England thrash West Indies in three days

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Stuart Broad passes Sir Ian Botham’s wicket tally as England close in on win
First Investec Test, Edgbaston, day three
England 514-8 dec (Cook 243, Root 136, Malan 65, Chase 4-113)
West Indies 168 (Blackwood 79*, Anderson 3-24) &137 (Broad 3-34)
England won an innings and 209 runs
Scorecard

England took 19 wickets on the third day to beat West Indies by an innings and 209 runs in the day-night Test at Edgbaston.

West Indies, 44-1 overnight in reply to England’s 514-8 declared, were bowled out for 168 and 137.

James Anderson took 3-34 in the first innings and Stuart Broad 3-34 in the second to move above Sir Ian Botham into second on the list of England’s all-time leading Test wicket-takers.

England take the lead in the three-match series, with the second Test beginning at Headingley on Friday.

That and the final match at Lord’s will revert to traditional playing hours after this contest was held under lights to help England prepare for the Ashes.

While they have been given experience of playing with the pink ball, a poor West Indies side do not look likely to provide any sort of examination before the tour of Australia.

Off the field, the staging of the floodlit game can be seen as a success – the three days that have seen play were close to a sell-out – but the contest was not befitting of the historic occasion.

Full report to follow.

England captain Root goes under the cover to find ball


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