England beat West Indies by 232 runs in Final Test

England's 232-run third Test victory over West Indies was
England beat West Indies by 232 runs in Final Test

The tourists had already lost the first two Tests in the three-game series but triumphed on day four in St Lucia after bowling out the hosts for 252 as they chased an unlikely 485 for victory.

England earned a consolation Test win by 232 runs in four days in a lost cricket series and still managed to be upstaged by the West Indies on Tuesday. The English set the West Indies 485 and most of two days to win the third and final Test, and bowled out the home side for 252 to prevent being whitewashed. The West Indies won the series 2-1 in brilliant style, and despite losing on Tuesday it finished with smiles.

England had been certain of victory since day two on Sunday when Mark Wood took 5-41 to earn a first-innings lead of 123. After making the target unreachable on Monday, captain Joe Root declared early Tuesday as soon as he was out for 122. They had a massive 484-run lead.

The West Indies knew it was never going to win. Allrounder Keemo Paul was last seen with a torn right quadriceps on a stretcher being loaded into an ambulance on Monday morning, and top-order batsman Darren Bravo didn't field on the third day to nurse a finger injury.

"This was a really important week for this group. It has been much more what we are about," Root told.

"To play in the manner we have – coming back from two disappointing games – was massive going into what is a really important summer.

"Wining four out of six games is a big improvement on last winter (when England lost 4-0 in Australia and 1-0 in New Zealand), so I think we are moving forward as a team. "It is nice to finish on a high even though we have lost the series."

Bravo was quickly out in the middle on Tuesday and back in the pavilion just as quick after scoring a duck, as England fast bowler James Anderson reduced the home side to 10-3.

Roston Chase batted for more than four hours for an unbeaten 102 but James Anderson (3-27) and Moeen Ali (3-99) ensured the consolation win in England's last red-ball match before they play Ireland in a one-off four-day Test preceding Augusts' home Ashes series against Australia.

England had earlier declared on 361-5 after Root was dismissed for 122.

Chase was the only batsman who withstood England's pressure, scoring his century from 191 balls with 12 fours and one six.

Perhaps the only blight on England's day was a disappointing fielding display, with three relatively simple catches dropped.

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