Jonny Bairstow leads England to comprehensive nine-wicket win over Windies

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Needing 289 to win, Eoin Morgan's side eased home for 12 overs to spare at the Ageas Bowl to take the five-match series 4-0.

Bairstow scored a match-winning 141 against West Indies in the final ODI at Southampton on Friday which helped England win the game by nine wickets and also the series 4-0.

What lies ahead during his next assignment in Australia this winter, especially if Stokes is absent, will be a completely different, and infinitely tougher, challenge than this. After a cautious first four overs which saw them score only nine runs, Chris Gayle (40) shifted gears and struck hat-trick of sixes in the fifth over from Jake Ball (1-94).

After Roy went within one more boundary of three figures, lbw when he missed a full ball from Miguel Cummins after 11 fours and a six from just 70 balls, Bairstow was joined by Joe Root in another untroubled and, this time, unbroken three-figure stand. England's Test wicketkeeper has therefore made an admirable start to his new vocation as 50-over opener, having hit his second hundred already in only five innings so far.

Plunkett doubled up with another outstanding catch, this time off his own bowling, as he got down low to hold a Kyle Hope straight-drive with his left
hand.

The Windies' state of paralysis was summed up by frankly very bad innings from Samuels, who made 32 from 60 balls before he was stumped off the bowling of Moeen Ali in the 32nd over.

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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.

Even though Jason Mohammed (25) and Sunil Ambris (38 not out) made a valiant contribution but it was Ashley Nurse's (31 not out) 12-ball cameo that provided the late flourish for West Indies and took them to 288 for six in the 50 overs.

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales are both missing after grabbing the headlines for the wrong reasons since the weekend.

England's next worldwide fixture will be the first Test in Brisbane and Bairstow is confident their batting is good enough, when asked if the batsmen measure up to their one-day counterparts.

Bairstow was also striking the ball beautifully at the other end, reaching fifty in 48 balls shortly before Roy's departure. His hundred came up off just 90 balls.

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