West Indies v England, 3rd ODI, Barbados March 9, 2017

Hales, Root hundreds set England up for 186-run rout


England 328 (Hales 110, Root 101, Joseph 4-76) beat West Indies 142 (Carter 46, Woakes 3-16, Plunkett 3-27) by 186 runs
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Centuries from Alex Hales and Joe Root powered England to a record victory in the third and final ODI against West Indies in Barbados.

The result - the fifth-largest victory in runs terms that England have ever achieved in ODI cricket - means England, who won both the first two ODIs in Antigua, have taken a 3-0 clean-sweep of the series despite losing the toss in every game. It is the first time England have done that since 2003 (in Bangladesh), the first time they have whitewashed West Indies in an ODI series in the Caribbean and the heaviest defeat, in terms of runs, West Indies have ever suffered at home.

For a team with such a proud history to be defeated so overwhelmingly at what is generally regarded as their spiritual home will hurt throughout the Caribbean. It will also do West Indies' chances of qualifying automatically for the 2019 World Cup no good at all. Currently ranked ninth, they must break into the top eight before the end of this September.

It was the second-wicket stand between Hales and Root that laid the foundations for this win. The pair added 192 in 30.3 overs with Hales, on his comeback to the side having recovered from a hand injury, recording the fifth century of his ODI career and Root the ninth. Only Marcus Trescothick (with 12) has scored more ODI centuries for England than Root, while Hales (in his 39th innings and 41st match) broke David Gower's England record (43rd innings and 45th match) as the fastest man to record five ODI centuries.

Hales' century vindicated the England management's faith in him. Only added to the ODI squad a couple of days ago - he missed out on original selection due to the injury he sustained in India - he was drafted back into the side despite not having batted since January 19, which was hard luck on Sam Billings following his promising performances as his deputy.

Not for the first time this series, though, West Indies will rue a couple of missed chances. Root was dropped on 1 and 12, with the first chance - offered to Evin Lewis at midwicket - relatively straightforward by international standards. Lewis was slightly slow to react to the ball and, diving forward late, was unable to cling on to the chance after his elbows crashed onto the turf. Alzarri Joseph was the unfortunate bowler.

The second chance was tougher. Ashley Nurse, a solitary slip but positioned about where fourth slip would normally stand, made good ground to his right but again was unable to cling on to the chance as his hit the ground. Jason Holder was the unlucky bowler on that occasion.

Batting was not easy for much of the day, but especially in that first hour. Put in on a surface that might have started just a touch damp - it was the third game in succession in which Jason Holder had won the toss - England's batsmen initially struggled to find their touch on another two-paced pitch offering variable bounce. Jason Roy drove to mid-off and, after 10 overs they had made just 39 for 1.

But, as in Antigua, England recognised that conditions would improve and gave themselves time to make up for the slow start. Hales, demonstrating not just his power but his shot selection and temperament, gave himself time to adjust to the conditions and, as they eased and he settled, began to take control.

Hales took a particular shine to the legspin of Devendra Bishoo. At one stage, he struck Bishoo for 22 in six balls, a spell that included two fours and two sixes, forcing Holder to withdraw him from the attack and use part-time bowlers such as Kraigg Brathwaite and Jonathan Carter instead.

It was a ploy that almost worked. Hales was adjudged to have been leg before to Brathwaite on 93 but called for a review that suggested the ball would have drifted on past the off stump.

Root looked far from his best for the first part of his innings. Apart from the two chances, he took 17 balls to score his first three runs and was grateful for a misfield from Kieran Powell, at cover, which gifted him a boundary and helped relieve the pressure upon him. Unable to trust the pace of the ball, though, on another slightly two-paced surface, he picked up all his boundaries with cross-bat strokes - sweeps or pulls generally - with his only two attempts to hit boundaries down the ground resulting in one edge for four and, ultimately, his dismissal, caught at long-on.

Once the pair were parted, though - both fell to outfield catches as they tried to accelerate - England's innings fell away. Joseph, playing in place of the injured Shannon Gabriel, finished with four wickets (albeit for 76 runs) as reward for his pace and persistence, and Holder claimed three as England lost their final nine wickets for 109 runs. They lost their final wicket, a run-out where both batsmen ended up at the same end, from the final ball of the innings. Still, Morgan later suggested a part score might have been "between 220 and 240" so England were well over.

"We came here to win three games, and we've won three games," he said. "I think probably the strongest thing we've gained from this trip is adapting to conditions.

"I still maintain we can score 300 on most wickets and today has probably proved that. It was probably our best batting performance of the series - simply because I thought conditions were a lot more difficult than we've come up against.

"We might have defended 200, maybe 220, if we'd bowled as well as we did. When it's up and down like that, we could easily have lost three wickets early.

"I'm not a huge fan of early starts anyway. You can lose the toss and lose early wickets, and in the afternoon it can be beautiful. So it can be quite lop-sided. I'm more of a fan of when conditions are even for both sides."

