3rd Test, Day 2: Windies 137/6, trail England by 232 runs at stumps


Manchester, (UNI)

England posted 369 in their first innings before reducing the West Indies to 137/6 as bad lights forced early stumps on Day 2 of third and last Test match at Old Trafford on Saturday.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad ran through West Indies' top-order to leave the visitors reeling at 136/6. West Indies still trail England by 232 runs with 4 wickets remaining.

Earlier in the day, early wickets gave Windies strong hopes of bowling England out for under 300, but a blistering 62 from Stuart Broad boosted them to 369.

Resuming the day's play, Ollie Pope, who was just nine runs short of a maiden home Test century, got out without adding to his overnight score, in the bowling of Shannon Gabriel. Chris Woakes then fell in the next over, becoming Kemar Roach's 200th Test wicket.

Another two wickets fell in the next two overs, with Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer both edging to slip to leave England 280/8 with Dom Bess and Stuart Broad at the crease and only James Anderson to come.

The bowlers made heavy use of the short ball to Broad, but the England seamer was happy to take it on and scored freely. Roston Chase finally ended Broad's fun as he holed out off a low full toss for 62 from only 45 balls.

Bess and Anderson added a further 13 before the latter edged Jason Holder to slip to end the innings for 369.

Broad was quickly into the action with the ball too, striking within his first over to send Kraigg Brathwaite back to the pavilion for 1.

John Campbell and Shai Hope then added 43 runs in 15.2 overs, but Archer set up Campbell with some full bowling before producing a surprise bouncer to give Rory Burns a simple catch at gully.

Hope continued to grind away, but struggled to find scoring options and was eventually dismissed by Anderson just before tea. Anderson struck again immediately after the break, taking the inside edge of Shamarh Brooks' bat to give Buttler another catch.

Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood tried to form a partnership, but Broad trapped the former in front of the stumps for 9 to leave West Indies five down.

Blackwood then showed glimpses of the attacking instinct that was on show during his 95 in the first Test as he looked to counter-attack, but on 26 his middle stump was uprooted by Woakes, leaving the tail with the job of carrying the visitors past the follow-on.

Shane Dowrich and Holder somehow managed to hold on until play was ended by bad light with Windies 137/6, needing 33 more runs to avoid the follow-on.