England lose quick wickets


Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015 by The News Editor

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England lost three quick wickets on the second morning of the first Test, as the West Indies checked the tourists’ momentum in Antigua.

Ben Stokes was first to fall, having added just eight runs to his sparkling 71 from the first evening, with nightwatchman James Tredwell and Jos Buttler close behind.

After just under an hour’s play England were 361 for eight, having seen their plans for a total north of 500 go up in smoke.

Stokes resumed having batted quite brilliantly on his return to the side, peppering the evening session with boundaries and an array of muscular strokes.

But a rested West Indian attack, pumped up by a passionate, fist-pumping team talk from the great Curtly Ambrose, were up for the fight this time.

Stokes managed to get one boundary away, chopping Jerome Taylor to third man, but the bowler had his revenge in the sixth over.

It looked a soft dismissal, Stokes steering the ball gently to gully, and the Durham all-rounder was furious with himself.

Tredwell, having shielded Buttler for the last over on day one, did not linger long.

He managed eight in 24 balls before Jason Holder took the edge and Darren Bravo gathered at slip.

Holder might have added the wicket of Barbados-born Jordan for a duck, but his lbw appeal was turned down on the field and on review.

The lack of Hot Spot or ‘Snickometer’ technology made it tough to be certain if an inside edge would save Jordan but replays did suggest the ball may have been travelling over in any case.

Buttler’s innings fell flat, the exciting wicket-keeper batsman going scoreless for 21 deliveries before nicking the 22nd to Denesh Ramdin.

It was full enough to drive but Buttler’s feet did not get going quickly enough and a thick edge sailed into the gloves.

Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015 by The News Editor

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