England Practice Match: Day 2
England Practice. How did the day go?
Firstly, team Buttler declared overnight on 287/5. Captain Buttler himself was 24 not out but decided the inclement weather this morning was too good to turn down and let his bowlers go to work.
England fans and selectors alike will have enjoyed their first sight of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood bowling in tandem. The red-ball preparations continued for the Ageas Bowl test match starting on the 8th of July.
The seam bowling competition for places is hotting up ahead of next week and the selectors face major headaches around with which three to go with.
James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are all in line to face the West Indies. Saqib Mahmood is also waiting in the wings for the #RaiseTheBat test series opener.
Among the top four for Stokes’ side, only Zak Crawley enhanced his prospects of facing the Windies. Crawley looked positive and controlled before edging behind off Chris Woakes for 43.
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Team Stokes were eventually bowled out for 233, a deficit of 44. Archer, Wood and Oliver Robinson ending up with two wickets apiece. Lancashire leg spinner Matt Parkinson dismissed the opposition captain Stokes. He was stumped after making a brisk 41 including one six.
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The third and final day will begin at 11.00 am GMT tomorrow, the last chance for hopefuls to impress the selectors.
Lastly, left-arm seamer Sam Curran will sit out the remainder of the intra-squad practice match this week due to illness. This has been confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). He will be tested for coronavirus after falling ill in the night.
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