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Broad eclipses Botham as England storm to victory by an innings and 209 runs

130   //    20 Aug 2017, 02:00 IST
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Stuart Broad celebrates his milestone wicket

Stuart Broad became England's second-highest Test wicket taker on Saturday as a rampant England strolled to victory by an innings and 209 runs over West Indies at Edgbaston.

England's first day-night Test has been a roaring success, although they were massively helped by a poor West Indies batting line-up, the tourists losing 19 wickets on day three as they crumbled under the pressure of their hosts' mammoth first-innings total.

Joe Root's side dominated the opening two days with the bat as the skipper scored 136 and his predecessor Alastair Cook racked up a fine 243 in their 514-8 declared.

England finished the second day's play with a late wicket, and picked up where they left off on Saturday as the Windies buckled terribly.

Broad (2-47), James Anderson (3-34) and Toby Roland-Jones (2-31) did the damage as the tourists were bowled out for 168 in their first innings. And the trio were not finished there.

Still 346 behind, the West Indies duly lost four second-innings wickets before tea and could not hold on for day four as Broad led the charge in the final session - moving past Botham on 383 Test wickets in the process - with the tourists skittled for 137. 

After an early rain delay, England quickly set about ripping through the Windies batting order with three wickets for the addition of just three runs from their overnight total.

Anderson - who is only eight away from 500 wickets - was the early destroyer, before Roland-Jones took up the mantle to remove Shai Hope (15) and Shane Dowrich (4).

By the time the first session came to an end the tourists had only added 101 runs, but England had taken seven wickets - including a full-length beauty from Broad that made a mess of Kemar Roach's (5) stumps.

Only Jermaine Blackwood offered any resistance with a fluent 79 not out that included nine boundaries and two maximums.

He was unable to do it all on his own, though, as England claimed the final wicket with their lead still at an eye-watering 346.

Following on the West Indies continued to struggle as England's bowling attack regularly beat the bat, causing all kinds of trouble as the pink ball moved under the lights.

Anderson (2-12), Roland-Jones (2-18), Moeen Ali (2-54) and Ben Stokes (1-9) all got themselves in on the act before Broad (3-34) took centre stage with a supreme spell of fast bowling.

Roston Chase (24) was trapped lbw in the 34th over and a ball later the seamer moved level with Botham on 383 as Jason Holder (0) was trapped in his crease, the Windies skipper edging to a diving Cook at slip.

He was unable to take a hat-trick, but eventually claimed victim number 384 as a cutting delivery clattered into Dowrich's (5) off stump - Broad marking the milestone with a signal to Botham in his TV commentary position.

It left England needing just two wickets for an inevitable victory, with Anderson and Roland-Jones returning to polish things off as Root's side stamped their authority on the three-match series.

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