Mark Wood, with help from Moeen Ali, demolished the West Indies batting order on day two of the third Test
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It cannot be ranked the greatest spell of fast bowling ever for England – because the series had been lost – but Mark Wood’s spell before tea on the second afternoon of the third Test was probably the fastest.
Wood’s first 19 deliveries were not merely hair- but helmet-raising. He bowled much faster than the wind – although as it blew from wide mid-off it was a useful aid – and he was visibly faster even than the West Indian opening bowlers, Shannon Gabriel, who had ramped up his pace to 93mph earlier in the day, or Kemar Roach, who had taken four of England’s wickets in their working total of 277, giving England a lead of 142 to take into day three.
Official timings of pace bowlers often say as much about the pitch or the make of speed-gun than the bowler; and Hawkeye’s data dates back only to 2005, with other types of speed-guns tried since World Series Cricket in 1979. Once a bowler’s pace rises above 90 mph, however, and most batsmen can only twitch in response, the bounce and lateral movement are more significant than another mile or two per hour: better – or more threatening – a 95 mph throat-ball than a 100 mph half-volley.
For those 19 balls, when the inspiration was upon him, Wood had it all. As much as anything it was an expression of joie de vivre, or joie de jouer, because this is only Wood’s 13th Test owing to his pesky left ankle – and he is now 29, with very few years left to make his impact on speed-guns or Test batsmen. So he bounded in from the media end – the end closer to the Caribbean and the beaches of Rodney Bay – with the enthusiasm of a colt on discovering it has become a race-horse.
It is a credit to the England coaching staff that on their advice Wood lengthened his run-up before Christmas, thereby enabling him to reach his maximum pace. It might also be asked why, after he had replaced Olly Stone at the start of this tour, he was not selected before: he might have been more suited to Barbados than Adil Rashid. In Antigua too he would have benefited from the uneven surface.
An exuberant Mark Wood savours his best Test bowling figures
AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan
As for the future, Wood cannot be expected to play five in a row against Australia – not at his new pace with his ankles – but England’s Ashes prospects will only be enhanced if Wood is fit and can turn his speed up for the two London Tests, where the flatness of Lord’s and the Oval has been known to defeat England’s fast-medium bowlers.
Wood’s little innings had already conveyed his zest: he clipped his first ball for an all-run four, after Jonny Bairstow had toughed out an hour for two runs before being bowled. Gabriel had almost decapitated Bairstow with a 93 mph bouncer, while Roach was ferocious too with the newish second ball, as England’s six overnight wickets could add no more than 36 runs. A very slow outfield however has to be taken into account, so their total of 277 was competitive.
Another factor was that West Indies had won the series already, so their batsmen were not going to sell their wickets quite as dearly as they had. Or this is the only possible explanation for Kraigg Brathwaite being so slap-happy that he ran down the pitch after an opening stand of 57 and gave deep midwicket catching practice. No better illustration of the need for a batsman who is “in” to shoulder responsibility than England soon being on a hat-trick, twice.
Jonny Bairstow was again bowled on the drive
Next ball Moeen Ali took his second wicket when John Campbell aimed to leg and missed: the best partner for an express bowler is a spinner at the other end and extreme. Cue for Wood to mark out his new run and deliver the 22nd over of the West Indian innings.
Wood’s first three balls ripped past the outside edge of Shai Hope, while the fourth was a bouncer that naturally made Hope reluctant to move his front foot towards the next ball. Thus the fifth ball of Wood’s opening over flew off the outside edge to gully where Rory Burns warmed up with a smart if straightforward catch.
Roston Chase, on the back foot in every sense, fended away the sixth ball of Wood’s opening over and Burns, half-salmon half-goalkeeper, took an even sharper catch. Already Wood was falling over in hurling himself at the batsman.
Stuart Broad clings on to take an acrobatic catch to dismiss Alzarri Joseph
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In Wood’s second over he touched his top recorded pace of 94.6 mph: this ball would have completed his hat-trick if the lefthanded Shimron Hetmyer had been dismissed. In Wood’s third over, his pace still vivid, Hetmyer slashed a drive over the slips.
Time for one more Wood over before tea, at the young Hetmyer, not the more mature Darren Bravo. It was another screamer of a ball – at which Hetmyer could only twitch – and another screamer of a catch, by Joe Root at first slip, which he juggled by his left armpit. At tea Wood’s figures were 3.1-2-12-3.
Afterwards Wood’s pace dropped a touch, naturally: a fast bowler’s fastest balls are normally his seventh or eighth. His fourth wicket, that of Bravo, was caught on the way down to first slip. After eight overs in all Wood had a rest, watched Stuart Broad take a brilliant backpedalling one-handed catch, then returned to castle Gabriel for his first five-wicket Test haul.
Above all, for Wood, it made worthwhile three operations and the lonely hours of motorway driving to Loughborough, and weeks – or rather months – of physiotherapy, not to mention the doubts about whether he would ever play cricket again.
STUMPS: ENG 19/0 (Burns 10* Jennings 8*)
Burns gets an outside edge but it falls just short of slip…well bowled. Soft hands. Will that be the last ball he faces today? He’ll hope so. Jennings could face five of Roach. First one he plays, next two he leaves outside off. Never threatening the stumps, really. Easy leaves for the batsman. Fifth ball is a half leave, playing well inside the line, a little bit tighter from Roach but still not enough.
The final ball of the day and it’s more of the same. A little prod outside off but his bat is just inside the line and Jennings will continue his innings into day three. England have taken a commanding position in this Test match, despite failing to make too many more runs in their first innings.
It was Mark Wood who destroyed the Windies with some hostile and fast pace bowling, finishing with five wickets for the first time in a Test innings. He was ably assisted by Moeen Ali’s four wickets at the other end. Two good days for England in a row as both openers make it through to close of play.
