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England were defeated by West Indies by 10 wickets early on the fourth day of the third Test, losing the series 1-0.

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After a poor third day, England started the day 103-8, behind by only 10, and the hosts took the final two wickets within the first hour to dismiss them all for 120.

The West Indies cruised to win in just five overs, clinching the Richards-Botham trophy.

England has now lost four-Test series in a row – five if the unfinished India series is included, in which Joe Root’s side trailed 2-1 – and is winless in nine games.

The defeat puts England at the bottom of the World Test Championship rankings, following a dismal 4-0 Ashes loss.

It is certain to revive heated debate over the state of the men’s Test team, which is now at one of its lowest periods in recent memory.

England hasn’t lost as many Tests since losing the Ashes in 2013-14, which resulted in the disintegration of a squad.

They’ve also won just one of their last 17 Tests, dating back to February of last year – their worst run since the 1980s.

After England’s second innings failed the day before, the result was all but certain, and the formalities were finished in less than 90 minutes of play.

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Following the Ashes catastrophe, England discussed a red-ball reset’ and a desire to refocus on the longest format.

In the first two Tests, there were glimpses of promise: Zak Crawley’s century, Dan Lawrence’s runs, Ben Stokes’ return to form, and Saqib Mahmood’s promising debut.

Their rebirth, however, is in shambles due to their dreadful performance.

England’s next Test is against New Zealand at home in June, and they’ll be hoping to have hired a new managing director and head coach by then, while skipper Root’s position will also be called into doubt.

 

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