Blown away!

Broad tops Botham as England rout West Indies

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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BIRMINGHAM, England (AFP) — Stuart Broad starred as England thrashed the West Indies by an innings and 209 runs to ensure the inaugural day/night Test in Britain ended inside three days at Edgbaston yesterday.

West Indies, following on, lost 19 wickets for 261 runs in the day's play as England surged to a 1-0 lead in this three-Test series.

Having been bowled out for just 168 in their first innings, after England had piled up 514 for eight declared on the back of Man of the Match Alastair Cook's 243 and captain Joe Root's 136, the West Indies collapsed to 137 all out second time around.

Broad took three wickets for 34 runs in 10 overs, including a spell of three for four in 11 balls that saw him surpass England great Ian Botham's tally of 383 Test wickets.

Broad is now second in England's list of all-time leading Test wicket-takers, with only new-ball colleague James Anderson ahead of him.

It was Anderson who did the initial damage in both West Indies innings.

Barely had a West Indies first innings where Jermaine Blackwood's 79 not out accounted for nearly half the total finished, then Anderson struck again when Kieran Powell edged to former Captain Cook at first slip.

West Indies were 42 for two when Test debutant Kyle Hope (12) was lbw to seamer Toby Roland-Jones.

Shai Hope hung in for more than 30 minutes but then nicked Ben Stokes to second slip Root.

Kraigg Brathwaite (40) resisted for 107 minutes and hit seven fours before he was lbw on review to off-spinner Moeen Ali, playing in front of his Birmingham home crowd, to leave West Indies 76 for four at tea.

Blackwood was then stumped by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow off Ali before Broad struck.

He had Roston Chase plumb lbw and next ball West Indies Captain Jason Holder was out for a duck as he edged to Cook.

Broad, who had drawn level with Botham, now had a shot at an unprecedented third career Test hat-trick.

Kemar Roach, however, survived the hat-trick ball.

But Broad was soon celebrating again, bowling Shane Dowrich to top Botham's mark as the former England all-rounder looked on from a television commentary box at Edgbaston.

Roland-Jones ended the match when he had Alzarri Joseph caught in the slips by Stokes.

The West Indies, 44 for one overnight, lost seven wickets for 89 runs in 23 overs in yesterday's first session as they subsided to 145 for eight at lunch.

Anderson had a wicket just six balls into the day's play when Kyle Hope was caught in the gully for his overnight 25.

The wickets kept tumbling with only Blackwood, who drove Roland-Jones for two stylish straight fours, offering any sort of resistance.

He showed plenty of character too when, after being hit on the helmet by Stokes, he cut the pace bowling all-rounder's next ball for four.

Blackwood completed a 49-ball fifty and later hit both Ali and Broad for two, well-struck straight sixes.

The innings ended when last man Miguel Cummins was run out by Tom Westley's throw from midwicket as Blackwood tried to keep the strike.

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