England v West Indies: Late recession leaves tourists favorites


“Right in the center of the dart board” – Crawley receives a low blow
First test, fourth day, Ageas Bowl
England 204 (Holder 6-42) & 284-8 (Crawley 76, Sibley 50, Stokes 46)
Antilles 318 (Brathwaite 65, Dowrich 61)
England leads by 170

England lost five wickets for 30 points late on the fourth day to leave the West Indies as favorites to win the first test in Southampton.

76 by Zak Crawley, combined with 46 by Ben Stokes, seemed to give England a winning position.

The two fell successively to start the descent to England as tourists got up late in the day.

Rhythm pitcher Alzarri Joseph withdrew Crawley and Jos Buttler, each side of Jason Holder striking another blow in his battle with fellow captain and versatile Stokes.

Dom Bess survived a fall and a scream, only to be played by Shannon Gabriel, who played Ollie Pope on four balls later.

Overall, England fell from 249-3 to 279-8, eventually finishing on 284-8 – a 170 lead.

The ground showing an uneven rebound, especially on one side, England will have a chance to defend the target it sets.

However, the West Indies were impressive throughout the game, and they will have a great opportunity to move forward in the three-game series.

Burns gently fired for 42

No crowds, no problem

Although there have been times when the environment behind closed doors seemed strange and lifeless, one day when the two sides fought for the initiative set up what could be a tribune arrival.

England deserves credit for how their stick has improved since their first innings 204, albeit under conditions where they would have had no excuse for failing again.

There have been times when the West Indies have been forced to retreat, but they have never lost control, which means they are only one or two wickets away from the top.

Sunday morning, England will want to eliminate as many tracks as possible, but whatever pursuit they have made in the Antilles, the four results will be possible.

The final day will also reveal whether England’s strategy of hitting first and omitting Stuart Broad was correct.

By choosing to fight on a first wet day, the hosts hoped that they would finally enjoy the last bowling on a dry surface that would suit the extra pace of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer.

We will soon know if they were right.

West Indies rewarded late

The West Indies started the day in a good position – England was 99 with the 10 second-round counters in hand.

If the tourists hoped to bring their advantage home, they were thwarted by fierce resistance from England in good striking conditions.

The West Indies, however, maintained their discipline. All the keepers, Kemar Roach and Roston Chase outside spinning kept a lid on the England score, and the awards came.

Fifty, stay, then exit – Sibley is hectic

Rory Burns was fluent in his 42s before developing Chase, Dom Sibley scored almost exclusively on his pads and was finally caught on Gabriel’s leg for 50, while Denly’s surrender to Chase was a gift.

When Crawley and Stokes were together, the West Indies started to look tired and frustrated with the heat, but found inspiration when Holder got Stokes for the second time in the match.

Joseph yorked Buttler and could have had Bess twice, only for the fiery Gabriel to swing the match in favor of his team with a double strike.

Crawley does its job

Captain Joe Root having been isolated after the birth of his second child, England’s choice between Kent’s teammates Denly and Crawley – both part of the team that won in South Africa last winter – has been delayed.

Denly, who kept his spot at number three, appeared to be the man in possession, but he failed to capitalize on another start, while Crawley continued to make the best score of the match – and his career test.

Denly, 33, playing her 15th test, switches from composed to nervous. When he scratched Chase in the mid-window, it was the sixth time in eight innings that he had passed 25 but not 40.

Crawley may be a coward, but has youth on his side. Its strokeplay is elegant, and this round was built on discs, back kicks and occasional reverse sweep.

He added 98 with the generally authoritative Stokes, but when Stokes pushed a wide Holder towards the ravine and Crawley was strongly caught and upset by Joseph during successive overs, the West Indies took control.

Licensee draws blood with bouncer bangs Sibley on the elbow

“It’s going to be a fascinating last day” – what they said

Former England captain Michael Vaughan during the BBC Test Match Special: “I would not want to run after 200 at this counter. I think 171 will be difficult with English bowling.

“If a player gets 60 or 70 West Indies, he should win the test match.

“It was a great test. I loved it and I just wish there was a crowd here to watch it. ”

Carlos Brathwaite, limited versatile from the West Indies: “The West Indies have their noses ahead. They will sleep softer this evening than the England team.

“I think 200 seems to be the target. Less than that, the West Indies will be happy. Otherwise, England will feel as if it has a chance. It’s just going to be a fascinating last day of cricket testing. “


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