Thanks for joining me today, enjoy what little is left of your weekend and stay tuned for some analysis from our cricket team out in St Lucia.
OVER 9: ENG 18/0 (Burns 9* Jennings 8*)
Burns punches one out on the leg side, a profitable area for him, and takes three. Will we get another over? Probably. Surely. Yes.
OVER 8: ENG 15/0 (Burns 6* Jennings 8*)
Kemar Roach changes ends and returns for his third over. An around the wicket line. He gets a bit of late movement but it’s too wide to make Jennings consider playing. Another maiden but that won’t bother England, the deliveries were so far outside off. Close of play shortly so these two need to just stay in.
OVER 7: ENG 15/0 (Burns 6* Jennings 8*)
Keemo Paul bowled brilliantly yesterday, so I can see why Brathwaite is keen to get him into the attack early. He bowls quite wide of the crease and never looks too far away from a back foot no ball and the thought is that he could cause problems for the left-handers with an the swinger from that angle around the wicket. Not much movement yet, however. Still, a maiden.
OVER 6: ENG 15/0 (Burns 6* Jennings 8*)
Urgh. Jennings plays a leaden-footed drive outside of off and it goes past his inside edge. If he wants to keep his place in the side he needs to stop that. Like Marcus Trescothick on a bad day. Gabriel bowling in the high 80s to early 90s. A single off the over to Burns.
OVER 5: ENG 14/0 (Burns 5* Jennings 8*)
Keemo Paul replaces Kemar Roach. A third delivery keeps low outside off in just a handful of overs. Burns clips one down to long leg for a single. Jennings a little cagey outside his off stump.
OVER 4: ENG 11/0 (Burns 2* Jennings 8*)
A word for Rory Burns, who I think stuck to his task quite well yesterday. A gritty 29 deserves some credit but, you know, England need their top order to start delivering and centuries (or some solidity and consistency) are needed. He takes a single off Gabriel to bring Jennings back on strike to Gabriel. Another one keeps low outside off. A little worrying for England.
What they need to do is make sure they don’t let the Windies back into the game in this little mini session tonight. Another collapse and finding themselves 30-3 or worse and then they are under pressure. Jennings cuts for four off the back foot and then clips it away on the leg side for two. Still, any kind of half-decent total (180+) and it looks a difficult chase in the fourth innings.
OVER 3: ENG 4/0 (Burns 1* Jennings 2*)
Here’s something that isn’t news. Jennings looks vulnerable when driving outside off. A maiden from Roach.
OVER 2: ENG 4/0 (Burns 1* Jennings 2*)
Is Shannon Gabriel the slowest quick bowler on the planet? He does take a while to get through his deliveries. He bowls a well-directed bouncer at Jennings who just about manages to sway out of the way, though it does glance him on the way through to the keeper. A single gets the lanky opener off strike for the time being.
Wood leads the England team off the field after his five-wicket haul
Mark Wood leads the England team off the field after dismissing the West Indies for 154
OVER 1: ENG 3/0 (Burns 1* Jennings 1*)
Don’t suppose Kemar Roach would have wanted to return to the field again today but bowl again he does. One keeps low to Burns outside off and it nearly takes the off stump! The over ends without further alarm with both openers off the mark.
Jennings and Burns come out to bat…
…two men under pressure.
A few stills of that superb Broad catch off Moeen…
…and takes a superb catch
A one-hander from Broad
And he's quite pleased about it
Good spell by Moeen today…
…his contribution should not be forgotten.
Moeen has just drawn level with Tony Lock's tally of 174 Test wickets. He has done it in about 2,500 fewer balls, but with a bowling average around 11 higher: 25.58 to 36.43.
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) February 10, 2019
So, a tricky 20 or so overs for England to survive tonight…
…give or take. I reckon it’ll be closer to 15, really. Maybe even fewer.
West Indies 154 all our in their first innings…
…a lead of 123 for England. England bowling figures below.
Mark Wood took his first five-wicket haul in Tests on day two against West Indies
WICKET! Gabriel b Wood 4
Shannon Gabriel flays Wood through the off side, it’s short and wide and deserved a bit of punishment, to be fair. First ball of his second spell, though.
He is on the money the very next ball though, a rapid yorker gets through his fellow fast bowler’s defences and bowls him! Superb and well deserved. That’s a lead of 123 for England and five wickets for Mark Wood. Boy does he deserve them! FOW 154ao
OVER 47: WIN 150/8 (Roach 16* Gabriel 0*)
Moeen ends another good over. Would you bring Mark Wood back? I would. Joe Root would, too. Wood and Moeen to bowl until one gets their fifth?
WICKET! Joseph b Moeen c Broad 2
That is the finest catch you are going to see today. Joseph has a big heave at Moeen outside off; it’s high, very high in the air. Broad is underneath it and is backpedaling at long on…it looks like he’s not going to get there but he sticks out that long arm of his and catches it one-handed. Brilliant! He’s pretty pleased with that one. Four for Moeen! FOW 148/9
OVER 46: WIN 147/8 (Roach 13* Joseph 2*)
Joseph scampers home for two…or does he? Bairstow appeals and the umpires review…but that’s fine, I think. Yep, just about. Windies trail by 130 runs.
WICKET! Dowrich LBW Broad 38
Hmmm. This could be umpire’s call. No! Three reds, he’s out and England have Windies eight down! Decision overturned! It was a leg cutter that deceived Dowrich. Broad deserved that, he’s bowled well without any reward. FOW 145/8
Broad took his first wicket with this LBW review
First wicket by someone other than Moeen or Wood. Alzarri Joseph to the crease.
