England takes a 1-0 lead into the third and final Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Friday.
The home side go into the final day’s play ahead by 37 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Root’s commanding knock, his 1st Test century outside of England, came off 125 deliveries.
Ballance shrugged aside a first-innings failure in Antigua by compiling a painstaking 122 in 250 balls.
Blackwood’s 112 took almost six hours to come which was highly unusual for a batsman noted for his quickfire batting.
England could add only 58 runs to their overnight score as the lower-order capitulated.
Bell’s 22nd Test century spanned 342 minutes and was embellished by 20 fours and one six.
Guptill, whose last Test was also in England two years ago, scored 547 runs in recently concluded World Cup.
The first of three Tests against the West Indies starts on April 13 in Antigua.
The result left both teams undefeated since last year’s World Cup in Brazil where Italy beat England 2-1.
As the curtain falls on World Cup what better way to look back at it through a Bollywood-tinted lens.
Kevin Pietersen has decided to play for Surrey to consolidate his bid for the national jersey.
Pietersen decided to switch over to County to consolidate his bid for the national team.
Jonathan Trott last played a Test match in Brisbane against Australia in 2013.
England recall unlikely for Kevin Pietersen after his unruly comments about the squad and board in his biography.