Darren Gough picks the top five batters he bowled against in Test matches including Australia and South Africa legends

13 Aug

Darren Gough has named the top five batters he ever bowled against in Test match cricket.

The former England fast bowler took 229 wickets in 58 Test matches and 235 wickets in 159 one-day internationals in an international career that spanned more than a decade.

The talkSPORT host came up against some of the greatest batsmen during his career in the 1990s and 2000s.

Darren Gough picked the top five batters he faced

Gough made his selections on the eve of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s and two Australians made the list.

5. Brian Lara

The great batsman twice broke the world record for highest individual score in a Test match, both times against England.

He scored 375 in 1994 and then 400 not out in 2004 with both coming in the West Indies.

Lara scored 11,953 in 131 Test matches at an average of 52.88 during his illustrious career.

Brian Lara is fifth in Darren Gough’s list
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He also holds the record for highest individual score in first-class cricket, which was 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham.

Gough said: “Number five because he got two massive scores, and I didn’t play in either. I joked with him about that.

“I had decent success against him but when he was on fire you would just have to get your tent out. When he’s in he becomes very difficult to bowl against.”

4. Jacques Kallis

The South African is one of the game’s greatest all-rounders with phenomenal records with both bat and ball.

In 166 Tests, he hit 13,289 runs at an average of 55.37 and took 292 wickets. Kallis also has 11,579 ODI runs with 273 wickets in 328 matches.

Gough said: “In terms of all round cricketer he is the greatest. Early on, you fancied him against the short ball. Once he got past the new ball he’d go on and make a big score.”

Jacques Kallis is a South Africa legend
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3. Ricky Ponting

The Australian great is the current assistant coach of his national side after being appointed in February.

He is Australia’s leading run-scorer and is one of four people to surpass 13,000 Test match runs. He averaged 51.85 in 168 Tests and 42 in 375 ODIs.

Ponting is statistically one of the most successful captains in history with 48 victories in 77 Tests between 2004 and 2010. He also led them to World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007 while was also being involved in their 1999 success.

Gough said: “I had decent success against him but he took me to the cleaners on a few occasions. If he got in you couldn’t bowl short, he would pull me for six. Great competitor.”

Ricky Ponting is one of the most successful captains in history
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2. Martin Crowe

Perhaps one of the lesser known players on the list but he still had a fantastic international record.

He averaged 45.36 in 77 Test matches with 5,444 runs during his New Zealand career between 1982 and 1995.

Gough said: “I faced him early on in my Test debut. He introduced me to Test match cricket. He had so much time and he played me like I was a medium pacer.

“He made me realise I would have to keep up my game. I realised the difference in calibre.”

Martin Crowe is second in Darren Gough’s list
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1. Adam Gilchrist

Gilchrist is arguably the greatest wicket-keeper batsman to play the game and revolutionised the position.

His aggressive style of play made him difficult to bowl against in the Australian batting line-up.

In 96 Test matches, he scored 5,570 runs at an average of 47.60 while he scored 9,619 ODI runs in 287 games at an average of 35.89.

Gough said: “Every time he came in, I’d bowled 15 or 16 overs before he came in. He batted seven and averaged 50. He would come in and decide he would want to bat in a one day match.

“The reason England won the Ashes in 2005 was that Flintoff kept getting him out.”

Adam Gilchrist averaged 47.60 in Test matches
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Cricket World Cup 2019: Joe Root stars as England secure easy victory over West Indies but Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy pick up injuries

14 Jun

Joe Root hit his second century of the 2019 Cricket World Cup as England secured a commanding eight-wicket win over the West Indies.

However, it wasn’t all smiles for the England camp as their victory was punctured by injury scares for captain Eoin Morgan and opener Jason Roy.

Morgan had a back spasm and it will be a nervous wait for England to see how bad his injury is
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Roy hurt his left hamstring sprinting at cover and Morgan headed straight for the pavilion after a back spasm, with neither man taking their usual places in the batting order.

England will be desperate for positive news from the treatment room but the pair were not missed on the day, a modest chase of 213 proving a walk in the park for Root, who opened for the first time in his international one-day career and made 100 not out in 94 deliveries.

Root had already played an unlikely role with the ball, taking two wickets with his occasional off-spin, and the role reversals continued with a Chris Woakes cameo at number three.