Not for a moment did West Indies seem likely to chase down their target. Powell fell in the first over, lofting an easy catch to square leg as he mis-timed a turn to leg, before Lewis top-edged an equally simple catch back to the bowler having been beaten for pace as he attempted to pull. Kraigg Brathwaite, pushed down to No. 3, then clipped another simple catch to midwicket.

Liam Plunkett, obliged to undergo a fitness test before play to prove he had recovered from the sickness that kept him out of training on Wednesday, all but ended the contest with an opening five-over spell of 3 for 5. He bowled Jason Mohammad with the first ball of his spell and then ended Shai Hope's patient innings with a slower-ball that was clipped to square leg and, next ball, produced a beauty that nipped in and took the edge of Holder's on its way to Jos Buttler.

Woakes, who finished with 3 for 16 from eight immaculate overs, was named man of the series after another impressive performance.

While Carter averted a record-breaking margin of victory, no-one else in the side could contribute even 20 as West Indies were bowled out with 64 deliveries of their innings left unused. It meant they had been bowled out within their 50 overs in every match of the series and represented the biggest defeat (in run terms) of their ODI history against England and their third biggest against anyone, anywhere.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. He will be covering England's tour of the Caribbean in association with Smile Group Travel, specialists in hosted supporters' packages.

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  • Len on March 14, 2017, 14:44 GMT

    We all know that the selectors don't want a successful WIndies team so I don't want to say anything about that. Was Stuart Law at any of those games and what has he got to say about this hopeless nonsense? When he does say something I want him to be clear and concise about how hopeless the batting, fielding and bowling was. I'll help him here, tell Holder you should be charging through the crease and bowling fast, not medium pace dobbers and if he doesn't accept that position, show him the door, tell Mohommad, Carter etc that 30s and 40s don't win you squat. Tell the fielding coach (if they have one) that the practice will have to be seriously intense and he will not accept any rubbish from the players that they're not in the side to field, only to bat and bowl. These are the MINIMUM requirements he should be asking for. If he doesn't, it will prove that he's only there to take the money and be another "yes" man.

  • maslya9617161 on March 13, 2017, 9:11 GMT

    The result does not surprise me it never have and never will,The destruction took its complete effect when the Board wage its final war against the senior players. To make matters worse they appointed Browne to the post of chairman of selectors he was no doubt the worse wicket keeper ever to play for West indies he got there simply because he was a Bajan. His agenda is to make sure the windies team consist of many Bajan players as possible. For the Trination tour nine (9) Bajans were selected. During the sixties and seventies when the Bajans were at their mighty best in west indies cricket at no time were nine (9) Bajans ever selected on a West Indies team..West Indies cricket is not back yard cricket we have been taken down to a level that we have never been before. They have set up Jason Holder to fail he must be replace we need our senior players back on board. I am calling for the resignation of the Chair man of selectors and his crew to save windies cricket from further demise.

  • Michael on March 12, 2017, 13:33 GMT

    @MNGC1.....makes no sense in continuing this discussion since I told you last year that I can't get you to change your thinking and certainly you can't get me to change mine.Don't know why you resurrected it in the first place ..that subject is long dead and buried.

  • michael on March 12, 2017, 0:33 GMT

    Correction to my earlier post. From Narine the ball would travel 8.9 metres is correct but from Gabriel it would travel 16.5 metres and not 41. Gabriel's ball would reach the batsman in under 0.5 second so I still want to know why 0.4 second is infinitesimal in cricket.

  • Richard on March 11, 2017, 18:27 GMT

    Metman, I guess you try to maneuver answer because Randin last score against England was 128 from 110 balls against the same the same bowling attack England use recently I know Ramdin is your favourite cricketer :)

  • Dennis on March 11, 2017, 17:32 GMT

    @metman, as long as there is bajan running the show, W.I. cricket will remain ROCK BOTTOM, All HOPE has Faded.

  • michael on March 11, 2017, 16:15 GMT

    @METMAN who thinks he knows it all. From Narine the ball would travel 8.9 metres in 0.4 second. From Gabriel it would travel 41 metres in that same 0.4 second. Explain how that is not significant with respect to playing cricket?? As for Ramdin's stats you KNOW from the other forum I was tracking the numbers when Baugh and Thomas were getting picked before Ramdin. You are not worth the time for me to respond.

  • Michael on March 11, 2017, 16:13 GMT

    @sherwine....and " what was Ramdin score last time he played an ODI against England in the West Indies " have to do with "Hales, Root hundreds set England up for 186-run rout" which is the topic ? Someone needs to tell you what you are doing wrong here.

  • michael on March 11, 2017, 16:10 GMT

    @METMAN who thinks he knows it all. From Narine the ball would travel 8.9 metres in 0.4 second. From Gabriel it would travel 41 metres in that same 0.4 second. Explain how that is not significant with respect to playing cricket??

  • Michael on March 11, 2017, 16:00 GMT

    @canarytabby......after all your jargon I must tell you too that there will ALWAYS be HOPE for Ramdin, so you have nothing to fear.

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