England have regained the Wisden Trophy after clinching a 269-run victory in the final, and decisive, Test match against West Indies at Old Trafford.
The return of Stuart Broad proved pivotal as the hosts recovered from defeat in Southampton, and his combined efforts with talisman Ben Stokes saw England come from behind.
Sportsmail‘s David Lloyd gives his opinion on the final day of the Test, which saw Broad also claim his 500th Test wicket…
England have an attack for all seasons! If Jimmy Anderson doesn’t do it, Stuart Broad will and then Chris Woakes can step up. Woakes is a perfect bowler in English conditions as he showed yet again on Tuesday.
He’s England’s quiet achiever and a terrific professional. And so good were England’s seamers that Dom Bess didn’t get a bowl and I cannot remember another Test at Old Trafford where England haven’t used their spinner.
Food for thought ahead of next week’s first Test against Pakistan. Does Bess miss out?
Talking about Draught Bass Harry the other day made me think of all the great barrackers we had in the old days. There was Norman the Postman who always waited for Nigel Llong to play here.
When he came out to bat Norman would say ‘don’t be long Nigel!’ And how about Rubber Duck who used to sit under the bell in the pavilion.
Then we had The Scribe and The Bore and who could forget Humphrey in the ‘pit of hate’ who was shouting at us so much in one game the groundsman set his dog on him. Happy days.
I was drooling on commentary, with my coach’s hat on, when Bess ran Roston Chase out. That particular drill is one you get the players practising for hours and when it comes off it is so satisfying.
Here Bess attacked the ball one-handed, picked it up cleanly and turned quickly in mid-air to throw at the striker’s end.
It’s such a difficult skill and the England coaching staff will be ecstatic at the way Bess executed that.
Remember I was telling you about my rose-tinted glasses from the Kylie Minogue range I wore on Red for Ruth day? Well they caused a bit of a stir and, blow me, the great lady herself got in touch!
Turns out Kylie was watching the cricket on TV and I got a message from her saying she was thrilled to see me wearing her eye wear and has asked for my home address to send me a little bit of something!
Altogether now ‘I should be so lucky…’
I plucked up courage on Monday night and ordered a takeaway. I had a lamb jalfrezi, vegetable pilau rice and a chilli naan bread and it went down a treat.
It came from Ashiana and they brought it to the outer gate of Old Trafford before the packaging was disinfected and then it was brought into the bubble to me.
There was even a note from the restaurant saying they were enjoying the commentary. My first curry for four months! Marvellous…
So farewell to the Wisden Trophy which is being packed off to Lord’s in retirement.
Its replacement is being named after two iconic figures in West Indies and England cricket in Viv Richards and Ian Botham but a personal view is we’ve missed a trick here.
Lord Learie Constantine was such an influential figure, especially here in Lancashire. The Richards-Botham Trophy is good but the Constantine Trophy would have been better….
There’s no doubt West Indies batsmen are a talented bunch but batting a long time is a proper skill and it’s one they need to learn.
Calling on Desmond Haynes or Gordon Greenidge to help them would be a start because they were wonderful players who knew the right tempo for Test cricket.
Or if they wanted to go outside one man stands out – Graham Gooch. He would be perfect as a Test batting consultant for West Indies…