Having never batted higher than seven in his previous 91 appearances, the all-rounder was handed an emergency elevation and chipped in with an assured 40.

It was a very good day for Joe Root
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The game was brilliantly set up by the bowlers, Barbados-born seamer Jofra Archer and Mark Wood delivering with pace and purpose as they shared combined figures of six for 48.

Archer’s first appearance against the team he had represented at Under-19 level had been much debated, but he took the moment in his stride as the Windies slid from 144 for three to 212 all out.

All eyes were on the 24-year-old after England opted to bowl first but first blood went to Woakes, scattering Evin Lewis’ stumps with a toe-crushing yorker in the third over.

Woakes thought he had a second – the prize scalp of Chris Gayle – but was left aghast as a tough chance popped out of Wood’s hands at third man.

Giving Gayle a second chance can be among the costliest mistakes in one-day cricket, and a smooth six down the ground suggested the price tag might be a hefty one. Yet the burly Jamaican never quite made England pay, making 36 before pulling Liam Plunkett to deep midwicket.

Wood made his own amends, ending a tortured knock by Shai Hope, before Nicholas Pooran (63) and Shimron Hetmyer (39) showed some backbone. Their 89-run stand frustrated England rather than hurt them but it was as good as got as the innings fell off a cliff inside 15 overs.

In the absence of Moeen Ali, overlooked for the second game in a row, it was Root’s seldom-seen off-breaks which kick-started a collapse of seven wickets for 68. Having last taken an ODI wicket 18 months ago he took a pair of gentle caught-and-bowled chances, Hetmyer and Jason Holder succumbing.

The door was open and Buttler, deputising for the absent Morgan, called on Archer and Wood to kick it down.

An edge from Pooran and a plumb lbw put on Archer on a hat-trick but he had to wait before making Carlos Brathwaite his third victim of the day. Wood, who passed a morning fitness test on his left ankle, was equally impressive, hustling Andre Russell with a short ball and cleaning up Shannon Gabriel.

Root replaced Roy at the head of the innings and joined fellow Yorkshireman Bairstow in ramming home the advantage.

They took 62 off the first 10 overs, Bairstow taking care of business and usual and Root piercing the infield with a selection of sweetly hit drives. The West Indies attack was dangerous on paper but a crushing disappointment in the middle, lacking the intensity of their English counterparts and throwing in regular boundary balls.

Even their minor triumphs came at a price, Russell thudding Bairstow in the helmet but buckling his own knee in the process. The first breakthrough came with 95 on the board, Bairstow uppercutting Gabriel to third man, leading to the surprise emergence of Woakes at number three.

Any doubts about the wisdom of the promotion were swiftly dispelled, getting off the mark with a punch for four then pulling Gabriel to the ropes. A 104-run stand made the result safe, Woakes falling just before the line but Root safely reaching his 16th one-day ton and third on the World Cup stage.

With three wins from four outings, England nudged up to second in the table ahead of inviting games against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

England’s World Cup campaign is gathering momentum
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Cricket World Cup: Top 10 most memorable moments in the tournament’s history

29 May

The Cricket World Cup has produced many moments of magic over the years since the first tournament in 1975.

Australia have won four of the last five tournaments but it is England who go into it as favourites on home soil.

The tournament starts on Thursday with the hosts facing South Africa at The Oval and you can hear regular updates live on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.

Eoin Morgan will lead England at the Cricket World Cup on home soil in 2019
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There have been plenty of headlines and controversy along the way off the pitch.

Freddie Flintoff was stripped of the vice-captaincy after the pedalo incident in 2007, Shane Warne missed the 2003 tournament because of a failed drugs test and Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room on the eve of the 2007 competition.

But there have been plenty of iconic moments on the pitch and here at talkSPORT.com we have ranked the most memorable moments.

10. Kapil Dev’s 175 not out for India against Zimbabwe in 1983

This was a heroic innings from the Indian great in tough circumstances against Zimbabwe in 1983.

In the match at Tunbridge Wells, Dev came to the crease with his side 9-4 and they slumped to 78-7 with little chance of posting a respectable total.

Dev smashed 175 not out from 138 balls to help India to 266-8 with the next highest batter scoring 24.

Zimbabwe were all out for 235 in reply.

