Tuesday 22 October 2019

Gayle force blows Morgan's England away

West Indies' Chris Gayle celebrates at the end of the fifth One Day International cricket match against England. Photo: AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan
West Indies' Chris Gayle celebrates at the end of the fifth One Day International cricket match against England. Photo: AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan

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England's batting line-up imploded in familiar fashion before Chris Gayle inspired the West Indies to a seven-wicket triumph in the fifth and final ODI in St Lucia on Saturday to ensure the series ended drawn at 2-2.

The 39-year-old Gayle, playing in what may be his final home ODI, smashed 77 off just 27 balls after England had been skittled out for 113 in 28.1 overs, with Oshane Thomas doing most damage with five wickets.

Just three days after the visitors had posted 418 against the same attack, the West Indies, who won the Test series between the two sides 2-1, this time needed just 12.1 overs to race to their target at 115-3.

"I thought about it walking round after the game, 'will this be my last innings in the Caribbean?' We'll have to wait and see for now," Gayle said after being named Player of the Series for his 424-run haul from the four completed matches.

"This will give us a big boost. It's been a great series and I'm happy we tied the series.

"Being in such terrific form is fantastic for me. I think it's my best ODI series stats-wise."

Eoin Morgan's side had started favourites to equal Australia's record of winning a 10th successive ODI series, but subsided limply amid a series of ill-judged shots on a pitch that offered help to the pacemen.

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