Alastair Cook steers England hosts to series win
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England captain Alastair Cook scored 112 as cruised to an eight-wicket victory over West Indies in the one-day series match.Cook shared an opening stand of 122 with Ian Bell 53 and 81 with Jonathan Trott as the hosts chased down the tourists’ below-par 238-9 in 45 overs.
Dwayne Bravo top-scored with 77 but the innings fizzled out in the last five overs with only 19 runs.Cook and Bell gave a masterclass in their total which never looked enough on a true pitch and in bright sunshine, and how to chase down a modest target, picking up singles off most balls and putting away any wayward deliveries for four.
Cook was marginally the more aggressive, taking a particular liking to the off-spin of Sunil Narine, cracked for successive fours on either side.England were scoring at more than six runs per over when Bell, a centurion in the first match at the Rose Bowl, gifted his wicket to Darren Sammy with a loose drive to cover.
As an England opener in successive one-day internationals , Co...
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