Taylor rips out England tail

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Published: Saturday 2nd May 2015 by The News Editor

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West Indies seamer Jerome Taylor blew away England’s tail as the tourists lost their last three wickets for 17 runs on the second morning of the final Test.

England resumed on 240 for seven and saw Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad and James Anderson dismissed by Taylor to post a modest-looking 257 all out having won the toss at the Kensington Oval.

Taylor did not take the new ball late on the first evening, but showed the folly of that decision with a clinical showing that earned a vigorous pat on the back from West Indian great Sir Curtly Ambrose, now the side’s bowling consultant.

With centurion Alastair Cook having fallen to the final ball of the first day, England began with Jos Buttler and Jordan both on nought.

Jordan lasted only 13 balls, scoring three runs, before flicking at Taylor as he speared one towards leg stump.

There was an audible noise before Denesh Ramdin gathered the catch and Jordan was sent on his way despite calling for a review that always looked destined to fail.

The Bajan-born all-rounder is hoping for an eye-catching performance in his hometown but will have to wait to the get the ball in his hand.

Broad was next in and continued his troubled time against the short ball.

Taylor and Shannon Gabriel both worked on his obvious discomfort, which has its root in a nasty blow to face against India last summer.

He ducked a couple, and pilfered a couple of boundaries as he attempted to counter-attack Gabriel, but he had been perfectly set up for Taylor to go full and straight, tearing out middle stump.

Buttler was standing at the other end on three when Anderson arrived, but did not get another chance to face as Taylor again zeroed in on the stumps to make it two wickets in two deliveries.

Published: Saturday 2nd May 2015 by The News Editor

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