest ton by an England batsman, to help England post an imposing 369-9 from their 50 overs. At one point, Ali scored 61 runs from just 14 deliveries in an incredible display of batting.

Joe Root (84) and Ben Stokes (73) also made sizeable contributions and in reply West Indies never got close. Chris Gayle produced a classy 94 but they fell 124 runs short as England took a 2-0 lead in the series.

England took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the fourth One-Day International at The Oval despite a superb batting display from West Indies opener Evin Lewis.

Lewis struck an incredible 176 as his side posted 356-5, but with rain set to arrive later in the day, England knew that DLS could prove pivotal.

Eoin Morgan’s side had to stay ahead of the run-rate and that’s exactly what they did. Jason Roy (84), Moeen Ali (48*) and Jos Buttler (43*) all made quickfire contributions as England reached 258-5 before the rain came after 35 overs. The score had England ahead by six runs on DLS, and with no further play possible they recorded an unlikely victory.

After victory at the Ageas Bowl in the final match of the series, attention now turns to the upcoming Ashes series in Australia – with Joe Root leading England abroad for the first time against the old enemy.

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