England completes 3-0 series win

Defeats West Indies by 186 runs in the third One-Day International in Barbados.

Joe Root celebrates his century.   -  Getty Images

England's Alex Hales and Joe Root struck centuries as the tourist cruised to a series sweep with a massive 186-run victory over West Indies in the third and final One-Day International at the Kensington Oval on Thursday.

Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England, sent in to bat, amassed 328 all out in exactly 50 overs before restricting the host to 142 in 39.2 overs for its biggest ever win by runs over the Caribbean side.

Opener Hales (110 from 107 balls), who returned to the team in place of Sam Billings after recovering from a broken hand, and Root (101 from 108 balls) put on 192 for the second wicket on an uneven pitch, a record for England against West Indies.

That laid the platform for the visiting side's huge total, but it needed some power-hitting from Ben Stokes (34 from 20 balls) to ensure it made it past 300.

Seamer Alzarri Joseph, 20, playing in just his third ODI, was the pick of the home bowlers with 4 for 76, including the wickets of Hales, Root and Moeen Ali (for a first ball duck).

Root was dropped off Joseph as Evin Lewis failed to hold on to a chance at square leg that should have been taken and might have changed the complexion of the game.


England's seamers exploited the conditions superbly and decimated the West Indies top order, reducing the host to 45 for six as Chris Woakes (3 for 16 in eight overs) started the collapse and Liam Plunkett (3 for 27 from eight) joined in later on.

Only Jonathan Carter (46) offered any sort of resistance as West Indies limped along simply trying to bat out overs.

When Carter was the ninth wicket to fall to Steven Finn (2 for 35 from 10), a late flurry from No. 11 Joseph (22 not out) did add a glimmer of respectability to the home side's score.

The series win is a confidence boost for England ahead of the Champions Trophy tournament it hosts in June. West Indies failed to qualify for the eight-team event.

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