No need for England to panic over injuries, says Morgan

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England captain Eoin Morgan yesterday warned his side to be wary of an "explosive" West Indies as the tournament favourites prepared to take on the World Cup outsiders in a fiery clash at the Rose Bowl today.

Test captain Root opened alongside Jonny Bairstow in place of the injured Jason Roy, who had limped off the field with a tight hamstring during the West Indies innings.

Despite occasional flurries, the Caribbean side were never able to mount a sustained assault on England's bowlers after Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer conceded just eight runs off the first five overs of the match.

"Jason Roy had a stiff hammy but hopefully we don't present serious injuries".

That work ethic also applied to Root's bowling practice, which saw him develop a new delivery - a split finger arm ball - which deceived West Indies captain Jason Holder. The toss will take place at 2.30 pm IST.

Morgan had suffered a back spasm and was unable to bat for 28 minutes at the start of England's innings because he was off the field for that time.

Chris Gayle scored a whirlwind 36, fourth-wicket pair Nicholas Pooran (63) and Shimron Hemyer (39) shared an 89-run stand and Russell scored a rapid 21, including a pair of sixes in an over from Adil Rashid after he was dropped in the outfield. "A lot of their seamers are quite tall and look to hit the wicket, and, obviously, the majority of the time, they only play one spinner, so that is going to be the challenge here".

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He added: "It is not frustration because we learnt a huge amount about growing our game out in the West Indies. We lost wickets at crucial stages", he said.

The sun emerged in time for England's innings, drying the outfield, flattening out the wicket and giving Root a ideal deck to showcase his batting.

Mark Wood (3-18) finished off the innings when he bowled Shannon Gabriel with a yorker as the last four West Indies wickets fell for 10 runs.

"We need more ownership in the middle". They will be looking to accumulate another 2 points here against West Indies (because the teams need all the points they can get thanks to the weather) but will be wary of the threats they possess. Following that, there are back-to-back matches against the unbeaten New Zealand and India. "Right from the first game that they have played in this tournament, [their fast bowling has been effective]", he said.

They are also watching an very bad lot of cricket, and can summarise all the matches that you didn't have time to see, or can bring you into the discussion about the ones you did watch.

"We have just got to be disciplined and make sure we come against Bangladesh firstly in our next game and make sure we beat Bangladesh".

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