England review an LBW decision…
…Broad to Dowrich. They seem confident…ump said not out though.
OVER 45: WIN 141/7 (Dowrich 34* Roach 13*)
Moeen carries on. A bit of concern for Joe Root who falls on his left arm awkwardly fielding a drive on the off side. He seems to be okay. Moeen comes around the wicket to Roach for the final ball but the batsman flays it away through backward point and for four. Will we see James Anderson soon?
OVER 44: WIN 135/7 (Dowrich 33* Roach 8*)
This partnership is worth 27 runs now, so the Windies have managed to delay their demise a tad. They are still 146 runs behind, though. What can England take from this Test match, having already lost the series? Mark Wood is one gigantic, 90mph+ positive. Other than that I am not sure we have learned anything about anyone else.
Dowrich goes across his stumps to Broad and flicks it off his thigh pad to the fine leg boundary for four. Love that shot. He tries it again next ball but misses. Just that boundary from the over.
OVER 43: WIN 131/7 (Dowrich 29* Roach 8*)
Moeen again beats Dowrich’s outside edge with some drift but other than that he’s looking fairly comfortable.
OVER 42: WIN 130/7 (Dowrich 28* Roach 8*)
An inside edge that squirts just backward of square gets Dowrich another run. Broad to Roach now but the fast bowler is keen to get in line and behind it. Well played. We saw Ben Stokes looking like he was told to get warmed up but he looked very stiff. We might see him soon.
Windies trail by 147 runs.
OVER 41: WIN 129/7 (Dowrich 27* Roach 8*)
It did look like Dowrich’s foot was just in the air but, as was evident, it would have been harsh and was nowhere near conclusive. Sensible cricket from the officials.
Not out. Dowrich survives…
Well, that’s clever from the keeper. Dowrich lifts his foot at the moment Bairstow whips off the bails. It looks very close and TV cameras are inconclusive, really. The resolution and frame rate is too poor to really know for certain but to me it looks his back foot is off the ground. It’s very close and the third umpire seems reluctant to give it on the footage he has available. Fair.
Umpire review for a stumping…
Moeen still beating the batsmen on the outside edge. Bairstow appeals for it and Rod Tucker goes upstairs…
Here's ball tracking of that Broad delivery (over 38) that jumped off the surface
Tennis ball bounce or what?
OVER 40: WIN 128/7 (Dowrich 26* Roach 8*)
Broad still finding a bit of movement but he’s not getting the edges and the chances. He returns to the short ball and Roach ducks into it, smashing him on the helmet. It hit him fairly flush but he looks okay. He signals to Broad that he is, anyway. Good.
OVER 39: WIN 128/7 (Dowrich 26* Roach 8*)
Moeen still looks a threat here. Not because the ball is spinning off the surface but because of his drift, combined with the breeze. Dowrich crunches one through the covers for four off the final ball. Firmly struck.
OVER 38: WIN 121/7 (Dowrich 21* Roach 6*)
Talk about uneven bounce! Broad bowls one that flies out of the surface, a short delivery, Bairstow has no chance and it’s four wides. Kemar Roach plays a front foot punchy drive through the covers but it is pulled up just short of the boundary by Wood. Three runs. With Wood out of the attack this is still an important time for England. Three wickets for not much and they will have a huge first innings lead. But let the lead get frittered down and the game takes a different look.
OVER 37: WIN 113/7 (Dowrich 21* Roach 3*)
Dowrich shows intent off Moeen first up but his off drive doesn’t beat the fielder. He takes a single second ball for Roach to get back on strike. Dowrich plays a reverse sweep for four off the final ball fairly gracefully.
OVER 36: WIN 107/7 (Dowrich 16* Roach 2*)
Mark Wood returns for another over. Perhaps wise now Roach is in. He has a great chance to take a five wicket haul. His first in Tests. He’s still bowling in the 90s here. Another outside edge, this time from Roach, and again it falls a bit short of slip. It kept low after bouncing and after hitting the bat. Time for a yorker? Yes. It’s a bit misdirected and Roach squeezes it out on the leg side for two, his first runs. The sixth and final ball of the over is left, in a manner, by Roach and it hits his forearm and falls short of slip.
OVER 35: WIN 104/7 (Dowrich 15* Roach 0*)
Kemar Roach the next man in. He sees out the rest of Moeen’s over. One run, one wicket. Windies in deep trouble here.
WICKET! Paul b Moeen st Bairstow 9
Moeen Ali returns to replace Stuart Broad. He tempts Keemo Paul down the pitch, gets some drift and beats him outside off. Bairstow takes the bails off and that’s Paul done. He goes for nine and Moeen gets his third wicket. FOW 104/7
OVER 34: WIN 103/6 (Dowrich 14* Paul 9*)
Dowrich gets up on his toes and clips it to the square leg boundary for four. Nicely played. An inside edge down to fine leg brings Keemo Paul – many of a shot a ball – back on strike. Something is going to give here…it’s 90mph outside off…but a back foot punch to the square leg boundary brings up Windies’ 100. Will Wood get another over?
OVER 33: WIN 94/6 (Dowrich 9* Paul 5*)
Stuart Broad finishes his over at the expense of just three runs so that means it’s time for more Mark Wood.
OVER 32: WIN 91/6 (Dowrich 6* Paul 5*)
Keemo Paul: very happy to feel bat on ball. Wood tries a slower ball and it means Paul mistimes one on the leg side. Gets a single for it, though. A single off the final ball gives Dowrich the strike for the next over. Reminder. England lost their last six wickets for 46 today. Windies, 51-0, were shortly 79-6.
What do they put in the water in Ashington?
