Brathwaite journey worthwhile as West Indies win

Sunil Narine West Indies England cricket

Sunil Narine West Indies England cricket

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite revealed his side were anxious about the possibility of "career-threatening injuries" and discussed a possible abandonment before sealing their latest Twenty20 global victory over England on a damp outfield in Durham.

Brathwaite shot to fame for his heroics in the final of 2016 World T20 when he smashed Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the final over to help West Indies claim their second title in the shortest format but Morgan believes the all-rounder has improved vastly from the incident.

The 29-year-old also held a catch to dimiss Joe Root as the home team could only make 155 in reply to the visitors' 9-176 at a chilly and rainswept Riverside.

Evin Lewis West Indies England cricket
Evin Lewis scored his second fifty in Twenty20 Internationals

"This was probably the more challenging of our recent wins", Brathwaite told Sky Sports.

Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler looked like they might get England close but in skiddy conditions the Windies' spinners were hard to get away.

"I can see both sides of it, of course guys want to see him play", he said.

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As the captain and bowler of some incisive overs, Carlos Brathwaite again pulled the strings, capturing three wickets including the unsafe Alex Hales and...

Plunkett turned the game for England with his extra pace and would end with figures of 3/27 while Adil Rashid followed that up taking 3/25 to cut deep into the Windies tail.

Put into bat first, West Indies post 176/9.

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Hales (43) hit boundaries at will but after looking set to record the fastest England T20I fifty he marched down the wicket to Carlos Brathwaite yorking himself and losing his off stump.

All three were taken to the RVI in Newcastle. Chris Gayle (40) and Lewis (51) got West Indies off to a flying start, putting on 77 for the first wicket after Morgan won the toss.

Saturday saw Lewis threaten another big score while making fifty off 26 balls, including six fours and three sixes.

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But July saw him return to West Indies duty in a Twenty20 worldwide against India in Kingston.

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