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12:00 AM, February 14, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 14, 2019

'It was nice to finish with a win'

We need to continue to build and not rest on our laurels. Our number one goal is to be the number one team in the world so there is a lot to improve on.

JASON HOLDER

WEST INDIES CAPTAIN

England captain Joe Root expressed disappointment over the 2-1 series loss to the West Indies, but lauded his team's 'bouncebackability', after the final Test in St Lucia.

England were outplayed in the first two Tests, in Barbados and Antigua, where they lost by 381 runs and 10 wickets respectively. But Root led England's fightback in St Lucia with a magnificent hundred, which alongside Mark Wood's five-wicket haul, underpinned England's 232-run win on the fourth day.

"It was nice to finish with a win," Root said on Tuesday. "It's been a tough old tour and we played some poor cricket at times, but I thought this week we played really well. We have to learn from some of the mistakes, but we also have to look at the things we've done well – and we did plenty of that this week."

Root stressed the importance of England's fight in light of an important summer, featuring the 2019 ICC World Cup, followed by a home Ashes series. "It was really important we won this week,” he said.

Root put England's win in perspective by drawing comparisons to the previous winter, when England lost 4-0 to Australia in the 2017-18 Ashes, and 1-0 to New Zealand.

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