Windies clinch Wisden Trophy after humbling sorry England

Jonny Bairstow displayed a far tighter technique in the second Test and reaped the rewards with a vital 51

Jonny Bairstow displayed a far tighter technique in the second Test and reaped the rewards with a vital 51

"Root had the misfortune of losing the toss, which meant England were always facing an uphill task having to bat first on a green pitch that offered the fast bowlers plenty of assistance early on."West Indies had that opportunity (to bowl first) and exploited it", Root said."Once the game gets going you can't look at things like that".

Root said that England will try and assuage the stinging series loss by putting in a better show in St Lucia, the venue for the third and final Test of the series. It won the first test in Barbados by 381 runs in four days.

A newly invigorated West Indies reclaimed the coveted Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade after they produced yet another imperious display to thrash a bewildered England by 10 wickets inside three days of the intriguing second Test here yesterday.

"This group has been together for a while and we have been doing some exceptional things".

As the West Indies' second innings began, Joseph was preparing to bat as scheduled and was also expected to the field and bowl.

"It's very disappointing. We came here to win so to find ourselves out of it with a game to go is hard to take", Root added.

Kraigg Brathwaite, the vice-captain, will step up to lead the team in Holder's absence, having done so in two Tests on West Indies' tour of Bangladesh a year ago, which Holder missed due to injury. "A series win at home against England, the third-best team in the world, is fantastic".

He made amends in a manner completely against his nature, his even 50 coming off 216 deliveries, the slowest-ever by a West Indies batsman in Test cricket in terms of balls faced. In the second Test, he only managed 22 runs but was able to scalp five wickets.

Alzarri Joseph (2-12), playing despite his mother passing away overnight, then removed Joe Root (7), given out caught behind after a review, and Denly (17), who lost his off stump after shouldering arms.

Joined by last man Shannon Gabriel, Bravo hoisted Ali for six to close in on the half-century.

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