WI pacers expose England once again
Roach Takes 4, Visitors Out For 277 In Gros-Islet
Gros-Islet: 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 was two for no loss at lunch.
Wicketless on the first day when an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 124 between Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes lifted the tourists to 231for 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 79 when he miscued an attempted pull and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich sprinted 30 metres to backward square-leg in clinging on to a superb diving catch.
BRIEF SCORES: Dubai: The Antigua pitch, where West Indies and England played the second Test of the three-match series, has been rated as “below average”. Consequently, the venue has received one demerit point according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process.
ICC match referee Jeff Crowe, who ga- ve the rating, cited the uneven bounce at the southern main pavilion end as the reason for the rating in his report. As per the revised ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, which was introduced in January 2018, if a pitch or outfield is rated as being substandard, that venue will be allocated a number of demerit points.
England’s Jos Buttler is bowled by Shannon Gabriel during the third Test on Sunday