Published: Sat, February 23, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Chris Gayle surpasses Shahid Afridi’s record in International Cricket

Chris Gayle surpasses Shahid Afridi’s record in International Cricket

During the series opener in Barbados, batsman Joe Root became only the fourth England cricketer to gather 5,000 ODI runs.

Jason Holder was left with a "bitter pill to swallow" as his side failed to defend their highest-ever ODI total against England.

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 global against West Indies.

Moeen Ali was smashed for four sixes in one over, twice by Gayle and twice by Darren Bravo, who hit four sixes of his own, before Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid, mysteriously held back until the 34thover, picked up three last wickets apiece to at least stop West Indies reaching 400.

Butcher, who played 71 Tests for England, believes that like Warner, who went from a limited-overs basher into Australia's third-most successful Test opener, Roy has the game to succeed in five-day cricket.

"We didn't bowl as well as we would have liked and didn't help ourselves in the field", he said.

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But he needs to be consistent, to be available for training, for the matches. 'Without the injuries, without being sick. Asked whether the team are missing out by not being in the Champions League, Koscielny told reporters: "No, no".

"The bowlers did create chances, but we didn't hold them - nearly 6-7 chances".

Both players are expected to play key roles in the World Cup and Ashes double-header this summer as well as heading to the Indian Premier League where they will be teaming up at Rajasthan Royals.

Jason Roy made 123 off just 85 balls.

The 39-year-old, who skipped his side's ODIs in India and Bangladesh before Christmas, was dropped on nine by Jason Roy and made England pay as he completed a 100-ball ton and 24th in the format, celebrating the milestone by taking off his helmet and balancing it on his bat handle.

"So we just got to go out there and play the cricket we want to play and execute whatever plans we come up with in the dressing room", Holder said. It's fantastic the way he plays. Shai Hope was next best with 64 off 65 balls, consisting of seven fours and a six.

"To have guys like that continuously putting pressure on your opening bowlers is not only hard to play against but hard to captain against as well". England may well look to rest Chris Woakes, who has been struggling with a knee problem in recent weeks, though West Indies maintain they have no immediate plans to call-up a replacement bowler for the injured Kemar Roach.

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