ENG v WI Day Two: Stuart Broad Stars With Bat and Ball

Stuart Broad stars on day 2 at Old Trafford in the third test against the West Indies to put England in command

Stuart Broad Stars To Put England In Charge

Again. England collapsed and needed a rallying cry. And, of course, Stuart Broad stars again. 

It was veteran seam bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson who once again showed their class. As a result, England took huge strides towards winning the series on day two of the third Test and against West Indies.

The day began with Ollie Pope falling without adding to his overnight score when he was clean bowled, playing across the line to Shannon Gabriel.  The rejuvenated West Indies attack were in inspired form in the first hour. They looked like undoing all England’s good work on day one.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 25: Shannon Gabriel of West Indies celebrates after taking the wicket of Jos Buttler of England during Day Two of the Ruth Strauss Foundation Test, the Third Test in the #RaiseTheBat Series match between England and the West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 25, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for ECB)

England v West Indies: Day One Highlights

West Indies Fightback After But Broad Counterattacks

When Jofra Archer fell to Kemar Roach, the hosts were in danger of being bowled out for under 300. However, much against his recent form, Broad showed his much-unseen ability with the bat once more. Broad counter-attacked with shots befitting of days gone by, and one almighty slog over the leg side for six.

Broad, eventually fell for 62 off just 45 balls and England were soon dismissed for 369. Undoubtedly some invaluable runs from the bottom order had salvaged the first innings effort.

Stuart Broad stars with the bat scoring a quick-fire half-century
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 25: Stuart Broad of England celebrates his half century during Day Two of the Ruth Strauss Foundation Test, the Third Test in the #RaiseTheBat Series match between England and the West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 25, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

West Indies Top Order Stumble 

Now with the ball in hand, Broad was again terrorising the West Indies. They stumbled to 73-5 at one stage and it always looked like an uphill battle from there. He and his long-standing partner Anderson both took two wickets apiece. Both with impressive economy rates not allowing the visitors to get going.

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Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes were on the more expensive side, although they both picked up a wicket each, notably John Campbell falling to Woakes after making an impressive 32. In doing so, they put England in firm control of a series decider. This despite the West Indies starting the day very strongly.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 25: Stuart Broad of England celebrates after taking the wicket of Roston Chase of West Indies during Day Two of the Ruth Strauss Foundation Test, the Third Test in the #RaiseTheBat Series match between England and the West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 25, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)

England Surge Ahead By The End Of Day 2 As Stuart Broad Stars

When the day came to a close the Windies were 137-6, still 232 behind England’s first-innings effort. Captain Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich at the crease as their tourist’s last hope of perhaps building a meaningful partnership to reduce the deficit.

With plenty of rain forecast for day four, Joe Root will be hopeful his side can get the majority of the work done tomorrow and take out the possibility of the draw. A win in this Test match would confirm the series victory and England’s retaining of the Wisden Trophy.

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