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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

England Won the Test Series against West Indies 2-0

England clinched the home test series against West Indies 2-0 after winning the second test by an innings and 83 runs at Chester-le-Street, England. With this victory, England retained their Wisden trophy and took a sweet revenge of their recent test series defeat in West Indies. England won the first test by 10 wickets at Lord’s, maintaining sheer dominance. England batsman Ravi Boparra was awarded the man of the series award because of his two excellent centuries in the both tests.

England declared their first innings after scoring 569 runs for 6 wickets. However, West Indies, who were expected to bounce back in the test after the defeat at Lord’s, failed to show enough resistance against English bowlers. The visiting side got all out for 310 in the first innings, but in the second innings, they totally failed to perform as they were dismissed only for 176 runs. England pacer James Anderson took 4 wickets for 38 in the second innings of West Indies, and the pacer’s overall match figure stands at 9-125 which was enough to earn him the man of the match award.

West Indies captain Chris Gayle expressed his disappointment for the defeats, stating that West Indies had their chances squandered off in the match and England capitalized on it. However, Gayle also revealed his disappointment at the English condition which did not favor the visiting side.

Whatever it is, Gayle’s role as West Indies captain has now come under rudder as he returned from IPL just 2 days prior to the first test. Moreover, Gayle is now facing huge criticism from international cricket community for his remark on test cricket that he would not miss the longest version of the game. To add to his injury, West Indies suffered whitewash at the hands of England team.

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The Canadian Press

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