England v West Indies, first Royal London ODI highlights
Jonny Bairstow hits maiden century as England take early series lead
England swept the West Indies aside in the first Royal London One-Day International of the series as the Three Lions secured a seven-wicket victory at Emirates Old Trafford thanks to Jonny Bairstow’s brilliant century.
Bairstow completed his unbeaten century in ODI cricket for the first time in his career in what felt like unfinished business following his dismissal at Emirates Old Trafford just six weeks earlier, where he left the field on 99 runs against South Africa.
The Yorkshire man helped England chase down the West Indies score of 204-9 following a below par innings from the visitors who boasted a strong batting attack with Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels returning to the side.
The heavy defeat confirmed that the West Indies will no longer be granted with automatic qualification for the Cricket World Cup in 2019 and will be forced to qualify via a tournament early next year.
The second Royal London One-Day International between England and the West Indies will take place on Thursday 21 September at Trent Bridge.
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What they said:
Man of the match Jonny Bairstow: "It's been a long time coming, I made by debut so long ago. It's been a rollercoaster in ODIs, but hopefully it's a stepping block for things to come.
"I opened for Yorkshire at the start of the year and it's gone from there. I like to hope my game lends itself to the middle order and to opening. Wherever the captain wants me to bat, I like to think that I'm adaptable."
England captain Eoin Morgan: "I thought we came back really well, it didn't take us long to adapt to conditions with the slower balls and variations, leaving us with a relatively not-too-hard target to chase down. Joe Root doesn't drop many catches and you've just got to try to create more chances. The bowling unit put in a really good benchmark for the start of the series."
Courtesy of BBC Sport
England 2018 fixtures
England’s 2018 fixtures at Emirates Old Trafford have been revealed with Australia and the West Indies lined up as the Three Lions opponents in Manchester next summer.
Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 10 October, but if you purchased a ticket for 2017 you will have been given priority ticket access to secure your place now.
If you didn’t purchase an International ticket in 2017, you can always join as an official LCCC Member for 2018 to not only buy your 2018 tickets now, but also receive 10% off your purchase on selected tickets.