The Wisden Trophy, 2019
Venue: Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia
Date: 09 February-12 February, 2019
RR: 3.60 | England beat West Indies by 232 runs
That is all we have for you in this Test match series. Windies win it by a 2-1 margin and have surprised many. The England tour doesn't end here. The 5-match ODI series begin from 20th February. The first one will be played at Barbados. Join in at 1100 local (1500 GMT). Until then, ta ta!
Jason Holder then goes onto collect the trophy and calls over his teammates to pose for the shutterbugs. This series was really important for them as well as cricket in general. A sight that has not been seen recently but one which brings genuine happiness to the eyes of the neutral viewers.
Jason Holder tells us that it was a bit disappointing to lose the final Test. Reckons there are areas of improvement but there are also positives to pick out of the games. When asked about the previous tour compared to this one, he mentions there are both good and bad that can be taken out of each performance. Reserves some special praise for Roston Chase who he feels is an asset with both bat and ball. Continues by saying that he is looking forward to the touring Indians and reckons they will have to be more clinical in that, not affording to lose plots. On the importance of the series win, he ends by saying that the team has to consistently improve and reach the higher rankings by winning, aspiring to be the number 1 side. Thanks the Windies supporters as well as the travelling English supporters for making this a good spectacle.
Kemar Roach, the Man of the Series says that the series was a pretty good one for him but more important was winning for the team against a competitive England side. Tells us with a smile that even he gets tired but he was trying to give the best for the side. When asked about the team performance, he says that he is really proud of all his mates to have beaten the formidable England side. Asked about the touring Indian side later in the year he says that he is looking forward to all the cricket coming up. Ends by saying everyone is working really hard in practice and the nets to make the team a great one and get results which they want.
Mark Wood is the Man of the Match, says that he was full of confidence after the England Lions tour. He informs that he was not worried about his pace and just looked to run in and bowl fast. He feels happy about managing to come in and hit the right lines and lengths and pick up the wickets. When asked about playing in the Ashes for the England team, he says that he is not thinking that far ahead. Ends by thanking his fitness coaches and physios for getting him fit and ready to bowl.
Joe Root, the England captain feels that they played some good cricket in this Test and batted well in the first innings, then came out and did the job with the ball as well. On the team combination, he says that he chose the side that he felt was best-suited and admits that a few mistakes were made. Regardless, he feels that there is a brilliant squad and the team will be really good with experience. On his own form, he feels that the hundred was really important in the second innings and felt good to contribute with the bat. Praises Mark Wood for bowling with great pace and effort. Signs off by saying it was a great way to end the series and get some momentum going into the ODIs.
As for the bowling effort in the second innings, Anderson and Ali picked up three each, whereas Stokes picked up a couple, one went to Wood and the other one was a suicidal run out. Broad bowled well without success. All-in-all, a good bowling performance to follow the great one in the first innings as well. The English team can have some smiles on their faces before they move onto the 5-match ODI series coming up. Presentations to follow...
The chase was derailed early when 4 wickets went early on to the swing of Anderson and pace of Wood. Most of them were loose shots. What followed after Lunch was a bit of rearguard action with Roston Chase standing at one end, losing partners. And post-Tea, it was all about how long for the remaining wickets to fall. Roston Chase and the Windies innings continued long enough for the batsman to get to three figures but the England bowlers eventually found a way to bowl them out and pick up a consolation win.
Roston Chase remains unbeaten but the Windies don't. They have been beaten and convincingly at that in the final Test of the series. 232 runs and that underlines the importance of Jason Holder to this Windies Test team. Nevertheless, the series is in the bag and the hosts still have smiles on their faces as they walk out to shake hands with their opposition. A chase of 485 was never going to be possible but the hosts could have shown a bit more of character and tried to help out Roston Chase, who was out there trying his best.
Joe Denly to roll his arm over now.
Keemo Paul is the last man in. He was stretchered off yesterday, but he comes in to help a mate reach three figures. Brilliant comradeship!
Ben Stokes is now into the attack.
Keemo Paul who was out injured early on Day 3 is seen padded up. Surprise for everyone that.
We now see Keemo Paul padded up in the pavillion. Hmmm...
DRINKS! Please finish this game soon, England. Yours sincerely, a Man united fan. Joseph had his fun in the middle but held out. Roston Chase is on 78 and deserves a 100. Just 1 wicket needed for the visitors to wrap this game up.
Review time... Roston Chase has been given out LBW here but he has reviewed almost immediately. Looks like he feels that he has hit that ball.
Stuart Broad to have a bowl now.
Alzarri Joseph is in at number 9.
The batsman pulls out... Looks like something or someone has moved in front of the sightscreen.
Moeen Ali to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the final session of play on the fourth day. Roston Chase and Kemar Roach to try and keep the hosts in the game. Chase to face Mark Wood.
... Day 4, Session 3 ...
Another session that belongs to England in the context of the Test match. 101 runs for the Windies but the away team has truckloads of runs left with them. The important fact is that they have picked up 2 wickets. Roston Chase has battled at one end but Shimron Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich left him mid-way through the battle. Now, he is alongside Kemar Roach which means that the original number 8, Keemo Paul might not be able to turn out to bat. That means, England will need 3 wickets. As for the hosts, their main aim will be to take this game as deep as possible. How will the final session pan out? Join us at 1500 local time to find out...
Joe Denly to roll his arm over before the Tea break.
Kemar Roach is next to the middle. That means, no Paul? At least for now...
James Anderson is back on now.
DRINKS! With that wicket, the players take the Drinks break. Hetmyer and Chase were going along well and now some lazy running has cost them a wicket. Just 5 more wickets for the visitors to wrap this up. And if Paul doesn't come to bat, then four. Meanwhile, Shane Dowrich replaces Hetmyer in the middle.
Run-out appeal taken upstairs... Bairstow takes off the stumps at the keeper's end as the throw comes in. Unnecessary from the Windies. Don't know what the hurry was from them. Hetmyer isn't waiting for the signal even as it is taken upstairs. Looked like he was out to the naked eye.
Mark Wood to have a burst now.
Moeen Ali is into the attack now.
Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the post-Lunch session. The England players walk out and will look to wrap this game as soon as possible. For the home side, Shimron Hetmyer and Roston Chase will look to bat for as long as possible and tease the opposition. Will we see a third session today? James Anderson will have the first burst.
... Day 4, Session 2 ...
At the start of the Day, England played just 5.2 overs, scored some quick runs and set Windies a target of 485. The hosts will be disappointed with their batting. All of their wickets have fallen to loose shots. They have lost their top order and are starring down the barrel. The way they have batted, this could possibly even be the last session of the match. Let's wait and watch, join us back in a short while for the second session of play...
What a dream start for the England bowlers. They couldn't have asked for anything more. Anderson started it off along with Broad. The former picked up three wickets and rocked the hosts back. Broad was unlucky to not get a wicket but bowled tight lines. Wood then came on and removed Hope after he along with Chase bunted down a few balls.
The new man in is Shimron Hetmyer.
A false start... Wood seems to have landed a bit gingerly and pulls out just before delivering the ball. Feels his knee but looks to be okay to continue as he walks back to the bowling mark...
Mark Wood, the hero of the first innings is now on.
Ben Stokes is now on for a bowl.
The ground staff are seen circling around the boundary. They are expecting a few showers it looks like...
Roston Chase is in at number 5.
Now then! England have taken an LBW review. Looks like height is an issue. The umpire was quick to say no. Root thinks other ways.
Darren Bravo is the new man in.
Shai Hope is in at no. 3.