Brathwaite repels England to further lift West Indies

Sunday, 27 Aug, 2017

Root eagerly announced his intention to bat first after winning the toss under bright skies at his home ground and was surely imagining better than 61 for three at lunch.

West Indies were thumped by an innings and 209 runs inside three days in the last Test, but Root is convinced they will present more of a challenge this time round.

In 2000, the teams started the fourth Test of a five-match series at Yorkshire's headquarters all square at 1-1.

It was left to Root and Stokes to stem their advance until England's captain was dismissed, tickling an attempted sweep off Devendra Bishoo to Jermaine Blackwood at first slip.

If their catching had also improved it could have been a completely different story, but as it turned out the two catches they dropped cost them 142 runs as Stokes went on to make a century and Joe Root 59. West Indies only need another 40 to avoid the follow-on!

West Indies entered the Test in good nick after encouraging performances in their opening first-class matches against Essex, Kent and Derbyshire.

England allrounder Chris Woakes will stake a claim for a starting spot in the upcoming Ashes series when he returns to the team for the second Test against West Indies starting Friday.

West Indies could easily have crumbled under the lights in the last mini-session but they held firm despite the loss of Kieran Powell, who gave Jimmy Anderson his 493rd Test wicket and Alastair Cook his 150th catch.

The wicket swung the day back towards the visitors who were celebrating again when Jonny Bairstow was caught low down at second slip by Holder off Gabriel. He only bowled four overs out of the first 52, despite nearly taking a wicket with his fourth ball and seeing Hope edge on the bounce to slip with the last delivery before lunch.

Instead, nearly 10 overs and 35 more runs passed before Broad forced one through Brathwaite's defences and parted the stumps. Chris Woakes will come in place of Roland Jones.

England, despite wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich dropping a sitter, lost their last three wickets on 258.

Gayle, 37, one of the most decorated West Indies cricketers of modern times, has not played worldwide cricket since helping the Caribbean side to capture the Twenty20 World Cup in India in April past year.

We can not continue to waste scarce resources on the team in England that is clearly not its fare at the expense of developing our only real hope for the future of West Indies cricket which is a combination of the world champion T 20 and U-19 cricket teams. Gabriel fluffed the straightforward chance, a second such reprieve in Stokes's otherwise masterful innings, and the all-rounder duly completed his hundred from Roach's next ball.