Stokes laid the platform for a 113-run victory that noticed England degree the three-match collection at 1-1 with 176 in a primary innings of 469-9 declared.
Stokes was required to bat rigorously in troublesome situations, a degree underlined by the very fact it took him 255 balls to achieve his century.
However Stokes’ capability to adapt his recreation to totally different conditions was brilliantly demonstrated throughout England’s second innings when, promoted to open in a seek for fast runs, he struck 78 not out off simply 57 balls as West Indies have been an imposing goal of 312 to win.
Stokes’ batting alone would have justified the man-of-the-match award he duly obtained, however he then proved his price with the ball as nicely.
The West Indies, having slumped to 37-4, stored the hosts at bay throughout a fifth wicket stand of precisely 100 between Shamarh Brooks and Jermaine Blackwood.
But it surely was paceman Stokes who broke the stand when, throughout a sometimes dedicated stint, he produced a brief ball on the stroke of tea that Blackwood may solely glove to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
“He is Mr Unimaginable. I suppose,” Root advised reporters as he in contrast Stokes to the cartoon superhero of the identical title.
“I definitely suppose he can maintain acting at this degree. I feel the sky is the restrict for him actually.”
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It is one factor to establish the time to up the tempo however one other to try this as easily as Stokes did on this match, with the 29-year-old Durham star’s pure expertise now coupled to a heightened tactical consciousness.
“To have such a whole recreation, and so many alternative gears at your disposal, permits you the flexibility to maintain getting higher,” stated Root.
The previous 12 months has seen Stokes play a key position in England’s World Cup ultimate win over his native New Zealand at Lord’s earlier than his staggering 135 not out secured a outstanding one-wicket victory over Australia within the third Ashes Check at Headingley.
And Root, again skippering England after lacking West Indies’ four-wicket win within the first Check — the place Stokes deputised as captain — to attend the start of his second youngster, forecast extra of the identical from the workforce’s talisman.
“If he continues to learn conditions the best way he’s, and retains the arrogance that he is taking part in with for the time being, there is no motive why we will not proceed to see such sensible performances as we’ve got accomplished this week, and over the past 12 months actually.
“I feel everybody understands that we’re watching a participant on the peak of his powers, on the peak of world cricket, delivering time and time once more.
“We have now to savour that, we’ve got to understand that and perceive that we’re, with out attempting to pump his tyres an excessive amount of, within the presence of greatness.”
With the finale in a behind closed doorways marketing campaign that marks worldwide cricket’s return following the coronavirus lockdown beginning at Previous Trafford on Friday, Stokes gave England a scare when he could not full the 15th over of his bowling spell.
“It was simply my physique beginning to get actually stiff. I am nice,” Stokes insisted.
“I am going to give every part to the workforce, no matter is requested of me. It is a case of doing what’s wanted on the time.”