Mark Wood has now edged ahead of Steve Harmison as the England bowler with the fastest average speed in our database (2005-present). #WIvEng pic.twitter.com/VW6L3sJwFd
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 10, 2019
OVER 31: WIN 89/6 (Dowrich 5* Paul 4*)
Broad, by comparison, is clocking in at about 83-85mph. Now, it’s not something I’d want to put my body in the way of but the difference to even high quality batsmen is big. Dowrich just happy to get behind these deliveries, tidy though they are. It’s a maiden but one without too much alarm for the Windies.
OVER 30: WIN 89/6 (Dowrich 5* Paul 4*)
Keemo Paul, who bowled so well, now has to try and get a few for his team here batting at eight. Wood tries him with a yorker first up, Paul digs it out but it was a no ball anyway. No mid on and Paul says I’ll have some of that as he smears wood for four. Smears? Clubs. It was in the air, perhaps not the cleanest contact but he hit it hard enough for a one bounce four. A real one day shot, that one.
Wood tries his luck with a short one but it’s too short and too wide, Paul can’t make contact with his bat and Bairstow can only get a glove to it as it races to the boundary at fine leg. Paul not keeping too many of his shots in his locker.
WICKET! Bravo b Wood c Root 6
Another one! Quick, outside off, a defensive prod from Bravo, outside edge and it goes to Root at slip again! Wood’s fourth in under five overs! FOW 79/6
It seems to have worked, don't you think?
Great trip to the UAE with the lions. After lengthening my run up, I felt more natural on this trip getting my pace & rhythm back to where I wanted it to be… pic.twitter.com/0R1I4tgvMU
— Mark Wood (@MAWood33) December 15, 2018
OVER 29: WIN 79/5 (Bravo 6* Dowrich 5*)
Moeen Ali makes way for Stuart Broad.Broad bowled without too much success, beating the edge a few times aside, in his first spell. Dowrich signals some intent, driving a fullish wide one through the covers for four. He holds the pose afterwards and admires his work. Five from the over.
OVER 28: WIN 75/5 (Bravo 6* Dowrich 0*)
West Indies trail by over 200 runs still. Dowrich evades a well-directed bouncer. Can’t say this looks like fun for the batters right now. Dowrich gets off the mark with a single. One off the over and that wicket of Hetmyer before tea. The England lads are reveling in Wood’s success. Great to see.
They are back out for the final session…
…Mark Wood has five balls left of his fourth over. I am extremely excited for each one of them. Keeper Shane Dowrich is in alongside Darren Bravo.
The last time Mark Wood played a Test match…
Mark Stoneman was opening the batting with Alistair Cook, Dawid Malan was batting four and Dom Bess was England’s specialist spinner and batting at eight. That seems like a long time ago but it was actually only at the end of May last year. A lot has changed in that time. What hasn’t changed is England’s desire – and need – for a genuinely quick bowler. Today Wood has shown how damaging he can be. And he’s only getting started…
TEA: WIN 74/5
Two wickets for Moeen. Three for Wood. The Windies openers put on 50 but the bowling changes worked a treat for Joe Root. 3-12 off 3.1 for Mark Wood and 2-11 off 8 for Moeen. England in a superb position. Clawing it back despite a difficult first few hours. Wood touching the mid 90s in that spell. 95mph was his quickest delivery. That new longer run-up is working wonders.
How good has Mark Wood been? Very, very good
WICKET! Hetmyer b Wood c Root 8
Well, he only needs to bend his back for one delivery as another quick one outside off is fended at by Hetmyer. It goes to Root at slip who takes two attempts to secure the ball in his grasp. How this match has turned around. The star bowler leads his team off the field. FOW 74/5
OVER 27: WIN 74/4 (Hetmyer 8* Bravo 6*)
Should get in another two before tea if Moeen is quick. Bairstow offers some encouragement to his bowler. I think he’s pleased to be back behind the stumps. Wood will get another before the break. Reckon he might bend his back?
Mark Wood celebrates the wicket of Shai Hope
OVER 26: WIN 71/4 (Hetmyer 7* Bravo 4*)
Another quick but wide delivery is flashed at by Hetmyer outside off and it flies over the slip cordon. Nobody got fingers to it but it was nearly another wicket for Wood. He then draws the outside edge but it just doesn’t carry to first slip. Superb first few overs from the Northumbrian, bowling with real pace and venom. Just shows the problems bowlers who bowl 90 plus can cause.
Anderson and Broad are obviously fine bowlers but for all their skills they couldn’t quite trouble the batsman like Wood has. He’s still going down on his follow-through and he’s bowled a gigantic no ball, too. A back foot punch gets Bravo a boundary off the final ball.
OVER 25: WIN 59/4 (Hetmyer 0* Bravo 0*)
The first five balls in that last Mark Wood over were bowled at an average of 92.2mph. Not bad. Moeen gets away with a quick maiden, Bravo missing out on a juicy full toss on the final ball. The bowling changes have really worked today.
OVER 24: WIN 59/4 (Hetmyer 0* Bravo 0*)
It’s outside off and quick, very quick (95mph!) from Wood for his hat-trick ball but it’s just a bit too wide and Hetmyer leaves. The next two beat the outside edge. Wood really wants this. This is quick stuff from Wood. Really fast stuff. This is what England have been missing. For a long time, really.
Wood is collapsing a bit on his follow through, so desperate is he for pace. A maiden it is.
OVER 23: WIN 59/4 (Hetmyer 0* Bravo 0*)
A maiden from Moeen but we all await Wood’s hat-trick ball!
OVER 22: WIN 59/4 (Hetmyer 0* Bravo 0*)
Well, well, well. What an over by Mark Wood. This game has turned around very, very quickly indeed.
