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Joe Root sets England record in World Cup victory over West Indies

Joe Root's century helped England defeat West Indies in the World Cup
Joe Roots century helped England defeat West Indies in the World Cup (Picture: Getty)

Joe Root became the first England batsman to score three World Cup centuries during the emphatic victory over West Indies on Friday.

Root hit an unbeaten hundred as England chased the Windies 212 all out with eight wickets to spare in Southampton.

Test captain Root has been in superb form at this World Cup, also scoring a ton in the defeat to Pakistan and a fifty in the opening win over South Africa.

Root, speaking after the eight-wicket win, said: Its obviously nice for this hundred to mean something and for us to win.

3 – @root66 is the first @englandcricket player to score 3 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup centuries (@KP24 2). Tons. #cwc19 #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/UFHOOizR0S

— OptaJim (@OptaJim) June 14, 2019

It was a great toss to win and important we followed through on that. You pride yourself on working it out as a batsman, building big partnerships either when setting or closing down a chase like we did today.

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It was nice to get some time in the powerplay, have the fielders up and hit the gaps.

Theres not much difference to batting at three and its so good when you have players like Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler in your order.

Then Chris Woakes played fantastic today. It was a really good team effort and performance and puts us in a good place going into the next match.

England's Joe Root celebrates his century during the Cricket World Cup match between England and West Indies at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England, Friday, June 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Root has more World Cup hundreds than any other Englishman (Picture: Getty)

Former captain Michael Vaughan heaped praise on Root following the match, calling him England best-every consistent player.

He told BBC Test Match Special: Joe is Englands best-ever consistent player, he makes it look so easy whatever the format.

The West Indies bowled poorly, you just sit on the back foot against this team, you dont have to do a great deal with your feet.

He has three World Cup centuries, that tells you the kind of player England have. He looks driven to make sure this team go all the way. They have an incredible chance to win that trophy.

England bowled Windies out cheaply
England bowled Windies out cheaply (Picture: Getty)

England fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood both took three wickets as West Indies were bowled out cheaply at the Hampshire Bowl.

Root, Jonny Bairstow (45) and Chris Woakes (4Read More – Source

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