Morgan praises centurions

21 February 2019 03:26:53 EST

Eoin Morgan hailed Jason Roy and Joe Root as England recorded a superb six-wicket win in the first ODI against West Indies in Barbados.

Roy made 123 off only 85 balls while Root raced to 102 from 97 as England completed their highest one-day run-chase.

The tourists cruised to their target with eight balls to spare after Chris Gayle had earlier made 135 to help West Indies post a massive total of 360-8 in their 50 overs.

Gayle struck 12 of West Indies' 23 sixes but it proved to be in vain as England recorded the fourth highest chase by any side in ODI history.

England captain Morgan said: "We thought 361 was definitely chaseable. We said at the halfway stage that it was game on. Jason and Jonny [Bairstow] were brilliant and Jason got us way ahead of the game with that magnificent hundred.

"We don't take Joe Root for granted at all. We're extremely lucky to have him and to win in the fashion we did tonight, he played a big part."

The second game of the five-match series takes place in Barbados on Friday. England are 1/3 to win the game and 1212/1 to secure the series 5-0.

Meanwhile, Roy said "I knew if I just put in some ground work early I could get a good start, then it was just a case of kicking on.

"Test cricket has been my ambition for years and years. I've not shied away from that but it's just a case of biding my time and waiting for my opportunity."

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