|England's talisman...a fine all round performance|
Even a cool Banks Beer will not chill out Michael Holding this time, as I'm sure he will be furious on what were perfect batting conditions in Nottingham. Superb bowling again from Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad unravelled them before Tim Bresnan chipped in with four wickets. Samuels got a classy ton, whilst the St Lucian Sammy, showed character with his maiden test hundred, but 370 was never enough, and if they had batted for longer, the pitch would have deteriorated more before England had had a chance to bat.
As it was, captain marvel Strauss scored his second hundred of the series, and with Nick Knight's mate KP getting an 80, England looked on target for a big score before the innings faded away. Worryingly for England, Bairstow looked shaky against the short one and Kemar Roach bowled seriously quickly but eleven times from twenty one yards! Bresnan, in his thirteenth test, and thirteenth victory, couldn't be kept out of the game as he ground out a patient 39 not out to help the hosts to a lead of 58.
|Roach...oversteps the mark more than a Middle Stump article|
On a super Sunday for the Yorkshireman, he then took 3-10 as the Windies were reduced to a lead of three runs, whilst six down, and only Samuels showed a bit of spirit to make England chase just over a hundred. Strauss and Cook had a bit of batting practice before England romped home.
A test match played in glorious weather, the only question is now that England have wrapped up the series is will they rest one of Anderson or Broad, if not both, and maybe will Bopara come in?