West Indies v England: Joe Root and Chris Woakes steer England to victory

West Indies v England: Joe Root and Chris Woakes steer England to victory

England survived a mid-innings wobble to beat West Indies by four wickets in the second one-day international and win the series with a match to spare.

Liam Plunkett took 3-32 as West Indies, despite 50 from Jason Mohammed, were bowled out for 225 in 47.5 overs.

Jason Roy (52) put England on top but home spinners Ashley Nurse (3-34) and Devendra Bishoo (2-43) hit back.

However, Joe Root (90) and Chris Woakes (68) put on an unbeaten 102 to see England home with 10 balls left.

Batsmen needed to play patiently on a slow wicket at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium – the same one used in the first match on Friday – but only new Test captain Root and all-rounder Woakes really mastered the conditions.

Root’s typically composed innings, which featured just three boundaries in 127 deliveries, and Woakes’ more adventurous 83-ball knock guided England to an 11th win out of their last 12 completed ODIs against West Indies.

Root was named man of the match but Woakes was perhaps equally deserving of the award having also recorded figures of 0-26 from eight accurate overs with the ball.

Eoin Morgan’s team, who won the first match by 45 runs, will seek to make it 3-0 in the final match in Barbados on Thursday.

What they said – Morgan praises Woakes

England captain Eoin Morgan: “I thought the bowlers did an outstanding job again, building on what we did on Friday. In the field we were a bit sloppy and the chase wasn’t ideal, but we knew it would be tough.

“Jason Roy played well at the start but where we lost a few wickets was a bit of a concern. But the partnership of 102 between your opening bowler and best batsman – you have to take your hat off to them.

“Woakes is a guy who keeps giving to the team and a man who often goes without the majority of the praise and that’s just his character. We don’t want to rely on him too much but he is a luxury down the bottom of the order.

“We want to win all three games, we will be putting out our best 11 in Barbados.”

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