Early gates gave Windies high hopes of bowling England for under 300, but a blistering 62 from Stuart Broad raised it to 369 before the hosts’ seam attack posed problems for visiting batsmen to keep tourists 137/6 stumped.
England Control The Game Due To Stuart Broad Batting
Ollie Pope, who had resumed just nine runs before a first test century, was released without increasing his score overnight. Shannon Gabriel had slipped in the previous Trinidadian Quick game. Chris Woakes then fell in the next round and became Kemar Roach’s 200th test victim.
Another two gates fell in the next two overs, with Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer both slipping to leave England 280/8 with Dom Bess and Stuart Broad at the fold and only James Anderson.
The bowlers used the short ball heavily for Broad, but the English sailor gladly accepted it and hit free. A back of a long Roach ball that was safely pulled over the rope in the middle of the wicket was just a highlight in an innings full of extravagance and freedom. Roston Chase finally ended Broad’s fun when he got a low full throw for 62 out of just 45 balls.
Bess and Anderson added another 13 before that Jason Holder slipped to end the innings for 369.
Broad was also fast on the ball and hit within his first pass to send Kraigg Brathwaite back to the pavilion for 1.
John Campbell and Shai Hope made England wait for their next wicket when they added 43 runs in 15.2 overs, but Archer prepared Campbell with full bowling before producing a surprise bouncer to give Rory Burns an easy catch on the gully enable.
Hope continued to grind, but struggled to find goals, and was finally released shortly before the tea from Anderson, who fell behind from an excellent piece of swing bowling. Anderson struck again immediately after the break, taking the inside edge of Shamarh Brooks’ bat to give Buttler another catch.
Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood threatened to partner, but Broad held the former in front of the stumps for 9 to leave West Indies five times behind, and still 97 to save the successor – a brand that got wet Weather forecast could prove vital in the coming days.
Blackwood showed glimpses of the instinctive instinct that was shown during his 95 in the first test when he attempted a counterattack, but on the 26th his middle stump was uprooted by Woakes, so the tail’s job was to get visitors past the consequences wear-on.
Shane Dowrich somehow survived a late spate of short things from Archer and Woakes when he and Holder managed to hold out until the game with Windies 137/6 ended in poor light and took 33 more runs to succeed avoid.