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World Cup 2015 Warmup: England beats West Indies by 9 wickets

Sydney: Chris Woakes snared five wickets to restrict West Indies to 122 before England cruised to a nine-wicket victory in a World Cup warmup match on Monday.Woakes (5-19) tore through the top order, dismissing Chris

India TV News Desk [ Updated: February 09, 2015 18:11 IST ]
world cup 2015 warmup england beats west indies by 9 wickets
world cup 2015 warmup england beats west indies by 9 wickets

Sydney: Chris Woakes snared five wickets to restrict West Indies to 122 before England cruised to a nine-wicket victory in a World Cup warmup match on Monday.

Woakes (5-19) tore through the top order, dismissing Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo in the first over and opener Dwayne Smith for 21 to leave the West Indies reeling on 35-3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Lendl Simmons, batting at No. 6, attempted to build an innings and top-scored with 45 off 55 balls with four boundaries and a six, before he became Woakes' fourth wicket.

Woakes had Andre Russell (7) caught by Chris Jordan for his fifth wicket, and Steve Finn chipped in with 2-34, making West Indies skipper Jason Holder regret his decision to bat first when his team was bundled out in the 30th over.

England was never in trouble in its run chase, with Moeen Ali (46) and Ian Bell putting on 70 for the opening stand. After Ali was caught in the covers off Kemar Roach's bowling, Bell continued with James Taylor (29 not out) and finished unbeaten on 35 when England reached 125-1 in the 23rd over.

Woakes took on extra responsibility in the warmup match with Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad rested ahead of England's World Cup opener against host Australia in Melbourne on Saturday. West Indies opens against Ireland on Monday in New Zealand.

"We won the game pretty convincingly, it was a good run out in that aspect," Woakes said. "But it would have been nice for a few more batters to get bit of time in the middle.

"From a bowling point of view, I thought we ... got out of it what we needed."

West Indies team manager Richie Richardson said the thrashing didn't reflect the level of the team's World Cup preparations.

"Not a very good start but it's not about the start, it's about the finish," Richardson said. "We don't want to peak too early — we want to grow into the tournament. It's no reflection on how we are training.

"Hopefully, you won't see us play like that again."

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