West Indies vs India LIVE: Visitors complete Test series clean sweep with 257-run win

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India complete a 2-0 series win over the hosts.

India completed a 2-0 series clean sweep over West Indies with a resounding 257-run victory in the second and final Test at Kingston, Jamaica.

The visitors were eight wickets away from victory when the day began after reducing Windies to 45-2 in the second innings towards the end of Day Three. The hosts were ultimately bundled out for 210 runs in their second innings while attempting to chase a mammoth 468.

Half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari on Sunday helped India amass 168-4 in the second innings after they opted not to enforce the follow-on against the hosts. Earlier, Windies had been bowled out for just 117 runs in the first-innings in reply to India’s 416.

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Ashes 2019: Stuart Broad excited by the prospect of watching Jofra Archer bowl to Steve Smith

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Archer vs Smith version 2.0.

Stuart Broad is bristling with excitement at the prospect of watching Jofra Archer renew his battle with Steve Smith during the fourth Ashes Test.

The Ashes are well and truly alive after Ben Stokes’ heroics brought England back from the brink at Headingley, and the teams will square off at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday tied at 1-1 with two to play.

While Stokes is undeniably the man of the moment, having made his bid for greatest Test innings of all time, there is also the tantalising promise of seeing the most compelling head-to-head contest of the summer reprised.

Archer bowled a fierce spell at Smith during the drawn match at Lord’s last month, culminating in a 92mph bouncer that struck Australia’s best batsman in the neck and left him with a concussion that ruled him out of events in Leeds.

Smith, who has 378 runs in three innings, appeared in last week’s tour match against Derbyshire and will be looking to prove he can get the better of Archer this time around.

Broad, for one, cannot wait.

“It’s great to have him back. No-one wants to see anyone miss cricket through a head injury. But Test cricket is a brutal sport, it’s a sport where countries go hell for leather against each other,” he said.

“I’m sure when Steve comes in Jofra will be in Joe Root’s ear wanting the ball, no doubt about that. Jofra will be excited to continue that battle.

“There will be a period in this game where those two come together again and touch wood I’m on the pitch to view it. That’s the intensity Test cricket brings, that’s the theatre.

“I might be stood at mid-on but I’ll be excited when Jofra asks for that ball. It was a really tasty bit of cricket at Lord’s, Smith was on 70 or 80, playing beautifully, and Jofra went from 84mph to 95mph. He was really charging in.

“That sort of cricket is awesome to watch on the telly or from the stands but when you’re stood at mid-on it’s pretty special. Hopefully we can have a battle like that again.”

While Australia will be buoyed by the return of their cornerstone, England are dealing with the fact that their record wicket-taker, James Anderson, is out of the series.

Having pulled up on the first morning of the opening match with a calf injury, his hopes of coming back in time for his home Test have been scotched. Instead, at the age of 37, the focus has shifted to when and if he will play again.

There has been no indication that he is ready to walk away and Broad expects his long-term partner in crime to do everything in his power to wear the Three Lions again.

“I had in my mind the idea that it was almost written in the stars that he would be back, open the bowling at the James Anderson End and bowl us to victory, but that’s not going to happen,” he added.

“He’s got a lot of cricket left in him. I think he’s realistic – at 37 your body takes longer to heal. He’s got a period of time now that he can let it rest. I don’t know for certain, but from the conversations I’ve had, he’s looking at the winter and getting fit and wanting to be on that trip (to New Zealand).”

At 33, Broad is enjoying a renaissance of his own after finding himself edged out of the side at various points during recent trips to Sri Lanka and the West Indies, with 14 wickets at 25.35 in the series.

And he has indicated he is working towards the finals of the inaugural World Test Championship, hosted in England in 2021.

“This is the best I’ve bowled in three or four years,” he said.

“I feel I have reinvented myself in the last six or seven weeks on the international stage and that’s come from hunger and drive to get better. It’s an encouraging sign at 33 that I’m not tailing off. I’m actually wanting to continue and try and win this Test championship.

“It doesn’t feel like the Ashes series is the new cycle anymore, it feels like that World Test Championship Final is the new cycle.”

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Nick Webb set to be appointed as India's new strength and conditioning coach

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Webb could be the next to join Shastri's coaching staff.

Nick Webb is the favourite to replace Shankar Basu as India’s next strength and conditioning coach after the New Zealander emerged as the top choice of BCCI’s senior selection committee.

Webb is currently serving as the strength and conditioning coach of the New Zealand women’s cricket team while he has also held similar positions with ruby teams such as North Harbour and Vodafone Warriors.

According to a report by CricketNext, Webb emerged as the preferred choice of the committee after the five shortlisted candidates for the job were put through a theoretical and practical assessment at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru on Sunday.

England women’s rugby strength and conditioning coach Luke Woodhouse was the second preference of the committee while former Delhi Daredevils fitness coach Rajnikanth Sivagnanam was the third choice.

The panel has forwarded their recommendations to BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri who will make the final appointment.

India’s strength and conditioning coach role is lying vacant with Shankar Basu opting not to extend his stay with the team after a four-year tenure. India recently retained Ravi Shastri as the head coach on a new two-year contract until the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Meanwhile, the appointments for the rest of the support staff including the batting, bowling and fielding coaches are also expected to be made soon.

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