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Bairstow’s ton helps England to 4-0 series win – report & highlights

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England v West Indies: Jonny Bairstow hits unbeaten 141

Jonny Bairstow made an unbeaten 141 and Jason Roy 96 as England cruised to a nine-wicket win over West Indies in the fifth and final one-day international in Southampton.

England’s spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid helped to restrict the tourists to 288-6 on a batting-friendly surface.

After his opening stand of 156 with Roy, Bairstow completed his century from 90 balls.

Joe Root added 46 as the hosts secured a 4-0 series win.

The victory ends a fine summer in one-day cricket for England, who have won 11 of their past 13 completed matches and also secured series wins over Ireland and South Africa.

They also reached the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy, before losing to eventual winners Pakistan.

England’s next international match will be the first Ashes Test against Australia in Brisbane starting on 23 November.

Roy and Bairstow impress at the top

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Jason Roy falls four short of century

England’s openers shared a century stand for the second time in successive ODIs for the first time since Nick Knight and Marcus Trescothick did so in 2003.

Roy also compiled his second consecutive fifty after replacing Alex Hales – not considered for selection following the incident outside a Bristol nightclub which also involved Ben Stokes – at the top of the order.

Roy endured a difficult start to the summer in the Champions Trophy and paid the price when he was dropped in favour of Bairstow, but has made the most of his recall.

He found the boundary with ease, stroking 11 fours and a six in his innings, but just as impressive was his understanding with Bairstow as the pair regularly converted obvious singles into twos.

England raced to 71 from the first 10 overs, and to 100 within 15, before Roy departed four short of his century.

In what was a chanceless innings, Bairstow registered the highest score by an Englishman against West Indies in ODIs, beating the 130 by Trescothick in 2004.

Root completed the run-chase with a six down the ground and in doing so became the third-fastest player to reach 4,000 ODI runs, in his 91st innings.

Only Hashim Amla (81) and Viv Richards (88) have reached the milestone quicker than the England Test captain.

Ball woe, Rashid and Moeen put Windies in a spin

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‘Brilliant’ diving catch from Plunkett removes Gayle

On the latest date in the year an international has been played in the United Kingdom, Chris Gayle got the tourists off to a flying start.

The opener, in what may be his last international appearance in England, scored 40 from 29 balls.

Gayle caused problems for Jake Ball, hitting the seamer for 34 off six consecutive balls across two overs, before he was dismissed by a slower ball from debutant Tom Curran.

Ball, who is in England’s Ashes squad, finished with figures of 1-94 off 10 overs – the third worst by an England bowler in an ODI.

After the explosive start by West Indies, England’s spin duo of Moeen (1-36) and Rashid (1-42) worked in tandem to restrict the flow of runs, with the Windies failing to find the boundary between the 10th and 31st overs.

Each batsman in West Indies’ top eight reached double figures, with Shai Hope scoring 72 and debutant Sunil Ambris (38 off 27) and Ashley Nurse (31 off 12) accelerating the innings late on, but the tourists were short of a score to trouble the hosts.

They finish the tour having also lost the Test series 2-1, but were victorious in the sole Twenty20.

‘I can’t wait for Australia’

England captain Eoin Morgan: “I’m extremely proud. It’s been a long summer, especially with the focus on the Champions Trophy.

“Since then our attitude and composure has been convincing in every aspect. The guys who have come in have done outstandingly well.”

Man of the match Jonny Bairstow: “I’m pretty pleased. It’s nice to finish a long summer with some runs and head into the winter with confidence. You wait a long time for a first hundred and when it comes you want to capitalise.

“If selection doesn’t go your way, you have to bide your time and take the chance when it comes.”

Man of the series Moeen Ali: “I’ve tried to ride the wave as much as I could and thankfully it’s paid off.

“I can’t wait for Australia, I’m very excited. There’s work to put in. Hopefully we go there and win.”

West Indies stand-in captain Jason Mohammed: “The guys batted well but it went wrong in the bowling department. We weren’t anywhere near as consistent as we wanted to be.”

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