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HEADLINE: Root, Woakes guide England to series win 2017-03-05 17:06:21 

Joe Root scored an unbeaten 90, his first innings of note since being appointed as England's Test captain last month, to help England defeat the West Indies by four wickets despite a careless middle order collapse. They now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.

Although not captain in the shorter formats, Root's calmness under pressure, taking responsibility to lead England to victory bodes well for his Test captaincy which will begin in July against South Africa. His innings was a lesson in calm accumulation - he only hit three boundaries - and he looked in total control throughout except for one chance, off a spinning Devendra Bishoo leg-break, which went through Ashley Nurse at slip.

Chasing a below-par 226 to win, it required an unbeaten partnership of 102 between Root, the only England player to look comfortable against spin, and Chris Woakes, who finished 68 not out, for England to avoid an embarrassing defeat following a collapse of five wickets for 37 runs at the hands of the West Indian spinners Ashley Nurse and Devendra Bishoo.

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sandisha 2017-03-05 17:52:33 

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We no doubt have the talent to complete with any team in the world but due to a poor administration and very poor selectors we defeating ourselves. Nothing against K Brathwaite in fact he is my favorite west Indian batsman today. However, he is a casualty in ODI, simply because he is not suited for this version. In ODI, most games are won in the first ten overs of batting power play, where all good teams open their inning with matching winners.The presence of KB puts a lot of pressure on the team because since he is not a threat to the opponent all teams have to do is keep him in strike, while they stave his partner. In so doing his partner is forced to take risks and get out. With Powell and Lewis there as openers, why not R. Powell or even Marlon Samuel, even if he has not been in good form of late? Let us lose with our best team than with our present team.