Joe Root century helps England construct big lead in opposition to West Indies


England's Joe Root and Ben Stokes as they walk off the pitch at the end of the days play
Joe Root remained unbeaten on 111 to steer England in the direction of a comfort win. (Supply: Reuters)

Joe Root turned the primary England participant to attain a century through the collection because the guests strengthened their stranglehold within the third Check in opposition to West Indies on Monday.

The England captain compiled a affected person, unbeaten 111 in St Lucia because the guests closed in on a comfort victory after shedding the primary two Checks within the three-match collection.

Ben Stokes was on 29 and England have been 325 for 4 of their second innings on the shut, an general lead of 448 runs with two days remaining in Gros Islet.

Root had endured a poor collection with the bat, making simply 55 runs in his 5 earlier innings.

However he made amends by notching up his 16th Check century with a basic drive by means of mid-off for 4, albeit off a beneficiant full toss from Alzarri Joseph.

Root’s celebration confirmed simply how a lot the innings meant to him as he punched the air, hugged workforce mate Stokes after which soaked up the minute-long applause from a pro-England crowd singing his title.

Root didn’t wish to learn an excessive amount of into his latest low scores, particularly since a few these dismissals had been to just about unplayable deliveries.

“You can look at it like that but you can look at some of the dismissals I’ve had in there too,” he instructed a BBC podcast.

“You have to be realistic sometimes. If you feel form is a numbers game, then I have had a lean run but I’ve got a good approach to batting and it’s stood me in good stead until now.”

Although the collection is misplaced, he mentioned the match was removed from being irrelevant.

“It’s been a tough three games and we have been outplayed at times so I think it was important we showed some resilience, bounced back and showed what we are capable of as a side.”

Former England captain Nasser Hussain agreed.

“Some people might say the series is gone, but not if you’re the England captain,” Hussain mentioned on the worldwide tv broadcast.

“They’ve bought an Ashes summer season, a World Cup summer season. It now might be 2-1 and 100 in your final Check innings of the winter in Check cricket.

“That sets up you perfectly for what lies ahead, so this game and this innings was absolutely vital for Root.”

West Indies endured a protracted day within the subject, choosing up simply 4 wickets.

Their trigger was not helped by a thigh damage incurred early by tempo bowler Keemo Paul, who departed on a stretcher, leaving West Indies with solely three fast bowlers complemented by Roston Chase’s part-time spin.

Batsman Darren Bravo was additionally absent from the sector after being struck on a finger on Sunday.

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