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England clinches ODI series as well

ENGLAND crushed West Indies by 58 runs in the third and final one-day international at Edgbaston on Tuesday to clinch the series 2-0.

Coming after its test series win over the Windies it was the perfect fillip for the forthcoming World Twenty20 and Ashes series, though England will have to work much harder for success in those competitions.

The home side piled up 328 for seven after being put in, its third-highest total in a 50-over match and highest against the West Indies, who again looked short on motivation and application. An 81-run opening stand set England on its way with Ravi Bopara hitting a sharp 49 and captain Andrew Strauss 52.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior, elevated to No. 3 in place of the injured Kevin Pietersen, grabbed the opportunity with a flashing 87 off 86 balls and he put on 149 with Owais Shah (75).

Both men started steadily but grew in confidence as they scored 55 from five powerplay overs to put England in control.

Wickets fell more quickly after their dismissal but Paul Collingwood's 23 from 14 balls helped complete a daunting score. It was soon to look even better as West Indies captain Chris Gayle and key batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan fell early and Runako Morton was run out.

Dwayne Bravo had a brief flurry but was lbw to Tim Bresnan for 26, leaving Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin to plod on as the required run rate spiralling into double figures.

Chanderpaul eventually fell for 68, holing out when he finally tried to accelerate in the power play, and Ramdin was caught behind for 45.

Two chaotic run outs accounted for Kieron Pollard and Jerome Taylor and, after another late burst of hitting that merely showed up their earlier go-slow tactics, James Anderson finished things off by bowling Sulieman Benn for 31 in the final over.

It was the seamer's third wicket as the tourists succumbed for 270.

"I thought we were excellent with the bat ... it proved too many for the West Indies and provides more momentum for the lads," Strauss said.


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