England wrapped up the first pink-ball Test in England by defeating West Indies by an innings and 209 runs in less than three days and nights at Edgbaston. The capitulation – which appeared to have little to do with the pink ball – was ignominious even by West Indies’ recent standards as they were dismissed for 168 and 137, losing 19 wickets in a single day. Only three times has a country lost 20 wickets in a day.
Stuart Broad led the second innings’ rout of West Indies by taking three wickets, the third of which lifted him ahead of Sir Ian Botham – who took 383 Test wickets – into second place in England’s all-time list of wicket-takers.
Broad raised the pink ball in the direction of Ottis Gibson, England’s bowling coach who is due to leave to become South Africa’s coach.
“Ottis has been a huge influence on me,” Broad said. “I opened the bowling with him at Leicestershire and he knows my action better than I do. He has been a huge help to me along the way and that was for him.”
Botham waved to Broad from the Sky commentary box and tweeted: “Many congratulations ‘Broady’ great effort really pleased for you !!!! Better have a good glass or two of the finest !!!!”
“Not in our wildest dreams did we think we would get 19 wickets in the day to win a Test match,” Broad said. “It was lovely to get that three-wicket spell for the team. It got us closer to winning the Test match but for my confidence getting wickets in little clumps is what I love doing.”
The only England bowler now ahead of Broad is his opening partner James Anderson who finished the game with 492 wickets, only eight short of becoming the first England bowler to reach 500 Test wickets.
Joe Root, England’s captain, said: “It was a fantastic team effort from start to finish. We were relentless in the areas we bowled, consistently got the ball to move sideways, and when you’ve got the class that we have especially with the new ball you always know they are going to create opportunities.