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England recovery delights Broad

Stuart Broad believes England have shown they are on the improve after completing a 2-1 one-day international series win against West Indies.

Inspired by Joe Root's first ODI century, and 99 from Jos Buttler, England claimed a 25-run success in the series decider in Antigua.

After a disastrous winter tour to Australia, the series success was well received, with Root and Buttler combining in a match-winning 175-run stand.

"I'm very happy with the way the batsmen played," Broad said on Sky Sports 2.

"To recover from five-down and for Rooty and Buttler to nearly get near hundreds - it won us the game.

"The wicket was the sort of you could bide your time on. Jos did that superbly. He looks unstoppable when he gets going like that."

The only sour note of the match was an injury to Root, who was hit on the thumb by Ravi Rampaul early in his innings.

Coach Ashley Giles revealed the Yorkshireman would undergo a scan on the injury in the next 24 hours, with the obvious concern that he could be miss at least some of the upcoming Twenty20 series against West Indies.

The World Twenty20 in Bangladesh then follows later this month.

"Joe's a worry," Giles said.

"He'll have an X-ray either tonight or tomorrow. Fingers crossed he'll be okay.

"It was a real lion-hearted effort from Joe. He got a nasty hit on his thumb and to get a hundred was a great innings."

Giles welcomed the series win after the difficulties in Australia, when England won just one limited overs match in eight.

"There's always plenty of work to do, but to get over the line is fantastic for the team," he said.

"It's been a tough few months for everyone so to win a series is a fantastic feeling."

England must also sweat on a post-match decision after the umpires opted to change the ball during West Indies' chase due to "unnatural deterioration".

"I'm not sure what has happened yet," Giles said.

"I'm still waiting to hear from the match referee."

Root was named man of the match, and suggested his heavily bandaged right thumb might be okay.

"It's a little sore but it should be all right," he said.

"It was nice to get a good partnership with Jos and end up with a decent score."