England beat West Indies by nine wickets in the second cricket Test to ensure victory in the three-match series and keep its place atop the world rankings.
The hosts, chasing a victory target of 108, reached 111-1 in the final session of the fourth day at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Captain Andrew Strauss made 45 before being caught out. Alastair Cook got 43 and Jonathan Trott made 17. The win put England 2-0 up.
“We’re delighted to get over the line in this Test match, it was quite hard work at times,” Strauss said at the post- match presentation. “There were some really good performances from the lads and a well-earned victory.”
Earlier West Indies was dismissed for 165 in its second innings, after England’s bowlers seized the initiative with six wickets yesterday. Marlon Samuels finished on 76 not out as James Anderson and Tim Bresnan each took four wickets in the innings.
The visitors, who began today on 61-6, added 104 runs at a stadium where they were unbeaten in eight previous Tests. They were all out soon after lunch.
Captain Darren Sammy was trapped leg-before-wicket by Bresnan for 25 and Kemar Roach (14) was lbw to Anderson as West Indies reached 141-8 at lunch. Graeme Swann then had Shane Shillingford caught in the slips by Anderson and Ravi Rampaul was the final dismissal.
Man of the Match
Man of the match Bresnan had figures of 4-37 in the innings, with Anderson on 4-43. They took eight and six wickets in the match, respectively, and Bresnan scored 39 not out in the first innings.
England won the first Test by five wickets at Lord’s in London. It needed to win the series to stay atop the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings. Second-place South Africa will visit for another best-of-three contest in July and August.
Strauss said some players may be rested for the third Test against West Indies, now that this series has been won.
“We’re going to have to take stock over the next couple of days to see how the bowlers are feeling, how fresh they are, and then make a decision on what the best side for that third Test is,” Strauss said. “First and foremost you want to win the Test match, that’s important. We want to keep winning.”
West Indies made 370 in the first innings, to which England replied with 428, including 141 by Strauss.
The third Test starts June 7 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
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