England power back to secure historic victory over Windies


England captain Eoin Morgan praised Joe Root and Jason Roy after his side's record-breaking one-day worldwide win over West Indies in Barbados.

FPJ's dream 11 prediction: Shai Hope (WK), Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Chris Gayle, Jason Roy, John Campbell, Chris Woakes, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Liam Plunkett, and Adil Rashid. With Root calmly accumulating, the Windies needed to halt Roy's charge but a top edge drifted away from Thomas in the breeze and Holder failed to grab a reaction caught-and-bowled on 82.

Roy led England at the top of the order with 123 in 85 balls, while Root all but finished the job with a measured 102 before falling with the scores tied.

Chris Gayle's six-hitting spree was in vain as the West Indies spilled a golden chance to beat world No.1 ranked England in a high-scoring day-night match before a capacity crowd at Kensington Oval.

"We bat very deep".

"In the future it's possible, and I've said this to Joe, that there might be a time where we say "we're doing it". "Our bowlers did create opportunities, but we didn't hold them".

"We're pretty confident coming into the game". I felt the energy and body language could have been a lot better.

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England captain Eoin Morgan hailed Joe Root as "our rock" after the tourists' record-breaking win in the first one-day worldwide against Windies.

Holder also dismissed any criticism of Chris Gayle, who made 135, defending the slow start to his innings. "He has done a lot for us in the last couple of years and it is good to see him fit and playing so I expect a really good showing from him, he is up to the challenge as well".

"We spoke at the halfway stage about the fact we have been in this situation before and we do believe we can chase big totals", Morgan said.

Captain Eoin Morgan chimed in with 65. "We've spoken about it and don't mind the tag, we've learnt to be at ease with it", Morgan added.

West Indies may look to tweak their bowling line-up after they proved ineffective against the English batsmen with all five of their frontline bowlers going for at least 63 runs with Fabian Allen one option to take some pace off the ball.

England have given lifelines to Dawid Malan and Sam Billings by naming them in their squad for the three Twenty20 games against West Indies that bring this Caribbean tour to an end next month.