Roach trig­gers Eng col­lapse with four scalps in a ses­sion

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GROS-ISLET, SAINT LU­CIA: Eng­land’s bats­men col­lapsed to West In­dian pace yet again as they lost six wick­ets for 45 runs to be dis­missed for 277 in their first in­nings just be­fore lunch on the sec­ond day of the third and fi­nal Test at the Dar­ren Sammy Sta­dium in St Lu­cia on Sun­day.

Hav­ing al­ready re­claimed the Wis­den Tro­phy with com­pre­hen­sive vic­to­ries in the first two Tests, and seek­ing a first clean sweep of their op­po­nents for 33 years, the home side will re­sume their re­ply at two with­out loss af­ter the in­ter­val.

Wick­et­less on the first day when an un­bro­ken fifth-wicket part­ner­ship of 124 be­tween Jos But­tler and Ben Stokes lifted the tourists to 231 for four, Ke­mar Roach stole the spot­light in scyth­ing through the mid­dle and lower or­der to fin­ish with fig­ures of four for 48. He now has 17 wick­ets in series. It was Shan­non Gabriel though who made the first strike of the morn­ing by bowl­ing But­tler on his overnight score of 67 with just one run added to the to­tal. That was the trig­ger for the slide and a rein­vig­o­rated Roach quickly got in­volved by dis­miss­ing Stokes for the in­nings top score of 79 when the left-han­der mis­cued an at­tempted pull.

Lunch) Eng­land 277 all out (B Stokes 79, J But­tler 67, K Roach 4/48, S Gabriel 2/49) vs West Indies 2/0.

Ke­mar Roach’s 17 wkts at 12.05 in five in­nings is his sec­ond best per­for­mance in a series so far.

James An­der­son’s 27 ducks is sec­ond most by an English­man be­hind Stu­art Broad’s 31 ducks.

But­tler-stokes’s 125-run stand is Eng­land’s first cen­tury stand of this series.

Eng­land lost 6 wick­ets for 45 runs in their first in­nings on the sec­ond day, another mini- col­lapse this series.


Amelia Kerr cel­e­brates af­ter dis­miss­ing Har­man­preet Kaur.


Ke­mar Roach

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