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Below-par England set West Indies 156 to win World T20 final

England posted 155 for nine in their World Twenty20 final against the West Indies as Joe Root led the way with a classy half-century at Eden Gardens.

When Darren Sammy won his 10th straight toss he was quick to send England in and promptly saw them lose three quick cheap wickets in the first five overs.

But Root's 54 in 36 balls gave the innings some backbone, with Jos Buttler (36) and David Willey (21) chipping in as wickets tumbled regularly in Kolkata.

The Windies performed their trademark 'champion' dance after a number of dismissals, to Root's apparent distaste as he left the field.

Root backs Bairstow to shine in Ashes

Joe Root, left, knows what Jonny Bairstow, right, can do. Credit: PA

Joe Root believes Jonny Bairstow can show his ability in the the Ashes after being called up to replace Gary Ballance.

Bairstow is the leading run-scorer in the County Championship, but has previously struggled to perform at international level, something Root thinks he can put right.

It's never easy to come into such a big series - but he's averaging a hundred, with five hundreds under his belt.

He'll be desperate to carry on the great form he's shown this season so far.

Jonny will be so excited and he couldn't be in better form...he'll be determined to emulate that on the highest stage.

– Joe Root

England batsman Root in world's top five

Joe Root has leapt into the top-five of the ICC's Test batting rankings for the first time in his career after his man-of-the-match performance in the first Investec Ashes Test win over Australia.

Root's seventh Test century, which he described as his best after the 169-run win, set the game up for England before he followed it with a 60 to help stretch the lead beyond 400.

Joe Root has in the form of his life. Credit: PA

Those numbers also helped the 24-year-old right-hander move up three places to fourth position on the ICC's Test Batting Rankings as he went past the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Younus Khan.

Root has a career-best 884 points and is now seven points behind South Africa's Hashim Amla.


Centurion Root wants England to keep attacking

Batsman Joe Root is keen for England to carry on with their attacking mentality in The Ashes.

The Yorkshireman struck a hundred in just 118 balls to help England get back into the game against Australia

Joe Root was in fine form. Credit: PA

"It's something we've been trying to work on since the start of the summer," said Root.

"It's an approach we took against New Zealand, and it worked out really nicely.

"Everyone is going to take that approach. You saw it from Lythy [Adam Lyth] at Headingley, and Stokesy who did it again here.

"I'm sure you'll see it throughout our whole batting line-up."

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