Joe Root redeems himself and other talking points from England's win over West Indies in the first ODI

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Joe Root redeemed himself after dropping Chris Gayle early in the innings.

Hosts England took on the West Indies in the first of the five-match ODI series at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.

Eoin Morgan’s men ran out comfortable victors in the end courtesy a seven-wicket win after the returning Chris Gayle had given them an almighty scare at the start of West Indies’ innings.

The visitors had earlier shown why they are the defending ICC World T20 champions after they beat England by 21 runs in the lone T20I clash at Chester-le-street.

In a game which was delayed by over two-hours due to bad weather leading to the overs being curtailed to 42 for each side, West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bat first.

His batsmen though failed to make the most of their opportunities as they could only muster 204-9 in their allotted overs.

In reply, the hosts chased down the target with consummate ease to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

In a match played under overcast conditions, we look at the three key talking points.

Root redeems himself after Gayle’s early onslaught

Gayle might have been returning to the West Indies’ ODI fold for the first time since the ICC World Cup 2015 but the Jamaican had given enough indications of the brute force he still possesses during the lone T201.

The hosts should have sent the left-handed back to the pavilion in the third delivery of the match itself but Joe Root would squander a gilt-edged chance at second-slip after Chris Woakes had Gayle slashing wildly.

It looked like that vital miss would cost England dear as Gayle went on a rampage hitting three sixes within the first four-overs of the West Indies innings.

In the end though, Woakes would get his man and Root would redeem himself when Gayle would sky another attempt for a six high into the Manchester sky only for England’s Test skipper to complete a stunning running catch over his shoulder after running in from cover.

Ben Stokes halts West Indies rebuild with double-strike

After losing openers Elvin Lewis and Gayle within the first 10 overs, Shai Hope and Marlon Samuels had performed a rearguard action for the visitors as the duo dug in to form a 50-run partnership which took them the better part of 14 overs to complete.

Though a tad slow, the partnership was threatening to build a solid platform for the West Indies to launch from later in the innings before England’s superstar all-rounder Ben Stokes spoilt the party.

Stokes removed Hope first and will consider himself lucky to do so after the Caribbean batsman had absolutely nailed his pull short to the shorter-delivery only to see Jonny Bairstow pull off a stunner at deep-midwicket.

Stokes then returned in the next over to dismiss Samuels in what could be considered another lucky dismissal after the West Indies batsman went chasing to a wide delivery down the leg side. The delivery was initially called as a wide by the umpire but Morgan reviewed the decision and his move was vindicated when the replays showed Samuels had edged the wayward delivery.

Jonny Bairstow makes the opening-spot his own

Jonny Bairstow has struggled to hold-down a spot in England’s ODI line-up which has had a settled look for some time now. If there is one position which is still up for grabs is that of the opening batsman where the regular man Jason Roy has struggle to pass the 20-run mark in his last nine innings.

Bairstow was given a chance ahead of Roy to open the innings in England’s Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to Pakistan earlier this year where he scored 43 runs.

On Tuesday, the 27-year-old was given another crack as Alex Hale’s opening partner and this time Bairstow might well have ended any hopes for Roy to regain that spot.

The right-handed batsman was fluent throughout his innings laden with 11 boundaries as he notched up his maiden ODI century in style and remained unbeaten on 100 at the end to guide England home to a seven-wicket victory.

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10 years ago on this day Yuvraj hit Broad for six sixes in an over.

Exactly 10 years ago, India’s Yuvraj Singh took Stuart Broad apart in devastating fashion to hammer six sixes in an over at the ICC World Cup T20 in South Africa.

In a group-stage clash between India and England at the Kingsmead Oval in Durban, the fates of a 25-year-old Yuvraj and a 21-year-old Broad collided to create history and send the Indian supporters into delirium.

Yuvraj was already an established star in India’s batting line-up while a young Broad was just taking baby-steps in a career which has since then gone from strength to strength.

The 19th over of the Indian innings was when the destruction from Yuvraj’s bat would happen as he sent Broad packing to all parts of the Kingsmead Oval with six hits so aesthetically pleasing to the eye that no one cared to notice young Englishman’s plight at being on the receiving end of such a hammering.

The pacer would finish the match with figures of 0-60 in his four overs as his side would ultimately lose the battle by 18 runs while Yuvraj would go on to score the fastest half-century in international cricket taking just 12 deliveries to reach the mark.

