The Wisden Trophy, 2020
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Date: 16 July-20 July, 2020
RR: 2.82 | England beat West Indies by 113 runs
Right then! West Indies land a punch in Southampton and England return the favor here in Manchester. Who will win the bout? Well, that will be decided when both the teams face off for the final game at the same venue. That game will be played on 24th July 2020. It will start at 1100 local (1000 GMT). We will wait for your company for it. Till then, goodbye and take care!
BEN STOKES IS NAMED PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his brilliant performance. Ben starts by saying that he is fine on being asked about the niggle and tells that he did not want to take a risk. On his long bowling spell, Stokes says that he is ready to give everything for the team. Feels that once he bowled 5-6 overs, he felt that he should just keep bowling. Adds that in the first innings, they felt that there wasn't much movement off the surface. Adds that they used the short ball tactics well. On his batting performance in both the innings, tells that both the innings were played in different scenarios. Feels that the bowlers should get a lot of credit for their performance in the final session of Day 4. On him batting over 300 balls to get to his ton, Stokes laughs and says that he never thought he will face that many balls.
England skipper, Joe Root says that it was a brilliant week's cricket and says they have made progress in their batting and hopes to see more of 400+ scores. Tells they were in a position to finish it up and did so brilliantly. On Sibley, Root says that they want him to go out there and set the platform and tells that he is getting better with each game he plays. On Stokes, he says he does not surprise him as he leads the way in many ways and he keeps getting better and better. Tells he is a great example for everyone. Adds that Broad led the attack brilliantly and they know that he has a lot of cricket left in him. On the decisions to be made before the next Test, he says it is going to be a challenge as they have all their bowlers fit and tells it is going to be tricky.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder, says that they are disappointed with their performance but credits England for their performance. Mentions Stokes' performance in the game made a lot of difference. Tells that there are a few points to ponder on for them in the next couple of days, like whether they should come forward or stay back to play or leave the balls. Feels that they batted quite well for a decent amount of time but credits the English bowlers for coming hard. Says that there's no regret regarding the decision at toss and feels that Sibley and Stokes should be given the credit the way they batted. Tells that they will look to see how all the guys pull up and decide about the team for the next game. Finishes by saying that they are here for win and they will give their all in the decider.
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England bowlers were superb with the ball in this innings even though there was hardly any assistance for them. Broad got one in the first over and then they kept coming and coming and got wickets at regular intervals. Brooks and Blackwood resisted with respective half tons but once they were dismissed, things became tough for the visitors and England eventually bundled them out well before the allotted overs for Day 5. Apart from skipper Joe Root who bowled 10 deliveries, all the bowlers got wickets at crucial moments to help the hosts level the series.
West Indies batters did superbly in the first innings and were playing calmly with Brathwaite, Brooks and Chase getting to their half-centuries. However, once England took the second new ball, West Indies lost their way and somehow managed to avoid the follow-on with Chase helping them do that. Broad and Woakes finished with 3 apiece while Curran got 2 and Stokes and Bess took 1 wicket.
Earlier in the game, after winning the toss, Holder opted to bowl first. They started well with a couple of wickets early on but Sibley and Stokes combined for a marathon stand and took England towards a huge total. Both brought up their respective tons. They eventually declared on 469/9. Discussions were going around regarding the approach of Sibley and Stokes during that partnership knowing the fact that there were chances of rain on Day 3. For the Windies bowlers, it was a long toil that lasted for nearly 2 days with Chase taking a fifer. As per the forecast, the entire day's play on Day 3 was washed out.
What a terrific comeback from England to level the series! After the Day 3 washout and then the way West Indies batters batted in the first innings, it looked like there was just one result, i.e. a draw but Broad with a brilliant spell turned things around first and then earlier on in the morning session, Ben Stokes with his fluent knock gave the side a terrific opportunity to seal the game.
Something is wrong with Stokes and he won't be able to complete the over. Root to bowl the last two balls of the over. Looks like it's the groin of Stokes that is causing him trouble.
Shannon Gabriel walks out at number 11.
Another review! This time it is from Joseph. This time the umpire has raised his finger for a bat pad catch at short leg. No bat there so Joseph is safe. Hang on! The umpire wants to check the LBW as well. Joseph is safe there as well the ball is missing the stump one more time.
England have referred one upstairs. Joseph is the man in question. No shot offered. So doesn't matter where it is pitching. Is it hitting the stumps? Well, not really, missing the leg stump. England lose the review.
Alzarri Joseph replaces Jason Holder out in the middle.
