West Indies vs England: Joe Root is in charge as England captain as the visitors collapsed again as the hosts Kegg Brathwaite secured a comfortable 10-wicket win in the Test series decider to seal a 1-0 victory .
England’s batting problems exposed again as West Indies sealed series with 10-wicket win in 3rd Test (AP Photo)
- West Indies chased a pitiful goal of 28 with 10 wickets to spare
- Joe Root’s role as England Test captain in jeopardy
- Weet Indies, outplayed in the 1st 2 Tests, benefited from England’s batting collapses
West Indies clinched the Botham-Richards Trophy with an emphatic 10-wicket win over England in the deciding Test of the series on day four in Grenada on Sunday.
West Indies chased a token goal of 28 in their second innings and reached it without a loss. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite hit the winning runs to seal a 1-0 straight win.
It was a stunning result for the home side after being outplayed in their opening two drawn Tests and made for another fruitless England trip to the Caribbean.
England have won just one run in the West Indies in the past half-century, a 3-0 win in 2003/04.
As enthusiastic home fans danced in the stands, England players Brathwaite and John Campbell shook hands.
ROOT FACES PRINT
But even before the England team trotted off in dismay, commentators were calling for Joe Root to step down as captain.
Despite being one of the world’s top batsmen with a Test average near 50, Root has rarely looked like a natural leader and has earned a reputation as an unimaginative captain.
Earlier, England had restarted with a lead of just 10 runs and two wickets in hand.
The visitors added 17 to their overnight tally, strong resistance from Jack Leach was merely a stay of execution when Kemar Roach smashed both wickets.
He broke a stubborn partnership with his first ball of the morning when Chris Woakes was brilliantly caught with one hand by Jason Holder on a leg slip for 19.
Leach was held back by a thin edge for a 55-ball four, although it required a review after the referee issued a not-out decision and England went out for 120.
Kyle Mayers finished with impressive numbers of 5-18.
The first two Tests were drawn on flat pitches in Antigua and Barbados.