Morgan hails Roy and Root after record-breaking Windies win

AP     Joe Root and Ben Stokes field during an England training session at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown Barbados yesterday

AP Joe Root and Ben Stokes field during an England training session at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown Barbados yesterday

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England captain Eoin Morgan toasted Jason Roy's unflagging self-belief and hailed Joe Root as "our rock" after the pair's brilliant centuries led England to a record-breaking win in the first one-day worldwide against the West Indies.

In reply, England's Jason Roy and Root smashed a century each, which helped the visitors chase their highest ever score in ODI cricket history.

England's highest successful run chase in one-dayers was aided by some sloppy West Indies fielding and several dropped catches.

Fresh from a hundred in the lone warm-up match at the weekend, Roy was at his most ruthless against the hosts who missed key fast bowler Kemar Roach.

Roy shared a century-stand with Root, before the Test captain did the same in a excellent partnership with Morgan.

The West Indies struck 23 sixes in Bridgetown - the most by any team in an ODI innings.

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"So we just got to go out there and play the cricket we want to play and execute whatever plans we come up with in the dressing room", Holder said. We have to be very precise with bowling plans and make sure we execute them in a manner that will restrict England as much as possible. Gayle took the first 12 runs in singles and didn't hit even a single boundary in the first power play.

Chris Gayle is not one to sell himself short but he lived up to every hyperbolic word he uttered before this series by smashing 12 sixes, four of them flying clean out of this famous Kensington Oval ground, in his 135 as West Indies ran riot against England's World Cup aspirants. New Zealand's 22 - against the men from the Caribbean in Queenstown five years ago - was the previous best.

Despite conceding 34 runs off his final two overs, leg-spinner Rashid played an important role together with Stokes in limiting the West Indies progress over the final 15 overs.

It fell to Ben Stokes to see off the veteran, but not until the 47th over, the England all-rounder finishing with 3-37.

The left-hander's brutal hitting carried his side to 8-360, their biggest total on home soil and best against England.

And Morgan says Bairstow and Roy draw comparisons with destructive West Indian opener Gayle.

"We just didn't hold our chances and the chances we put down were crucial", Holder said.

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