ENGLAND’S TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2019
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England 277, 19/0 (10.0 Ovs)
Rory Burns 10 (21)
Day 2: Stumps – England lead by 142 runs
Wood picked up a five-fer on day 2. © AFP
Bowling quicker than he has ever done before, Mark Wood is certainly now in contention for an Ashes berth. Our correspondent Vithushan had plenty to observe after Wood’s five-fer yesterday. Have a read here.
Mark Wood grabbed headlines on the second day’s play with a five-fer on his return to the Test XI. There have been calls for pace to be injected into the England XI and perhaps, they have found their solution. But with Wood, you never know given his track record with respect to injuries. For now, he has firmly put England on top of this third and final Test at St. Lucia. The visitors suffered a massive collapse on the second morning losing six wickets for just 46 runs which to get bowled out for just 277 despite a solid century stand involving Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. And confidence wise, they took a beating when the Windies openers added more than 50 for the opening wicket.
But Kraigg Brathwaite played an uncharacteristic shot against Moeen Ali to get caught in the deep and off the very next ball, it was the turn of John Campbell to perish leg-before-wicket. Two wickets in two balls set Windies back but the real damage was caused following Wood’s introduction. The pacer had Shai Hope and Roston Chase caught at gully off consecutive deliveries and he also had Shimron Hetmyer caught at slip just before Tea.
Wood’s pace was too much to handle for the home side as the procession continued post Tea as well. Both Moeen and Wood added two more scalps to their name as the Windies were bundled out for just 154, giving England a lead of 123 runs. Keaton Jennings, fighting for his spot, then batted out a tricky period to drag the lead to 142 but a big test awaits him on the third morning. Which side will the game swing today? Can England make the advantage count or the will the Windies pace battery shine again? Welcome to the live blog for the third day’s play.