England vs West Indies 1st Test Day 3: Ruthless England secure emphatic win over West Indies

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The England players are ecstatic after taking a 1-0 lead in the series

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England may have taken a step into the unknown coming into their first-ever day-night Test at Edgbaston, but they looked right at home as they demolished the West Indies by an innings and 209 runs inside three days.

The West Indies put up a lacklustre performance as they lost 19 wickets for just 261 runs. This proved to be record-breaking as they had never lost as many wickets in a day prior to this match.

Starting off the day on 44/1, Kyle Hope, Kieran Powell and Roston Chase were all dismissed by James Anderson. Powell, though, was run out by England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in the longest format.

Shai Hope and Jermaine Blackwood tried to revive the innings, but they only managed to put together a 42-run partnership before Hope was clean bowled by Toby Roland-Jones for 15.

Once Hope was out, the West Indies began to lose wickets at regular intervals and they were ultimately skittled out for 168, which gave England a 346-run lead.

Blackwood was the only player to show some fight throughout the West Indies’ innings as he finished unbeaten on 79, which came off 76 balls and included nine boundaries and two sixes.

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Jermaine Blackwood scored his ninth Test fifty

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Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Roland-Jones and Stuart Broad snapped up two wickets apiece. Moeen Ali, meanwhile, chipped in with one.

After England opted to enforce the follow-on, the West Indies’ downfall continued, starting with the early wicket of Powell, who was sent packing by Anderson for 10 runs.

Kyle and Shai Hope only made 12 and four runs respectively, while opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who had looked solid up to this point, was trapped lbw off the bowling of Moeen right on the stroke of tea. Brathwaite was not given out initially, but England’s review went in their favour as replays showed that the ball was crashing into leg stump.

Blackwood could not muster up another gutsy knock this time around as he was stumped by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Moeen for 12.

Roston Chase and skipper Jason Holder were then removed by Broad in successive deliveries for 24 and a golden duck respectively.

Broad subsequently proceeded to clean bowl Shane Dowrich, which was a historic moment as he surpassed Sir Ian Botham’s tally of 383 wickets to become England’s second-highest wicket-taker in Test history.

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Stuart Broad poses with Sir Ian Botham after surpassing the latter’s tally of 383 wickets

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The lower order didn’t provide any resistance and the men from the Caribbean were bundled out for a dismal 137.

Broad was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Anderson, Roland-Jones and Moeen took two wickets apiece. Ben Stokes, meanwhile, claimed one.

Holder was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “It’s very disappointing, we were totally outplayed and didn’t show any fight. We’ve just got to believe, we need to use the days off wisely. It’s not impossible, we can’t drop our heads. The series isn’t lost.

“I felt we were in the game in the first session but Cook and Root put on a great partnership. I was pleased for Jermaine, the way he played was positive and we want to encourage him to keep doing it. Hopefully Shannon can be ready for the next Test.”

England captain Joe Root was thrilled that his side triumphed in their first day-night Test match, and said: “A very remarkable day, very pleasing. We talk about being ruthless. We held a really good length and made them play a lot. I’m sure there’s plenty more in the tank for Stuart, it’s a day he’ll remember for a long time. He has those spells in him that can turn a game. He’s very skillful.

“As a whole squad we are always looking to improve and it’s great to see the senior guys doing that. It’s been a great week, exciting and a bit different and we’ll see where [day-night Tests] go in the future.”

England opener Alastair Cook was named Man of the Match for his knock of 243, and said: “It’s nice to turn up to a ground where your highest score is. It’s all about opportunity, that South Africa series I can remember four pitches doing so much. This was a good toss to win and no matter what colour of the ball when the sun’s out this is a good place to bat.

“I went into the SA series on the back of good runs, but it didn’t quite happen. You do doubt yourself but experience keeps you grounded. I felt I was moving pretty well so it’s nice to cash in here. I’ve really enjoyed the summer so far.”

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