England medium-pacer Stuart Broad has described crossing the 500-Test wicket milestone as an amazing feeling. Broad dismissed West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite in the third Test as England came back from a 0-1 deficit to claim the series 2-1. In an amazing co-incidence, James Anderson had also got rid of Brathwaite three years ago to reach 500 wickets in Tests.
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has termed Ben Stokes as a player in a completely different league. According to Gambhir, no player comes close to Stokes on current form. Stokes hit a match-winning 176 in the second Test against West Indies to help the hosts level the series. Gambhir scored 313 runs and claimed nine wickets in the first two Tests.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has termed his disastrous tour of 2014 to England as a milestone in his career. Kohli, who went to England on a high, managed only 134 runs in 10 innings, and failed to cross the fifty mark even once.
With the series tied at 1-1, West Indies will lock horns with England for the 3rd test starting on the 24th June in order to push for a series win. While West Indies won a thriller in the first test, England came back strongly in the second test to level the series.
England paceman Jofra Archer's breach of the bio-secure protocols in place for cricketers owing to COVID-19 could not only have been disastrous, but could also have cost the England and Wales Cricket Board tens of millions of pounds, ECB director of cricket Ashley Giles agreed.
Former England off spinner Graeme Swann has termed the current Indian bowling attack incredible, and claimed that it has the ability to bowl out any side cheaply. Swann was in West Indies when the Indian pace attack comprising of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma blew away West Indies with 33 wickets in two Tests, and was highly impressed with India's bowling prowess.
So cricket resumed after 3 months, and we couldn’t have asked for a better return. An enthralling game of cricket, where we did not know who the winner, even in the last session of day 5. It’s games like these which prove that test match cricket is still the best format of the game. West Indies came to this match as the underdogs, as England are nearly invincible at home. Especially when a bowling attack comprises of players like Anderson, Archer, Wood and if someone like Broad can’t even find a place in it, then you know it’s a serious bowling line up.
International cricket will resume with England taking on West Indies in the first Test of a three-match series at Southampton on Wednesday. The hosts will be led by Ben Stokes in the absence of regular skipper Joe Root. More significantly, the match will be played in a bio-secure environment, without crowds, in the wake of Coronavirus wreaking havoc all over the world.