Broad sets up Eng­land’s vic­tory charge with quick-fire wick­ets

West Indies only just avoid fol­low-on af­ter dev­as­tat­ing spell Root’s team seek quick runs to­day in bid to level the se­ries

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Second Test - Nick Hoult CHIEF CRICKET COR­RE­SPON­DENT at Old Traf­ford

A week ago Stu­art Broad was “frus­trated, an­gry and gut­ted”. Now he is happy and ful­filled af­ter gut­ting West Indies with a se­cond new ball spell that kept alive Eng­land’s hopes of lev­el­ling the se­ries on a tan­ta­lis­ing fi­nal day to­day.

At one stage Broad turned to Lan­cashire’s Vic­to­rian pav­il­ion and revved up an imag­i­nary crowd be­fore turn­ing away, kick­ing his heels up and run­ning in to take three wick­ets for one run in 14 balls. West Indies had been glid­ing to­wards the fol­low-on tar­get of 270 but were knocked off their stride by Broad fir­ing him­self up. Sud­denly, 242 for four be­came 287 all out to con­cede an 187-run lead.

Broad and Ben Stokes, backed up by Chris Woakes, pulled Eng­land back into it as West Indies lost six for 45 against the se­cond new ball to put a fire un­der this game, but bat well to­day and West Indies will re­tain the Wis­den Tro­phy.

Stokes yanked his team back into the match by send­ing down an ex­haust­ing bar­rage of bounc­ers with the old ball. It took so much out of him he was al­most sick af­ter tea and had to go off to take an antacid. The stom­ach for the fight soon re­turned as he opened the bat­ting in Eng­land’s re­vised or­der.

He will go out to­day to con­tinue the charge and ex­tend the lead of 219 by around an­other 50, to leave Eng­land ap­prox­i­mately 85 overs, enough for a se­cond new ball, to win the game. West Indies had part­ner­ships of 54, 53, 76 and 43 as they chipped away at the fol­low-on tar­get on a day when cricket had its first saliva trans­gres­sion. The um­pires wiped the ball with an an­tisep­tic cloth af­ter Dom Si­b­ley ad­mit­ted to lick­ing his fin­gers. Eng­land were let off with­out a warn­ing and it is sur­pris­ing it had taken so long for it to hap­pen.

The pitch was a car­bon copy of one from Asia, rather than north­ern Eng­land, and it was back-break­ing work at times for Eng­land’s seam­ers. Sam Cur­ran used his cut­ter, a ball he has honed with Eng­land in recent times, to re­move Shai Hope caught be­hind just af­ter lunch, but this was where Jofra Archer’s ab­sence was felt.

Archer was in the nets at one stage, run­ning in full PPE, as he was let out of his iso­la­tion room for some ex­er­cise like a pris­oner al­lowed to walk around the yard. But how Eng­land needed him bowl­ing around the wicket to Kraigg Brath­waite and Shar­marh Brooks.

In­stead it was the job of Stokes, run­ning in for 11 straight overs, bang­ing in 57 short balls, re­ly­ing on his fit­ness to bowl to a leg-the­ory field. It was a max­i­mum ef­fort and it ral­lied Eng­land. Even­tu­ally Brath­waite suc­cumbed af­ter his best in­nings for two years, pop­ping up a caught and bowled in Stokes’s 10th over for a com­posed 75.

Brooks bat­ted su­perbly, play­ing some ex­cel­lent whips off his legs and driv­ing the off spin­ner when he over­pitched, but was less com­fort­able to balls aimed into his rib cage. Stokes is awk­ward but at his pace Brooks was able to ride it out in a way he would have found a lot more un­com­fort­able if Archer or Mark Wood had been bowl­ing.

Broad took over the bouncer man­tle, bowl­ing two overs of short balls around the wicket and found his rhythm just in time for the cru­cial phase of the game. West Indies were 235 for four, 35 short of the fol­low on with Brooks on 63, when Eng­land took the se­cond new ball. The chal­lenge was sim­ple for West Indies: bat well, see off the shine and the Wis­den Tro­phy would be safely de­fended.

Broad re­cal­i­brated his length, go­ing full, bring­ing the bats­men for­ward, and was soon on a run. It was not quite vintage Broad but good enough. Brooks was lbw to his eighth de­liv­ery with the new ball that would have hit mid­dle stump. The harder ball and sharper seam brought the va­garies of the pitch into the game.

Jer­maine Black­wood was bowled with one that kept low and hit his off stump about a third of the way up. Broad was back. Soon he was cel­e­brat­ing in cus­tom­ary fash­ion. Shane Dowrich was hit in front, Broad ran off to cel­e­brate barely look­ing back at the um­pire. Three reds on re­view were like flash­ing lights on a dash­board warn­ing of a col­lapse. West Indies were 252 for seven, still 18 short and reel­ing.

Ja­son Holder is out of sync with the bat and Woakes took over where Broad left off. A full ball out­side off stump, moved away and took the edge. Ten runs needed to make Eng­land bat again. Chase kept calm and pulled Cur­ran for four to en­sure West Indies would not have to fol­low on. Now it was a ques­tion of how many they could lop off Eng­land’s lead. Not many. Chase went for a pol­ished 51, as Woakes fin­ished with three for 42.

Si­b­ley sprinted off to put his pads on but as he passed Joe Root there was a po­lite tap on the shoul­der. Don’t bother. Have a sit down.

Out strode Stokes and Jos But­tler to open the bat­ting as if play­ing in their Ra­jasthan Roy­als kit or a World Cup su­per over. It was the first time Eng­land had used four open­ers in a Test for more than 50 years. It was a sign of in­tent but But­tler chopped on a wide ball for a duck. It was a self­less way to get out but he might re­gret it when he looks at the end of se­ries av­er­ages and if his po­si­tion is in ques­tion.

It will be an im­por­tant fi­nal day for Dom Bess. His in­ex­pe­ri­ence showed yes­ter­day as he strug­gled with his length af­ter start­ing per­fectly with a wicket from his se­cond ball. He bowled a wide at­tack­ing line yes­ter­day but lacked the con­trol of length and con­ceded runs at more than three an over.

To ex­pect a 22-year-old to run through West Indies is a big ask but un­less he im­proves he might find Jack Leach takes his place.

A con­cerned Joe Root looks on as his bowler gin­gerly feels his stom­ach (right), the ef­fects of bowl­ing an ex­haust­ing bar­rage of bounc­ers with the old ball

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