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England v West Indies: Day five round-up

God isn’t Test cricket great!

England have levelled the series after beating the West Indies by 113 runs in the second Test at Old Trafford.

The Windies were bowled out for 198 just inside the final hour of day five, with England producing a Cape Town-esque late victory.

Joe Root’s men headed into the final day knowing they needed to quickly increase their lead and then take 10 Windies wickets to keep their chances of winning the Wisden Trophy still alive.

A breathtaking performance from Ben Stokes in the morning session ensured they got their quick runs, with England magic man hitting 78 off just 57 and pushing England’s lead beyond 300 before their declaration.

Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes made an excellent start with the new ball – reducing Jason Holder’s side to 25-3 at Lunch.

Some resolute batting from the Windies halted England’s momentum on a number of occasions but as we’ve seen so often with this side, they just kept pushing for the victory.

Wickets began to tumble in the evening session with Sam Curran, Stokesy, and Dom Bess all coming to the party – the latter dismissing Holder with a beauty through the gate.

The final blow came just after 6pm and required a sensational bit of fielding from Ollie Pope at short-leg, the 22-year-old parried a powerful shot from Kemar Roach up in the air and then threw himself full length to grab it with one hand.

That gave England the win that we have all been craving and means that we head into the final Test at Old Trafford on Friday with the series on the line and momentum in the Three Lions’ favour.

A word for Stokesy, who worked himself into the ground with both bat and ball and was, without doubt, the catalyst for a fantastic win at Old Trafford. At this point it is difficult to know what else to say.

The Three Lions have a chance to make it back-to-back series victory in the third Test. Bring it on!