Ben Stokes leads from the front but England face battle to avoid First Test defeat vs West Indies

BEN STOKES did his finest to drag England again into the First Test but his staff nonetheless face a protracted highway to avoid defeat.

After Jason Holder dominated day two with six wickets, his reverse quantity made vital contributions of his personal on day three with 4 wickets and a pointy catch.

Ben Tokes played well but his England side edged their way towards defeat on day three

Ben Tokes performed properly but his England aspect edged their method in direction of defeat on day threeCredit score: Reuters
West Indies often rode their luck with edges through the slips for four

West Indies usually rode their luck with edges by means of the slips for 4Credit score: Reuters

Stokes’ victims included Holder and their duel – bear in mind, Holder is the world’s No1 ranked Test all-rounder with Stokes at No2 – continues to be a thriller.

But, whereas Stuart Broad sat stewing in the stand after being dropped, most of the bowlers truly picked by England struggled to make common inroads.

England might be disenchanted they allowed the Windies to attain 318 all out simply 24 hours after their very own batting was swept apart for simply 204.

Rory Burns and Dom Sibley managed to survive ten testing overs earlier than the shut regardless of various alarms. Sibley, specifically, performed and missed a number of instances.

England will resume this morning with 15-0 – nonetheless 99 runs behind. 

Mark Wooden, who took Broad’s place, completed with figures of 1-74 whereas Jofra Archer, the different half of England’s high-velocity duo, completed wicketless.

In truth, Archer’s tempo was down for a lot of the time, incessantly in the mid-80s.

Maybe he was looking for swing and seam moderately than out-and-out velocity.

Shane Dowrich reach his half-century along with Kraigg Brathwaite

Shane Dowrich attain his half-century together with Kraigg BrathwaiteCredit score: AP:Related Press
Ben Stokes took four wickets to give England a fighting chance

Ben Stokes took 4 wickets to give England a preventing probabilityCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation

It was left to Broad’s mate and ordinary new-ball associate, Jimmy Anderson, to take away three of the high 5 and forestall West Indies having fun with a day of even larger management.

Anderson was far and away England’s most harmful bowler and confirmed that, as he enters his 18th summer time of worldwide cricket, his abilities stay undiminished. 

England may assume they had been unlucky that, after two days of cloud, drizzle, murk and ideal bowling circumstances, issues had been a lot brighter in Southampton.

But they knew the climate forecast once they gained the toss and selected to bat.

The Windies utilized themselves admirably.

Underneath Holder’s management and the agency but avuncular teaching type of Phil Simmons, the males from the Caribbean look a extra skilled unit than they’ve for years.

If anyone thought England would cruise to a house victory on this three-Test collection, they had been a lot mistaken.

Stokes will completely hate returning the captain’s armband to Joe Root with the Windies 1-Zero forward, but that may be a real prospect until England bat very well on Saturday.

The Windies resumed on 57-1 and at all times seemed seemingly to compile an honest lead, such was the willpower of their batting.

Archer would have taken a wicket – Shai Hope lbw for 16 – if he had not overstepped for a no-ball.

James Anderson did the early damage as he so often has in his illustrious career

James Anderson did the early harm as he so usually has in his illustrious professionCredit score: AFP or licensors
Jofra Archer took a wicket, but a review showed he had overstepped the crease

Jofra Archer took a wicket, but a overview confirmed he had overstepped the creaseCredit score: Reuters

In the subsequent over, nonetheless, Hope departed courtesy of a reflex catch by Stokes at slip off spinner Dom Bess. 

But England had been unable to take wickets repeatedly.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite was ultimately lbw to Stokes after three hours of defiance.

It seemed highish but the two ‘umpire’s name’ verdicts had been sufficient to uphold the unique resolution.

Most of the batsmen contributed helpful runs and Shamarh Brooks made 39 earlier than edging a catch off Anderson.

Though why Brooks selected to overview an apparent nick is anyone’s guess.

Roston Chase was affected person and efficient, occupying 142 deliveries for his 47 earlier than falling leg earlier than to Anderson with the second new ball.

Holder then top-edged a pull in opposition to Stokes and Archer clung onto a tumbling catch at high-quality leg.

It was the very first thing Holder has carried out fallacious in the previous few days.

Even No9 Alzarri Joseph whacked three boundaries earlier than having his stumps re-arranged by Stokes.   

Stokes collected his fourth wicket when Shane Dowrich nicked behind for 61.

Gabriel was final man out aiming his ordinary slog – but the Windies lead of 114 runs was a really helpful one.

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BEN STOKES did his finest to drag England again into the First Test but his staff nonetheless face a protracted highway to avoid defeat.