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There's Hope yet for the West Indies as they silence the doubters

31 Août 2017

Only Australia, with 404 for three back in 1948, had made more to win in the fourth innings of a Headingley Test. Broad tried in vain to catch a powerful shot from Brathwaite and ended up inadvertently deflecting the ball onto the stumps at the non-striker's end with his thigh, meaning that Kyle Hope was run out for an unfortunate duck.

Bar promoting Root to No3 to replace Westley, thereby allowing everyone else in the order to move up one place, it seems the most likely way to get Crane into the side would be to rest an all-rounder in either Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali or Chris Woakes.

Blackwood launched into his task by hitting Moeen for six before continuing the attack when Root took the new ball with 56 still needed. "(The criticism). was a bit hard, . because it was the first. game and those fellas. are now finding their. straps.

What I won't accept is that England's declaration on day four - when they led by 321 runs with two second-wickets in hand - was anything other than the right decision. The batting looked inept as the side folded twice on the same day to lose the game.

Stuart Law's men have proved that they can produce a performance capable of securing a victory over five days.

Unfortunately for Joe Root and his team, West Indies played better than them on the final day. England battled their way to 490 for 8 decl. with 6 half-centuries and set a daunting target of 322 for West Indies. He has dropped two vital catches in the game and mixed a couple of strong drives with edges through the cordon, making it little surprise when he skewed an edge against Broad who found a fuller length in this innings. We have the fight, belief and players to do it. Again guys got in and got out and didn't support Stokesy, I thought he played tremendously well in that first innings. Sir Curtly Ambrose. described the first Test. defeat as pathetic and. embarrassing, while. former England cricketer.

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Declaring that the tourists could neither bat nor bowl, Boycott added: "It is just sad to see a once-proud cricket Test team lower than any I have ever seen before". Previously, when we've been behind the eight-ball, we've struggled to do that.

I would like to think the 26-year-old is sufficiently confident to play around with different field settings during the Ashes this winter and not just employ the same kind of boring tactics that we often witness in England.

It is worth pointing out it is unlikely the teams would have been playing in such light on day two, for example.

As for the state of mind of England's players after they allowed West Indies to chase down 322 to win the second Test, Bayliss added: "They were hurting and to me that's a good thing". They've got to do it, otherwise the series is gone. However, the young West Indians under the much-criticized Jason Holder have fashioned an awesome turnaround that proves that Test cricket is still alive and kicking in the Caribbean. "When you get to this level, if you give guys chances, they generally go on and hurt you".

After an extended run of Test matches in England that have been all too one-sided, Headingley delivered a gripping five-day spectacular - a contest that swung rivetingly back and forth in the way that only Test match cricket can. It's not always the easiest viewing ground ...

There's Hope yet for the West Indies as they silence the doubters