England completed their comeback by winning the third Test of the three-match series by 269 runs against the West Indies.
After losing the first Test in Southampton, England had their backs to the wall in order to regain the Wisden trophy, however, thanks to consecutive wins at Emirates Old Trafford, Joe Root’s side turned the series around to win 2-1.
The hero of the third and final Test was Stuart Broad, who showed us his full repertoire of skills, picking up 10 wickets in the match, as well as scoring an important 62 runs in England’s first innings total of 369.
It was the Nottinghamshire seamer’s six wickets in the first West Indies innings that caused the real damage, giving the hosts a lead of almost 200. When Root declared late on day three, he left the Windies an unlikely chase of 399 to win or two days in which to survive to earn a draw.
Despite losing two wickets in what remained of day three, the tourists’ survival hopes were given a boost when no play was possible throughout the entirety of day four.
However, the fifth and final day gave England, Broad and Chris Woakes in particular, just enough time in between the frequent showers to take the eight wickets required to win the match.
Early on, Broad, who had been on 499 Test wickets for two nights, broke into the 500 clubs by picking up the scalp of Kraigg Brathwaite, fittingly the same man James Anderson dismissed for his 500th wicket three years earlier.
Wickets fell with regularity, including a superb run out from Dom Bess, Woakes finishing with an impressive 5-50, although it was the 500-wicket man Broad who stole the headlines once again, returning to the attack to pick up the final wicket.
Broad’s 10 wicket haul earned him the Man of the Match award and the Man of the Series award too, a significant effort after being left out of the first Test match by the selectors.
A tired-looking West Indies squad will now head home after what has been a prolonged period in a bio-secure bubble environment, whilst England’s players will be given a short spell at home before they reconvene in the bubble to face Pakistan next week.