Credit has to be given to the Nottingham-born Broad though. Countless youngsters would have crumbled under the pressure of being on the receiving end of such a once in a lifetime hammering.

Self-confidence is a fickle thing and for it to be shaken at such a young age at a crucial World Cup encounter with millions of fans watching would not have been easy for Broad.

But here we are, 10 years later, and the 31-year-old pacer is now a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to English cricket.

Arguably at the peak of his bowling prowess, the still baby-faced Broad  has gone on to form a lethal partnership with James Anderson in England’s red-ball pace-attack and currently sits with 388 Test scalps to his name.

Broad completed a famous hat-trick against India at Trent Bridge.

Broad completed a famous hat-trick against India at Trent Bridge.

He has two Test hat-tricks to his name and incidentally one of them did come against India in 2011.

That particular hat-trick came in the four-match Pataudi Trophy series in England where India were whitewashed 4-0. Broad would be adjudged the player of the series for his performance that summer where he ended up with 25 wickets.

Yuvraj meanwhile has gone on to have an illustrious career with India and was the major protagonist in the country’s triumph at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Yuvraj would end up as player of the tournament in India's WC win in 2011.

Yuvraj would end up as player of the tournament in India’s WC win in 2011.

A career which has seen the batsman beat cancer to make a storied comeback, now appears to be coming towards its inevitable end with the left-hander not being picked for India since the ODI series against West Indies earlier this June.

With 304 ODIs to his name which has brought 8,701 runs, Yuvraj has seen it all. Perhaps he will carry the disappointment of not making a bigger indent in Test cricket for India but few would argue that the man has been one of the greatest limited-overs players to have ever worn the Indian jersey.

There is no doubt that both Yuvraj and Broad have been champion cricketers for their respective teams ever since that fateful night in Durban. One of them is now winding up his career while the other is still going from strength to strength.

The scars from that hammering have long been erased by Broad through his showing ever since, while Yuvraj’s assault will forever remain one of his greatest achievements in a trophy-laden career.

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Glenn Maxwell has been under fire in Australia but is much wanted in the IPL

That Australia’s maverick batsman Glenn Maxwell is an interesting character off the field is an understatement.

The 28-year-old was up having a good time at the headquarters of  video gaming company Big Ants Studios in Melbourne prior to his departure for the ongoing India-Australia limited-overs series.

Maxwell was in the studios to do some visual work as part of the preparation of the game-makes latest product – ‘Ashes Cricket’.

The game is scheduled to launch later this year prior to the commencement of the Ashes series Down Under in December.

In a YouTube video published by cricket.com.au, Maxwell takes viewers inside the process of capturing his movements while batting which are to be uploaded into the game later.

However it was not just personal batting-style that Maxwell imitated for the video game makers. He is also seen imitating the batting stances and shots of other cricketers including his Australia skipper Steve Smith.

The Melbourne-based man started with an imitation of fellow Aussie batsman Peter Handscomb’s batting stance. It is Maxwell’s imitation of skipper Steve Smith’s batting-style that has got out attention. After watching the video, we must say that Maxwell gets it absolutely spot-on!

In a near-perfect imitation of Smith’s fidgety unorthodox stance, Maxwell had the entire crew at the studio laughing in unison when he copied his skipper’s famous leave in the Test series against India earlier this year.

After performing a carbon-copy of Smith’s pull shot, Maxwell proceeded to imitate other cricket legends.

He brought out his take on Tilakratne Dilshan’s famous ‘Dilscoop’ following which he does Sanath Jayasuriya’s whip over point.

Brian Lara’s pull-shot, Virender Sehwag’s square-drive and  Michael Bevan’s late-cut all make an appearance in Maxwell’s repertoire.

The Aussie pulled off all the classic shots of the legends with consummate ease but came unstuck while imitating India’s Ravindra Jadeja.

Maxwell tried his hands at copying the Indian all-rounder’s famous sword-dance with the bat but failed miserably in his attempt as he sent the piece of willow flying over.

Maxwell failed hilariously in his attempt to do Jadeja's sword-dance.

Maxwell failed hilariously in his attempt to do Jadeja’s sword-dance.

Luckily for the Aussie no one was hurt during the massive-fail and to be honest, the sword-dance does seem like a technique difficult to master.

Maxwell does get former Australia openers Matthew Hayden’s and Justin Langer’s shots absolutely spot-on to his credit.

The Australian batsman introduces the viewers to a shot which has never been attempted in international cricket, and judging by the video, the shot is unlikely to feature in any game anytime soon.

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