Cook steers England to series victory

June 20, 2012

by kroome111

Second ODI, The Oval:
England 239-2 (45 overs) beat West Indies 238-9 (50 overs) by eight wickets

England wrapped up their one-day series against the West Indies yesterday thanks to a century from their captain Alastair Cook.

Cook won the toss and asked West Indies to bat first on what looked a typically good batting surface in South London. Before the players took the field a minute silence was observed to remember Tom Maynard who died on Monday morning after being hit by a train in Wimbledon. Maynard was a Surrey player which further exaggerated the strange feeling within the ground.

Chris Gayle got the tourists off to a positive start by making 53 from just 51 balls, in an innings that included 5 towering sixes. Dwayne Bravo top scored for West Indies with a well-made 77 helping them to 238-9 from their 50 overs.

West Indies’ effort looked below par thanks to some impressive bowling by all of England bowlers. The pick was James Anderson who finished with 2-38 from his 10 overs.

The second innings saw England dominate from start to finish. Ian Bell and Cook put on 122 for the first wicket, before Bell was removed for 53 when he was caught by Gayle off the bowling of Darren Sammy.

Cook powered on to record his fourth ODI century since taking over as captain a year ago. He was eventually dismissed again off the bowling of Darren Sammy for 112. His innings came from 120 balls and included 13 fours and 1 six.

Jonathan Trott (43*) and Ravi Bopara (19*) ensured a comfortable win by 8 wickets, handing England a 2-0 series win with just one game to play.

England announced after the game that Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad will be rested for the third and final match of the series. Chris Woakes, Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker have been called into the squad.

The Scoop 20/06/12

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