(Report & Photos from ICC)
England secured a massive 269-run victory on the afternoon of the third Test to take the series 2-1, with Chris Woakes’ five-for overshadowed by Stuart Broad’s 500th Test wicket.
Broad had moved to 499 wickets on the third evening, but was made to wait as the fourth day was washed out. Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope then made him wait a while longer, surviving through the opening exchanges on the fifth morning as West Indies looked to salvage a draw to retain the Wisden Trophy. A rain shower forced the players from the field with England having failed to make the breakthrough they would have hoped for.
But upon resumption Broad swiftly produced a delivery for which Brathwaite had no answer to become just the seventh bowler in Test history to take 500 wickets.
From that moment on though, it was Chris Woakes who did the damage, taking the wickets of Shai Hope and Shamarh Brooks in quick succession. Roston Chase was run out after a slight hesitation setting off for a single into the covers off Woakes, with Dom Bess swooping in and scoring a direct hit to take advantage.
A couple more showers allowed Woakes the chance to recharge and continue to bowl without respite for the batsmen. He trapped all three of Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich and Rahkeem Cornwall leg-before to claim his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests as Jermaine Blackwood could only watch the carnage unfold from the other end.
With West Indies nine down, Broad returned and struck with his first ball, having Blackwood caught down the leg-side to seal victory and with it a series win for the hosts.