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England won by 269 runs [Photo-Twitter]

England demolished the West Indies on the fifth day of the third Test in Manchester by 269 runs to reclaim the Wisden Trophy. In the second consecutive Test match, England took the honours even after losing one full day in the game. The West Indies had eight wickets to preserve and bat on the final day out of which Chris Woakes picked five while Broad took four to defend 399 successfully.

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Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite’s partnership of 39 was the highest of their innings as both of them played calculative shots initially. The rain kept frequently interrupting, giving the West Indies a glimmer of hope of an escape plan. However, in between, the English pace bowlers gave no breathing space as Stuart Broad began their collapse, reaching his 500 Test wickets.

England vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test, Day 5: Report - England Hammer The West Indies To Regain The Wisden Trophy For The Last Time
Stuart Broad [Photo-Twitter]
Stuart Broad removed Kraigg Brathwaite by trapping him plumb in front as he was not able to defend a delivery that kept significantly low. Shai Hope made 31, which was also the highest an innings in which he looked in full flow but recklessly pulled Woakes’ back of a length delivery in the air to get caught by Broad. By lunch, as the rain lurked in for the third time, the tourists were five down with 320 to get and needing to bat more than 70 overs.

England wrap up the lower-order quickly to win the Test:

In the fourth over after lunch, a horrible mix-up while stealing a quick single saw the back of Roston Chase for 7 after which the showers returned. The likes of Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich, and Jermaine Blackwood did play some enterprising and attacking shots; however, the fearsome foursome was too much to handle for them. There were seven LBW dismissals for the West Indies.

England vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test, Day 5: Report - England Hammer The West Indies To Regain The Wisden Trophy For The Last Time
Chris Woakes [Photo-Twitter]
After lunch, the rest of the batsmen were able to add only 40 runs as Broad ended with a ten-wicket haul in the match. It only fitted that Broad took the final wicket as he was the one to turn the series for the hosts. West Indies, who began the tour so promisingly, were merely left to lick their wounds. England, who had a shaky start to the series, sparked a sensational turnaround, bringing together a complete team effort to win the series.

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