WICKET! Chase b Wood c Burns 0
It’s another one for Wood! Same again! A defensive shot outside off takes the edge again and Burns takes another! Wood now on a hat-trick! FOW 59/4
WICKET! Hope b Wood c Burns 1
Mark Wood onto bowl and he begins with a few excellent deliveries, beating the outside edge. Good pace too. But it takes him just five deliveries to take a wicket! It was a slice to gully, a big drive takes the outside edge and Burns snaffles the chance! Lovely start from the Ashington man. FOW 59/3
OVER 21: WIN 59/2 (Hope 1* Bravo 0*)
Moeen continues as you’d expect after a double wicket maiden. Decent over but nothing to much trouble the new batsmen at the crease. Just a single from it but Hope shows a bit of intent with a firm off drive which finds the fielder.
OVER 20: WIN 58/2 (Hope 0* Bravo 0*)
The physio comes out, surprisingly, but Darren Bravo has been hit on the hands by an Anderson delivery. It really rose on him, that one, just back of a length. His hand comes off the bat and then his glove comes off his hand. It’s his index finger and he looks in some discomfort. Anyway, Bravo has his helmet and gloves back on and his finger patched up.
OVER 19: WIN 57/2 (Hope 0* Bravo 0*)
Darren Bravo the next man in to face the hat-trick ball. Men around the bat. And lots of them. He sees out the next two deliveries but it’s a double wicket maiden for Moeen who has made the many England fans a lot happier than they were a few minutes ago. The ball just straightened on Campbell and it looked out on first viewing anyway. And so it was.
Decision upheld! Campbell goes, Moeen on a hat-trick!
Well, no bat involved there. Looks like it could be leg stump? Looks fine on height. At worst umpire’s call I’d say. Three reds!
WICKET! Campbell LBW Moeen 41
Straight away Moeen traps Campbell on the pads in front! Umpire gives it but they review! FOW 57/2
WICKET! Brathwaite b Moeen c Anderson 12
A big heave off Moeen Ali goes skyward and to the cow corner area, where the strategically placed Anderson is there to take a simple catch. Strange dismissal that will annoy the stand-in West Indies captain. FOW 57/1
OVER 18: WIN 57/0 (Brathwaite 12* Campbell 41*)
A first warning for James Anderson for running on the pitch. That will not cheer him up.
Nor does a thick-ish outside edge that brings up a quick two off the last ball of the over.
OVER 17: WIN 51/0 (Brathwaite 11* Campbell 38*)
Not a lot happening out there for England. Little swing. A few times Anderson has hit Campbell on the front pads but with no actual success. Broad has beaten the outside edge but West Indies haven’t had too much to worry about. The fact that Moeen was brought on fairly swiftly says a lot. The spinner races through his over at the expense of two runs.
John Campbell has been keen to score quickly today…
John Campbell has been in aggressive mood so far on day two
OVER 16: WIN 51/0 (Brathwaite 10* Campbell 37*)
James Anderson replaces Stuart Broad. Change of ends for the Burnley lad. Campbell is still going to play his shots. And why not, eh? Anderson is interested in his front pad and a nip-backer gets him on the pad. Bat first though, possibly. Campbell frees his arms and drives through the covers for four. Nice shot and 50 up for the Windies.
Anderson bowls a rare no ball! He is surprised at that one. As am I. He’s back on it again with a full delivery that comes back on the wobble seam and hits Campbell high on the pad. Still a prime LBW candidate, nice shots though he has played.
OVER 15: WIN 46/0 (Brathwaite 10* Campbell 33*)
A sweep off the first ball brings Campbell three runs. Brathwaite nudges a single behind square to move into double figures. The more reserved of the openers by a mile. Moeen gets decent bounce and hits Campbell on the gloves before the opener shuffles down the pitch and drives a safe single on the off side. England waiting for something to happen at the moment.
OVER 14: WIN 41/0 (Brathwaite 9* Campbell 29*)
Broad gets a man on the drive for Campbell and he continues with his leg-side short stuff. Campbell hasn’t managed to get bat on it yet. There is a man out there. Campbell finally gets bat on it but it’s straight down, runs backward of square on the leg side and it is and a single. England looking a notch or two below the Windies attack at the moment but Broad then bowls a fuller length which moves off the seam and beats Brathwaite’s outside edge. Better.
OVER 13: WIN 40/0 (Brathwaite 9* Campbell 28*)
The shaven-headed Moeen Ali is brought onto bowl. He replaces Anderson. Brathwaite uses his feet to get down the pitch and drives back at Moeen, hard and in the air briefly, but it’s just short of the bowler. A maiden for Mo. Tidy length first up.
OVER 12: WIN 40/0 (Brathwaite 9* Campbell 28*)
A bit of discussion about the ball but the umpires keep it in play. Broad tries a bit of short stuff to Campbell. He can’t drive those. It won’t stop him playing shots, though. He uses his two short balls straight away. Just back of a length next ball but he runs the risk of being called for a no ball if he bowls a third one over shoulder height. A maiden, in the end.
James Anderson of England hands the ball to team-mate Stuart Broad during Day Two of the Third Test match between the West Indies and England
OVER 11: WIN 40/0 (Brathwaite 9* Campbell 28*)
Campbell AGAIN goes over Anderson’s head and it’s an even better shot this time. Four more! I am enjoying this innings. Ballsy. Windies are doing what England didn’t do at the start of their innings and scoring at a fair pace. 11 overs gone and they have 40 runs. Time for MA Wood?
Angry Anderson hurls the ball at the stumps…
…this was just after he was hit for a four over his head and then for a six. It was before he had a wicket overturned by DRS as well.
