England v West Indies 3rd Test report and scorecard: Stuart Broad stars as hosts seal series win

Stuart Broad was the star of the show for England

Stuart Broad secured his place among the pantheon of great pace bowlers with a 500th Test wicket before a brilliant five-for from Chris Woakes powered England to a 2-1 series win over the West Indies.

Day five scorecard

England 369 & 226/2 declared (First Innings: Pope 91, Buttler 67, Broad 62, Burns 57; Roach 4-72. Second Innings: Burns 90, Root 68*, Sibley 60; Holder 1-24)

West Indies 197 & 129: (First Innings: Holder 46; Broad 6-31. Second Innings: Hope 31; Woakes 5-50, Broad 4-36)

England win by 269 runs and win the series 2-1


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Stuart Broad secured his place among the pantheon of great pace bowlers with a 500th Test wicket before a brilliant five-for from Chris Woakes powered England to a 2-1 series win over the West Indies.

Broad had spent two successive nights lingering on 499 but ensured his wait would not carry on beyond this third Test, pinning Kraigg Brathwaite lbw in the morning session for his landmark scalp then returning to put the finishing touch on a 269-run victory.

As well as making him just the seventh bowler in history to reach the remarkable landmark - and the trajectory of the sport gives every reason to believe he might also be the last - Broad's first-innings 62 and match figures of 10 for 67 ensured it would be England who won the last ever tussle for the soon-to-be-retired Wisden Trophy.

The 34-year-old enjoyed his moment, 13 years and 140 caps in the making, though the eerie silence of a 'bio-secured' Emirates Old Trafford was hardly befitting of a feat as lofty as this one.

The empty stands will not concern Broad, though, and he should rightly cherish his elevation to an elite group of a seamers that includes his long-time partner James Anderson, Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath as its only previous members.

It is no spoiler to reveal that Woakes will not be joining their number, standing as he does on 106 wickets from 35 appearances, but he remains one of the most skilful operators around. He shouldered the responsibility of driving forward the England cause, taking five for 50 in a long unbroken shift that saw the tourists rolled for 129 all out.

With one wicket still needed Broad returned for one last effort and did the job with his first ball, Jermaine Blackwood flapping down leg side.

All eyes were on Broad at the start of the day but Brathwaite and Shai Hope were reading from a different script initially, adding 25 runs in 25 minutes before a brief rain delay.

When the teams resumed Broad continued attacking the stumps at a full length, risking runs but increasing his chances of landing the big prize. When it came it was as plumb as any decision he has earned since he first donned England whites in 2007. Brathwaite was beaten all ends up on the back foot and Broad's celebrations were never likely to be delayed by a DRS referral.

Anderson was among the first to congratulate his long-time partner and will have been quick to remind him that they now share another story, Brathwaite having also been his 500th victim at Lord's in 2017.

Broad's personal milestone also helped England strengthen their stranglehold on the third Test, the first of the eight breakthroughs they needed. He eventually took the chance to hold the ball aloft, albeit in slightly poignant fashion given the empty stands that have allowed this bio-secure series to take place.

Even when his spell was finished he found a way to stay involved, running in from mid-on to take a catch for Woakes, Hope having tossed away his good start with a horrible hack off the toe end.

The mixed weather offered some optimism for the West Indies but they lacked the fortitude to take advantage. Shamarh Brooks was next to follow the pattern, progressing nicely to 22 only for Woakes to shade one in off the pitch and brush the inside edge of an ambitious stroke.

Another shower forced the players to take an early lunch at 84 for five, but there was still a long road ahead if the Windies were to claim the draw they need to retain the Wisden Trophy.

Instead the afternoon's play began with a brilliant piece of fielding from Dom Bess, included as a spinner but not used in the entire match. Blackwood set off for a run that Roston Chase was never as keen on but it still required a wonderfully alert pick-up and throw for Bess to hurl down the stumps at the keeper's end.

The result was now a formality, with the batting side showing none of the steel they needed to hang on for a painstaking draw. Woakes was on hand to take full advantage of any lapse and they kept coming in quick succession.

He won three lbws in a row, pitching the ball up and searching for small variations off the pitch as Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich and Rahkeem Cornwall all departed cheaply.

Jofra Archer did his best to get on the board at the other end but when his fruitless spell concluded it saw Broad, inevitably, end the series on centre stage. Blackwood flicked him to Jos Buttler as the ball faded towards leg, handing him the third 10-wicket match of his career and the first since 2013.

