Ben Stokes has spoken of the emotional moment he remembered late father Ged as he completed a brilliant century for England.

Cumbrian all-rounder Stokes said he looked to the sky and said "cheers" to his dad after his superb hundred against the West Indies.

Stokes' 11th test century came after a tough two years during which he lost Ged to cancer and took a break from the game to focus on his mental health.

The Cockermouth star was back to his magnificent best in Barbados, hitting 120 from 128 balls in England's first innings total of 507/9 declared.

Speaking afterwards, Stokes said of the moment he reached three figures: "It's a very special feeling.

"I don't like to speak selfishly but it was nice out there to look up to the sky and say 'cheers'.

"Of the hundreds I've got that's personally one of the more memorable ones because of everything that's gone on over the last 18 months or two years.

"It was great. In India last year I got 99 and it was a bit of a dagger in the heart so it was nice to get there and remember him that way."

Stokes also gave his trademark celebration, bending his middle finger at the knuckle in honour of the finger former Workington Town and Whitehaven head coach Ged lost during his rugby career.

The 30-year-old's knock in Bridgetown - featuring 11 fours and four sixes - was his first test hundred since the summer of 2020 as he combined with captain Joe Root's 153 and Dan Lawrence's 91 to pile on the runs.

Debutant seamer Matt Fisher then removed Joel Campbell as West Indies closed on 71/1.