Eng v WI Day 4: Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes Do The Damage

Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes helped England to a significant lead against the West Indies at Old Trafford 2020

Stuart Broad & Chris Woakes Leave England On Top

England will head into the final day of the second #raisethebat Test match, in pursuit of a series-levelling victory. It was bowlers Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes who ensured England remained on top.

The West Indies began the day as they ended day three after no play was possible yesterday. With the huge task facing them of a 437 deficit, opener Kraigg Brathwaite and relative newbie Shamarh Brooks kept the tourists in the match.

Nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph began the morning showing off his impressive array of strokes. Finally, he was dismissed for a flamboyant 32 off the bowling of Dom Bess.

However, it was the immovable Brathwaite who went on, churning out runs whenever bowlers strayed onto his areas of strength. Partnerships formed between himself, Shai Hope and Shamarh Brooks.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Chris Woakes of England celebrates with Stuart Broad after taking the wicket of Shannon Gabriel of West Indies during Day Four of the 2nd Test Match in the #RaiseTheBat Series between England and The West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for ECB)

When Brathwaite was dismissed with the score at 199-4, for a well made 75 from 165 deliveries, the West Innings cause soon faltered. Out and out number 11 Shannon Gabriel was the last man out, moments after being struck sweetly in the unmentionable. Gabriel lost his off stump to a slower ball from Chris Woakes.

It was the returning Stuart Broad and Woakes with the second new ball in hand, who inflicted most of the damage on the Windies batting order, both men finishing with three wickets.

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Aggressive Root Captaincy Backfires For Buttler & Crawley

With a healthy first innings advantage of 182, in search of quick runs, England captain Joe Root sent out the attacking duo of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. This was in the place of regular openers, Burns and Sibley.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Zak Crawley of England is bowled by Kemar Roach of West Indies during Day Four of the 2nd Test Match in the #RaiseTheBat Series between England and The West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for ECB)

A change of batting position brought about no change of luck for Buttler. The out of nick wicketkeeper was bowled by Kemar Roach without scoring. Crawley soon followed suit after a brisk 11. England were not dying wondering as the days play drew to a close.

Ben Stokes and Joe Root saw out the days play and the hosts’ finished on 37-2, 219 runs in-front.

Day 5 Preview

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Chris Woakes of England celebrates the wicket of Jason Holder of West Indies with teammates during Day Four of the 2nd Test Match in the #RaiseTheBat Series between England and The West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for ECB)

Day five looks set to be another thriller, much like the conclusion to the first match of the series. With an extended 98 overs available England will hope they have enough time to add quick runs before bowling their visitors out once more.

Lastly, could Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes help England to victory tomorrow?

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