Jonny Bairstow hits a century as England hammer West Indies by nine wickets to seal series 4-0

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JONNY BAIRSTOW was the hero as his century fired England to a clean sweep over the West Indies.

Eoin Morgan’s side cruised to a crushing nine-wicket victory over the visitors at Southampton, sealing a 4-0 triumph.

 Jonny Bairstow celebrates his 100

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Jonny Bairstow celebrates his 100
 Joe Root hugs hundred hero Jonny Bairstow

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Joe Root hugs hundred hero Jonny Bairstow

Bairstow scored his second century of the series and finished 141 not out from just 114 balls.

It means the next time England take the field will be a two-day match in Perth in early November – the first of three warm-up games before the First Test.

With coach Trevor Bayliss intending to fly home to Australia in the next 48 hours, he and Joe Root have already been exchanging Ashes ideas.

They could add two players to the squad to compensate for the loss of all-rounder Stokes with the likes of Tom Westley, Liam Livingston, Jason Roy, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett and Steven Finn in the frame.

With the ECB likely to wait for any police action before deciding whether to take disciplinary action, Stokes and Alex Hales could remain in limbo for weeks or even months.

The pair were kicked out of all England teams on Thursday until further notice following the Sun video of the street fight and have been ordered by police to return to Bristol next week for further questioning.

 England players celebrate an easy win over West Indies

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England players celebrate an easy win over West Indies
 The hosts cruised to a nine-wicket win

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The hosts cruised to a nine-wicket win

Stokes was arrested in the early hours of Monday on suspicion of actual bodily harm. Neither has been charged.

There was further fall-out from the scandal when the announcements of the England one-day squad for Australia, the England Lions party and the names of next year’s centrally-contracted players – all scheduled for next Wednesday – were delayed.

And a TV beer advert featuring Stokes in a pub was taken off the screens.

Greene King will continue sponsoring the England team but the ad, which also features Alastair Cook and ex-skipper Michael Vaughan, will no longer be shown. The ECB are worried other sponsors might consider their association with the team.

With Stokes and Hales missing, Roy took advantage for the second time in 48 hours.

The powerful Surrey batsman scored 96 from 70 balls following his 84 at the Oval on Wednesday. But he was distraught at again missing out on a century.

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It shows that Roy, dropped at the start of the series, could slip back into the team on a permanent basis at the expense of Hales.

And Bairstow, who initially took Roy’s place, confirmed his success as a 50-over opener with another century that he made look ridiculously easy.

England breezed to their target with disdainful ease and 12 overs to spare.

Chris Gayle provided a spectacular start to the match by hitting successive balls from Jake Ball for 6, 6, 6, 6, 4 and 6 – that’s 34 runs in six deliveries, although not in the same over.

But he succumbed to a slower ball from ODI debutant Tom Curran and a fine, running catch at mid-off by Plunkett.

The Windies innings did not get going again until a late surge by Ashley Nurse brought 35 from the final 15 balls. Marlon Samuels chewed up 60 balls scoring just 32 runs.

Their total of 288-6 never looked remotely adequate as Roy and Bairstow breezed along and Root helped finish the job with a straight six.

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