England , led by Jason Roy and Joe Root centuries , proved why they are World Cup favourites , gatecrashing Chris Gayle’s retirement bash and posting their highest successful ODI chase to win the series opener against West Indies in Barbados .
Self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” Gayle bossed the England bowlers around when he hit his stride , stunning 12 sixes as he brought West Indies to their highest score against England . Yet , on an enviable batting pitch and against a line-up as strong as England’s , 361 still looked to be an realistic target for the world’s No . 1 side .
Roy and Root were dropped twice each and made the opposition pay, much as Gayle did after Roy grassed a sitter early in his innings.
“I was particularly happy with the calm way we went about all aspects of this match,” Morgan said.
“Our bowlers did very well at the end of the West Indies innings when it looked as if they would get up to 380, and when we batted, you really can’t look past that start we got. It made the job so much easier.”
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England paid dearly for Roy dropping Gayle at point off seamer Liam Plunkett when the former West Indies captain was on just nine.
“We made life very difficult for ourselves, and especially our bowlers, by missing too many chances,” said Holder.
“You can’t give quality players so many opportunities and expect to be competing at the end.”