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England tour of West Indies, 2nd Test: West Indies v England at North Sound, Jan 31-Feb 2, 2019

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England 187/10 & 132/10
(61.0 Overs) RR: 3.06


Windies 306/10 & 17/0
(131.0 Overs) 2.33
Batsman R B S.R
John Campbell (lhb) * 11 6 183.33
Kraigg Brathwaite (rhb) 5 7 71.42

West Indies won by 10 wickets

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5.05pm: Rarely have the favourites for a series been dispatched so thoroughly and so quickly. The champagne corks are popping and West Indies deserve to celebrate. Ranked No. 8 in the world, they may be, but this side are on the up… England, meanwhile, have been left winded and wounded, the shine of their 3-0 win in Sri Lanka long gone. Valkerie’s report will provide the long and the short of a dramatic day, and George has already filed with some hard words for England’s boy racers. Thanks for your contributions to a rip-roaring Antigua Test – Miller and myself will be back for more next week. Cheerio!

4.50pm: Time for the presentations, starting with England captain Joe Root: “We’ve been outperformed again and that’s hard to take, I thought as a bowling group we’ve performed well but the batting hasn’t been up to it. [Lost toss?] I would have bowled, might have made a difference, you don’t know. Ultimately West Indies had that opportunity and exploited it. You’ve got to look at what you can control, make sure you’re managing those moment as well as possible. [Next week?] We can put in a really good performance and try and win that game, been a very disappointing performance with the bat, and last week, need to try and right some wrongs. They know these conditions very well and they’ve exploited them to their advantage and are fully deserving of winning the series.”

Kemar Roach is named Man of the Match: “Special award, I think a series win at home is fantastic, against England, No. 3 in the world. [Bowling to left-handers] My angles, moving the ball away from the batsman, working on it for a long time and it’s been going well. Sometimes my rhythm is off but a change of ends brought luck for me. [Like this ground?] Gives a bit for the fast bowlers, moves around and variable bounce, like to play here and win matches for West Indies. Been a fantastic win, want to congratulate all the boys and the staff.”

West Indies captain Jason Holder: “Difficult to describe [emotions], we tried to push on this morning, Alzarri’s mum passed away, so we rallied around each other, we wanted to do it for her. For Alzarri to be involved, credit to him and his family. We’re hungry for success, we’ve been together for the last year-and-a-half, two years, credit to the boys for sticking to the task. We fought back after the tour of Bangladesh, get some honesty in the dressing room, credit to the individuals in the dressing room and the management team as well. [Personal success] Been an up-and-down journey but one I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Been through tough periods but my team-mates helped me get through it. I can”t be here without them, hopefully we stay together for a long time. [Third Test?] Sticking to our plans, being consistent, important to continue the process, recover well and turn up next week. Massive thank you, exceptional support, the people of Antigua have been with us through the three days, so thank you.”

4.35pm: Here come the rest of the West Indies players, Jason Holder leading the way. The flags are flying in the stands, West Indian maroon, Antiguan red – and, following the handshakes, the Windies are off on a well-deserved victory lap. They have been stonkingly good over the last week or so, and deserve to wrap up the series, their first win over England since 2009. Pretty good #10YearChallenge, that. Holder let out a roar of celebration as Campbell’s six soared off the bat, and this is a victory in his image. He didn’t want to contemplate the series win before this game, but he can drink it in right now. Two thumping wins and England haven’t had a sniff.

“The difference between two sides will be easy to understand if one looks at the strike rates of batsmen who crossed 40 in first innings,” declares Gary, “when English batsmen were put under pressure they choose to attack on other side West Indian batsmen applied themselves and dug in…and that is why they are on winning side”

“Certainly a proud moment for the Great West Indians. The T20 franchise freelance windies players must make themselves available for the tests. Convey your message to the Boss of selection committee today itself.” They don’t need ’em, Rajesh Lokhande. They’ve got Holder and his band of boyos

Here’s Balasubramanian: “85 is the lowest target that was successfully defended by Australia against England in The Oval, 1882!” For future reference

“So what changes can England realistically make for the next match? Perhaps Woakes for Curran to play their strongest fast bowling hand? Hard to see what else they can actually do unless they want to jettison Denly after one match and bring in Roy.” This was a much better-balanced team, DavidS, West Indies have simply been better

2.1 6 Anderson to Campbell short ball, smashed beyond the ropes at deep midwicket, West Indies win by 10 wickets and seal the series with one to play! Rally round that!! SIX

End of Over No.2 Windies 11/0 Last Over (7 runs)

“What is the smallest target defended in test cricket?” A lot higher than 13, kalindost

1.6 1 Broad to Campbell pitched up, a touch leg side and skidding into the pads… Not given but England review, which is tantamount to timewasting. They’re just delaying the inevitable, though: clearly missing leg stump 1 leg bye
1.5 0 Broad to Campbell jumping from a length, past the bat and hits him on the hip coming forwards no run

Broad hits a length, but Campbell has pulled away… Not ready for his big moment

1.4 4 Broad to Campbell pitched up wide of the stumps, Campbell piles in and lashes four through the covers! One hit away now FOUR
1.3 0 Broad to Campbell off-stump line, gets on to the front foot and defends no run

There’s a great big maroon flag being waved on the edge of the boundary, plenty of locals in for this. This Caribbean party is about to start…

1.2 1 Broad to Brathwaite fullish, tailing in and jabbed slightly uppishly through midwicket, in front of short leg for one 1 run
1.1 1 Broad to Campbell round the wicket, dug in and flicked off the hip, rolls behind square 1 run

Stuart Broad from the other end. Just give it to Denly, yeah?