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Stuart Broad celebrates his 500th Test wicket

Stuart Broad has no intention of walking off into the sunset any time soon, insisting his 500th Test wicket may not be the last historic landmark he reaches in an England shirt.

Broad started the month “frustrated, gutted and angry” after being overlooked for the first match of the summer against the West Indies but ends it riding higher than ever as player of the series in his side’s 2-1 win.

Throw in a sparkling 62 on day of the decider and Broad has clearly had the time of his life since putting the earlier dent to his ego aside.

It is far from unusual to wonder how much more a 34-year-old fast bowler has to offer, not least one with 140 Tests on the clock across 13 years on the circuit, but Broad need only look across the dressing room for inspiration.

James Anderson is almost four years older and still going strong on 589 scalps, with no sign that either man is slowing down.

“A couple of weeks ago I was in a bit of a thinking place – I couldn’t leave a cricket ground where I’d been left out. I thought, ‘where am I going here?’. But I’m glad I stayed strong because I’m very happy two weeks later. To get to 500 is a special feeling,” he said.

“You always hear ex-sportsmen saying they knew when it was time to go, they lost that feeling. Well, I’ve still got it in abundance. I’m someone who looks pretty short-term but at the moment I feel fresh, I feel fit.

“Jimmy is my idol on that. He turns 38 soon and he’s someone who I have watched very closely, a great friend of mine for many years. Over the last few years, he has maintained himself and kept upskilling himself to be able to not only compete but get better at this level.

“If you look at both of our records over the last few years, we are actually improving. Compare my last 18 months to my career record and it’s way better which is always a great sign.”

All of a sudden nothing seems impossible for the rejuvenated Broad – going past Courtney Walsh on 519? Glenn McGrath on 563? One day surpassing even Anderson’s final tally?

“I’ve never even thought about that. I’m not particularly a goal-setter, so it’s not as though I sit here and say, ‘I want 600 wickets’,” he said.

“If you’d asked me four years ago, ‘at 34 do you think you could play another three or four years?’ I’d have said absolutely not. Now I am 34 I feel fit, post-lockdown my fitness testing was the best it’s ever been and I feel excited to be playing around this group.

“If I keep bowling the way I am for the next few years then I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Root hails Broad

England captain Root told BBC Sport Test Match Special it had been “a brilliant performance” from his side.

“Ever since that (batting) partnership between Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler, we have been in control. Our bowling was exceptional throughout both innings,” Root said.

“We are really growing as a team, we have always been a hard team to beat in these conditions, but think things are really coming together in these last two Tests.

“We are very pleased – we knew we had a few things to contend with today, not least the weather.”

Root paid tribute to the “unbelievable” efforts of Broad, who also made 62 in the first innings.

“I’m really pleased for him and to get 500 wickets is an incredible achievement,” Root said on BBC Sport Test Match Special.

“I was training with him in lockdown at Trent Bridge and seeing all the hard work he’s been putting in. To see that hard work pay off, I’m really pleased for him.

“It’s worked out very well leaving him out of the first Test – we’ve had a look at a number of different guys and different combinations. To make this impact on the series over two games is a testament to his ability.”

Broad joined team-mate Anderson in an elite group of seamers.

Root added during the post-match presentation as the rain came down in Manchester: “We are looking at two of England’s greatest bowlers of all times and we have got to understand how lucky we are as current players to be playing alongside them.

“There isn’t a better place for a young player to come in and learn their trade and hopefully it is going to happen for a long time.”

Holder: Credit to England

West Indies captain Jason Holder accepted his side had come up short after looking to clinch the series themselves following victory in the opening Test at the Ageas Bowl.

Holder said on Sky Sports: “We still didn’t get the runs we were looking for. We thought the wickets here were good enough to at least put up a bigger first-innings effort.

“We had plenty of stats, plenty of guys with half-centuries, but we didn’t quite kick on.

“The difference with England is when Stokes got in, he went big, when Sibley got in he went big, and unfortunately we didn’t do that.

“Our bowlers tried in some very tough conditions, but credit to all of them, I must always commend them for the efforts they put in.”

All-rounder Roston Chase was named the West Indies player of the series. He said: “From the beginning of the tour we spoke about our plans and we really wanted about our batsman to battle hard.

“It’s not been coming up to par for the last couple of years, we’ve shown some signs of improvement, but we’ve still not been good enough to be victorious.”

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