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Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow rocket England to ODI victory over West Indies

West Indies 288-6; England 294-1

• England won by nine wickets

Jason Roy, gifted a place back in the ODI side because of the absence of Alex Hales, has seized his chance with rare ruthlessness. At The Oval he struck a fluent 84; here he batted just as well but for a little longer, finishing with 96, more than enough to ensure another English victory by nine wickets, yet still a source of some frustration.

However things are looking up for Roy. Five days ago after England’s win in Bristol all that he could anticipate were a few more days as a drinks waiter. Meanwhile his new partner, Jonny Bairstow, conjured his second ODI century of the series with barely a false stroke. England have no shortage of batsmen capable of tormenting international bowlers – provided they are propelling a white ball.

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