England salvage some pride in the Caribbean with emphatic 232-run win


Joe Root could captain England until he is 40 and never emerge with as much credit as he will receive here both for salvaging his side’s pride and doing wonders for cricket’s all too often tarnished image.

It will be the 232-run final Test win, completed within four days, and his 16th Test century, that Root will want to remember from St Lucia at the end of a series England had lost in seven horrific days in Barbados and Antigua.

Yet for the cricket world and all those outside it who rushed to praise Root it will be his spontaneous response to what were clearly inappropriate comments from Shannon Gabriel on the third evening that will be the abiding third Test memory. 

West Indies celebrate their series victory despite a heavy 232-run defeat in the third Test 

West Indies celebrate their series victory despite a heavy 232-run defeat in the third Test 

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