|Dom Bess||not out||18||55||1||0|
|Shannon Gabriel||not out||0||3||0||0|
|Joe Root (C)||not out||68||56||8||1|
So that is it from the Wisden Trophy. Cricket came back after a break of more than 100 days and it came back with a very good fighting series but England showed their superiority and came back to win the series 2-1. Holder and co. showed fight but it was not enough in the end. A lot of positives to take and work with moving forward for the Caribbean nation. England now will welcome Ireland for a 3-match ODI series which will also kickstart the ICC World ODI Super League. Thanks for joining us for the coverage. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Until next time, goodbye and take care!
England skipper, Joe Root, tells that the last two weeks have been excellent and says they have been able to execute their plans that they had in the last two games. On the pace attack, he says that there is a lot of talent and can exploit different surfaces around the world. Credits Broad and says he is a fantastic player and says that the way he has come back and made things happen shows how good a player he is and is pleased that he has achieved the milestone. Tells he grabs the big moment in the series and stands up in difficult situations. Adds he is good with the younger players and is happy to impart that knowledge. Tells they are seeing the best bowlers and tells we should be happy to see two of the best bowlers perform and play together.
West Indies skipper, Holder admits that they did not put enough runs and says they should have put up big runs in the first innings of the last 2 Test. Chase says unlike Sibley and Burns they failed to score big and carry on. Tells that they won the first game and wanted to play their best team and clinch their series and it was just one of those decisions to . Tells they will first have to wait and see how the calendar is and on actually cricket he wants the batters to deliver and score big. Tells the bowler did well and congratulates Roach and Broad for their milestone. Admits it has been challenging to be in the bio secure bubble.
Roston Chase is named West Indies' Player of the Series for his performances with both the bat and all (Selected by England's coach). Roston says that when you do well against England you get a lot of credit in cricketing world which motivates him more. Says they spoke about plans and says the batters needed to put their hands up to win the series but they were unable to do that. Tells he felt comfortable in the crease and he had the opportunity in the first Test to make a century but after that it got more challenging as it was cold and the ball was nipping around. On his bowling, Chase says he has been leading as a spinner as he has been doing that for sometime. Tells he is still not where he wants to be but he is learning and going towards it.
For his terrific 10-wicket haul and 62 with the bat along with his performance in the second Test, Stuart Broad has been named the Player of the Match and Player of the Series for England (Selected by West Indies' coach). Broad says that it was a special milestone and he is happier that it helped them win the match and series. On his ambitions, he says he never set any target but tells he has learnt a lot and feels fresh and has worked on his techincal game and says he is looking forward for the future. On the bowling attack England have, tellls they have a battery of fast bowlers and thinks anyone can perform if called upon. Credits Chris Woakes for his performance and says he has been very good since they got into the bubble. On catching Anderson, he says that it is too far ahead and tells he is still at the peak of his power and though approaching 38 he is still firing on all cylinder.
Stay tuned as we wait for the captain's thoughts and also find out who the Man of the Match and Player of the Series are. A fair few contenders for the latter as we have had some very good performance by a few players in this series.
Stuart Broad had a Test to remember and he was in the mood to punish the Caribbean side. For the hosts, they needed weather to help them out but nature by itself could not do anything if they were unable to fight for themselves. They lost 2 wickets towards the end of Day 3 as Broad was spitting venom. Rain did give West Indies a little bit of hope as Day 4 was washed out but the tourists had lost the game in their head and showed little to no resistance as Broad added 2 more to his 2 from Day 3 and finished the Test with 10 wickets to add to his important fifty from the first innings and the consistency of Woakes saw him grab a 5-fer in the second innings to hand England a dominant win.
England then were always in a position to win it and it was going to take a miracle or English weather to avoid them a win. Building on their lead, the opening pair of Sibley and Burns took their time and batted the tourists out of the game with their fifties. Skipper Joe Root then came out after the dismissal of Sibley and his ODI-esque added impetus to the innings and ballooned that lead to 398 before Burns departed for 90 and the skipper decided they had enough. West Indies bowling struggled as Gabriel bowled just 5 overs and they had surrendered.
Momentum was with England and Broad and they carried it to the field as a brilliant display of seam bowling as they never let West Indies settle and chipped wickets regularly and bundled them to just 197 and carried a 172 runs lead. Stuart Broad was the tormentor in cheif as he grabbed a 6-wicket haul. The West Indies batting struggled and no one got going. The only saving grace for them was that they avoided the follow-on but apart from that there was nothing much to write about them with only skipper Holder and Dowrich showing some fight.
