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England outplay Windies in third Test win

By AAP Newswire

England have wrapped up a comprehensive 232-run victory over West Indies in the third Test despite a century from home batsman Roston Chase.

Middle-order batsman Chase scored an unbeaten 102 for his fifth Test ton after England pace bowler James Anderson ripped through the home side's top order with three quick wickets.

Although West Indies had already won the series with victories in the first two Tests, England's win in the finale will provide a boost as they eye a home Ashes series against Australia starting in August.

"This week should be a real confidence booster going into a very exciting summer of cricket," Joe Root said at the victory presentation.

Chasing an unlikely target of 485 runs for victory on day four, West Indies made 252 in their second innings.

Root had declared England's second innings in the morning at 5-361 after he fell for 122.

The successful bowler was Shannon Gabriel, later charged by the International Cricket Council for comments made to the England captain during his innings on day three.

Root responded to inaudible outburst from Gabriel by saying, "Don't use it as an insult. There's nothing wrong with being gay".

Chase brought up his century with his team already nine wickets down when he cut part-timer spinner Joe Denly for four.

He was aided by an entertaining 34 by tailender Alzarri Joseph, who slogged three sixes, but pickings were otherwise slim for the hosts, who crumbled again after scoring only 154 in their first knock.

"We still have a lot of improvement to make but lots of positives came out of the series," said West Indies captain Jason Holder, who was suspended for the match due to his team's slow over rate in the second Test.

The hosts' top order had no answer to Anderson's movement off the seam, with John Campbell (golden duck), Kraigg Brathwaite (eight) and Darren Bravo (duck), all caught in the slip-gully cordon.

Mark Wood, who picked up five wickets in the first innings, had Shai Hope (14) caught at cover off a leading edge just before lunch. Wood was later named Player of the Match.

"He bowled fantastically well, a huge amount of pace," Root said.

Anderson finished with 3-27 while spinner Moeen Ali had 3-99 as England won with more than a day to spare.