Buttler out early for England


Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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England lost an early wicket on the fourth morning of the second Test, with West Indies spinner Devendra Bishoo having Jos Buttler stumped.

The tourists resumed on 373 for six, looking to build on a healthy lead of 74.

Centurion Joe Root, 118 not out overnight, was on hand to lead the charge, but there were also high hopes that Buttler’s array of attacking strokes could push England along quickly at Grenada’s National Stadium.

Instead, the wicketkeeper-batsman fell in the fourth over of the day as he went on the offensive against leg-spinner Bishoo.

Buttler struck one clean four down the ground after charging down the track but came to grief attempting a repeat from the very next ball.

Bishoo held his nerve, tossing one up and getting a little movement through the air, and Buttler charged past it leaving Denesh Ramdin with a simple stumping.

England came perilously close to losing their second batsman of the morning five balls later when number nine Chris Jordan had a huge slice of luck against Shannon Gabriel.

Gabriel forced Jordan on to the back foot and drew an uncomfortable inside edge that cannoned downwards.

The ball actually made contact with off stump but the initial bounce had taken some of the pace off and the bails were not dislodged.

Jordan pulled the next delivery for four and punched a Kemar Roach half-volley to the ropes to bring up England’s 400.

Root moved quietly to 126 by nudging Bishoo for one down the ground, but it was a significant statistical moment.

It brought the 24-year-old to 2,000 Test runs, making him the ninth quickest Englishman to do so in innings played.

Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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