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England thump punch-drunk West Indies to secure handsome ODI series win


Ireland were the opponents then and so comprehensive was their defeat that it was sealed before the scheduled mid-innings break.

Jonny Bairstow was the architect of this cakewalk, the Test wicketkeeper underling his adaptability and class as a one-day opener with an unbeaten 141 from 114 balls.

The Yorkshireman had started this series at Old Trafford 10 days previously with his first ODI hundred.

The victory completed a successful summer of cricket at home for England, which won test and one-day series over both South Africa and West Indies, and a Twenty20 series over the South Africans. If he [Stokes] is not there we are going to have to play well. But a 117-run stand between Lewis and Jason Mohammed (46) and a partnership of 168 off just 108 balls between Lewis and Holder saw West Indies race away.

By the time Gayle departed, West Indies were 52-1 in the eighth over. Though Liam Plunkett did the damage with two wickets, including dismissing Kyle Hope caught and bowled, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid caught the eye with their control in the middle overs.

This came during a period of the game where the tourists went 134 balls - that's 22.2 overs - without scoring a boundary.

Shai Hope was still in at that stage and the youngster signed off from what has been a breakthrough tour across all formats with another innings of substance, making 72 before holing out to Ball in the 44th over, his side now 221-5. Joe Root dropped a hard chance in the deep off Hope as the batsman threatened to cut loose but shortly afterwards he was caught on the boundary by Sam Billings off Ball for 72 off 95 balls.

But some late hitting from debutant Sunil Ambris, who made 38 from 27 balls, and Ashley Nurse, with 31 from 12 deliveries, at least took their team's total close to 300.

Is Bairstow right? Do England have enough strength to compete against Australia or will they need more firepower?

Roy, who had posted 84 during England's win at The Oval on Wednesday, continued his return to form after coming back into the team for the suspended Alex Hales.

Neither Stokes nor Hales will play in Southampton on Friday and when either will be seen again remains to be seen, with the England and Wales Cricket Board suspending the pair until further notice after seeing video footage which allegedly shows Stokes throwing punches in a street fight.

But it was an innings that helped England, now 156 for one in the 22nd over, to get off to a flier.

Bairstow reached a fifty of his own in 48 balls and by the end of 21 overs, England were 154 for naught.

He was closing in on becoming the first man to make 200 in an ODI in England when he was undone, not by a bowler, but by himself.

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