End of a fantastic Test series and England after being 1-0 down have shown their grit and strength to win the series 2-1. A very dominant performance from the hosts with both the bat and ball. West Indies showed a lot of promise at the beginning of the tour but with every Test and passing day in those Tests they looked tired and their fight started to surrender. After being put into bat, the hosts were in a state of bother at 122/4 but a brilliant 140-run stand between Pope and Buttler along with Broad's counter attacking 62 propelled them to 369. Kemar Roach was the pick of the bowler for the hosts as he finished the first innings with a 4-fer.
OUT! CAUGHT! That is all over! Short of a length delivery on leg, Blackwood looks to pull but gets a faint edge. It goes towards the keeper where Jos Buttler dives to his left and takes a good catch. ENGLAND WIN THE MATCH BY 269 RUNS AND WIN THE SERIES 2-1!
Length delivery on off, Blackwood pushes it through mid off for a single. 129/9
On a length on middle, Blackwood pushes it to mid on.
FOUR! Nice shot! Short and outside off, Blackwood punches it through covers for a boundary.
FOUR! Short delivery outside off, Blackwood looks to play an upper cut but gets a top edge. It goes over the slip region towards third man for a boundary.
Good length delivery on off, Blackwood defends it off the back foot.
On a length on middle, Blackwood flicks it towards the leg side.
Good length delivery on off, Gabriel keeps it out. 120/9
On a length on middle, Blackwood flicks it towards square leg for a run.
Length delivery on off, Blackwood punches it through covers but does not take the single.
Archer bowls a bouncer, Jermaine does well to duck under it.
On a good length on off, Blackwood blocks it off the back foot.
Full delivery on off, Blackwood drives it back towards the bowler.
Too high this time. Good length ball on middle and leg, Gabriel looks to defend but misses and gets hit high on the pad. Appeal but this time the umpire is unmoved. 119/9
The last man in is Shannon Gabriel.
OUT! LBW! Woakes joins the party and gets a 5-fer! Cornwall does not last long and a very tough Test match for him comes to an end. Poor footwork from Cornwall. Good length ball on off and angling in. Rahkeem looks to play but with no foot movement and gets trapped in the crease. The ball hits him flush on the pads. Appeal for LBW and the umpire gives Cornwall his marching order. He too does not review and walks to the pavilion.
On the leg side, Cornwall looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
Outside off, RC leaves it alone.
Cornwall is off the mark! Length ball around off, Cornwall punches it off the back foot through extra cover and gets a couple.
Rahkeem Cornwall replaces Shane Dowrich out in the middle.
OUT! LBW! No need to review as it looks plumb! Another one bites the dust and this time it is Dowrich. Woakes has his 4th of the innings and this has been a fantastic spell from him. Picked up from where Broad left off. Fuller around off and nipping back in, Dowrich moves across and looks to defend but he misses and gets hit on the pads. The England players go up in appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Dowrich does not even consider about the review and follows the marching orders.
Archer bowls a bouncer, Blackwood does well to duck under it. 117/7
On a length on off, Blackwood punches it through point. The batsmen get two runs.
Length delivery on off, Blackwood plays it to point.
On a good length on off, Jermaine keeps it out.
Full delivery on off, Blackwood drives it to covers.
On a length on off, Blackwood punches it through covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
Good length delivery on off, Shane defends it off the back foot. 113/7
Short delivery on middle, Blackwood pulls it towards fine leg for a run.
Length delivery on leg, Dowrich flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
On a length on off, Blackwood punches it through covers. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it. The batsmen get three runs.
Good length delivery on off, Blackwood defends it out.
On a good length on off, Blackwood pushes it back towards the bowler.
Bouncer! Dowrich sits under it. 108/7
Shortish ball from Archer, SD stands tall and jams it down the ground.
On off, Dowrich defends it.
On the pads, Blackwood looks to flick but misses an the ball hits his pad and goes away allowing them to take a run.
NOT OUT! No spike as the ball goes past the bat on Ultra Edge and England lose another review. Strange review from Root in the first place as there was no noise and neither was Archer too interested. Good length ball outside off, Blackwood looked to drive but the ball went behind and Buttler and Root started celebrating. The umpire was unmoved, Archer too was not in it. Root though straightaway signalled the 'T'. Replay rolled in and Ultra Edge had a flat line as the ball passed the bat. Waste of a review.
Review time! An appeal for caught behind! Blackwood is the man in question. Ultra Edge detects nothing and England lose their second review.
On off, defended by JB.
Woakes bowls a bouncer, Dowrich ducks under it. 107/7
FOUR! Nice shot! Full delivery on middle, Dowrich drives it through mid on for a boundary.
