Alex Hales declared fit for England's final ODI clash against West Indies

Mar 10, 2017, 00:37
Alex Hales declared fit for England's final ODI clash against West Indies

While the series has been decided, West Indies are anxious to pick-up ranking points to help them qualify for the 2019 Word Cup.

Sidelined for nearly two months by a hand injury sustained in India, Hales belted 110 on his return to national colours while Root followed up his assured match-winning 90 not out in the second ODI in Antigua with 101.

For Hales the moment was particularly sweet.

There had been doubts about whether Hales would be fit enough to feature in the series as he recently recovered from a broken a bone in his right hand, which he sustained during the limited overs tour of India earlier this year.

But Ben Stokes biffed 34 off 20 balls to at least see the tourists post the first score above 300 in the three-match series, which they've already won, leading 2-0 going into this final game.

Amid the harrowing second-innings collapse from the hosts that at one stage saw them 87 for eight came a moment of mild catharsis for Ben Stokes, who with his first ball to Carlos Brathwaite since the Bajan's six-hitting assault on him in the World Twenty20 final past year managed to trap his old nemesis lbw.

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His 110 here was his fifth ODI century but given the circumstances it may have felt even sweeter for Hales than the England-record 171 he bludgeoned against Pakistan at Trent Bridge last August.

Hales hoisted five sixes and stroked nine fours in his 107-ball innings, although it was his dismissal in the 37th over off Joseph which resulted in the change of pace. The opposition may be weak, yet these are still global runs and Hales will be grateful for every single one he scored here in Bridgetown.

Root was on 86 at the time.

England have never before secured a one-day global whitewash in the Caribbean in 37 years of trying.

Their second-wicket partnership was worth 192 runs, the most for any wicket in a One-dayer at the venue. The latter targeted Devendra Bishoo in particular, hoisting the leg-spinner for 22 runs in six balls such that West Indies captain Jason Holder had to turn to his part-timers.

He produced a fine delivery to hold up from the angle and hit the top of Jason Mohammed's off-stump, and then took two in two as Shai Hope chipped a third catch into the leg-side ring and Holder got an inside-edge to the wicketkeeper.