Kapil Dev during his 175 not out off 138 balls against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells
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9. Martin Guptil’s record innings in 2015

Guptil hit the highest individual score in World Cup history with this innings of 237 not out in New Zealand’s quarter-final with the West Indies in 2015.

He scored an incredible 137 runs from his last 52 deliveries to etch his name in the record books.

Martin Guptill celebrates reaching 200 during his record innings in 2015
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8. Viv Richards’ hundred in the 1979 final

A brilliant 138 not out from Richards took the game away from England.

The West Indies were 99-4 when he came to the crease and ended up helping them to 286, which proved too much for their opponents and sealed their second World Cup win.

Viv Richards helped West Indies to win their second World Cup in 1979
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7. Sri Lanka shock Australia in 1996 final

Sri Lanka co-hosted the tournament and they were helped into the final when the West Indies and Australia forfeited their group matches due to safety reasons.

The favourites, Australia, had no answer to Aravinda de Silva who hit 107 not out to win the trophy.

Aravinda de Silva reaches his century against Australia in the 1996 final
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6. Herschelle Gibbs’ drop in 1999

A bizarre incident between Australia and South Africa in their Super Six clash, which proved costly for the latter.

Gibbs caught Steve Waugh, who was on 56 at the time, and in his haste to throw the ball up in celebration dropped it. Waugh allegedly asked Gibbs ‘how does it feel to have dropped the World Cup?’

Gibbs maintained the catch should have stood but Waugh went on to make 120 not out as the Australians clinched the win with two balls to spare.

Steve Waugh led his side to victory after being dropped by Herschelle Gibbs in 1999
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5. Sachin Tendulkar and the 1996 semi-final

India were cruising in this match against Sri Lanka in Kolkata until Tendulkar was stumped off Sanath Jayasuriya, which led to a collapse.

Seven wickets for 22 runs saw the crowd begin to throw objects on the pitch and set fire to seating.

The match was abandoned and the win given to Sri Lanka.

Sachin Tendulkar’s stumping led to an India collapse
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4. Mike Gatting’s reverse sweep in the 1987 final

We are still waiting for England’s first ever World Cup win and that might not be the case if it were not for Mike Gatting’s dismissal all those years ago.

Chasing Australia’s 253, Gatting and Bill Athey were cruising to a win at 135-2. Part-timer Allan Border dismissed Gatting when he decided to reverse sweep his first ball and was caught by wicket-keeper Greg Dyer.

From that position England slumped to 246-8 in one of their best chances to win the competition.

Mike Gatting is dismissed by Allan Border in 1987
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3. Kapil Dev’s catch in 1983

The dominant West Indies were on course for their third World Cup win until Viv Richards got himself out.

A mis-timed shot saw Dev have to run back from mid-on and take a catch from over his shoulder.

A brilliant grab that sparked a West Indies collapse and saw India win the World Cup.

Kapil Dev lifts the Cricket World Cup in 1983
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2. South Africa and the rain in 1992

The Proteas reached the semi-final to face England in their first tournament following their apartheid ban and it ended in controversy.

They needed 22 from 13 balls when the players went off because of rain.

But after just a 12-minute delay, their target was adjusted to 22 needed from one ball and their opponents went through to the final.

South Africa were left needing 22 from 1 ball after the rain came in 1992
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1. Allan Donald run-out in the 1999 semi-final

The most memorable moment during a World Cup came in this clash between South Africa and Australia.

South Africa needed nine from the final over with just one wicket remaining with Lance Klusener and Allan Donald at the crease.

Allan Donald is run out in the 1999 semi-final against Australia
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Klusener hit two fours from the first two balls to tie the scores. Two balls later, he set off for a single but Donald did not respond and they were both left stranded at the same end.

Donald made an effort to get back but Adam Gilchrist ran him out while he was in no man’s land.

Australia progressed to the final by virtue of finishing higher than their opponents in the Super Six table.

West Indies vs England third T20 free stream and live scorecard: Exclusive talkSPORT 2 commentary

10 Mar

England will be looking to end their 2019 tour of the Caribbean on a high with a third T20 victory in the final game.

Eoin Morgan’s side have dominated the Windies in the T20 series and won by a mammoth 137 runs in Friday’s match having bowled their opponents out for just 45.