Woakes bowls a bouncer, Dowrich does well to duck under it.
Good length delivery on off, Dowrich keeps it out.
Full delivery on middle, Dowrich flicks it over mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
On a length on off, Dowrich punches it to covers.
Outside off, Blackwood shoulders arms to this one. 101/7
On a length on middle, Dowrich flicks it towards leg side. The batsmen cross ends.
Short delivery on leg, Blackwood looks to fend it but gets it off the glove. It lands safely towards short fine leg. The batsmen take a run.
On a good length on off, Blackwood blocks it off the back foot.
Good length delivery outside off, Blackwood leaves it alone.
BEATEN! Full delivery outside off, Blackwood looks to drive but misses it.
Shane Dowrich is the new man in.
OUT! LBW! Holder did not get any bat on it and it is plumb in front. West Indies' skipper and best batter departs and the tourists are falling like nine pins. Good length ball pitching on off and middle and nipping back in. Holder looks to play it straight but misses and gets hit on the pads. Woakes and co. go up in appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Holder decides to signal the 'T' straightaway. Only an inside edge could probably save him there. Replay rolls in and Ultra Edge shows no involvement of bat. Ball Tracker then comes and brings bad news for Holder as it shows three reds. The skipper departs and along with him goes the tiny tinker of Caribbean hopes of survival. 99/7
Has Holder nicked it? The umpire thinks he has not and has been adjudged LBW. Let's see what the replays have to say.
FOUR! Another half volley on the pads and this time it is punished. On the pads, Holder glances it through mid-wicket and gets a boundary.
On the leg side, flicked for a couple.
FOUR! First boundary for Holder in the innings. Fuller outside off, Holder leans and dives it through point for a boundary.
Outside off, Holder looks to drive but misses.
NOT OUT! Daylight between bat and pad and LBW was never in contention to be fair. On the leg side, Holder looks to flick but the ball clips something and goes to Buttler. Woakes and Buttler go up in appeal but the umpire turns it down. Root decide to gamble and take the review. Replay rolls in and shows that the ball just clipped the thigh pad and not the bat as the willow was nowhere in the frame. Ball Tracker comes as a formality and shows that the ball is missing leg pole by miles.
Review time! It is for a caught behind down the leg side. Lets see what the replays have to say.
Bouncer to end the over. It is around the body and Blackwood does well to hop and block. 89/6
On off, defended by JB.
Good length ball on off, Blackwood blocks it with a dead bat.
Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a single.
Bowled with a cross-seam, on a length, outside off, Holder feels for the ball but is beaten due to the late inward movement.
Just like that, the ground is bathed in sunshine.
Fuller on off, Holder pushes it to mid off.
Again, a tight single. Full and outside off, Holder pushes this wide of mid off and sets off. The fielder takes a little bit of time to release the ball but even then, Holder looked to be in trouble. The throw misses the stumps at the bowler's end. 88/6
Around off, this is defended from the crease.
Full and outside off, Holder gets a big stride forward and blocks.
Back on! The conditions are still overcast but the rain has gone. Here comes Woakes...
The English players are all sitting outside, which is an even better sign. The bad weather is mainly coming in from the west at the moment. Uh oh... the players are shifting inside, to their dressing room. Might have to get another cover on.
And we are off again! The drizzle has intensified and there is another interruption. The good thing is that there is only one cover on, so this should not be too big a break. The fourth umpire is on the field, talking to the groundstaff.
Length ball on off, Holder blocks it.
Jason Holder is the new man in.
OUT! Run Out! The last thing West Indies needed was a run out and that is what has happened here. Excellent work from Dom Bess! Good length delivery on off, Blackwood plays it towards point and looks for a single. There is a bit of hesitation but they decide to go for it. Bess at backward point runs to his right, gets to the ball and turns. He has to score a direct hit as Buttler has not reached the stumps and Bess does hit the stumps. Excellent from the spinner. Chase is well short of his crease and the umpire does not even go upstairs. Chase does not look back and continues his walk to the pavillion. Brilliant from Bess, he has not had much to do but he has shown his concentration and has done a job when called upon albeit in the field.
Almost chopped on! Length ball outside off, Blackwood looks to cut but gets an under edge. Luckily for Blackwood and West Indies it bounces on the crease and goes to the keeper.
Fuller on off, Chase pushes it towards mid off and thinks of a single but aborts. 87/5
Length ball around off, RC defends it.
Away from the off pole, Roston leaves it alone.
