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12:00 AM, March 03, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:34 AM, March 03, 2019

Windies thrash Eng

England's batting line-up imploded in familiar fashion before Chris Gayle inspired the West Indies to a seven-wicket triumph in the fifth and final ODI international in St Lucia on Saturday to ensure the series ended drawn at 2-2.

The 39-year-old Gayle, playing in what may be his final home ODI, smashed 77 off just 27 balls after England had been skittled out for 113 in 28.1 overs, with Oshane Thomas doing most damage with five wickets.

Just three days after the visitors had posted 418 against the same attack, the West Indies, who won the Test series between the two sides 2-1, this time needed just 12.1 overs to race to their target at 115-3.

"I thought about it walking round after the game, 'will this be my last innings in the Caribbean?' We'll have to wait and see for now," Gayle told Sky Sports after being named player of the series for his 424-run haul from the four completed matches.

"This will give us a big boost. It's been a great series and I'm happy we tied the series. Being in such terrific form is fantastic for me; I think it's my best ODI series stats-wise."

Joe Root's side had started favourites to equal Australia's record of winning a 10th successive ODI series but subsided limply amid a series of ill-judged shots on a pitch that offered help to the pacemen.

Eight of England's batsman fell to short-pitched deliveries, with Thomas cashing in to take 5-21 from 5.1 overs.

When West Indies batted it looked a completely different game, with Gayle giving another explosive display of hitting to add to his 162 from the previous game and his 135 from the opening match.

His nine sixes took his total to 39 across the four games, a record in a bilateral series.

Root had been keen to secure the win ahead of this summer's World Cup and will be particularly disappointed in his batsmen, who never came to terms with conditions which were radically different from Grenada.

SCORES IN BRIEF

ENGLAND: 113 all out in 28.1 overs (Hales 23, Buttler 23; Thomas 5-21, Brathwaite 2-17, Holder 2-28)

WEST INDIES: 115 for 3 in 12.1 overs (Gayle 77, Hetmyer 11 not out; Wood 2-55)

Result: West Indies won by 7 wickets.

Player of the match: Oshane Thomas

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