A maiden ODI hundred from Jonny Bairstow – Wi WC qualification hopes crushed

A maiden ODI hundred from Jonny Bairstow - Wi WC qualification hopes crushed

Brief scores: Windies 204/9 in 42 overs (Jason Holder 41*, Chris Gayle 37; Ben Stokes 3-43, Adil Rashid 2-31) lost to England 210/3 in 30.5 overs (Jonny Bairstow 100*, Joe Root 54; Kesrick Williams 2-50) by 7 wickets.

Bairstow, Man of the Match: . That wasn’t happening again (he got out on 99 during the Test series against South Africa this summer). Said Stokes at the half-way down..said not again, then he ran down and bobbed it for six and I thought here we go, he fancies it. Not a great time to slip, but delighted I got back to the third run (when running on 99). Seems a long time ago since I had made my debut in ODI cricket. There’s been ups and downs along the way. When you get a chance, you gotta come in and take your chances, especially with the strength in our England side. We got a serious belief in the side and we feel we didn’t necessarily do justice in the Champions Trophy and going forward to the World Cup and obviously this series, we need to rectify that. I’m a lot stiffer (in the fielding).

Morgan: We came back really well. The West Indies started off really well and our bowlers executed exceptionally well with the slower balls. Joe Root doesn’t drop many catches, obviously a difficult one that. Adil managed to bowl well and the bowling unit in general have done well. Being there at the end and staying hungry, great way for him (Bairstow) to begin the series.

Holder: Probably 30-40 runs short. Didn’t bowl as well as we should have. Need to rotate the strike more and that’s been an area of concern for a while now for us. I felt we lost wickets at crucial stages and that didn’t help the momentum. Just a bit too inconsistent. A lot of work to be done. Want to focus on this series first and come back strong for TrentBrdge in two days time.
A maiden ODI hundred from Jonny Bairstow eased England to a comfortable seven wicket win over Windies in the first match of the series at Old Trafford on Tuesday (September 19). Bairstow, opening the batting for England for just the second time in ODI cricket, scored eleven boundaries in his 100 not out off 97 balls and saw his side home with eleven overs to spare.

Windies are ranked the ninth best ODI team in the world and played like it. Aside from the first five overs of their innings when Chris Gayle set about England’s bowlers, the tourists hardly threw any punches. Their score of 204 for 9 from 42 overs was perhaps fifty below par and their bowling was insipid. The defeat means Windies cannot automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup and will have to go through a qualifying tournament next year.

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