Good length delivery around off and coming back in. Chase looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
Bouncer around the body to Chase. He gets down and lets it go to the keeper.
On the pads, JB flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets a single.
Outside off, Chase shoulders arms to it. 86/5
Good length delivery outside off, Chase looks to defend but misses it again.
Outside off, Chase leaves it alone.
Fuller on off, Chase plays it through mid off and gets a couple.
On off, Chase defends it.
Chris Woakes to bowl from the other end.
Good length ball outside off, Chase looks to drive but misses and the ball goes through his bat and pad.
Fuller on off, Blackwood pushes it to cover. 84/5
Archer steams in and hits the deck hard on off, Blackwood blocks it off the back foot.
Good length delivery outside off, Blackwood offers no shot to this one.
We should have started by now but there has been another burst of a shower. That has delayed proceedings again. So we shall resume at 1.35 PM LOCAL (1235 GMT).
The current situation is of some bright sunshine but there are some dark clouds lurking behind. All eyes would be glued on Roston Chase. Before this Test, he had faced 1017 balls in the 4th innings alone, since 2016. The next best for West Indies is Kraigg Brathwaite with 836.
Since early Lunch has been taken, we shall not be losing any overs. There are 80.3 overs left in the day, so there is plenty of possible play left. Now, whether West Indies would be able to exercise that option or not, is another issue. 5 wickets in hand and more importantly, two new batsmen at the crease.
England were on the money, not bowling too many bad balls and keeping the ball on the right spot. Broad got his 500th victim and then Woakes struck twice. Anderson was tight as well.
Brathwaite and Hope started cautiously but then the former was dismissed by a one that kept low. It is the shot selection of Shai Hope which will be questioned. This is what happens when one looks to come out of a bad rut - you live by the sword but you also die by it. That was followed by the dismissal of Shamarh Brooks and three wickets in the span of 46 balls has put West Indies on the mat.
A session which saw everything. Runs, flashes of blades, rain, wickets but above all - play. We missed this for the whole of Monday and are excited to see the game resume.
The rain has stopped and the umpires are back for an inspection. Doesn't look like they are going to recall the players. Yes, it is an EARLY LUNCH.
Ahh... Rain is back and the umpires have taken the players off. It looks like a passing shower. But umpire Kettleborough is talking to Joe Root, indicating something with his wristwatch. Is that an indication of an early Lunch?
On a length on middle, Chase flicks it through square leg for a single.
Good length delivery on middle, Chase calmly defends it.
On a good length on off, Chase blocks it off the back foot.
Good length delivery on off, Blackwood defends it out. 83/5
On a good length on middle, Blackwood blocks it off the front foot.
Full delivery on off, Blackwood drives it back towards the bowler.
Good length delivery on off, Jermaine keeps it out.
Well, we did mention that the skies are clearing but bad weather is coming again. Could be that sort of a day. Nothing staying for a long time.
On a good length on off, Blackwood defends it off the back foot.
Length delivery on off, Blackwood punches it through covers. The batsmen get two runs.
On a length on middle, Blackwood plays it towards mid on. The batsmen cross ends. 81/5
Good length delivery outside off, Jermaine offers no shot to this one.
On a length and down the leg side, Blackwood looks to flick but misses it.
Full delivery on middle, Chase flicks it towards fine leg for a run.
Length delivery down the leg side, Chase looks to flick but misses it.
Full delivery on off, Chase drives it to mid off.
Jermaine Blackwood is the new batsman in.
OUT! Caught! Half the side back in the hut for West Indies! Woakes has his second and the tourists are surrendering without much of a fight here. Good length ball outside off, it nips in just a bit. Brooks looks to drive it towards mid on but without any foot movement and away from his body. The ball shapes in and kisses the inside edge as it goes low to the left of Buttler. He takes an easy catch behind the stumps. Looks like the only way West Indies can save this Test match is by looking up at the skies but at the moment they are not helping the tourists. 79/5
Length delivery on middle, Brooks nudges it towards the leg side.
Good length delivery on middle, Brooks defends it off the front foot.
On a length on off, Chase taps it towards covers and takes a quick single.
Full delivery on middle, Chase flicks it through square leg. The batsmen get two runs.
On a good length on off, Chase defends it to point.
Good length delivery on off, Shamarh blocks it well. 76/4
Archer bowls a bumper, Brooks does well to duck under it.
On a good length on off, Brooks defends it off the back foot.
Archer bowls a bouncer, Brooks lets it sail through to the keeper.
Good length delivery outside off, Brooks shoulders arms to this one.
FOUR! On a length on off, Brooks guides it towards third man for a boundary.
