England all-rounder Moeen Ali brings his 53-ball century with a six

Laura Christensen
September 25, 2017

England captain Eoin Morgan has said his side is prepared to run an Ashes injury-risk with several key players by fielding their "best team" throughout the one-day global series against West Indies.

Ali, who arrived with England 210-5 and wobbling at the County Ground, devastated the West Indian bowling with the second fastest ODI century by an Englishman.

Joe Root had earlier made his own bid for top billing when he posted most runs, across all formats, in an English worldwide summer on his way to 84 as he and Ben Stokes (73) first put the hosts on course for a formidable total in their fourth-wicket stand of 132.

Moeen hit eight sixes in the course of 14 balls, and moved from 50 to 100 off only 12 balls.

And Morgan made it clear that Ashes-holders England had no intention of resting any of the quartet in the remaining three games of a five-match series.

Back-to-back sixes brought up his fifty from 41 balls and that was just the start. Hosting team successfully clinched the Test match series with 2-1 lead.

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Root and Stokes both went in a rush of three wickets for 11 runs as Cummins briefly interrupted home progress.

Root and Stokes took over until, for the second time in the innings, two wickets fell in consecutive overs.

Ali went to his century with two sixes in three balls off Cummins-a pull over deep square leg followed by a soaring drive over long-on.

But, with Ali leading the charge, England scored 123 runs in their last 10 overs after being sent into bat by West Indies captain Jason Holder.

Moeen then took centre stage, hitting 24 off five balls of an over from Cummins to pass 50.

The magnificent Moeen eventually holed out in an eventful penultimate over during which Nurse dropped him twice off his own bowling, England taking 93 off the last six overs.

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