Root praises composed England

10 September 2017 03:33:37 GMTPlus11

Captain Joe Root praised England's "composure" as they eased to a nine-wicket series-clinching third Test win against West Indies at Lord's.

James Anderson, who stood out in the Test having took his 500th Test wicket on Friday, went on to secure a career-best 7-42 haul on Saturday to help dismiss the tourists for just 177 in their second innings.

I'm very pleased. It's been a great week. It was a challenging wicket. We're really pleased that we came out on top.

Joe Root

England were set 107 to win the Test and claim the series 2-1 and despite Alastair Cook losing his wicket, lbw to Devendra Bishoo on 17, an unbroken stand of 72 between Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley saw them through to the victory target.

Despite Anderson's exploits, it was Ben Stokes who picked up the man-of-the-match award after he took six West Indian wickets in the first innings and also hit a stand-out 60 runs to help give England a 71-run lead.

And Root was quick to praise both players as well as the team's display to get the job done inside three days of play.

Root, who will take his side to Australia for the Ashes this winter on the back of two successive series' wins at the expense of South Africa and West Indies respectively, said: "I'm very pleased. It's been a great week. It was a challenging wicket. We're really pleased that we came out on top.

"The ball seemed to hoop around. The control that Ben Stokes showed was incredible.

"In the second innings Jimmy was outstanding - he mastered it. The ball was out of shape; I don't know how he managed to get seven wickets with it. And the lads at the end showed good composure to get us over the line."

England are 4.33 to win the Ashes Down Under, while Australia are priced at 1.40 and the draw is 8.00.

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