The score: England 277 and 361/5dec (Root 122, Stokes 48*; Gabriel 2/95) beat West Indies 154 and 252 (Chase 102*, Joseph 34; Anderson 3/27, Moeen Ali 3/99, Stokes 2/30) by 232 runs
England’s ninth win in their last 12 Tests. Everything is awesome.
Anderson’s remodelled run-up reaps instant rewards. Three wickets with the new ball removed any lingering doubt about which way this match was heading as John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo departed within the first seven overs.
Roston Chase made a brilliant f***-this hundred amid the wreckage of West Indies’ batting, setting some fun records in the process.
He’s the third West Indian to follow a golden duck in the first innings of a Test with a hundred in the second. Joins some handy names on that list: Garry Sobers and Desmond Haynes.
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Chase is the eighth player to score a century and take an eight-for in a series. Again, joins some handy names: Len Braund (1903), Tony Greig (1974), Sir Ian Botham (1978), Imran Khan (1983).
Chase is also the first player to take eight wickets in a series and get them all in one innings.
Three more wickets for Moeen Ali to go with his four in the first innings. Nobody in Test cricket has more wickets since his recall to the side in the summer. He’s taken 44 wickets at 23 since coming back into the side,
A word for Keemo Paul, hobbling out at number 11 to help Chase to three figures and then smacking a few boundaries for the lolz.
England have now drawn one of their last 16 Tests and two of their last 31. Wonder what it is about a side with unreliable batting and an excellent bowling attack that creates these stats.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.
Clare Connor suggested England are considering hosting a Women’s Tri-Series also involving India and South Africa.
The designated bowlers, whose identitites have not been confirmed, will have their temperatures checked.
The ECB had planned to introduce 40 professional contracts this summer across eight regional hubs.
County are waiting on a decision.
The Somerset bowler last month opened up about his mental health struggles and he discussed the topic further with Marcus Trescothick on Zoom.