Fantasy AnalysisThe talented allrounder is a key cog in the Test squad, with seven half-centuries with the bat and a whopping seven four-fors and 11 fifers including a pair of 10-wicket hauls. While it was initially seen as a short-term injury that might not have even kept him out of the fourth Test at the beginning of August, this injury has lingered much longer than anticipated. The Proteas quicks have been ravaged by injury of late, but Philander's expected return for the second Test will be a boon as his fitness has always been a question mark about his career.
Fantasy AnalysisPlaying his first ODI since the 2015 World Cup when he opened with 61 off 33 including a whopping eight sixes, Gayle showed few signs of rust in his return to the format, coming out of the gate swinging, but once the wicket of his strike partner Evin Lewis fell, it was game over for the Universe Boss. He'll look to remain a key member of the Windies' ODI squad over the course of the remainder of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisSave for a tough final over where he conceded 15 runs and a pair of dangerous no-balls, Stokes turned in a Man of the Match-worthy performance. He claimed the scalps of Shai Hope and Marlon Samuels early in his spell and then knocked out Jerome Taylor in his final over to continue his excellent run of bowling of late and then, entering with plenty of balls to spare and few runs to score, Stokes put on a clinic with the bat, taking a hyper-aggressive stance to try and put the match away as quickly as possible, nearly costing Jonny Bairstow his century thanks to his nose for the rope.
Fantasy AnalysisComing in at one for 31, Root let Jonny Bairstow take the charge while himself still scoring at quicker than a run per ball. In 88 ODI innings, Root now has 33 scores of fifty or better and pushed his average up to 49.43, a remarkable average for someone at just 26-years-old with as many innings as Root has. The Test captain will look to keep up his excellent form in Thursday's second ODI at Trent Bridge.
Fantasy AnalysisOpening for the second time in an ODI, Bairstow was at his very best on Tuesday. The first choice Test keeper, he's ceded the gloves (begrudgingly) to Jos Buttler in limited-overs formats, but has more than proved his utility as a specialist batsman. His opening pair with Alex Hales was inspired as Hales was the aggressor while Bairstow led the charge when paired with Joe Root for their 125-run second wicket stand. If Bairstow can assert himself as a key opener in this series, he could cement himself as the top name on the team sheet come time for the Ashes ODIs and, down the road, 2019 World Cup.
Fantasy AnalysisIn tremendous limited-overs form of late with the bat, even if he can't wrest control of the gloves, Bairstow finds himself the top-choice opener going into their series against the West Indies. After a 43 as an opener in the semifinals of a low-scoring Champions Trophy defeat to Pakistan-the only match of the Champions Trophy he was selected to the playing XI for-he finds himself above Jason Roy on the team sheet and will be given first crack at opening against a sub-par West Indies side.
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