/Eoin Morgan hails England centurions Jason Roy and Joe Root after record-breaking West Indies win

Eoin Morgan hails England centurions Jason Roy and Joe Root after record-breaking West Indies win

 

Jason Roy and Joe Root both hit centuries in England’s victory (Picture: Getty)

Eoin Morgan hailed England centurions Jason Roy and Joe Root after the pair’s brilliant centuries led the tourists to a record-breaking win in the first one-day international against West Indies.

Set a total of 361 after Chris Gayle scored his 24th ODI ton, England’s limited-overs side triumphed by seven wickets and with eight balls remaining.

Gayle smashed 12 sixes in his run-a-ball hundred but saw his efforts trumped by Roy, who reached three figures off just 65 balls, hitting 17 boundaries in his 123.

Roy shared a century-stand with Root, before the Test captain did the same in a excellent partnership with Morgan. Root fell just before the line for 102.

 

 

Eoin Morgan was delighted with his England’s performance (Picture: Getty)

England one-day captain Morgan said: ‘For Jason to go on and play such a commanding innings really sets us up for such a big run chase.

‘It’s amazing, the way he plays. To come out and show the courage he does and the trust that he does. It’s brilliant.

‘People will forget Joe scored a hundred there too, he made it look very easy, but we’re so fortunate to have a guy like that who can be our rock. He’s no slouch.’

Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow also played a role in England’s highest ODI chase, hitting a fluent 34 at the top of the order to get the innings off to a fine start.

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

 

 

Chris Gayle’s 24th ODI century proved to be in vain (Picture: Getty)

He added: The manner we started set the tone of the innings, Jason and Jonny were outstanding.

‘They do show similar attributes to Chris, who’s been doing it for 20 years. That ability to put your best ball away for four or six is heartbreaking as a bowler.

‘To have guys like that continuously putting pressure on your opening bowlers is not only difficult to play against but difficult to captain against as well.’

The second ODI takes place at the Kensington Oval on Friday.

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