Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Morgan 10th ODI hundred gets England to 296-6 vs West Indies

Morgan 10th ODI hundred gets England to 296-6 vs West Indies

England go into the opening one-day global of their three-match series in the Caribbean with nine wins from their last 10 completed 50-over contests against West Indies, but Ben Stokes insists the tourists will not underestimate their hosts.

While most of the frontline batsmen were able to get decent scores in a commanding performance on Saturday, they laboured on the same pitch at Warner Park two days later, eking out a two-wicket win after the middle-order stuttered against the spinners.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler could only make 14 runs, but Morgan and Ben Stokes steered the innings back on track with a 110-run stand, during which both players surpassed their half-centuries.

Jason Holder will once again have a big role to play as he leads the side into battle, while opener Kraigg Brathwaite will be feeling the pressure to get off to a good start every time. In the second game too there will be interesting clashes to look forward to. Well placed on 190 for four with 12 overs remaining, Jason Holder's men then imploded, losing their last six wickets in less than ten overs as the required rate crept up. As well as being dropped on four and surviving a missed stumping on 69, he had a more worrying scare on 48 when he was struck on the back of the head by Shannon Gabriel. The second ODI gives him another chance to have a go at the English top order and add more wickets to his tally. He chipped in with the crucial breakthrough of Billings and sent back the unsafe Jos Buttler cheaply.

He is one of the Blistering and tremendous batsman in the world and all-rounder too with both bat and bowl in the recent times for nearly he played the side for.

West Indies reached the final of a home Tri-Series against the might of Australia and South Africa previous year - albeit with the considerable assistance of a now unavailable Sunil Narine - and won three of their six group games before coming up short against the Aussies in the final. Since then, though, a lot of water has flown under the bridge. It was visible in the first game, where he hammered a quick fifty while Brathwaite failed both with the bat as well as ball. The West Indies - struggling in ninth spot three points behind Pakistan and a further two adrift of Bangladesh - have only this series, a return duel in England in September and, critically, three matches against Pakistan in the Caribbean in April to make the cut. The West Indies was 39-3 and Woakes was 2-10 off four overs.

And so it proved as the West Indies were dismissed for 251 in 47.2 overs.

West Indies rebuilt their chase in fine fashion, however, chiefly through Mohammed's cool innings in only his third global appearance. He struck on regular intervals to keep the West Indian batting under the pump.

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