Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

England trounce West Indies by nine wickets

England trounce West Indies by nine wickets

Mark Stoneman was 40 not out and Tom Westley 44 not out in an unbroken stand of 72.

Root, therefore, was left unable to try and beat AB's run of fifties but smiled beamingly on the balcony as England secured a second straight win under his stewardship following their success over South Africa.

Anderson, having passed Ian Botham (383) as his country's all-time leading wicket-taker in April 2015, came into the third and final Test against West Indies on 497. After the English summer, Anderson's next big campaign will be the Ashes series against Australia in Australia.

Perhaps the tension at the start of the day, one that both teams knew would likely decide the series, played a part on inexperienced tourists more than their hosts.

The place of number three Westley is less certain, with the likes of Haseeb Hameed, Keaton Jennings and Alex Hales looking for runs in the final weeks of the County Championship in order to press their claims.

Bowling under clear skies on the third morning of a match in which 23 wickets fell on the first two days, Anderson struck twice in the first hour after resuming the attack from the Pavilion End.

"It's a bit surreal", said the 35-year-old Anderson, who's played for England for 14 years.

Hope, Roston Chase and Jermain Blackwood all perished to the caught Bairstow, bowled Anderson combination as the ball wobbled through the air.

West Indies was 123 all out in its first innings and England 46-4 in reply as the batsmen floundered on a pitch that initially appeared good enough for the West Indians to opt to bat on first.

Not that he did it alone, with a win that seemed unfathomable a week earlier made very much in Barbados as Hope's countryman Kraigg Brathwaite scored 134 and 95. Both sides dropped 26 catches between them in the series. I got my first wicket here and now I have my 500th.

Bye, bye Blowers Farewell Blowers! That was accorded to Henry Blofeld, the plummy-voiced Old Etonian who is retiring after 45 years on radio's Test Match Special, during a rapturous lap of honour wearing a bright lime jacket, pink shirt and fuschia pants.

He later embarked on a lap of honour at the end of play and was even invited to join the celebrations in the England dressing room.

Root said: "I've loved it". It was a challenging wicket. "It's a great opportunity for this group of players to do something special in Australia". Hopefully we can take this momentum on through to the winter [for the Ashes].

"I'm loving playing cricket at the moment".

"The guys that have come in in the last series or two have been in tough conditions. We set a target of not going for many runs this morning and we are just delighted with the result". I've seen a lot of fight, which I haven't seen for a long time.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan's words, but it is hard to argue after the resident match-winning all-rounder followed his career-best six for 22 with a crucial 60 runs too.

"In recent series, we've won a game away from home and we've really competed".

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