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England vs Windies 2017: 5 things we learnt from the ODI series

Sujith Mohan
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Hope is one for the future
Hope is one for the future

England cruised to victory against West Indies in the fifth ODI at Southampton, claiming the series 4-0. Ewin Lewis' performance was a big positive for the Windies. He scored a total of 200 runs at a strike rate of 132. Yet, they failed to click consistently as a team, and ended up losing the series miserably.

There were a lot of positives for England though: Jonny Bairstow scored 302 runs at an average of 60 along with Moeen Ali, who compiled 150 runs at an astonishing strike rate of 182.

Here are the five takeaways from this ODI series:

#5 Shai Hope is here to stay

After a long wait, West Indies have found a player who can stabilize the innings at No.3. Shai Hope showed his quality in the Tests against England, scoring a couple of match-winning hundreds, and followed it up with some good scores in the ODIs as well. His key strengths are his orthodox stroke-play and the ability to counter swing better than his teammates.

In a batting lineup filled with stroke-makers, Hope's presence adds solidity. He can play the long innings most of his teammates struggle to. His wicket-keeping abilities are an added bonus.

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