England take on the West Indies in the third and final T20 today

After a difficult Test series and mixed results in the one-dayers, England will want to claim another T20 win in the last game of their trip to the tropics.

talkSPORT 2 will have full and exclusive coverage of every ball and here’s how you can tune in.

West Indies vs England third T20: When is it and where

The third T20 international of the series will take place on Sunday, March 10 and is being held at Warner Park in Saint Kitts.

West Indies vs England third T20: What is the UK start time

The first ball of the third and final T20 is set to be bowled at 20:00 GMT. The time difference in the West Indies is four hours behind the UK.

England take on the West Indies in the third and final T20 today

West Indies vs England third T20: How to listen

The final game of England’s tour of the Caribbean will be live on talkSPORT 2.

You can catch the action by clicking here for the live commentary stream or the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

England take on the West Indies in the third and final T20 today

West Indies vs England third T20 teams

England: Hales, Bairstow, Root, Morgan, Denly, Billings, Willey, T Curran, Plunkett, Jordan, Rashid.

West Indies: Gayle, Pooran, Hope, Darren Bravo, Hetmyer, Holder, C Brathwaite, Nurse, Allen, Cottrell, Thomas.

West Indies vs England third T20: Live scorecard

England claim T20 series win after embarrassing West Indies with a 137-run thrashing in St Kitts

9 Mar

England skittled the West Indies for just 45 to claim their heaviest Twenty20 victory in a contest settled by a devastating four-wicket blast by Chris Jordan.

Having posted 182 for six, with Sam Billings doing the heavy lifting with a career-best 87 from 47 balls, the tourists wiped their opponents out in less than 12 overs to seal a 137-run win and take the three-match series 2-0.

Chris Jordan was exceptional for England against the West Indies

The Windies total was the lowest ever made by a full member nation and just six more than the record low set by Holland in 2014. It was also England’s biggest winning margin, comfortably clearing their 116-run rout of Afghanistan.

Jordan was the headline act, taking four for six in two masterful overs of white-ball bowling that are sure to reignite his case for a World Cup berth this summer, with David Willey, Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett chiming in with two apiece.

England captain Morgan was delighted with the way his side recovered from their awful start and how they adapted to the conditions.

He said: “We didn’t get off to a great start, conditions were completely different here again to what we experienced in St Lucia, but one huge positive today is we’ve adapted to conditions extremely well.

Morgan and Curran collided in the field

“With our backs against the wall at 20 for four, the partnership between Joe Root and Sam Billings was absolutely outstanding, and Sam managed to kick on and get us an above-par score.

“And from there we really did grab hold of momentum and our bowlers and fielding was outstanding.”

Morgan, who admitted he and Curran were “lucky to come out unscathed” after the two collided in the field, concedes there is still work to be done for his side despite the win.

He added: “I still think we’ve got to keep learning. The first four guys to get out didn’t do a great job. We’ve got improvements to make for the game in two days’ time and hopefully we can do that.”

West Indies vs England second T20 free stream and live scorecard: Exclusive talkSPORT 2 commentary

8 Mar

England can claim their first series victory of their 2019 tour of the Caribbean if they can beat the West Indies in the second T20.

England lost the Test series and then drew the one-dayers but claimed a straight-forward four-wicket victory in the first T20 in St Lucia on Tuesday.

England beat the West Indies by four-wickets in the first T20

They can clinch the series with a win this evening in Saint Kitts but the Windies will be eager to hit back from their below-par performance earlier this week.

talkSPORT will have full and exclusive coverage of every ball and here’s how you can tune in.

West Indies vs England second T20: When is it and where

The second T20 international of the series will take place on Friday, March 8 and is being held at Warner Park in Saint Kitts.

West Indies vs England second T20: What is the UK start time

The first ball of the second T20 is set to be bowled at 20:00 GMT. The time difference in the West Indies is four hours behind the UK.

England star Jonny Bairstow was superb in the first T20

West Indies vs England second T20: How to listen

The second T20 and the rest of England’s tour of the Caribbean will be live on talkSPORT 2.

You can catch the action by clicking here for the live commentary stream or the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

West Indies star Chris Gayle was superb against England in the ODIs

West Indies vs England second T20 teams

England: Hales, Bairstow, Root, Morgan, Denly, Billings, Willey, T Curran, Plunkett, Jordan, Rashid.

