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Broad's 10-Wicket Haul Seals England Series Win

Broad's 10-Wicket Haul Seals England Series Win Photo: TT
England's Chris Woakes (R) and England's Stuart Broad react after winning the third Test cricket match between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford

Stuart Broad took a 10-wicket haul as England won the Wisden Trophy on the final day of the series after bowling out the West Indies in a rain marred Test match in Manchester.

The West Indies were rolled for 129 on the final day, having resumed at 2-10 after the entire day’s play on the fourth day was abandoned due to heavy rain at Old Trafford.

Light rain halted play at times on the fifth day but there was enough time for Broad to do more damage after his six-wicket first innings haul decimated the tourists.

Broad was named Player of the Match after finishing with figures of 6-31 and 4-36, including the final scalp of Jermaine Blackwood, while he also made a first innings 62 with the bat.

The veteran’s haul also took his past 500 Test wickets, becoming only the seventh player to achieve the feat.

Speaking about Broad, England teammate Jimmy Anderson said: “I heard him say the other day, why can’t he carry on until he’s my age (37), and that’s absolutely true. He’s in great shape. He could go on and get as many wickets as he wants.”

It rounded out a come-from-behind series win for England who had lost the First Test in Southampton minus skipper Joe Root.

England were always in control in the decisive Test, with rain their major threat to victory, having posted 369 in the first two days before bowling the Windies out for 197 led by Broad.

The hosts added 2-226 declared from 58 overs in their second dig, setting the visitors an improbable 399 to win. Rain threatened to save the Windies from defeat, which would’ve meant they’d retain the trophy, but England finished the job on day five.

Ben somerford
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