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12:00 AM, February 24, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 24, 2019

'We're on the rise as a team'

ShimronHetmyer, whose unbeaten century helped the West Indies to a series-levelling victory in the second ODI against England on Friday, was pleased with the direction the team is moving in.

Coming in to bat at 121/3 in Barbados, Hetmyer guided the hosts to a decent total of 289 with his 83-ball 104*.

Sheldon Cottrell then sliced through the England batting lineup in the chase, returning 5/46 to bundle out the visitors for 263.

Hetymer was adjudged the player of the match for his fourth ODI hundred. "Just trying to open up more sides – still a work in progress," he said off his batting after the game. "I'm trying to change my approach, trying to bring different dimensions to the game.

"Our mood was good as usual, the guys believed in themselves. It was a wonderful day for me and the team and I feel really pleased with my performance, which helped the team to win and level the series. We are on a rise as a team and we are trying to take it a game at a time, and one step at a time."

"Really pleased. We played a really good game," said Jason Holder, the Windies skipper. "Credit to Hetty, he set it up nicely for us with the bat. On a sticky wicket, we got a good total and credit to our bowlers [for] the way we defended it.

"We had the belief. We pushed from there. It gave us the momentum, put England under pressure. Credit to the boys. We need options in this day and age, with the big scores that batting teams score in modern ODI cricket. Cottrell has added variation – he is a wicket-taker and very enthusiastic, love his energy. It's good to see the youngsters stepping up."

Eoin Morgan, the England skipper, was disappointed with the lack of substantial partnerships in their batting innings, but credited Cottrell for his inspired bowling display.

"We thought 290 was well within our capabilities," said Morgan.

"We made mistakes and it hurt us. The West Indies deserved to win."

SCORES IN BRIEF

WEST INDIES: 289 for 6 in 50 overs (Gayle 50, Campbell 23, Hope 33, Bravo 25, Hetmyer104 not out 104; Wood 1-38, Rashid 1-28)

ENGLAND: 263 all out in 47.4 overs (Root 36, Morgan 70, Stokes 79, Buttler34; Cottrell 5-46, Holder 3-53)

Result: West Indies won by 26 runs and levelled 5-match series level 1-1.

Player-of-the-match: Shimron Hetmyer.

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