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A serene stroll to an England victory, but this could have been so different if West Indies had won the toss

England's Jonny Bairstow (centre) celebrates taking West Indies' Chris Gayle's wicket with teammates 
England were able to exploit helpful conditions in the morning Credit: pa

England are sitting pretty, in second place, in the qualifying table. Had they lost to West Indies they would probably have had to beat two out of Australia, India and New Zealand in their last three games. But having defeated West Indies by eight wickets, and upped their net run-rate from 1.3 to 1.56, one victory against the three other likely semi-finalists should be enough to qualify.

It was a lovely, sunny afternoon stroll for Joe Root – Chris Woakes the most improbable of his three companions – as he took possession of what is, on the surface, a distinguished record, that of making the most World Cup centuries for England. It was Root’s third only,...

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