England v Windies Day 3 – A Tourist Outing
England v Windies day 3. Groundhog day as they say?
Day three of the UK cricket summer certainly belonged to the tourists as they took control of the first #raisethebat Test match. Along came the better weather after two miserably dull days, with the weather came more favourable batting conditions. This allowed the Windies to take full advantage.
Despite being underdogs before the series began, there has been no sign of a cricketing inferiority complex since ball one of this Test. They started the day with looking to catch England’s first innings total with as little damage to their order as possible.
Kraigg Brathwaite made a watchful 65. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich also chipped in with a useful 61. However, Jason Holder unsuccessfully pulled a short ball from his counterpart and was dismissed hooking on the boundary.
Useful contributions from Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase bolstered the West Indies total, and eventually. The Windies were bowled out for 318 – a healthy lead of 114.
Skipper Ben Stokes took it upon himself to carry most of the evening’s bowling burden. He ended up with four wickets. Despite struggling through the pain, he continued bravely to end as England’s best bowler. Evergreen James Anderson also took three wickets as he found a nice rhythm after a long lay-off during England v Windies day 3.
Disappointingly England’s two quicks, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, who surprised many when they were picked in tandem for this Test, failed to make an impact. Wood did finally get himself on the scorecard when he clean bowled No.11 batsman Shannon Gabriel. The watching on Stuart Broad could be left feeling hard done by as England v Windies day 3 went the visitor’s way.
With 14 overs to bat, England’s objective was to close out of the day unscathed. Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley faced a barrage from the Windies attack, however, they managed to survive and edged the deficit below 100 when they finished the day 15-0.
England v Windies day 3 though, definitely belonged to the visitors.
England v Windies Day 4 Preview
When day four begins England will trail by 99 but importantly, will have all 10-second innings wickets remaining.
The West Indies will still be by far the happier team tonight, they will be hopeful of picking up early wickets in the morning to limit their fourth-innings chase.
As previously seen in matches at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England needs to think carefully. They perhaps should not try and aim too high and risk falling short. Moeen Ali bowled India out in 2018. India was chasing only 245 but fell 60 runs short.
The pitch is likely to turn for Dominic Bess. Therefore, if England can score 300 plus and lead by 200 plus they could win the game. Their quicks also could run through a fragile West Indies batting order.
In other news today the ECB confirmed the restructured red ball domestic tournament that will be competed between all 18 counties, will be named the Bob Willis Trophy, in honour of the late England fast bowler and legendary commentator.
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