James Anderson hurls the ball at the stumps off his own bowling
OVER 10: WIN 33/0 (Brathwaite 7* Campbell 23*)
It’s another big shot by Big JC. This time off Broad. He goes aerial to a fullish ball over mid off but the field is open and it’s safe. Two runs. A tuck off his hip brings a single. I think this aggressive approach is disrupting the England bowlers a little bit and perhaps that is not a bad tactic. Risky, though. Another small delay brought about by Broad getting his right thumb caught in his trouser pocket and he has to begin again. Slooooow stuff.
OVER 9: WIN 28/0 (Brathwaite 6* Campbell 19*)
Angry Anderson returns for his next over. Brathwaite’s turn to start throwing his bat now, he misses a straight drive which flies past off stump and his inside edge. If Jimmy gets a wicket now he will go bananas. Dharmasena can’t count to six and Anderson takes the ball from Broad, who was getting ready to start his over. He finishes it off with a dot ball to complete a (six ball) maiden. There we go.
OVER 8: WIN 28/0 (Brathwaite 6* Campbell 19*)
John Campbell is not going to get out wondering here, he’s swinging his bat furiously at many a delivery. He’s hit on the pads by Broad, big shout but that was surely sliding down leg. England don’t review. Eight runs from the over but England causing a few problems out there and Campbell seems happy to give chances. His front pad is vulnerable as long as he’s playing like this.
OVER 7: WIN 20/0 (Brathwaite 6* Campbell 12*)
Well, this was an eventful over. First Campbell launches a straight driver over Anderson’s head for four. Then he clips one off his hip for six. Then he drives one back at the bowler, who collects and shies at the stumps. Angry Anderson. Then we had the LBW decision, given by the on-field umpire but reversed. Then there was another big LBW shout which Root wanted to review but he was out of time to do so. Which is just as well as it pitched outside leg.
Decision reversed, Campbell survives
Wickets, missing. Too high. Anderson raps him on the pads but not out says DRS.
WICKET! Campbell LBW Anderson 12
OVER 6: WIN 9/0 (Brathwaite 6* Campbell 2*)
Broad hasn’t yet found a consistent line to the right-hander Brathwaite but he produces a beauty last ball which draws a play and a miss on the outside edge from the opener.
OVER 5: WIN 8/0 (Brathwaite 6* Campbell 2*)
A thick outside edge from Brathwaite goes down to the third man boundary. Played purposely with an open face and no real danger of it going to hand. A mix-up between the wickets nearly costs the Windies. Campbell is sent back by his skipper but Denly’s throw at the non striker’s end misses. Campbell would have been a gonner had he hit. He was barely in the frame.
OVER 4: WIN 4/0 (Brathwaite 2* Campbell 2*)
Broad continues after lunch. He immediately gets some extra bounce, Campbell goes back to defend, taking a thick outside edge but landing well safe. Another one beats the prodding edge of Campbell, outside off. Broad operating in the famous corridor of uncertainty. Campbell off the mark with a push on the off side for two. A decent amount of movement off the seam beats the outside edge again.
Fine bowling. England encouraged.
Jason Holder is suspended for this match…
….but he will be happy with his team’s performance so far on day two. Plenty to smile about. He could be laughing about poor old Jonny Bairstow getting one in the box. Everyone else found it amusing. It never is, though. Never is.
Jason Holder of the West Indies
A few more minutes and we’ll be back underway in St Lucia. Something in it for the bowlers, out there. Can England make it pay? At least they have a half-decent total to defend here.
Michael Vaughan thinks 277 is a good score…
…not sure it’s "plenty" but you never know until both sides have batted, do you? It was a bit of a collapse this morning but it is still England’s highest total this series. A pretty low bar.
277 looks plenty to me … #WIvENG …
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 10, 2019
LUNCH, OVER 3: WIN 2/0 (Brathwaite 2* Campbell 0*)
As is obvious and has been pointed out more than once, England do not have the pace of the West Indies. Mind you, Roach and Paul are hardly lightning and that didn’t stop them from cleaning up. It’ll be interesting to see what speeds Mark Wood hits with his adjusted, longer run-up.
Anyway, it’s a maiden from Anderson and that takes us to lunch. Windies two without loss. A very fine morning session for them and especially Kemar Roach.
The West Indies had a superb first session in St Lucia
OVER 2: WIN 2/0 (Brathwaite 2* Campbell 0*)
Brathwaite nudges one on the leg side to bring Campbell on strike. Broad, coming around the wicket to left-hander Campbell beats the outside edge with the type of ball that the home team bowled fairly frequently in the first session. Decent first over from Broad there.
OVER 1: WIN 1/0 (Brathwaite 1* Campbell 0*)
A little bit of swing for Anderson. A single from the over.
James Anderson to open the bowling to Kraigg Brathwaite
Here we go. It’s been swinging this morning/afternoon. If you pitch it up.
That scorecard then…
…England made it to 255-5 before another mini collapse. Some good bowling but familiar woes for England. What can England’s bowlers do out there? Looks like there might be some assistance out there for them.
England were bowled out for 277
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Six wickets for 46 runs today then…
…for England. 277 might not be a bad score but it is another tale of frail batting by England. Still, a lot of credit to the West Indies bowlers again who bowled excellently as a unit this morning and deserved their rewards. Not too many loose shots but Bairstow’s was not the wisest shot…
Wicket! Anderson b Roach c Paul
England’s top two wicket-takers in Test cricket at the crease. Anderson tries to evade a bouncer but his top hand, still on the bat, is hit and it loops up to Keemo Paul at slip to take an easy catch. A mini collapse this morning, Windies taking the final six wickets for 40-odd, Roach doing much of the damage.
Wicket! Wood b Roach c Joseph 6
Mark Wood plays the first two inswinging deliveries very well. The first he gets two from it, the next he digs out a full length. But he plays a hook to the next one, a short ball, without much control, gets a top edge and Alzarri Joseph runs around on the boundary from fine leg to take a good catch.