On the pads, Brooks flicks it to the on side and gets a single to keep the strike. 72/4
On a good length and outside off, Brooks offers no shot to this one.
Good length delivery on off, Brooks keeps it out.
Roston Chase is the next batsman in.
OUT! Caught! Once again Hope gets a start and throws it away. A problem far too frequent in the recent years in the longest format. West Indies in big trouble here and have lost both their overnight batsmen. Woakes gets into the wicket column. Woakes bowls it slightly shorter outside off, Hope looks to pull it but ends up hitting it off the upper half of his bat. The ball goes high in the air in front of mid off. Three players are coming for it but Broad wants to be part of the action so he calls it out loudly. He keeps his eyes on the ball and takes a good catch. Hope's struggle in the longest format continues and there will be a lot of questions asked and he will have to retrospect and think, was that shot really necessary?
Length delivery on middle, Brooks flicks it towards square leg for a run.
On a length on middle, Brooks flicks it through square leg. The batsmen get two runs.
FOUR! Nice shot! Full delivery on off, Hope drives it through covers for a boundary. 68/3
Good length delivery on off, Hope keeps it out.
FOUR! Good shot! On a length and outside off, Hope punches it through point for a boundary.
Good length delivery outside off, Hope leaves it alone.
On a good length and outside off, Hope offers no shot to this one.
Full delivery on off, Hope drives it to mid off.
Jofra Archer is into the attack.
On off, Brooks blocks it to get through the over. 60/3
On the pads, SB finds mid-wicket this time.
Shorter on off, Brooks pulls it towards mid-wicket and gets a couple.
Length ball which raises up off the deck. Brooks looks to defend but misses.
Again, we have a bit of light rain falling...
Length ball on off, Brooks blocks it.
EDGED AND FOUR! Encouraging start from Woakes! He starts with a good length delivery outside off, Brooks looks to play it on the up on the off side, he plays a loose stroke and ends up getting a thick outside edge which flies past the left of Rory Burns at gully and to the fence.
Chris Woakes is into the attack.
On a length on middle, Brooks flicks it towards fine leg for a single. 54/3
Good length delivery outside off, Shamarh shoulders arms to this one.
FOUR! Good shot! Full delivery on off, Brooks drives it through point for a boundary.
On a good length on off, Brooks defends it off the back foot.
BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Brooks looks to defend but misses it.
On a length on middle, Hope flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
On a good length on off, Brooks offers a solid defense on this one. 48/3
BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Brooks looks to defend but misses it.
On a good length on middle, Brooks keeps it out.
On a good length on middle, Shamarh defends it off the front foot.
Good length delivery on off, Brooks blocks it well.
On a good length on off, Brooks defends it off the back foot.
On off, Hope drives but straight to the man at cover. 48/3
Brooks is underway! On the pads, Shamarh flicks it through mid-wicket and gets three as the fielder stops it before the ropes.
Length ball outside off, Brooks looks to defend but misses.
Shamarh Brooks walks out to the middle.
OUT! LBW! Broad enters the galaxy of greats and he has his 500th Test wicket. Brathwaite three years ago was Anderson's 500th wicket and now he has become his partner Broad's milestone victim. Proud moment for Broad, his friends and family. Broad bowls goes fuller on off, the ball comes back in and also keeps low after pitching. Brathwaite looks to defend but misses and gets hit low on the back foot. Broad and his teammates go up in appeal and the umpire raises his finger. That was as plumb as It could get and Brathwaite has a rare double. 583 balls left in the day, 7 wickets to defend...
Fuller on off, KB taps it back to the bowler.
FOUR! Poor from Broad! He is guilty of giving width outside off and also bowling slightly short. Brathwaite cuts it behind point and gets a boundary.
Good length ball angled into the pads, Hope looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. 41/2
Follows it up with a calm defense.
FOUR! Gorgeous shot! Overpitched slightly on off, Hope is not in a great run of form but his talent is so good that he is able to pounce on it and play a wonderful drive through extra cover for a boundary.
Length delivery on off, Hope defends it.
Ohh! Good length ball outside off, it comes back in. Hope looks to defend but misses and the ball just misses the outside edge.
Full and swinging in. Hope looks to flick but it goes off the inner half of his bat towards square leg for a couple.
Length ball on off, Brathwaite keeps it out and gets through the over. 35/2
Good length ball around off, Kraigg blocks it.
Broad bowls full on off, Brathwaite defends it with a straight bat.
In fact, the players are already on the field. Bright sunshine has enveloped the ground. Who would say that it was raining a while ago? English weather...
