Joe Root has been handed the trophy. He is all smiles and along with his teammates poses for a photograph. That brings us to the close of a terrific Test series between England and West Indies. The visitors did extremely well to win the second Test and surprised one and all. People would have thought that another upset is on the cards but the strong willed English side rose to the occasion. The Windies had an opportunity to win a Test series in England after 1988 but every story doesn't have a happy ending. However, the one-off T20I is coming up on 16th September in Chester-le-Street. It will be followed by a 5-match ODI series. Expect a much better show from the tourists in the limited overs encounter. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
England skipper, Joe Root feels the guys did fantastically well this morning and continued throughout the day. Thinks (on Anderson's 500 wickets) it speaks for itself and says that he knows this game inside out. Adds that he controlled the movement very well. Jokingly admits that he comes as grumpy but is very helpful and brilliant for the dressing room. Further adds that his side played some great cricket throughout the summer. He hopes to take this performance forward this winter and it's great to come out on top before the big series (The Ashes).
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder says that there are no regrets. Mentions that the boys put up a good fight after the first innings. Rues the fact that they didn't bat that well in the second innings. Credits Shai Hope for the way he has played throughout the series. Feels he is a special talent and will only get better with time. Adds that it was great to fight back after the loss in Edgbaston. Applauds James Anderson for reaching 500 Test wickets. Further says that he is a world class bowler. States that they are going to Zimbabwe in a couple of months and need to play good cricket. Reckons that they need to be more disciplined with the ball. Declares that they need to improve their fielding as well as they dropped quite a few catches here.
Man of the Series for England, James Anderson says that he will remember this (500th wicket) for the rest of his life. Adds that it's always special at Lord's. Feels that it's good to share the moment with the guys. Accepts that he didn't think he'd play this much for England and is delighted to achieve this feat. Also reckons that bowling from the nursery end (not his preferred end) worked for him. Admits that he tried to create pressure and got rewards for it. Goes on to say that he's not surprised on his fitness as he has worked hard on it. Knows that with age comes injuries but thankfully that hasn't happened. Expresses that he (on their outgoing bowling coach) will be a huge loss and he has been fantastic to work with. Ends by wishing him all the best for the future.
Man of the Series for West Indies, Shai Hope considers this as a breakthrough series for him. Hopes that he can carry this performance further. Feels it's a tough place (England) to play cricket and is happy to come out good for his side and get some runs under his belt. Adds it was a great learning experience for all the batters as back at home they don't get to see the ball moving around so much. Ends by saying it's all about trusting your plans and executing them.
Man of the Match, Ben Stokes says it was good to come back here and put up a performance. Gives credit to the hunger of the side for bouncing back after losing in Headingley. Feels it was very good (his bowling) and Root said to keep going. Further adds that the bowling has been improving as it has been coming along nicely. Credits the bowling coach, Ottis Gibson by saying he has been great for the team and will be missed. Goes on to mention that Anderson showed his class in the second innings. Ends by saying that he took a positive approach (on his batting) and went for anything in his area.
And then began the Anderson show. The Lord's crowd was eagerly waiting in anticipation for his 500th Test wicket and he reached the milestone with a ripper. He became only the third pace bowler to achieve it, a rare feat indeed! He made the ball talk, rattled the opposition and picked up a seven-wicket haul to register his career-best figures. The experienced campaigner is surely aging like fine wine. Shai Hope was the only hope for the tourists. He looked good but eventually crumbled under pressure. In the end, there was no twist in the tale. The home side chased the paltry target with ease. Stay tuned as the presentation is coming up in a while...
When you get bundled out for 123, the morale is down but credit to the visitors for putting in their 100 percent. Kemar Roach shone with the ball to pick up a fifer. However, a breezy knock from Stokes and the late flourish from Broad and Anderson helped the hosts take a handy 71-run lead.
Earlier, after winning the toss, Holder elected to bat first. The weather turned gloomy after the game started and there was prodigious movement on offer for the seam bowlers. Anderson was decent to pick up two wickets but it was Stokes who did the damage with a 6-fer. He ran through the Windies' batting line up who were caught in shallow waters and fell like a pack of cards.
Great way to end the summer for Joe Root and Co. What a brilliant performance from England! They got a wake-up call after losing the second game but have bounced back in style to win the decider. The hosts just needed 107 runs to win and it was a stroll in the park for them. Though Cook fell early, the pair of Stoneman and Westley played sensible cricket to get their side across the finish line. The Windies didn't have much runs to protect and as expected, ended on the losing side.
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That's it then! Loopy ball on middle, Stoneman gets across and paddles it towards fine leg. He runs the first one hard and scampers back for the second as well! The throw is at the striker's end as Mark dives to get back in. Dowrich dislodges the bails and it's taken upstairs. Replays show he is safely in. ENGLAND WIN BY 9 WICKETS AND TAKE THE SERIES 2-1.
Camps back and punches this off the back foot through covers for a single.
Loopy ball on off, Westley plays it to point.
Plays this one straight back to the bowler.
Angles this one on middle and leg. Stoneman whips it through mid-wicket for a single.
Loopy ball on off, defended off the back foot.
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Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground.
FOUR! This is shortish around off, Westley whips it hard off the back foot through mid-wicket for a boundary. England are just one hit away now!
Floated on middle, Westley plays it through mid-wicket for a couple.
Outside off again, Westley leaves it alone.