Player of the Match
Player of the Match
262dThe Report by Alan Gardner

England founder on Samuels' defiance

At the end of another day of hot, sweaty toil, West Indies had provided another show of the character that Phil Simmons hopes to instil in this side

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JE Root
JE Root
182(229) 17x4 - 4x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 31 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
16 7 11 34 21 11 23 59
KC Brathwaite
116(252) 14x4 - 0x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 38 runs
  • 7x4 - 0x6
16 12 19 33 10 2 3 21

Best performances - Bowlers

JM Anderson
JM Anderson
O22
M7
R43
W4
Eco1.95
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
SCJ Broad
SCJ Broad
O24
M9
R61
W4
Eco2.54
RHB
OFFLEG
3W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorecard Summary

WEST INDIES 299(104.4 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

ENGLAND 464(144.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

WEST INDIES 307(112 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

ENGLAND 144/1(41.1 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: Thilak Ram | Commentator: Andrew McGlashan

Alastair Cook "Most important thing is the win. Took a lot of effort on that wicket. It was a great effort, the attitude, character and a lot of skill. Once we got one wicket we felt it would be testing for West Indies. Credit to Jimmy, that was an outstanding spell. I can't fault the lads over the five days. To be on the good end is fantastic. The way Rooty played, and Gary, they are taking run-making to a new level for England. You can always improve but the lads were brilliant. I want to thank all the fans, it means so much to the guys, and our friends and family."

And that just about wraps things up for today. Thanks for joining us over the last five days. To England the spoils, now on to Barbados. We'll be back for that on May 1. For now, though, from Gnasher, Alex and Alan it's goodbye.

Denesh Ramdin "We fought hard for four days, but that one session cost us the Test. That spell from James Anderson took it away from us. Brathwaite batted well and if he could have carried on. It's hard to take, but well done to England. They had some conditions in their favour on the first day, then the pitch got better." Says Holder has a "slight injury."

Presentation time...Man of the Match is Joe Root. It's a batsman's game. He played superb, but James Anderson won this game today. Anyway. "Certainly feels a lot better with the win behind us," Root says. "We've been ruthless today. Great to take forward for the rest of the series and the summer. I just try to be busy from the off. I want to be greedy, as well. Graham Gooch taught us about daddy hundreds. To win Tests you have to bat big."

England win by nine wickets. Punch of the air from Ballance, calm satisfaction on the face of Cook - then he salutes the dressing with his bat and grabs a stump. Bit of emotion in that, and why not from the England captain. The odds favoured the draw at the start of today, but England produced a wonderful day's cricket. Led by James Anderson, who was outstanding in the morning session, then finished off by this pair of batsmen. England's first overseas win since Kolkata in November 2012. At the moment of victory, Ben Stokes offered a salute to Ottis Gibson in the dressing room. I'll stay with you for the presentations shortly.

41.1
4
Samuels to Ballance, FOUR runs, and there it is! Ballance gets the winning runs with another cut behind point. Job done.

END OF OVER:
41 | 3 Runs | ENG: 140/1

  • Sir Alastair Cook59 (121b)
  • Gary Ballance77 (125b)
  • Kraigg Brathwaite5-1-9-0
  • Marlon Samuels12.2-1-50-0
40.6
0
Brathwaite to Cook, no run, pushed into covers
40.5
0
Brathwaite to Cook, no run, forward and blocks, he doesn't want to give it away
40.4
1
Brathwaite to Ballance, 1 run, wide outside off, helped to deep point
40.3
2
Brathwaite to Ballance, 2 runs, full outside off, bisects two men at cover and is wide of long off
40.2
0
Brathwaite to Ballance, no run, defended to cover
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