England faltering here but will be keen to get out there and bowl. Roach now with three wickets.
A familiar sight…Bairstow's stumps all over the place
Jonny Bairstow was bowled by Kemar Roach
OVER 101: ENG 275/8 (Wood 4* Broad 0*)
It was a bit of extra bounce from Joseph and a good line that did for Moeen there. 300 looks very tough from here but if Broad manages to connect with a few they could get there. Wood isn’t too bad a tailender, either. But if the Windies continue their excellent bowling then…well…I’d be surprised.
Wicket! Moeen b Joseph c Bravo 13
Moeen plays another one in the air…this time an outside edge and it’s a very easy take for Bravo at first slip. England perhaps wasting their early good position here but Windies have bowled brilliantly today.
OVER 100: ENG 274/7 (Moeen 13* Wood 4*)
Mark Wood into bat on his return to the team, he digs one out on the leg side, Shannon Gabriel takes a bit of time to get after it and in that time they run four.
Wicket! Bairstow b Roach 2
A big inswinger from Roach and a big booming drive from Bairstow who doesn’t make contact, leaving his stumps rearranged behind him. The 30th time he’s been bowled in his Test career. A typical Bairstow dismissal, really. It was a bit of a struggle for him out there. Two off 33. Is that any better than him getting out for 14 off 17?
Dowrich takes a tough one at full stretch
Shane Dowrich takes a wonder catch
Ben Stokes the victim.
OVER 99: ENG 270/6 (Bairstow 2* Moeen 13*)
Alzarri Joseph is back.
An inswinger is dealt with by Moeen Ali, playing it for two on the leg side. He’s 11 off 15 so far and does look positive. Joseph beats Moeen’s outside edge next up, just searching for the ball he was. Great line and length from the young bowler. A shortish delivery pushed through the air on the off side for two by Moeen, who is accumulating runs nicely here. But he’s cut in two by the next ball which just misses the stumps. What a peach that was!
OVER 98: ENG 266/6 (Bairstow 2* Moeen 9*)
Moeen digs out a leg-side yorker for a single fairly comfortably. Bairstow with 2 off 28 so far. Not looking too positive here. Or too comfortable.
Decision upheld, Bairstow survives
No bat involved. Looks high and possibly missing leg but at worst umpire’s call. Yep, missing the wickets, WI lose their review. NOT OUT.
Review! Roach reckons he has Bairstow LBW
Or he hopes he has…bit of a weird one after as they scampered through for a single in the end after much deliberation. Umpire gave it not out.
OVER 97: ENG 264/6 (Bairstow 2* Moeen 8*)
Bairstow gets himself together and the pain has obviously dulled enough for him to take his place at the non striker’s end. Moeen hits a punchy cover drive for two. The outfield still looks a little slow. A loose shot by Moeen outside the off stump stays in the air for a while but is safe. He was playing well away from his body but it’s safely over point’s head and two runs. A bit of extra bounce from Paul hits the Brummie in the midriff.
OVER 96: ENG 260/6 (Bairstow 2* Moeen 4*)
Can England’s late order get them to over 300? It’s touch and go now. These two could stick around but they could just as easily disappear in the blink of an eye. Good first hour of Test cricket here. 2 wickets for Windies and only 26 runs for England. Ali keeps an edge down outside off, playing with soft hands off the back foot and gets three for it. Good fielding from Bravo on the boundary edge to save one. Final ball of the over and Bairstow takes one in the box for all his troubles. Ouch. Roach sees the funny side but Bairstow is still on his haunches…
OVER 95: ENG 257/6 (Bairstow 2* Moeen 1*)
Moeen (Moeen Moeen Moeen Moeen Moeen Moeen) Ali is in and gets off the mark with a single straight away. Over 95 brings about one run and a loose off drive by Jonny Bairstow, whose outside edge is beaten.
OVER 94: ENG 256/6 (Bairstow 2* Moeen 0*)
No century for Stokes then.
Wicket! Stokes b Roach c Dowrich 79
Roach is back on and he bowls a short ball which Stokes tries to pull, doesn’t time it and it’s a skier. Shane Dowrich sprints to square leg and dives to take a most excellent catch. Looked like it could have been a collision with a few fielders converging there but Dowrich did the business.
Stokes pinned by Gabriel (over 92)
Ben Stokes is hit by a Shannon Gabriel delivery
OVER 93: ENG 256/5 (Stokes 79* Bairstow 2*)
Keemo Paul doing what Keemo Paul does and beating the edge. Stokes swivel pulls a no ball for four out to the backward square leg boundary. A single off the last ball gives Stokes a single and the strike for the next over.
OVER 92: ENG 250/5 (Stokes 74* Bairstow 2*)
Gabriel pins Stokes back in his crease with a 90mph delivery that thuds into the batsman’s thighs and puts him to the ground. The quick bowler follows through to offer a little smile or perhaps some words to Stokes. Rod Tucker looks on and laughs. All good-natured stuff and a nice contest between these two. Stokes pulls a short delivery for a single to bring up the 250 for England. Gabriel targets Bairstows’s stumps.
"Don’t touch that ball. Don’t touch that ball," is what Gabriel said, FYI. What, no please?
Oof, final ball of the over Bairstow drives one straight back to the bowler at a good height but Gabriel, going down to his right with two hands drops it! That’s a seven out of ten one. Bairstow gets a life.
OVER 91: ENG 249/5 (Stokes 73* Bairstow 2*)
A miscued off drive gets Stokes another two. England reach their highest score of the series. Paul angling in to Stokes from around the wicket, beating the inside edge to go with the outside edges he’s beaten in this Test. Stokes gets forward for one and runs a quick single…Bairstow wasn’t much in if at all at the stiker’s end but no direct hit. Replays show he would have been in by half a yard. Bairstow leaves one that looked about an inch or six away from his off stump. Paul bowling very well.
