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Harry Brook played a crucial role in boosting England’s efforts for rejuvenation by scoring an important 71. However, Captain Jos Buttler’s struggle with form persisted during their first ODI against the West Indies in Antigua.
A humbling World Cup campaign has brought forth a new era for England. However, in the first of three ODIs, it was mainly the individual contributions of those in India that had the most significant impact.
Three weeks after their last match in the subcontinent, Brook led the scoring for England, reaching 325 all out. All the batters, except Buttler and number 11 Gus Atkinson, achieved double figures.
Buttler endured a tough World Cup, with an average of 15.33 and not reaching 50 in any match. In Antigua, he couldn’t find his rhythm and was dismissed for three off 13 balls, gloving a reverse sweep to the lone slip.
Down the order, Sam Curran and Brydon Carse teamed up, scoring 66 runs in 38 balls to push England past the 300-run mark. This came after they had slipped to 239 for seven against a new-look Windies side that did not qualify for the World Cup.