England came back from one down to win two Tests on the bounce to claim the Wisden Trophy. England won by 269 runs, the West Indies second innings of 129 all out falling well short of the 399 target. It was inevitable that the last West Indies wicket was taken by Stuart Broad – this has been Stuart’s Test match.
In the West Indies second innings Stuart took 4-36 in 8.1 overs and, for the history books, achieved 500 Test wickets. Since returning to the England team, in the second Test, Stuart has taken 16 wickets. His contribution with ball in hand has no doubt greatly assisted in the 2-1 series win.
A first innings partnership of 136 between Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler gave England a foothold in the Test. Yet, it was Stuart’s 62 runs that probably gave the Three Lions control.
Burns and Sibley’s 114 run opening partnership in the second innings, together with Joe Root’s quick-fire 68no, allowed England to bowl at the West Indies on the evening of the third day. In the overs available, Stuart set up the victory by taking 2 wickets.
Both Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley have played important roles in the series win. But Stuart was awarded Player of the Series for bowling devastating spells in the two Emirates Old Trafford Tests.
(PhoenixMedia Image Created from a Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB)