Joe Root was the man to watch in the final test of the 2014 series as he managed to grab his first ever one-day international hundred in order to defeat the West Indies by 25 runs. It was looking bad for England towards the end of last month as West Indies triumphed in the opening test on 28th February and won by 15 runs to give them a 1-0 lead. However, Stuart Broad’s England side quickly improved their game on March 2nd as Broad, Ravi Bopara and Michael Lumb were the top hitters to level the series for England. England then won the final test to triumph the overall series 2-1.
There was a worry in the final test of the series that England were going to lose Joe Root early on as he suffered from a ball hitting his thumb, but the youngster carried and played a vital role in the victory. Root was the only cricketer to hit over 100 for England in the final test, albeit Jos Buttler was extremely close as he was caught out by Ravi Rampaul on 99 runs. Moeen Ali played well hitting 55 runs for England and Michael Lumb also played okay as he managed to get 20 runs on the board, but all of England’s other cricketers were disappointing not being able to hit above 2 runs.
West Indies legend Viv Richards commented about Jos Buttler after watching his performance in the final test of the series, “He’s one of my favourites. He’s one of the finest finishers in world cricket. He looks a class act.” Richards then commented on the recently internationally-retired Kevin Pietersen and how he was a scapegoat for England poor form, “I’m just saying it’s sad, to prematurely get rid of an individual like that. There must have been much more in terms of what went wrong. You were looking for some heads to roll, and for some reason, Kevin Pietersen’s head was in the way.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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