England beat West Indies by 269 runs in the third and final Test match in Manchester, with Stuart Broad being awarded the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
Stuart Broad, led by his fast bowlers, bowled West Indies by 269 runs in the third and final cricket Test to win the series 2–1 and also won the Wisden Trophy. International cricket has been restored in a bio-safe environment through this series after 4 months amid Corona virus epidemic. England won both the Tests after losing the first Test at Southampton by 113 runs. Roston Chase and Stuart Broad were jointly awarded the ‘Player of the Series’ award.
West Indies, chasing the target of 399 runs for the win, started playing ahead of 10 runs for 2 wickets on the 5th and the last day. The entire team was dismissed for 129 runs in the second innings. On the fourth day on Monday, not a single ball could be thrown due to rain. ‘Player of the match’ Broad, who performed brilliantly in both matches after being excluded from the first Test, took 10 wickets in the third Test with a half-century.
England rested on the Caribbean team as the game resumed on the last day. Broad completed 500 wickets in the first hour in the midst of rain when he dismissed opener Craig Braithwaite lbw. Broad became the seventh bowler to take 500 wickets in the history of Test cricket. Brethwaite also became James Anderson’s 500th wicket in 2017. Only Anderson (589) is above Broad (501) in the list of England bowlers who have taken the most Test wickets.
Chris Woakes also took 5 wickets in the second innings of the West Indies. England’s fast bowlers bowled so disciplined that 37 of the second innings. Only one run was lost in 1 over. This is the first time since 1912 that England’s fast bowlers took 50 or more wickets in a 3-Test series.
Broad also took a catch from Shay Hope who lost his wicket in an attempt to play a pull shot to Chris Woakes. He scored 31 runs which is his highest score since January 2019. Shamar Brooks also lost his wicket in an attempt to play a bad shot to Vox. Jermaine Blackwood (23) became Broad’s 10th victim whose catch was caught by Butler behind the wicket. Captain Jason Holder (12), Shane Dorich (8) and Rahkim Cornwall (2) were sent by the Volks to the pavilion.