England Bounceback To Win The Wisden Trophy
England have bounced back from 1-0 down to win the three-match #Raisethebat Test series and the Wisden Trophy 2-1. They completed back to back victories over West Indies. It was Stuart Broad who shone brightest as the hosts ran out winners by 269 runs.
Broad picked up his 500th Test wicket along the way to help England on the way to completing a series victory on the final day.
Rain washed out the entirety of day four meaning England still required eight wickets to secure the series. Showers threatened to spoil the party at times, although regular wickets fell when play was possible. Broad was the first man to strike with that landmark moment.
The Fall of Wickets on Day 5
Kraigg Brathwaite trapped lbw to ensure Broad became only the fourth pace bowler and second England player after James Anderson to reach the 500 mark. 13 years after his first wicket, Sri Lankan legend Chaminda Vaas. Fittingly and somewhat bizarrely Anderson’s 500th victim was also Brathwaite, the last time the Windies toured England.
The visitors put up minimal resistance on the final day. A weary-looking batting line up who looked ready for home after what has been a long bio-secure tour in isolation since arrival. They will be thankful to be flying back to the Caribbean first thing tomorrow morning. In fact, it was easy work for England to reclaim the Wisden Trophy.
It was Chris Woakes who did the bulk of the damage on the final day. His 5-50 not quite overshadowing Broad though. The Nottinghamshire seamer returned once more to the attack, to take the last wicket, to wrap up the series, and his 10 wicket haul for the match.
Stuart Broad picked up both the Man of the Match and the Player of the Series award, despite being dropped for the first match.
A Rare Record
After being comprehensively beaten in the first Test in Southampton, England won both Old Trafford Tests to come from behind to win a three-match series for the first time since 2008. A record if ever there was one.
This means they regain the Wisden Trophy they lost in the Caribbean last winter. Englan also end the series third in the World Test Championship, behind India and Australia.
England Win The Last Wisden Trophy Series
This was also the last ever series in this name. England won the Wisden Trophy 2-1 but it is being retired. The new trophy between the two teams will now be called the Sir Vivian Richards-Ian Botham Trophy.
Attention for the Test match squad will now turn to the upcoming Pakistan series, which gets underway in a matter of weeks.
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