3. West Indies defeated England in the first match
West Indies comprehensively defeated the England team in the first Test match at Southampton after the resumption of cricket. It might have well been the most heartwarming outcome of a cricket match this year, except for the English cricket fans.
As West Indies came within single digits of chasing down the score, Michael Holding, in the commentary box quipped excitedly,
“My phone is buzzing in my pocket. I can feel it vibrating with messages”. Such was the excitement!
England, however, came back strongly in the 3-match series. All-rounder Ben Stokes scored 176 off 356 deliveries in the second Test to keep his team above the Windies. He celebrated his feat with the popular bent middle-finger gesture, a tribute to his father who was battling brain cancer. Unfortunately, his father passed away in December 2020.
4. Major bowling milestones at the England camp
Stuart Broad became the third fast bowler to amass 500 Test wickets. Interestingly, his last set of 100 wickets came at an awe-inspiring average of just 22.6 runs per wicket!
A few Test matches later, Broad's bowling partner, James Anderson notched up his 600th Test wicket, becoming the first pacer in the history of the game to break the barrier. He completed his summer with exactly 600 Test scalps. Anderson grabbed a stump to keep it as a souvenir when the match ended in a draw.