OVER 90: ENG 246/5 (Stokes 70* Bairstow 2*)
Gabriel bowls a ferocious bouncer at Bairstow who tries to duck out of the way but it strikes his grill and flies over the keeper for four byes. A play and a miss to end the over. Gabriel clocking in at the 90s in that over, regularly.
Bairstow tries to avoid a bouncer – and fails
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90 overs bowled. Jos Buttler bowled.
Buttler's dismissal was only the second time in his Test career that he's been bowled by a fast bowler. Mitchell Starc (Trent Bridge, 2015) was the first to dismiss him in that way; on that occasion with a 141kph ball, Gabriel's was even quicker at 143.92kph. #WIvEng
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 10, 2019
OVER 89: ENG 242/5 (Stokes 70* Bairstow 2*)
Windies best bowler on day one, Keemo Paul, returns.
And immediately he is on it, squaring Stokes up, who gets a thick outside edge but it’s safe. Two runs from the over in total. Paul sharp again. Dreadlock Holiday plays on the stadium PA. A nice tough, or not? I wonder. Not.
OVER 88: ENG 240/5 (Stokes 68* Bairstow 2*)
Bairstow just about inside edges one on top of off stump, fullish and coming back in. A strangled appeal. A quick single from a push on the off side for Bairstow leaves Gabriel a little annoyed. Gabriel has a bit of extra pace that leaves Stokes just about to nudge it to leg for a single. A "friendly rivalry" between these two this series.
OVER 87: ENG 238/5 (Stokes 67* Bairstow 1*)
A tickle down the leg side gets Stokes four, Shane Dowrich’s leap unable to get within a yard of it. Roach’s angle is one for Stokes to consider – he gets hit on the thigh with one that misses his defences. Just the four from the over.
OVER 86: ENG 234/5 (Stokes 63* Bairstow 1*)
No foot movement from Buttler there. I remember David Steele saying on TMS last year how he watched Buttler for an hour in the nets middling those wide one-day yorkers for fun but then missed a straight one in the Test. Same today, really. Pinned back in his crease driving.
Jos Buttler is bowled by Shannon Gabriel
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Bairstow gets off the mark with a single tucked off the pads straight away and evades a very good bouncer late on in the over.
Wicket! Buttler b Gabriel 67
A big inswinger strikes Buttler’s middle peg! He didn’t really get anywhere near it. Decent innings for Buttler but no additional runs today.
OVER 85: ENG 232/4 (Buttler 67* Stokes 63)
Kemar Roach around the wicket to the left-handed Stokes. He started off very wide yesterday but then soon found a decent rhythm after the brief rain break. He probes outside off in his first over today too, getting Stokes to play and miss with his fourth ball and then doing the same with his final ball, a quicker one that rises fairly sharply. A few easy leaves otherwise, though. Maiden.
OVER 84: ENG 232/4 (Buttler 67* Stokes 63)
Stokes off the mark for the day, digging one out to square leg, the umpire (I think Dharmasena) having to lift a leg and take avoiding action. Nicely done, though. A single off the first over of the day.
Sunshine in St Lucia and we're underway…
…Shannon Gabriel to bowl to Ben Stokes first up. He was decent with the ball yesterday.
The teams take to the field
So only a few minutes to wait. Only a handful of Test days left – the rest of this one and then a four-dayer against Ireland at Lord’s – before the Ashes. Plenty of people with something to prove and, well, 2-1 is still a series loss but it’s a lot better than 3-0…
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There was a little rain earlier on in the day…
The covers on before start of play on day two of the third Test
…with the covers very much on. But now they’re off and hopefully we’ll start on time. There’s a chance of a few showers throughout the day but hopefully we will see a full day. Or close to one.
And welcome to our coverage of day two of the third Test between West Indies and England in St Lucia. England resume play at 231/4 with Ben Stokes (62) and Jos Buttler (67) at the crease and a 124 run partnership in progress. It was a good day for England yesterday after a slightly shaky first two sessions, being reduced to 107-4 just before tea with Root, Jennings, Burns and Denly all failing to make much of an impression. The West Indies bowlers were decent again but Stokes and Buttler steadied the very imperfect ship in the final session.
Stokes was reprieved after being initially out off a no ball and was called back to the pitch to resume his innings.
Ben Stokes makes his way back to resume his innings after the reversal of his wicket
Here’s Nick Hoult in St Lucia with more on that:
“It was lucky I hadn’t taken my pads off,” said Ben Stokes, as he reflected on being dragged out of the dressing room to resume his innings on a day of grind and hard work for England’s struggling batsmen.
Stokes was sat in the changing room and about to take his pads off having been caught and bowled for 52 by Alzarri Joseph when the third umpire overturned the dismissal for the bowler fractionally overstepping.
The laws state a player can be recalled until the next ball is bowled, and so Stokes was told by the officials to get back out and bat. It could be a pivotal moment in this Test as Stokes and Jos Buttler took England to the close of a turgid first day on 231-4, with a chance of controlling the match.
“It’s a first for me and it’s probably something they need to get control of. In international cricket you shouldn’t be walking off, getting into the changing rooms, and then back out there two minutes later,” said Stokes. “Thank God for technology. I was just sat in my chair and when I heard the shouting I thought someone had got out first ball. It was a good job I didn’t take my pads off.”
I’ll be here for the entire day (which could be a long one going by yesterday’s over rate) for all the action. Can England get themselves a commanding total? They bat quite deep and are in a decent position to do so at least. Not often you have been able to say that this series.