By Michael Stafford-Jones
- England hammer West Indies by 9 wickets after chasing 289 in just 38 overs
- Johnny Bairstow (141*) and Jason Roy (96) score most of the runs
- Liam Plunkett takes 2-54 and all four of England’s other bowlers take one wicket
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – England finish the summer in style as brilliant innings from Johnny Bairstow (141*) and Jason Roy (96) propel them to victory over West Indies by 9 wickets, meaning they win the ODI series 4-0.
Jason Roy – 9/10 – Superb, swashbuckling 96 off 70 balls during 2nd consecutive 100+ partnership with Jonny Bairstow ensured England’s chase would be easy to complete after he departed.
Jonny Bairstow – 10/10 – Smartly-paced, almost faultless unbeaten 141 off 114 balls. He has virtually guaranteed his selection in England’s next ODI series with his performances against the West Indies.
Joe Root – 7/10 – Serene cameo of 46 off 44 balls helped Bairstow finish off the chase by the end of the 38th over. Took a good catch to dismiss Jason Mohammed.
Eoin Morgan – 6/10 – Marshalled his bowlers and fielders well but the excellence of England’s top three meant he did not get the chance to have to have some more time in the middle.
Jos Buttler – 7/10 – Noticed that Marlon Samuels was batting outside his crease, told Moeen Ali about it, and executed a perfect stumping when the bowler beat the bat. Did not bat.
Sam Billings – 6/10 – Held a good catch on the boundary to remove Shai Hope. Did not bat.
Moeen Ali – 7/10 – Bowled very economically, conceding just 36 runs in his 10 overs. Exploited Samuels’ weakness to set up Buttler for a stumping.
Liam Plunkett – 8/10 – Threatening throughout his ten overs and deservedly took the wickets of Kyle Hope and Rovman Powell. Dismissed Hope with a sharp caught-and-bowled and took an even better diving catch to remove Chris Gayle.
Adil Rashid – 7/10 – Tidy, accurate ten overs which earned him figures of 1-42. Got the wicket of Mohammed.
Jake Ball – 1/10 – Atrocious line and length saw six of his deliveries disappear into the stands and a further six go for four. Ended with 1-94 – the 3rd worst figures by an Englishman in an ODI.
Tom Curran – 6/10 – Encouraging ODI debut from the Surrey paceman. Got the wicket of Gayle, found a good line and length for the most part and used his varieties to good effect some of the time.
Chris Gayle – 6/10 – Repeatedly smeared deliveries from Ball into the stands and hit a few boundaries against Curran too. His 40 off 29 balls got West Indies off to a good start.
Kyle Hope – 5/10 – Made a promising start, reaching 33 off 37 balls. However, he then chipped his 38th ball straight back to the bowler.
Shai Hope – 8/10 – Could have scored a bit more quickly but his 72 off 95 balls was still a very good performance and should give West Indies plenty of encouragement for the future.
Marlon Samuels – 3/10 – Made more runs than in previous matches but scored slowly enough (32 off 60 balls) to make his contribution less valuable than it could otherwise have been.
Jason Mohammed – 5/10 – Another decent innings (25 off 30 balls) from the stand-in captain. Must start making higher scores to help West Indies win more games, however.
Sunil Ambris – 7/10 – Opened his shoulders to hit four boundaries during an excellent late-innings cameo of 38 not out off 27 balls. It was a promising debut performance.
Rovman Powell – 2/10 – Hit one massive six then missed a Plunkett yorker by miles to be dismissed for 11. Ineffective during his three overs with the ball.
Ashley Nurse – 6/10 – Made 31 off just 12 balls during a breathtaking display of hitting in the last few overs of the West Indies innings. Bowled a bit better than in previous matches but still went for 56 runs in 8 overs and failed to take a wicket.
Jerome Taylor – 4/10 – Slightly improved performance from the fast bowler but never truly troubled any of England’s batsmen.
Alzarri Joseph – 2/10 – Failed to repeat his Oval heroics as Roy and Bairstow regularly dispatched his deliveries to the boundary. Conceded 54 runs in 7 wicketless overs.
Miguel Cummins – 4/10 – Dismissed Roy lbw with a good, accurate yorker after almost getting him lbw a few overs earlier. However, he was the most expensive bowler as he went for 70 runs in 8 overs.
England’s next match is the 1st Test of the Ashes, which begins in Brisbane at 00:00 on Thursday 23th November.
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