We are hearing that the covers are being removed. That seems to be a good sign. We should not be far from resumption.
More covers coming on but we can see plenty of wind and some blue sky. The problem with this type of days is that every time the ball goes into the outfield, it becomes wet and difficult to grip. England will hope that when they resume, the outfield is dry.
And we are going off. Does not look too big in the distance but just heavy enough to force the players off. Looks like a passing shower. Won't be surprised if we resume shortly. The English players are in absolutely no hurry to leave.
FOUR! Poor ball and punished! On the pads, Brathwaite flicks it through mid-wicket and gets a boundary.
Just a little bit of rain blowing down. We have had that all morning. The groundstaff is getting ready with the covers but the umpires are not too bothered. It is a good thing that both are English umpires, as they would know the conditions better than neutral umpires.
Full outside off, Brathwaite defends it towards point.
Full delivery on off, Brathwaite drives it through mid off. The batsmen get two runs.
FOUR! Nicely played! On a length on middle, Hope flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. 29/2
Length delivery on off, Hope pushes it through covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
On a length on middle, Brathwaite flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
Length delivery on off, Hope punches it towards covers for a run.
BEATEN! Beauty of a delivery! On a good length on off, Hope looks to defend but misses it as the ball comes back in sharply. It goes just over the middle stump.
BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Hope looks to defend but misses it.
Good length delivery on off, Kraigg defends it off the back foot. 21/2
FOUR! That is what Brathwaite needs to do more often. Get on the front foot. Full and outside off, Kraigg leans into this one and drives it through wide mid off.
On a good length on middle, Brathwaite looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
Good length delivery on off, Brathwaite blocks it off the back foot.
BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Brathwaite looks to defend but misses it.
Full delivery on off, Hope drives it towards covers where Archer misfields and concedes a single.
On a good length on off, Kraigg offers a solid defense on this one. 16/2
Good length delivery on middle, Brathwaite defends it out.
BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Brathwaite looks to defend but misses it due to the seam movement on this one.
On a good length on off, Kraigg blocks it off the back foot.
Good length delivery on off, Brathwaite keeps it out.
On a length on middle, Brathwaite flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
Outside off, on a length, Shai defends watchfully. 14/2
SLASHED, FOUR! Wide and full from Broad, outside off, Hope throws his bat at it and gets a bit of an outside edge. But it screams to the left of backward point, into the fence behind.
Good length delivery on middle, Hope looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad.
On a good length on middle, Shai blocks it off the back foot.
Good length delivery on off, Hope blocks it off the front foot.
On a good length on off, Hope defends it off the back foot.
Stuart Broad has a big smile on his face as he gets the ball in his hand. We can also see some sunshine splitting across the field. That would be a welcome gift for the players, amidst all this wind.
Full and straight, blocked towards mid on. A maiden to start Day 5. 10/2
On a good length outside off, pushed towards cover.
Beauty. On a length outside off, KB looks to defend but the ball zips past the outside edge. Guess Brathwaite needs to be positive. Try and score runs, rather than just looking to defend every ball.
Ooohh... this stays low, landing just outside off, Kraigg shuffles across and blocks.
Full and outside off, pushed solidly towards short extra cover.
Starts with a ball on the pads, Brathwaite gets across and tucks it towards leg gully.
Yippeee! We are all set for the final day of the Wisden Trophy, 2020 and the final day of the Trophy in general. The players are on the field on a day which is cold and blustery. West Indies need to show some character. Here is Jimmy Anderson from the Jimmy Anderson end to Kraigg Brathwaite.
Stuart Broad probably would have spent a couple of nights sleeplessly thinking about his to-be 500th Test victim while Kraigg Brathwaite would be hoping, or rather aiming, NOT to be that 500th victim. He was Anderson's 500th Test victim as well, at Lord's, in September 2017!
WEATHER - A look at the heavens straight up. There was a passing shower around 30 minutes ago but now, the ground is bathed in sunshine. We could have a prompt start but that depends on how wet or dry the ground is. We are expecting intermittent showers throughout the day, but can guarantee you enough action to enjoy.
98 overs, 8 wickets. That is the equation. Not many would be really bothered about chasing down 389, unless you are Sir Viv Richards or Ricky Ponting. England looking for the series, West Indies aiming for survival while fans hoping for some cricket. Hello and a warm welcome to this final day of the Wisden Trophy.
... DAY 5 ...
