WINDIES WIN WISDEN TROPHY | MATCH HIGHLIGHTS PRESENTED BY SUZUKI
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – It was the shot heard around the Caribbean and the World: John Campbell’s crunching pull shot to the deep mid-wicket boundary off James Anderson.
It formalized an emphatic 10-wicket victory for the WINDIES over England in the second Test about half-hour before the scheduled close at a half-filled Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here – including the legendary former WINDIES captain himself – and an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series to claim the Wisden Trophy, symbol of supremacy between the two sides for the first time in 10 years.
Inspired, high-class fast bowling – led by Kemar Roach and WINDIES Jason Holder – spurred the hosts to an incredible victory that sealed their first Test series win over the English at home or away for 10 years.
Holder, the No.1 all-rounder in the World, snared 4-43 from 12.1 overs and Roach grabbed 4-52 from 13 overs were the most successful WINDIES bowlers, but fellow speedster Alzarri Joseph, mourning the passing of his mother overnight, showed immense composure to play on, claimed two important scalps, as Joe Root’s side were routed for 132 in their second innings.
This left the WINDIES with the small matter of 14 for victory and rookie opener John Campbell, in particular, and Kraigg Brathwaite ensured they suffered no casualties in taking them past the target.
This result followed a massive 381-run victory in the first Test last week in Barbados, which gave Holder’s side a precious 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.
The final Test starts next Saturday, February 9, at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia, where the WINDIES will be looking for a clean sweep.
The series victory also marked the first time the WINDIES have won a series over a higher-ranked side in seven years.
Resuming from their overnight 272 for six, the WINDIES were bowled out for 306 to earn a first innings lead of 119 thanks to Darren Bravo extending his overnight score of 33 to an even 50 before he was deceived in flight by off-spinner Moeen Ali and was stumped to bring the curtain down on the home team’s resistance just before lunch.
WINDIES failed to make a breakthrough in the brief period before the interval, but Holder and Joseph combined with two scalps each after to leave England wobbling on 75 for four at tea.
Holder’s first delivery had left-handed opener Rory Burns caught at third slip for 16 from a mistimed cut and he followed up when he bowled Jonny Bairstow for 14 four balls later.
Joseph holding a steady line and length and getting the ball to move sharply had England captain Joe Root caught behind for seven on review which showed the ball had nicked the batsman’s glove.
The Antiguan fast bowler was unerring when he bowled opener Joe Denly for 17, but agonised three balls later, when he watched John Campbell put down left-handed England talisman Ben Stokes at third slip before he had scored.
After tea, England folded meekly, as they found the combined swing of Holder and Roach irresistible.
Roach claimed Stokes, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes and Stuart Broad either bowled or lbw with delivery that swung late and breached suspect techniques, and Holder added the scalps of Jos Buttler lbw on review for the top score of 24 and last man Jimmy Anderson, fittingly caught at mid-on by a diving Joseph to end the England innings.
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