West Indies: Gayle, Pooran, Hope, Darren Bravo, Hetmyer, Holder, C Brathwaite, Nurse, Allen, Cottrell, Thomas.

West Indies vs England second T20: Live scorecard

West Indies vs England: Tourists seal T20 victory with four wickets and an over to spare

6 Mar

Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid were the stars as England sealed victory over the West Indies, taking the first Twenty20 by four wickets in St Lucia.

England rested four of their first-choice side after the drawn ODI series – Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali all watching from home – but Bairstow plugged a big gap in the batting line-up with a career-best 68 from 40 balls.

Opening for the first time in 28 matches he broke the back of a 161-run target, which owed much to Rashid’s miserly return of one for 15. Tom Curran walked away with four wickets as the Windies posted 160 for eight but it was Rashid’s precise stint which did most to stall the home side.

Bairstow starred for the tourists

Joe Denly and Sam Billings both fell with the end line in sight but Curran reappeared to hit the winning boundary with seven balls remaining.

Curran made short work of Shai Hope with the new ball but the real priority was seeing off Chris Gayle. Man-of-the-series in the ODIs, clubbing 39 sixes along the way, he soaked up five dot balls off David Willey before clearing the ropes at third man and wide long-on. That was the height of his success this time, though.

Chris Jordan was his downfall, summoning a wide yorker which Gayle could only squeeze to short third man. Shimron Hetmyer also failed to leave his mark on proceedings, chipping in with 14 before pumping a Curran full toss straight to mid-on.

At the halfway mark England had restricted their hosts to a gentle 67 for three, with the Windies unable to score off 29 of the 60 legal deliveries.

Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran helped claw back some of the lost ground, Liam Plunkett suffering worst as he sent down four wicketless overs for 44. The fourth-wicket pair added 64 in 51 balls but were parted in style by the returning Chris Jordan.

He confounded Bravo with a disguised slower ball and leapt into action when the ball popped back towards him, throwing himself one-handed in front of the non-striker.

Curran was nevertheless favoured for the death overs and claimed two more victims, cleaning up Pooran for 58 and Jason Holder with another full toss.

The reply began in a flurry of activity as Sheldon Cottrell’s opening over contained 17 runs, a dropped catch and finally the wicket of Alex Hales, heaving hard and losing his stumps.

Joe Root’s hopes of sharpening his T20 skills lasted exactly two balls, lbw to Cottrell attempting to open up the leg-side, but Bairstow was unaffected.

He launched himself into a 13-ball sequence containing five boundaries and one six, driving England to 62 for two in the powerplay, well ahead of the Windies benchmark.

England got rid of danger man Chris Gayle early on

Bairstow nicked Carlos Brathwaite on 34 but a fingertip catch skimmed off Hope’s gloves and brought him four more. Brathwaite did manage to see off skipper Eoin Morgan but Bairstow was dropped again by Cottrell shortly after reaching a 27-ball 50 with his second six.

By the time he was held at wide long-on, Brathwaite the catcher off Ashley Nurse’s off-spin, he had left a target of 58 in 50 balls.

Billings and Denly, both of whom are still seeking to find their place in the England set-up, chalked off all but eight of the required runs in calm fashion before nerves struck.

Holder persuaded Denly to hole out with 14 balls remaining then Billings had an almighty let-off next ball, Oshane Thomas just failing to hang to a mis-cued pull at fine leg.

Reprieved, Billings then swiped at a Cottrell cutter that knocked back his stumps. Four byes over Hope’s head eased the growing tension allowing Curran to slog the winning runs.

West Indies vs England first T20 free stream and live scorecard: Exclusive talkSPORT 2 commentary as England need 161 to win

5 Mar

England will be hoping to finish their 2019 tour of the Caribbean on a high by claiming a series win in the T20s.

After losing the Test series, England collapsed in the final one-dayer to lose by seven wickets and end up finishing two games each.

England take on the West Indies in the first T20 in St Lucia

Eoin Morgan’s side will now be looking to make it third time lucky when the two sides go head-to-head in three T20s, the first of which is today.

talkSPORT will have full and exclusive coverage of every ball and here’s how you can tune in.

West Indies vs England first T20: When is it and where

The first T20 international of the series will take place on Tuesday, March 5 and is being held at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia.

