St George’s, March 27
West Indies clinched the Botham-Richards Trophy with an emphatic 10-wicket victory over England in the deciding Test of the series on Day 4 here today.
Chasing a token target of 28 in their second innings, West Indies reached it without loss, captain Kraigg Brathwaite hitting the triumph runs to seal a 1-0 series. It was a stunning result for the home team after being outplayed in the first two drawn Tests, and ensured another barren England trip to the Caribbean.
England have only one series win in the West Indies in the past half-century, a 3-0 victory in 2003-04.
With the ecstatic home fans dancing at the stands, the England players shook hands with Brathwaite and John Campbell.
Even before the England team trudged off the field in dismay, however, commentators were calling for Joe Root to step down as captain.
Although one of the world’s best batters, with a Test average of nearly 50, Root has rarely looked a natural leader and has earned a reputation as an unimaginative captain. Earlier, England resumed with a lead of only 10 runs and two wickets in hand. — Reuters