Ben Stokes is back on!
Dom Bess is back into the attack.
Third umpire has been called for a run out. It looked like Holder has made his ground. Yes, he has.
Kemar Roach is the new man in.
Sam Curran is back on.
Ben Stokes is done for this spell and England's strike bowler, Stuart Broad, is back into the attack. Can he make an impact to get his side a wicket here?
The team is in trouble and the skipper, Jason Holder walks out to bat. The skipper will have to lead from the front if his side are to avoid a defeat here. Can Holder and Brooks save this Test for the Caribbean nation?
Has Dowrich come too far across? The on-field umpire thinks so. Dowrich has decided to refer it. Let's see what the replays have to say.
Chris Woakes to bowl the first full over of the session as he replaces Dom Bess. Nothing much has happened for the off spinner in this innings so far.
The England players walk out to the middle for one final time in this Test match. Shamarh Brooks walks out with his new batting partner Shane Dowrich. Ben Stokes will finish his over.
... Day 5, Final Session ...
A very good session of Test cricket. It looked like West Indies would lose just one wicket but the hard work, effort and commitment of Stokes ensured that they break the 100-run stand right before Tea and head to the break with momentum on their side. It was a fascinating session of cricket as after getting rid of Roston Case early in the session, it looked like the hosts were cruising but Blackwood joined Brooks out in the middle and the pair put up a brilliant fight with both getting to their respective half centuries and adding a 100-run stand. It looked like the duo had done enough and would go to Tea unscathed but right at the stroke of Tea, Blackwood fell prey to Stokes' vicious bouncer and it is England who will feel like they have the momentum. West Indies are still in this with a fighting chance to draw. England, on the other hand, still have a lot to do as Brooks is out there and Dowrich and West Indies' best batter in the side, Holder still to come. So just over 42 overs to be bowled in the final session and 5 wickets in hand we are set for a thrilling finale. Do not miss out on this as it promises to be a great end to this Test. Join us for the final session at 1615 local (1515 GMT) to find out which way this Test goes.
Breaking - The inevitable has happened. The T20 World Cup which was due to be held later this year in Australia has been postponed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Ben Stokes to bowl now. He has been in some fine form with both bat as well as ball. Can he break this budding stand?
Time for some spin. Dom Bess is brought into the attack now.
Chris Woakes is back for his another spell. 7-1-14-1 from him so far.
4 down already. West Indies in a spot of bother. Would they be looking for some assistance from the skies? Who knows? Will they get? Only time will tell.
Jermaine Blackwood joins Shamrah Brooks out in the middle. Change is bowling too as Sam Curran comes to bowl.
Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end. 6-2-12-2 from him so far.
Time for the second and most important session of the Test match. A couple of wickets quickly and we might see an early finish. The English players have made their way out to the middle. Roston Chase and Shamarh Brooks stride out too. A task in hand for both the batters. 74 overs left in the day, weather permitting. Chris Woakes with the ball. Here we go...
... Day 5, Session 2 ...
West Indies have a lot to think about as everything that could possibly go wrong has went wrong in the first session of the final day. They leaked runs to begin the day. Needing 312 to win but more importantly surviving 85 overs, the tourists would have wanted their openers to at least see off the session but Campbell's poor day continued as after dropping a sitter of Stokes earlier in the day, he was dismissed in the very first over. The tourists have looked lackluster with the willow and are in a troublesome position. They would look to improve and have a much better second session. Can the tourists put on a fight or will England have a fruitful second session as well? Join us at 1340 Local (1240 GMT) to find out.
A brilliant morning session for England first hour or less with the bat and the remaining with the ball. The day started off with some aggressive batting by Stokes sprinkled with some luck as he was dropped by John Campbell. An aggressive innings from Stokes gave the hosts a lead in excess of 300 and after declaring with the lead of 311, the hosts would have looked for a couple of wickets from their new ball bowlers. That is what they got, the returning Broad proved why he shouldn't be dropped as he picked two and his new ball partner Woakes getting one. The hosts are clearly on top of this game.
Another on-field decision referred upstairs as England think they have another wicket. Chase is the man in question. Let's see what the replays have to show. No problems with the front foot. However,the Ball Tracker shows that it would miss the leg stump.
Roston Chase is in now.
Shamarh Brooks is the next man in. Three slips and a gully waiting.
Chris Woakes to partner Stuart Broad with the new ball.
Shai Hope is the next man in.
Review time! England think they have a wicket caught behind. A very late review from them. Is there a nick? Oh, yes, there is!