Joe Root hits century as England win West Indies tour opener
Tour match, Antigua
England 290-8 (50 overs) beat University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI 261-7 (50 overs) by 29 runs
England started their tour of the West Indies with a 29-run one-day win over a University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI in Antigua.
Joe Root hit an unbeaten 104, Ben Stokes 58 and Luke Wright 36 to help England to 290-8 after losing the toss.
Root's England positions
- Makes Test debut batting at six against India, 2012
- Comes in at five and then four against New Zealand, 2013
- Opens for the 2013 home Ashes
- Starts the 2013-14 Ashes in Australia at six
- Moves up to three in second Test, replacing Jonathan Trott
- Dropped for the final Test of the series
Off-spinner James Tredwell took 3-39 as England, despite Kyle Corbin's 98-ball century for the hosts, took the win.
They play the first of three one-day internationals against West Indies at the same venue on Friday.
After the three matches in Antigua, Ashley Giles's side contest three Twenty20s against the world T20 champions in Bridgetown, Barbados, before travelling to Bangladesh, where their World Twenty20 campaign starts against New Zealand on 22 March.
Root said: "The key is to continue and build on this and make sure I go on and become more consistent and can be relied upon on more occasions.
"To get runs early on in a tour gives you a lot of confidence for what's to come."
The match was England's first appearance since Kevin Pietersen's international career was ended.
West Indies v England schedule
1st ODI: 28 February
2nd ODI: 2 March
3rd ODI: 5 March
All ODIs played in Antigua
1st T20: 9 March
2nd T20: 11 March
3rd T20: 13 March
All T20s played in Barbados
Luke Wright, who says he wants to stake a claim for a regular international place, put on 58 for the first wicket with Alex Hales.
England's momentum was briefly halted when three wickets fell for 23 runs, but Root and Yorkshire team-mate Tim Bresnan (17) added 62.
Root, batting at number four, reached his century in the final over as England, who lost their last ODI series 4-1 in Australia, posted a respectable total.
The hosts responded with an opening stand of 53 which ended when Tredwell removed Chadwick Walton with his first ball, before the off-spinner had Paul Palmer caught behind for a duck.
Corbin, who made 105, put on 105 with Devon Thomas to help the hosts recover from 143-5, before they fell to Bresnan and Stuart Broad respectively in the final five overs.