West Indies will be happy. They have been given a lifeline. It is now to try and bat out the whole of Tuesday. Even in that, they have hope of having around a session to be washed out. Will England have enough time to claim the series and the last edition of the Wisden Trophy? Join us on 28th July, 2020 at 11 am local (1000 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Good night! Nothing, absolutely nothing could make play happen in Manchester on Monday. Incessant rain has forced DAY 4 TO BE CALLED OFF. The weather was clearing but given that more wet weather was forecast around 5 pm (1600 GMT), the umpires have taken the safety call.
1448 GMT - It should have been the time when Tea is taken in Manchester. But unfortunately, nothing much has changed from the last update. If any, the rain has gotten heavier. We may not be far from shutting the shop.
There we go. It has started to RAIN. Forget that inspection now...
1259 GMT - The umpires are taking an inspection. There are puddles developed on the outfield and if I am a good face-reader, then those emotions certainly don't reckon that they are happy one bit. We are hearing that there is an INSPECTION SCHEDULED AT 3 PM LOCAL (1400 GMT). Of course, if there is no more rain.
1243 GMT - Rain has stopped. Take a breath. Now read again. Rain has stopped. But the covers look absolutely wet. It is going to take a real long time to drain the water out. Our fear is - the groundstaff does all the hard work, only for the rain to come and wash away all its efforts. Poor blokes.
1206 GMT - It would have been Lunch in normal scenarios, as it would have been time for a break. But we have been having a break ever since the last ball was bowled last evening. Not much comfortable updates on the weather, with a grim forecast looming.
England's ODI squad for Ireland series - Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Reece Topley, James Vince and David Willey.
With two days officially remaining in this match and the series, it is time to look beyond. Pakistan play England next, but before that, Ireland have a little peek-a-boo for a 3-ODI series. England have just announced their squad for that series.
1100 GMT - Time for Drinks, gentlemen! Missing these words? Sadly, everyone is having a drink at the moment, but in the dressing room. The situation might have improved by just a little bit with the groundstaff hurrying across to mop but it does look like they will need plenty of time to dry this outfield. Only to see it get wet by another shower, as per the forecast.
An update on Shane Dowrich. He got hit on the chin yesterday while trying to keep. There is a little cut on the lip but no excessive damage. So he should be fit enough to bat.
Nothing much to update. Thought we might talk about the World Cup Super League. That is similar to the World Test Championship, only this will be for white-ball cricket. England and Ireland kickstart that series from 30th July, which will also see the TV umpire call front-foot no balls.
1000 GMT - The first ball is about to be bowled! This should have been our text by now. But unfortunately, we are nowhere even close to have play underway. First, rain has to stop. Then, the outfield has to dry. We are hearing about a brief passage of clear sky in the afternoon, but that will be followed by a thunderstorm prediction in the evening.
At times like these, our minds go back to the ground coverage in Sri Lanka. The groundsmen there cover the entire ground. That way, once the rain stops, it becomes easier to dry the ground out. Here, in the UK, once the rain stops, we have to spend extra time in drying the ground out. Well, human labour is costly in the UK and secondly, the drainage is pretty good in England.
Coming to this game, West Indies look almost buried. Giving a lead of 172, then being set a target of 399 and further, losing 2 wickets quickly. The prospect of Monday getting washed out might come as a relief for them but there is a Day 5 awaiting as well. If play resumes, how much time will England need to pick 8 wickets?
WEATHER - A look at the heavens first up. Not promising at all. It is soggy and the pitch is covered. Now, a look at the radar. Very threatening. It does seem like we might have a forced day-off...
Rain, rain, more rain. Come, so that West Indies might have some gain. Don't come so that fans may not have any more pain! Ahh... just as we thought that we might escape the weather in this Test, here comes the effect. Hello and a warm welcome, err... wet welcome to this fourth day of this third Test.
... DAY 4 ...
Thank you so much for joining the coverage of Day 3. Join us on Monday, Day 4 of the final Test between England and West Indies. The action will begin at 1100 local (1000 GMT). Hope to see you then. Till then, goodbye and take care!
So that is it from Day 3! West Indies are on the brink of surrendering the Wisden Trophy and only a miracle can see them bat 2 days or win this. The weather forecast for Day 4 does not look great which can be a good news if you support the Caribbean nation. Let's hope we have no rain and we can have play.
They missed their star man Shannon Gabriel with the ball as he bowled just 5 overs and they never looked like threatening the English batters. Their heads started to fall in the field and they looked completely opposite to how they looked in the first Test. Needing 399 to win and 2 days and 20 odd minutes to survive the first thing they would have wanted was to have their 10 wickets intact coming to Day 4 but they lost opener John Campbell and night watchman Kemar Roach. They are up against it and are in no place to save this Test.
