Passing Covid Test!

Manchester, July 28

Stuart Broad grabbed his 500th Test wicket to set England on their strategy to a convincing 269-run win over West Indies within the third and ultimate Test at Old Trafford as we speak. Broad joined an elite membership, ending with match figures of 10/67, because the West Indies have been bowled out for 129 runs in between a number of rain delays.

England gained the primary Test sequence for the reason that Covid-19 pandemic 2-1 and can virtually instantly go into one other three-match Test sequence in opposition to Pakistan, beginning subsequent week. West Indies have been at all times up in opposition to it after being set an inconceivable 399 to win and shedding the primary two wickets of their second innings to Broad on Sunday, after they have been 10/2 at shut.

Monday’s play was washed out however Broad didn’t take lengthy to proceed his heroics as we speak as he trapped Kraigg Brathwaite leg earlier than wicket for 19. “It was very special to have got (500 wickets) and even more so to help win a Test that helps to win the series for us,” Broad stated.

The 34-year-old Broad had taken the final 4 wickets of West Indies’ first innings and the primary three of their second innings in a dominant efficiency capped by reaching the 500 wicket milestone — solely the seventh Test bowler to take action.

Brathwaite was additionally the 500th Test sufferer of James Anderson at Lord’s three years in the past, serving up a novel double for England’s most profitable bowling duo. “What a stat that is,” exclaimed Broad. “The stars had to be aligned for that to have happened.”

Anderson opened the bowling with Broad on Tuesday however it was Chris Woakes who took did essentially the most harm, ending with figures of 5/50. He had Shai Hope caught for 31 by Broad after a wild swing which noticed the ball go straight up into the air and Shamarh Brooks adopted quickly after as he obtained an inside edge and was caught behind.

After lunch, Roston Chase was run out for seven by Dom Bess.

Woakes’ subsequent two victims have been additionally caught shuffling throughout the crease, with Shane Dowrich out for eight and Rahkeem Cornwall for 2. Fittingly it was Broad who secured victory as Jermaine Blackwood was caught behind for 23. — Reuters

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