Windies on top as England collapse again

- REUTERS, NORTH SOUND

Feb 2, 2019-

Kemar Roach took four wickets as West Indies skittled out England for 187 runs in their first innings on the opening day of the second Test in Antigua on Thursday.

In reply, West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite (11) and John Campbell (16) survived 21 overs to be 30 without loss at stumps. It was another disappointing performance from the visitors, coming on the back of a 381-run defeat in the first Test. A greentop pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium was certainly a mitigating factor in England’s performance, especially early on when West Indies’ four-pronged pace attack exploited the favourable conditions.

Although too early to write off England’s hopes on a pitch that was still offering the fast bowlers plenty of assistance, West Indies captain Jason Holder will be happier than Joe Root heading into day two. Holder had no hesitation in sending England in to bat, and Root said he too would have chosen to bowl.

The home team’s bowlers delivered more than their fair share of loose deliveries, but aided by the pitch, produced enough quality to make short work of England’s top order.

Published: 02-02-2019 12:33

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