End of Over No.1 Windies 4/0 Last Over (4 runs)

Anderson keeps it respectable, then, having conceded 30% of the requirement from his first delivery

0.6 0 Anderson to Brathwaite length ball, turned off the stumps towards mid-on no run

Anil Kumar: “Alan got quick, dirty job of administering last rites!” Someone’s got to do it. The quicker and dirtier the better

0.5 0 Anderson to Brathwaite touch short, 135kph/84mph and rising towards the hip, deflected to backward square leg no run
0.4 0 Anderson to Brathwaite straightening on off, defended into the off side no run
0.3 0 Anderson to Brathwaite jagging in at 137kph/85mph, hits Brathwaite on the thigh as he jumps back no run
0.2 0 Anderson to Brathwaite tighter line, left alone outside off no run

Yep, I think they’ll get ’em. Tonight, most likely, too

0.1 4 Anderson to Brathwaite short and wide, Brathwaite rocks back and hammers a cut for four! FOUR

Evening all. I fancy West Indies to knock these off… Hello, James Anderson is going to bowl! He must be in a right funk!

4.16pm Absolutely incredible scenes. West Indies have been sensational and relentless, England have been weak and outclassed. They have barely won a session across two Tests, and their funky multi-faceted batting order has been revealed to be an utter farce when faced with proper bowling. Jason Holder has been a line-and-length merchant par excellence, while Kemar Roach has once again demonstrated what a wonderful bowler he is once the shine has gone off the new ball.

It’s hard to believe how brilliant they have been. And they are about to complete their first series win over a top eight Test nation since 2012, and extent their hugely proud record in the Caribbean to one series loss against England in 51 years!

Over to Alan to administer the last rites.

42.1 W Holder to Anderson slower ball, chipped in the air, Joseph at mid-on ends the innings! Brilliant bluff from Holder, rolled his fingers, Anderson was early on the shot, a fine stretching catch. WEST INDIES NEED 14 TO WIN THE SERIES! OUT
JM Anderson c Joseph b Holder 0 (14m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of Over No.42 England 132/9 Last Over (6 runs)

Deepak: “Joe Root to declare now? Could be a great psychological ploy; if he pulled it off it’d be legendary” Mike Brearley would have pulled it off

41.6 0 Roach to Curran banged in short, well bowled. Curran can only duck, and now Holder has six balls at Anderson no run
41.5 4 Roach to Curran slower ball, well picked, boshed through long-off. Roach almost got a finger on that, aiming for the run-out at the non-striker’s end FOUR
41.4 2 Roach to Curran smashed out to the leg side, banged in short, and they pick off a couple 2 runs

Barry Edmond: “This is heartbreaking. 20:20 team thinking they’re test match players. It’s an insult to test cricket.” They’ve had a hurry-up and no mistake. And yet they won eight out of nine not so long ago. I think they thought they’d reinvented the wheel … and they’ve rather been forced into a reverse ferret!

41.3 0 Roach to Curran fuller length, into the toes, whipped uppishly to the leg side no run
41.2 0 Roach to Curran gives himself room, and carves into the gap in the covers. Is the single on this time? Nope no run
41.1 0 Roach to Curran full-length outswinger, a solid drill to long-off, but again, no single at this stage no run

End of Over No.41 England 126/9 Last Over (1 run)

Veni-Vidi-Dicti: “9 wickets down. 9 dots since the last wicket. Time for WI to bat now?” Nope, it’s only a flesh wound! The fightback starts here!

40.6 0 Holder to Anderson Anderson walks back and across to see off the over. His job is done for now! no run
40.5 1 Holder to Curran flogged on the up, over the covers. Here’s the single 1 run

Muhammad Abbas : “I think England took thrashing of Lanka too seriously… I think right now this Lankan team would struggle to beat Afghanistan or Ireland too… welcome to the reality guys..” Sanjay, I’ve warned you about pseudonyms!

40.4 0 Holder to Curran advancing down the track, a whoosh through the line, but can’t time it. Again, no single no run
40.3 0 Holder to Curran very full, very straight, Curran is reduced to declining singles. The indignity no run
40.2 0 Holder to Curran a windy waft outside off stump no run
40.1 0 Holder to Curran standing tall in defence, blocked to cover no run

End of Over No.40 England 125/9 Last Over (wicket maiden)

Reaud: “Roach is playing you miss I hit, beautiful ” Poetry

39.6 0 Roach to Anderson beaten again! Curling past the edge, with a cordon of assassins lined up behind him. Anderson must be wondering, what is the point of it all? no run
39.5 0 Roach to Anderson brilliant! Tormenting the outside edge with full, fast outswingers. Anderson can’t do diddly-squat no run
39.4 0 Roach to Anderson oof, there’s no laying bat on that! Full, straight, outswinging yorker. Too good for thee, Jimmy lad! no run
39.3 0 Roach to Anderson outside off, curling away, you’re not touching that one … no run

Score Cards

  • To bat
    Player Mat Runs HS Ave 100
    3. SD Hope 29 1459 147 28.05 2
    4. DM Bravo 52 3459 218 38.43 8
    5. RL Chase 29 1621 137* 33.08 5
    6. SO Hetmyer 13 754 93 30.16 0
    7. SO Dowrich 30 1402 125* 29.82 3
    8. JO Holder 37 1783 202* 33.64 3
    9. KAJ Roach 53 827 41 12.16 0
    10. AS Joseph 9 84 34 5.60 0
    11. ST Gabriel 43 198 20* 4.82 0
  • Summary

    Sports Event
    2nd Test West Indies vs England

    Location

    Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua,
    North Sound,North Sound,WI
    Starting on
    Jan 31, 2019
    Ending on
    Feb 2, 2019
    Description
    England tour of West Indies, 2nd Test: West Indies v England at North Sound, Jan 31-Feb 2, 2019.

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