March 19, 2018

Brathwaite journey worthwhile as West Indies win

17 September 2017, 10:30 | Sandy Nunez



Rashid took a career-best best three for 25, including Brathwaite - slayer of Stokes in the World Twenty20 final past year - bowled round his legs on the sweep for two.

Now white-ball skipper Morgan wants to see an improved showing from England's batsmen when a five-match one-day worldwide series against West Indies starts at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

"This was probably more challenging; the conditions were hard to deal with and I think the umpires were close to calling it off, but I was pleased with the boys".

"We kind of gave it an ultimatum. we got the outfield roped and we were in agreement that if it continued to be unsafe or if anything dramatic or drastic happened we'd call it quits". A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac.

England's reply got off to the worst possible start as Roy fell to the first ball, and Rovman Powell's drop of Hales four deliveries later proved costly, the opener thumping eight fours and a six to get the hosts ahead of the rate.

England were 64 for 2 after the powerplay but soon lost Joe Root (17) who chipped Ashley Nurse to cover then Eoin Morgan (1) who reverse swept Sunil Narine straight to the man at short third man.

Plunkett turned the game for England with his extra pace and would end with figures of 3/27 while Adil Rashid followed that up taking 3/25 to cut deep into the Windies tail.

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The West Indies won by 21 runs as England were bowled out for 155.

The embattled Brathwaite formalised the result with three balls remaining when he went past Liam Plunkett's ugly swipe and bowled the England fast bowler to cap one of his better bowling performances in maroon since he was controversially elevated to captain previous year.

But, ambling for a single after hitting the ball to backward point, Gayle was run out by Jason Roy's throw to bowler Liam Plunkett to leave West Indies 77 for one in the seventh over.

The 37-year-old Gayle, in common with several senior West Indies players, had been involved in a bitter dispute with Caribbean cricket chiefs.

The India match saw Lewis make a superb 125 not out.

"Evin Lewis has has been striking it cleanly, there were even times when Chris Gayle had to play second fiddle", said Brathwaite.

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