By Peter Moore
- Hosts take advantage after winning important toss
- Root rounds off an outstanding all-round performance with century
- Victory tarnished by injury concerns to Morgan and Roy
SOUTHAMPTON, UK – England make it three wins out of four to enhance their position in the top four.
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Jonny Bairstow – 7/10 – Another solid performance from the opener. Shared in an opening partnership of 95 with Root. Made a run a ball 45 to set the perfect platform for England. Once again fielded brilliantly in the deep. A huge asset to have on the boundary.
Joe Root – 10/10 – Has there ever been a more consistent batsman for England in recent times in all formats of the game?. Made it three centuries for England in the World Cup, the first Englishman to do so- with two already in the tournament. Superbly paced innings of 94 balls including 11 fours. Had the luxury of a rare bowl, and delivered by picking up 2 for 27.
Chris Woakes – 7/10 – Bowled just one spell of five overs, with a superb yorker to dismiss Lewis. Promoted up the order to an uncustomary position at number three, making a steady, but not spectacular 40. Only blemish of the afternoon dropping Russell in the deep.
Ben Stokes – 6/10 – Had a quiet game for England. Only asked to bowl four overs, was there at the crease to guide Root to his hundred.
Jason Roy – 4/10 – Picked up a hamstring injury chasing a ball in the eighth over of the day. Not needed to bat , but the injury will give the England management team some sleepless nights about his fitness.
Eoin Morgan– 4/10 – Another good day tactically from the skipper. Left the field with a back spasm late in the West Indies innings, which hopefully will clear up with rest. Considered a doubt for the hosts next match against Afghanistan.
Jos Buttler 7/10 – Did not need to bat. After taking over the captaincy from Morgan decided to go for a clever review, which paid off.
Adil Rashid – 4/10 – Clearly lacking confidence with the ball. Not looking like the type of bowler who will threaten sides. Bowled his full allocation of ten overs, going for 61 runs.
Liam Plunkett – 7/10 – Having the luxury of coming on to bowl when the side are in a nice position. Picked up the key wicket of Gayle with a clever piece of bowling- slower ball bouncer, the third in a row- which the big man fell for.
Jofra Archer – 9/10 – Issue before the game would have been to see how emotionally difficult it would have been for him to play against the West Indies. Fear not as Archer seems able to cope with any pressures of international cricket. Bounced out Pooran and was bought back to polish off the tail. Finished with 3 for 30.
Mark Wood – 9/10 – The success of the Wood- Archer combination continues to grow in this World Cup. Claimed his 50th ODI wicket, with a devastating spell of 3 for 18 of just 6.4 overs. Still needs to work on his fielding after another drop, but If he can stay fit and the England management manage him correctly, he could be England’s trump card in this tournament.
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Chris Gayle – 5/10 – Took time to get going, before he decided to tee off. Was reprieved when on 15, proved to be not too costly after making 36 mistimed a pull straight to Bairstow. Was thrown the ball in desperation by the Windies, to no effect.
Evin Lewis – 4/10 – Failed to impress at the top of the order. Making only two before being yorked by Woakes.
Shai Hope – 5/10 – Struggled against the England attack. Scratched around for just 11.
Nicholas Pooran – 8/10 – Ended up as Windies top scorer with 63. Handled the short stuff well and always looked well composed at the crease. Unlucky to glove a sharp delivery from Archer behind.
Shimron Hetmyer – 7/10 – Shared in a promising stand of 89 with Pooran for the fourth wicket. Made 39 before miscuing a drive down the ground.
Jason Holder – 5/10 – Tried his best to rally his troops, but overall a poor day for the Captain. Struck Root for a maximum before looking to turn the ball around the corner but got a leading edge for nine. Ran out of ideas with his bowling changes.
Andre Russell – 6/10 – Looked to take the attack to England and targeted Rashid’s leg spin with two consecutive six’s. Had a life when he made only three when Woakes dropped him in the deep. Went on to hit 21 off 16 deliveries. Given just two overs with the ball and went for fourteen.
Carlos Brathwaite – 3/10 – Went wicketless with his five overs at a cost of 35 runs. Scored 14 with the bat before a wild swish off Archer and was caught behind. Found out after the match that he had been reprimanded for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision. The all-rounder has also been given a one demerit point for breaching Level One of the ICC Code of Conduct.
Sheldon Cottrell – 3/10 – No saluting from the current Jamaican Defence Force soldier. Never threatened with the ball in hand with only three overs sent down, which went for 17 runs. No joy with the bat either after being trapped lbw for a golden duck.
Oshane Thomas –3/10 – Wasted the new ball alongside Cottrell after his opening six overs went for 43 runs. Like Cottrell, to many short and wayward deliveries which was easy pickings for Bairstow and Root.
Shannon Gabriel – 6/10 – Claimed the only two England wickets to fall. Looked the only Windies bowler who really looked like troubling England.
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