West Indies vs England fifth ODI: What is the UK start time

The first ball of the first T20 is set to be bowled at 20:00 GMT. The time difference in the West Indies is four hours behind the UK.

West Indies star Chris Gayle was superb against England in the ODIs

West Indies vs England first T20: How to listen

The first T20 and the rest of England’s tour of the Caribbean will be live on talkSPORT 2.

You can catch the action by clicking here for the live commentary stream or the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

England and the West Indies drew the ODI series 2-2

West Indies vs England first T20 teams

England: Hales, Bairstow, Root, Morgan, Denly, Billings, Willey, T Curran, Plunkett, Jordan, Rashid.

West Indies: Gayle, Pooran, Hope, Darren Bravo, Hetmyer, Holder, C Brathwaite, Nurse, Allen, Cottrell, Thomas.

West Indies vs England first T20: Live scorecard

West Indies vs England: Tourists suffer embarrassing collapse as Windies seal series draw

2 Mar

England slumped to one of the most embarrassing defeats in their one-day history in St Lucia, where Eoin Morgan’s World Cup favourites were routed for 113 by the West Indies then brutalised by Chris Gayle.

Just three days after smashing 418, the third highest score in their history, and four games on from their record chase of 361, the tourists’ high-risk batting style exploded in dizzying fashion as the hosts’ seven-wicket thrashing secured a 2-2 series draw.

England crumbled in the fifth ODI

England offered wafer-thin resistance against a rampant seam attack, lasting less than 29 overs in a collapse that belied their hard-won status as the format’s world number ones.

Gayle then rounded on his punch-drunk opponents, flogging 77 off 27 deliveries as the humble target was breached in just 12.1 overs.

In terms of balls unused, 227, it was England’s heaviest loss.

England’s troubles began early, Jonny Bairstow playing on as Sheldon Cottrell found early swing and Joe Root upper-cutting Jason Holder tamely to third man.

A powerplay score of 55 for two was less than expected, and hardly in keeping with a high-scoring series, but it barely hinted at the carnage to come.

Lessons went woefully unheeded as a succession of batsman failed to read the bounce or departed in senseless fashion.

Carlos Brathwaite bowled a skilful spell, using his height and an obligingly springy surface to discomfort England and leave them cramped for room as they tried to hit their way into the match.

Alex Hales had already offered a half-chance at point when he went for another full-blooded cut too close to his body. This time it took a thick edge off the neck of the bat and settled safely in Shai Hope’s gloves.

Morgan miscued a pull to fine leg to give Oshane Thomas his first success of the day that ended with career-best figures of five for 21, while Stokes botched the same stroke in his own way – swivelling to brush Brathwaite through to the keeper.

By now it was 88 for five and heavy burden lay on the lower order. Instead, they buckled in the face of Thomas’ growing momentum.

Chris Gayle was the star once again

Moeen Ali might easily have bagged a golden duck, a weak nudge just clearing the close catcher, and soon nicked an irresponsible drive with feet planted.

Chris Woakes was next, lobbing messily to mid-on, and England’s only real hope of salvation, Jos Buttler, turned one anxiously off his pads and straight down Cottrell’s throat.

Holder returned to snare Adil Rashid’s outside edge but Thomas was allowed to wrap up his maiden five-for, scattering Tom Curran’s stumps as he backed away to leg in unbecoming fashion.

With 131 deliveries unused, play had not even been going long enough to warrant a full mid-innings break. Gayle swaggered back out and, despite having the luxury of time, decided to unleash from the off.

Woakes, enduring a miserable 30th birthday, was his target and the damage was vicious. His first two overs cost a wince-inducing 39 as the veteran Jamaican clubbed three fours and four sixes.

He had been caught on 31 top-edging to fine-leg but Gayle appeared to question the height and third umpire Bruce Oxenford agreed that Woakes had exceeded his allocation of bouncers, calling a no-ball.

A brace of sixes off Mark Wood saw Gayle reach 50 in just 19 deliveries, the quickest of his 20-year career and a national record. By the time his onslaught was over, cleaned up by Wood, victory was assured.

Hope and John Campbell fell along the way but Shimron Hetmyer hit the winning boundary from the first ball of the 13th over, putting England out of their misery.