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England vs WI: Stuart Broad makes history as England defeat WI by 269 runs, Claim series

Vishnu Vasisht

England defeated West Indies by 269 runs in the last match of the three-Test series. With this, the team won the series 2–1. England have not lost a Test series in their home for 6 years. During this period, the team has so far won 8 out of 12 bilateral series, while 4 have ended in draws. Last time in June 2014, Sri Lanka beat them 1-0. English bowler Stuart Broad became the fourth fast bowler in the world to take 500 wickets.

England had scored 369 runs in the first innings. In response, the West Indies team could manage only 197 runs, giving the English team a lead of 172 runs. In this context, England had set a target of 399 runs by declaring 226 runs for 2 wickets in the second innings. In response, the Windies were all out for 129 in the second innings.

In the first Test of the series, West Indies won by 4 wickets. Whereas in the second match England had made a great comeback and defeated the West Indies by 113 runs to equalize the series. Due to Coronavirus, this series was played in a bio-secure environment without an audience.

Stuart Broad, who took 10 wickets in the third match, was voted Man of the Match. He also scored 62 runs in the first innings. Broad was also voted Man of the Series. Broad took 16 wickets in the 4 innings that he played in the series.

Broad became the second England bowler and 7th bowler in the world to do so. Kraigg Brathwaite was his 500th victim. Incidentally, the highest wicket-taker for England, James Anderson's 500th victim was also Brathwaite.

He also became the fourth fast bowler in the world to take 500 wickets. James Anderson, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh have done this before him.

Windies skipper Jason Holder also completed his 100 wickets in the Test as a captain, dismissing England opener Sibley in the second innings. He became the world's 9th cricketer to do so. At the same time, as the captain in both ODIs and Tests, Holder is the fourth player in the world to take 100 wickets each in both formats. In both these cases, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan is on top with 187 Test and 131 ODI wickets.

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