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England thrash West Indies

England thrash West Indies

Can West Indies have the last laugh?

The West Indies, who have lost 15 of the past 16 completed ODIs against England, initially struggled to make headway under heavy skies following a rain delay, inching to just nine runs after the end of the fourth over.

However, they have won this series 4-0 and in Bairstow they have found a one-day opener who looks like he will be here to stay right up until the 2019 World Cup on home soil.

The suspension of Ben Stokes and Alex Hales from global duty means England will take to the field for their final fixture of the summer under a cloud which also threatens to hurt their Ashes hopes.

Jason Mohammed will take over as captain of West Indies in the fifth and final ODI against England.

In reply, England never looked like faltering with Bairstow going to the highest score against the West Indies in an ODI.

But with the West Indies dangerman threatening to take the contest away from England, debutant Tom Curran produced a slower ball and induced a mishit from Gayle, with Liam Plunkett taking a fine diving catch running backwards. Chris Gayle struck five sixes in six balls off Jake Ball in a quick-fire 40, but a run of in excess of 20 overs without a boundary hindered their innings.

They may have been missing Evin Lewis, who broke his ankle during his stunning knock of 176 during his side's defeat in the third ODI at The Oval on Wednesday.

Spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali established impressive control and the tourists went from the ninth over until the 31st over without scoring a single boundary. He was taken off on a stretcher with just over three overs to go in the innings. He's one of the main players we have and it would be great to have him out there.

The Windies' state of paralysis was summed up by frankly bad innings from Samuels, who made 32 from 60 balls before he was stumped off the bowling of Moeen Ali in the 32nd over.

Yet by this stage England were nearly out of sight on 156 for one in the 22nd over of their chase.

Shai Hope was still in at that stage and the youngster signed off from what has been a breakthrough tour across all formats with another innings of substance, making 72 before holing out to Ball in the 44th over, his side now 221-5.

Bairstow had also been keeping the scoring ticking over at the other end, reaching his half-century in 48 balls shortly before Roy's departure.

Jonny Bairstow is confident that England have the batsmen to compete in the Ashes but admits they need to learn quickly as they plan for Australia not even knowing if all-rounder Ben Stokes will be on the plane.