Joe Root speaks out after West Indies crush England to clinch series win

West Indies secured a crushing 10-wicket win over England (Picture: Getty)

Joe Root admitted England had been totally outplayed by West Indies as the tourists slipped to a crushing 10-wicket defeat in in Antigua.

After bowling West Indies out for 306, England began their second innings 119 runs adrift but made a positive start by reaching 35 without loss.

The dismissal of Rory Burns, however, prompted another disastrous collapse which saw England lose their next nine wickets for just 97 runs.

Needing just 14, John Campbell hit a six to wrap up an emphatic victory and clinch the series with a game to spare.

Joe Root was left dejected following another England batting collapse (Picture: Getty)

A dejected Root, who himself has scored just 40 runs in four innings in the series, said: ‘It’s frustrating. We have been outperformed once again and that is quite hard to take.

‘We worked exceptionally hard as a bowling unit but scoring under 200 isn’t going to win you many games of cricket. We have to learn and make sure we come back stronger.

We go to St Lucia looking to put in a really good performance and trying to win that game.

‘It’s as simple as that. It’s a great chance for us to write some wrongs and make some big scores.’

Jason Holder helped mastermind a landmark win for West Indies cricket (Picture: Getty)

It was a contrasting story for Windies skipper Jason Holder who praised his team for the way in which they rallied around Alzarri Joseph, who learned of his mother’s death earlier in the match.

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey. It has been challenging and I am not one to shy away from challenges,’ he said.

‘I am proud of myself for seeing it through – I have been through some tough days but my team-mates have got me through it. I wouldn’t be here without them. Hopefully we can stay together.”

‘We started the day trying to push on the lead. We all rallied around one another and wanted to do it for [Alzarri Joseph’s mother].

‘For Alzarri to bowl the way he did after that news was exceptional. We are hungry for success – this group has been around for two years now and done some exceptional things.’


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