Woakes, Broad propel England to a series win

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28 Jul 2020 | 09:12 AM
authorHardik Worah

Woakes, Broad propel England to a series win

Broad joined the elite club of 500-plus wicket-takers in Tests, while Woakes claimed his fourth five-for

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There were three short rain breaks, but it took England just 31.1 overs to bundle West Indies out on Day 5 of the third and final Test at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday (July 28) and regain the Wisden Trophy forever (going forward they will compete for the Richards-Botham Trophy). Meanwhile, Stuart Broad joined the elite club of 500-plus wicket-takers in Test cricket, while Chris Woakes got his fourth five-wicket haul in this format.

While Woakes took 5 for 50, Broad claimed 4 for 36 as West Indies were bowled out for just 129, 269 short of the target. Broad finished with match figures of 10 for 67, his first 10-wicket haul since 2013. 

Resuming the day on 10 for 2, still needing 389 runs, Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope started with a couple of boundaries but there were also a few play-and-miss moments. The sun was out when the players walked out on the field but it only stayed for a while as the players had to zoot off the field due to rain. As it turned out, it was just a passing shower and the action resumed after 15 minutes.

The surface was still offering enough movement to James Anderson and Broad but Brathwaite and Hope countered it with a positive approach. Hope, who has been terrible in this format of late, looked solid from the moment he arrived at the crease on the final day. The right-hander crafted a couple of eye-pleasing cover drives to get the ball rolling, but England soon had their first breakthrough of the day, and it was Broad who once again did the job for his team.

The right-arm paceman, who claimed six wickets in the first innings, pinned Brathwaite right in front of the off-stump and became the seventh bowler to climb the 500-wicket mountain. Of the seven, he is the second-youngest to the landmark (34 years and 32 days) after (31 years, 334 days). Anderson, Glen McGrath and Courtney Walsh are the only other pacers with more wickets than him. Coming back to the delivery, It pitched on a good length but kept very low and the opener failed to get his bat down on time. Coincidentally, Brathwaite was also Anderson's 500th Test victim. 

And, just when it looked like Hope was settling in nicely, the 26-year-old miscued a pull shot off Chris Woakes' bowling and ended up offering a simple catch to Broad at mid-on. Hope hit six boundaries in his 38-ball 31 before walking back in the hut. The right-hander finished this series with 105 runs in six innings at an average of just 17.50. Shamarh Brooks (22) too looked good for a while before he became Woakes' second victim. The right-arm seamer had him caught behind and reduced West Indies to 79 for 5.

There was another rain interruption, but things kept getting worse for the visiting side. The second session had only started when Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood went for a needless single and the former ended up being run out, with Dominic Bess getting the direct hit. Broad hogged most of the limelight on Day 5 but it was Woakes who did most of the damage in the final innings. The seamer also accounted for Jason Holder (12), smashing him right in front of the stumps with a superb inswinger.  

Woakes also dismissed Shane Dowrich (8) and Rahkeem Cornwall (2) in a similar fashion and completed his five-wicket haul. All of his four five-fors have come in England, and this was his first outside Lord's. Blackwood stuck for a while before Broad returned into the attack and had him caught behind for 23. 

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