A miserable day of cricket for West Indies. Everything started going downhill post the first hour. They looked tired, jaded, out of ideas and their bodies started to crumble.
Excellent day of cricket if you are an England fan but if you're a West Indian then it was just too painful. The tourists started off the day positively and avoided the follow-on in the first hour but after that it was all England. They bowled out West Indies for 197 and then the batting trio of Sibley, Burns and Root took the game to the depleted West Indies side who had a lot of fitness issues. They managed to build on the lead and decided to declare, giving the tourists 399 to chase. The hosts were so much in command that in the last 20 odd minutes the tourists had to bat, they managed to pick up 2 wickets with both falling to Broad.
Hope survives! Good length ball outside off, Hope looks to defend but misses. That is STUMPS ON DAY 3! 10/2
Full on off, Hope defends it. One ball to go. Can Hope survive or will Broad end the day with 500 Test wickets?
Extra bounce! Broad hits the deck hard and the ball shoots off the surface. Hope hops and takes his eyes off the ball but somehow manages to defend it.
Fuller on off, Hope plays a slid push to mid off.
Length ball outside off, Hope shoulders arms to it.
Fuller on off, Hope pushes it to mid on.
Outside off, Kraigg leaves it alone and we might have one more over for the day. 10/2
Length ball on off, Brathwaite looks to defend but gets it off the outside edge to the right of third slip.
On off, Brathwaite blocks it.
Another one on off, Brathwaite manages to keep it out.
Length ball on off, Brathwaite defends it.
Down the leg side, KB looks to flick but misses.
Good length ball on off, Hope defends it. 10/2
EDGED AND FOUR! Good length ball on off, Hope looks to defend but does so with soft hands. The ball takes the outside edge and goes through gully for a boundary. Hope is off the mark but not in a conventional manner.
Almost had scalp number 500. Peach of a delivery from Broad. He comes wide of the crease and makes the ball straightens after pitching. Hope looks to defend but gets nothing on it and the ball misses the outside edge just by a mere inch.
Outside off, Hope leaves it alone.
On the pads, Hope flicks it to mid-wicket to start his innings.
Shai Hope walks out to bat now.
OUT! Caught behind! Two wickets in no time for Broad and make that victim number 499 for him in Tests. He was angry on being dropped from the first Test and he has guided that anger in the right place. The night watchman does not survive the day to see the night. Excellent delivery. It would be good for majority of the top order batsmen, it was going to be too good for the night watchman. Broad bowls it full around off and the ball shapes away a bit. Roach looks to defend but the ball kisses his outside edge and goes straight into the mitts of Buttler. Can he end the day now with wicket no. 500?
On a good length on off, Kraigg keeps it out. 6/1
On a length on middle, Roach flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
Good length delivery on off, Roach blocks it off the front foot.
On a length on middle, Brathwaite flicks it through square leg for a run.
Good length delivery on off, Brathwaite keeps it out.
On a good length on off, Brathwaite defends it off the back foot.
On the pads, Roach flicks it to the leg side and gets a couple to end the over. 4/1
Length delivery on off, Brathwaite pushes it to point and gets to the other end.
Shorter from Broad! Roach looks to defend but the ball takes the outer half of his bat and goes to the off side allowing him to get off the mark.
Night watchman Kemar Roach walks out to bat. Can he survive?
OUT! Caught! Broad gets his 498th Test victim and that comes from a beauty! Traditional Broad wicket. He has enjoyed bowling to left-handers and has more often than not won the battle against them. Nothing different here. Terrific delivery from Broad. He comes in and bowls it slightly fuller on off, Campbell thinks it will come with the angle but goes the other way. It takes the fat outside edge of his willow and goes straight to first slip. Skipper, Joe Root there makes no mistake and takes a relatively easy catch. Just the start England would have wanted. Nightmare beginning to the chase for the Caribbean nation.
Good length ball angling in to the left-hander, Campbell manages to defend it.
Broad starts with a fuller delivery to the southpaw on off, Campbell pushes it to point and looks for a single which was never existent.
Jimmy Anderson's partner-in-crime, Stuart Broad, to partner him with the new ball.
Maiden to begin with. Good length ball on off, Brathwaite defends it. 0/0
On the pads, Brathwaite looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
Length delivery outside off, Brathwaite leaves it alone.
Fuller around off, the ball looks to have kept a tad low. Brathwaite manages to get his bat down in time.
Good length ball outside off this time, Brathwaite leaves it alone.
Anderson starts with a good length delivery around off. A hint of away moment but Brathwaite gets behind it and blocks it.