Twitter Reactions: Chris Woakes takes five as West Indies collapse for 129 on final day; Stuart Broad reaches 500-wicket milestone

Twitter Reactions: Chris Woakes takes five as West Indies collapse for 129 on final day; Stuart Broad reaches 500-wicket milestone

Woakes picked up five wickets in the innings while Broad ended with ten in the match.

Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad
Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

When Day 5 began, it was very clear that only one thing could save the West Indies and it was rain. It did come in but was not enough to get the play called off. There were light showers time and again but after small halts, play would resume. England managed to dismiss the tourists for only 129 runs and won the match by a huge margin of 269 runs. With this victory, they also won the series 2-1 and regained the Wisden Trophy.

The visitors started the day at 10/2 after losing two wickets late on the third day. Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope came out to bat against an in-form James Anderson and Stuart Broad. The latter completed his 500th Test scalp by pinning Brathwaite in front of the stumps. Coincidentally, his fellow pace man Anderson, had also completed his 500 wickets by dismissing the same batsman.

Chris Woakes and Dom Bess shine

One of the most underrated players of England’s current team has to be Chris Woakes. The English all rounder always performs for his team when required. He is an asset with both the bat and the ball. On Day 5, he finally showed his ability with the ball in hand and managed to get a five-wicket haul. He dismissed the middle and lower order of the visitors to hand his team a great victory.

While Dom Bess was not required to bowl, his fielding brilliance is what left everyone amazed. A brilliant direct hit from him led to Roston Chase’s dismissal. It was a combination of quick reflexes and great presence of mind. While it looked like he was going to go for the non striker’s end, the Englishman turned swiftly and threw the ball at striker’s end to catch the batsman short of his crease.

West Indies batsmen disappoint once again

The West Indies batting line-up was of no match to the English bowlers. They played reckless shots when survival was the need of the hour. With rain around, the batsmen should have looked to spend time in the middle. But it didn’t happen and were eventually bowled out for just 129 in just 37.1 overs.

Woakes ended with five wickets while Broad had four to his name. The highest score by a Caribbean batsman in the innings was 31 which shows how badly they all failed as a group. Stuart Broad, for his 16 wickets, won the Man of the Series award and not surprisingly, he was also the player of the match.

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