England v West Indies: Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad help hosts win second test


Highlights as Ben Stokes impresses in England’s second tryout win over the West Indies.
Second test, Emirates Old Trafford (fourth day of five)
England 469 – 9 Dec (Stokes 176, Sibley 120) & 129-3 Dec (Stokes 78 *)
Antilles 287 (Brathwaite 75) & 198 (Brooks 62, large 3-42)
England won by 113 points; series level at 1-1

Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad once again inspired England to win a 113-point victory over the West Indies in the second test at Emirates Old Trafford.

Stokes cracked 78 steps on 57 balls to allow England to declare on 129-3, setting West Indies 312 to win or 85 overs to survive.

Broad took 3-1 on the fourth night and tore up the first order with three more wickets on Monday to leave the West Indies 37-4.

Their recovery took the form of a century-old partnership between Jermaine Blackwood and Shamarh Brooks, both in their fifties.

Stokes produced the breakthrough, having the tangled upper edge of Blackwood a pull to a Jos Buttler diver in an extended period of short bowling.

Further resistance came from West Indies captain Jason Holder, but, when played by Dom Bess, England were able to smell victory.

The victory was completed with nearly 15 overs to spare, Bess having Kemar Roach caught up in the short leg to leave the West Indies 198 all and the series level at 1-1.

The only concern for England was the sight of Stokes stopping halfway, appearing to be holding his groin, late in the day, but he said there were no concerns about his availability for the third and last test starting Friday at the same ground. .

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Victory In England Prepares Intriguing Final

Despite the surreal environment behind the closed doors, this series offered two superb finishes – the West Indies chase in Southampton and the England time trial in Manchester.

In order to level the streak, England produced an excellent performance, overcoming the disruption caused by Jofra Archer’s violation of bio-secure protocols, being asked to fight in difficult conditions on the first day and the obstacle on the whole day being lost in the rain.

In doing so, they staged an intriguing final as they seek to reclaim the Wisden Trophy, defend an undefeated home record for six years, and prevent a first West Indian win here since 1988.

They are faced with decisions, especially around the composition of a rhythm attack that has been shot. Do they retain one of Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran, or do they recall Archer and either of the rested couple James Anderson and Mark Wood? Will off-spinner Bess give way to Jack Leach?

The West Indies, one hour away from winning the draw which would have guaranteed a part of the series, can they mobilize not to end their tour empty-handed?

The suspicion is that England have the momentum, and they will have been relieved when Stokes explained that his discomfort was only the result of the stiffness of his efforts in this match.

Serious commitment – Stokes sprints to save the limits of his own bowling alley

Stokes et Broad star

Stokes and Broad teamed up to create the match win after Stokes, as alternate captain, was part of the decision to omit Broad for the first test, leaving the pitcher “angry, frustrated and drained” .

As Broad responded with a reminder of its enduring quality, Stokes produced another sensational full display.

As England got back 37-2 and looked for quick runs on the final morning, Stokes – on the 16th after opening the bat – signaled his intention with a superb loft on the long-off for six-beat pitcher Roach in the first.

Stokes crushes Quickfire 78 for England

Dropped on 29 when John Campbell dropped a single chance at the deep dugout, Stokes rose to 50 from 36 balls – the fastest half-century in testing by an England opener – and brought his tally to game at 254 points after his cautious 176 in the first innings.

Broad’s flurry revived England on Sunday, and it picked up where it left off, biting the ball to right-handed people down its length, endangering pads and stumps.

When England were chosen, Stokes produced another 11-overs Herculean spell to open the door, and the hosts walked away from there.

The challenge of the West Indies has finally been violated

The West Indies were determined with the bat throughout the series, and their spirit almost assured them of escaping the match with a draw.

After 15 overs, they were in disarray. Campbell played a terrible practice to be caught behind, Shai Hope was knocked down by one who bit back and Roston Chase was shoulder-to-shoulder, all on Broad. Kraigg Brathwaite was stuck in the crease to be Woakes’ front leg.

However, Blackwood saved the West Indies 27-3 at Southampton and he counterattacked here. Brooks was more circumspect, but also hit Bess for two consecutive sixes.

Stokes breaks through with Blackwood wicket

They separated when Blackwood beat Stokes, Buttler took a wonderful take, and after Shane Dowrich and Brooks were the front leg of Woakes and Curran respectively, only Holder and the tail remained.

Bess had endured a frustrating afternoon, but two balls after being thrown for a straight six by Holder, he fizzed a faster ball through the captain’s defense.

Stokes had Alzarri Joseph held in focus by Bess before hobbling to his pitch position in the slides halfway through an over, leaving Bess to take the final wicket.

“I expected this from England a week ago” – what they said

Player of the Match Ben Stokes on BBC Test Match Special: “Coming here after a disappointing defeat at Southampton, playing like we did here, especially in the rain, shows that we are capable of doing performances like this. It can be a driving force for us. ”

“The way we played all day was amazing. The way Broady came back was absolutely brilliant. Everyone raised their hands and contributed to a great victory. ”

England captain Joe Root on the BBC Test Match special: “Ben continues to develop his game and improve all the time. Thanks to him – he really took every opportunity to become a better player.

“Throughout the game you’ve seen how destructive he can be when he needs to, and when he needs to beat the time and play the situation he can do that too. ”

Former English captain Michael Vaughan: “This kind of performance from England is what I expected a week ago. For some reason, last week they didn’t show up with the bat in hand. ”

Former English captain Alastair Cook: “England will be delighted with the way they hit here. They dug and learned the lesson of getting fat. You don’t lose a lot of matches when you get 450.

“England will start on Friday with great confidence. ”

Antilles captain Jason Holder: “I’m a little disappointed with the way we hit. Yesterday’s batting performance really set us back.

“We need a few more starts and to capitalize on certain moments in the game. We just need to tighten up a bit more.

“Everything is for playing. It’s the perfect return to cricket. “

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