England Ease to Wisden Trophy

Despite the appalling conditions that washed out the majority of the final Test match, England lived up to pre-series expectations, retaining the Wisden Trophy with wins in the first two matches.

Although the West Indies showed flashes of the spirit, skill and application needed to compete with the best sides at the highest level, the much-vaunted England bowling attack — as well as two centuries from captain Andrew Strauss — were too much for the tourists.  The performance of all-rounder Marlon Samuels was the main positive for the West Indies to take back to the Caribbean, not to mention the remarkable innings of 95 scored by  number 11 Tino Best in the final Test. The loss keeps Darren Sammy’s men one place above the bottom of the table in 8th place.

England’s retention of the trophy will keep them in 3rd place in the League.  They will now have their eyes firmly fixed on a possible recapturing of the Champions’ Mace when South Africa visit later in the summer.

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