The Wisden Trophy, 2020
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Date: 24 July-28 July, 2020
RR: 3.47 | England beat West Indies by 269 runs
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 moments 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 all 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 Tests. 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 milestones. 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 ball (Selected by England's coach). Roston says that when you do well against England you get a lot of credit in the 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 the 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 technical game and says he is looking forward for the future. On the bowling attack England have, tells 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 powers and though approaching 38 he is still firing on all cylinders.
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 performances 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 the 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 the 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 innings 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 away at wickets regularly and bundled them to just 197 and carried a 172-run lead. Stuart Broad was the tormentor in chief 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 the 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 bowlers for the hosts as he finished the first innings with a 4-fer.
The last man in is Shannon Gabriel.
Rahkeem Cornwall replaces Shane Dowrich out in the middle.
Review time! An appeal for caught behind! Blackwood is the man in question. Ultra Edge detects nothing and England lose their second review.
Shane Dowrich is the new man in.
Has Holder nicked it? The umpire thinks he has not and has been adjudged LBW. Let's see what the replays have to say.
Review time! It is for a caught behind down the leg side. Lets see what the replays have to say.
Just like that, the ground is bathed in sunshine.
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.
Jason Holder is the new man in.
Chris Woakes to bowl from the other end.
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?
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.
Jermaine Blackwood is the new batsman in.
Roston Chase is the next batsman in.
Jofra Archer is into the attack.
Again, we have a bit of light rain falling...
Chris Woakes is into the attack.
Shamarh Brooks walks out to the middle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shai Hope walks out to bat now.
Night watchman Kemar Roach walks out to bat. Can he survive?
Jimmy Anderson's partner-in-crime, Stuart Broad, to partner him with the new ball.