England vs West Indies, 1st test: the Windies rapids strike while England collapses | Cricket News


German Ollie Pope, second from right, leaves the field after being sacked by Shannon Gabriel of the Antilles. (A…Read moreSOUTHAMPTON: Alzarri Joseph struck twice and West Indian captain Jason Holder withdrew England substitute skipper Ben Stokes as tourists took the lead in the first test with a late burst of wickets at Southampton on Saturday.
England were 284/8 in their second innings at the end of match four, a 170-point lead in a game that marks the return of international cricket after the lockout.
England retaliated in a fourth 98 window partnership between Zak Crawley and Stokes.
But their 249/4 was quickly transformed into 279/8 when five wickets fell during only 30 races in the last hour.
Barely Stokes fell, then Crawley was caught and upset by paceman Joseph for a better test 76.
Suddenly, England’s two fold drummers – Pope and Jos Buttler – were both on nothing.
Buttler, who toppled being lbw to Holder for five years, fell for nine years when he played through a huge gap between the bat and the cushion by Joseph.
The wicket keeper, World Cup winner Buttler has now clocked a hundred in 42 tries.
And there was still time before closing for Windies fast spearhead Shannon Gabriel (3-62) to put both Dom Bess and Ollie Pope.
England was still a point behind the first innings of the West Indies, 318, when Crawley reached the limit.
But the 22-year-old, in his fifth test, completed a well-made fifty when he turned Roston Chase for four.
Crawley, who now faces the new ball, dominated his previous best test of 66 against South Africa in Johannesburg in January.
Stokes, skipping sideways in the absence of Joe Root, continued to lead while driving Gabriel for four.
The versatile had already obtained the best score with 43 points of meager first leg in England 204 before the paceman was the choice of attack of the hosts with 4-49.
But for the second time in the match, he fell against Holder.
The imposing West Indian paceman straightened Stokes and had him caught by Shai Hope, cleverly positioned as the finer of the two men in the ravine of the left-handed drummer.
It was a tactical and personal triumph for Holder, ranked ahead of Stokes as the world leader in multi-purpose testing.
There was more joy for the Windies when Crawley, aiming at the leg, was caught and upset by Joseph.
England resumed 15/0 in the first of a three-game series behind closed doors.
Although versatile at bat, Chase had a better 8-60 test when the West Indies defeated England at their Barbados home last year on their way to a 2-1 series victory.
Chase made the initial breakthrough on Saturday when Rory Burns (42) casually pulled him back.
His compatriot opener Dom Sibley made about fifty 161 balls.
The next delivery saw Sibley play against Gabriel only for third referee Michael Gough to decide that the bowler was guilty of a marginal non-ball.
But, two bullets later, Sibley – still out of 50 – glanced at Gabriel at Dowrich when he was once again caught off guard in his fledgling test career.
Joe Denly, potentially competing for a spot with Sibley when Root returns after his daughter is born for next week’s second test at Old Trafford, needed a big score to support a humble average under 30.
But instead, he obediently fell for 29 by throwing Chase to Holder short at midwicket.
The West Indies had been in the lead for most of the match, with Holder scoring 6-42 after losing the draw.
Kraigg Brathwaite then passed 65, the first opening test of the fifty in 22 innings, and Dowrich 61 while the tourists established a precious lead of 114 in the first innings.


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