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England v West Indies: Day five round-up

England have claimed a 2-1 series victory against the West Indies after they capped off a dominant display in the third Test by securing a 269-run victory before tea on day five.

Some fantastic captains have got their hands on the Wisden Trophy over the years but Joe Root has become the last final skipper ever to lift it, with the two sides to contest for the new Richards-Botham Trophy in future series.

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Stuart Broad has looked a man inspired ever since he was dropped for the opening match against the Windies and today proved a historic day for the England seamer as he picked up his 500th Test wicket.

Root’s men began the day needing eight wickets to win the game and the series – knowing that they would need to get the better of both their opponents and the weather after losing yesterday to rain.

The Morning Session was interrupted by showers but Broad got number 500 soon after things had dried up, pinning Kraigg Brathwaite in front.

Shai Hope had looked good at the crease but skied one off the bowling of Chris Woakes, with Broad the man there once again for England.

Shamarh Brooks went before the Lunch break as well, nicking one to Jos Buttler behind the stumps, as we got some early indications that this might be a day that Woakesy’s quality shone through.

The England bowler has been exceptional in English conditions in recent years and finished the day with figures of 5-50 – his fourth five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

He would get Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich, and Rahkeem Cornwall all LBW but it was a magnificent bit of fielding from Dom Bess that really got things going for England in the Afternoon Session.

Woakes trio of LBWs brought the hosts to the cusp of victory and Shannon Gabriel to the crease but it was Jermaine Blackwood that would perish – with Broady fittingly taking the last wicket of the series.

He would scoop the Player of the Match and England’s Player of the Series award – quite some feat considering the performance of magic man Ben Stokes in the second Test.

Focus will soon switch to the Ireland ODI series and the white- and red-ball contests with Pakistan but before that credit should be given to the West Indies for making this historic series possible.

Given the circumstances of their arrival, English cricket owes them a massive amount and, as Broady himself put it, they’re the heroes of the summer.