Carlos Brathwaite found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct

Carlos Brathwaite found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct

Carlos Brathwaite found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct

Despite a humbling eight-wicket loss at the hands of England, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicolas Pooran gave the West Indies something to smile about. We think it is another back spasm.

In playing six bowlers varying from genuine pace to medium-pace - Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Gabriel, Russell, Holder and Brathwaite - West Indies would have been hoping to jolt the England batting like they did against Pakistan in a seven-wicket win in their opening match at Trent Bridge.

Despite the occasional big hitting and flurry of boundaries, West Indies never really managed to stitch a big and threatening partnership that could take them to a challenging total on the board.

"We have been trying our best to keep him on the park, but it is proving hard", Holder said. Some of the mistakes made in the 15-run defeat against Australia in the second match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham last Thursday were again evident today.

Bairstow was caught off Gabriel five runs shy of fifty but Yorkshire team-mate Root pressed on, scoring his 16th ODI hundred from 93 deliveries and overtaking Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan as the leading run-scorer in this World Cup - Gabriel's dismissal of Woakes late was the only other moment of joy for West Indies.

England, with such a small target, opened with Root rather than Buttler in Roy's absence and he responded by doing what Joe Root does, making everything look easy and reaching his 16th one-day global hundred and second of this World Cup. Chris Gayle played some rousing strokes to score a breezy 36.

England quick bowlers Mark Wood and Barbadian-born Jofra Archer made best use of the coin toss advantage, claiming three wickets each.

"I think when any two players go down it is a little bit of a worry", he said after the game. We lost wickets at regular intervals and there were a few careless shots as well.

He added: "It is not frustration because we learnt a huge amount about growing our game out in the West Indies".

Despite injuries, England still head to Old Trafford next Tuesday for their match against Afghanistan brimming with confidence having swept aside the West Indies with minimal fuss. Following that, there are back-to-back matches against the unbeaten New Zealand and India.

"I am very confident". A hell of a lot of cricket left to be played.

"We spent two days in the indoor nets and (played) plenty of short stuff there".

"First, it is just a matter of bringing it together for long periods, stringing together a complete game and being consistent".

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