The Wisden Trophy, 2019 |2nd Test |1/31/2019 Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
First Test - Won by 381 runs. Finished in 4 days. Second Test - Won by 10 wickets. Wrapped up in 3 days. What is going to happen in the third? A whitewash was the question when England set ashore for the Caribbean. Now, the possibility of a brownwash arises. Can the Brits spark a fight and get a consolation win? Join us on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 10 am local (1400 GMT) for all the action from the third Test. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Jason Holder's time now to speak. Says that he is finding it very difficult to hide his emotions. Recounts Roach's journey throughout his career and is pleased for him. On the young group, Jason says that the team is hungry for success. They have not been winning too many of late and were desperate to turn it around. Credits each and every individual in the dressing room and also the management staff. On his own journey as a captain, Jason says that it has been an up and down journey and he has faced a lot of challenges. Adds that he thoroughly enjoyed those but also says that without his team mates, he would not be in this position. On the next agenda, Holder says that probably a break from cricket would do, for a couple of days and then back to training. Thanks the crowd for coming in large numbers.
KEMAR ROACH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 8/82 across both innings. Says that it is a special award as a series win at home is great, that too against England, one of the top sides in Test cricket. On doing well against left-handers, Roach says that he had been working on that angle for quite a while and the effort is slowly reaping dividends. On his mantra for success, Kemar says that he just concentrates on bowling in the right areas. On him liking this ground, Roach smiles and says that this venue has a lot for fast bowlers and he likes to bowl here. Congratulates his team for winning the series.
England captain Joe Root is up for a chat first. He says that it has been frustrating to have been outperformed once again. Feels sad that the bowling group gave it its all, but the batting could not step up. Admits that the toss could have been a factor but does not want to look at things which are not in his control. On the road ahead, Joe says that the team needs to come out in St. Lucia and win, as simple as that. Wants his batsmen to put in some big scores. On Windies bowling menacingly, Root says that they are the home side, they know their conditions, troubled the English batsmen throughout and thoroughly deserve the series.
The players are getting ready for the presentation. Should Kemar Roach be given the Man of The Series here itself? 13 wickets at an average of 12.07 and a strike rate of 24.4. Mind-blowing.
Credit has to be given to the batsmen as well from the home side. On a track which was very difficult to bat on, they managed to get a lead in excess of 100, which was gold dust in this case. Only one half centurion in the innings but the time spent was enormous. The top four batsmen faced 556 balls - England played only 619 in both innings combined. The hosts' batters took their time and grafted their innings, not allowing England to get much ahead. Of course, that lucky Friday aided them, where England missed a plethora of chances.
If Bridgetown was a one-odd case, well, Windies certainly did not believe so. They blew away England for 77 in the first innings. And here, they have dismantled them for 187 and 132. Their bowlers have sparked their revival and in both games, it was Kemar Roach taking the lead. A 4-fer in the first innings here meant that Holder's decision to field first was vindicated and in the second, a lead of 119 almost proved enough to inflict an innings defeat. Roach's match figures read 28-7-82-8. He was supported well by Holder in the second innings but this has been his match and series.
300TH TEST LOSS FOR ENGLAND. First Test series win for the Windies over England since 2008. No wonder not a single English player is seen on the ground. The entire squad is in the dressing room, thinking about this loss. This moment though, is for Jason Holder and co. Is this the turnaround which sparks their revival?
J Anderson to J Campbell, SIX! WINDIES WIN BY 10 WICKETS! What a way to end the game. A short ball, around off, Campbell swivels and pulls it over mid-wicket for half a dozen! Both the openers hug each other and are pumped up. Well played, Holder and co.
END OF OVER 2 | 7 Runs & 0 Wkt | WI 11/0
S Broad to Campbell, NOT OUT. Missing leg stump by a mile. Full and around middle, Campbell walks across and looks to flick but misses. He is hit on the pads and Broad appeals. Root takes the review but Hawk Eye does not support his cause. A leg bye taken in the meanwhile.
A review taken... Broad reckons that he has got Campbell LBW. Let's see...
S Broad to Campbell, A length ball around middle, moving away, John looks to defend but is squared up. The ball hits his hand and drops to the off side.
Broad comes charging in and then delivers a length ball outside off. But Campbell moves away at the last moment. He was not ready. Dead ball signalled.
S Broad to Campbell, FOUR! LOVELY! Full and outside off, Campbell leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary! Just 4 away from a win now!
S Broad to Campbell, On middle, pushed down the ground towards mid on.
S Broad to Brathwaite, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
S Broad to Campbell, Countdown time. Just need 9. On a length around middle and leg, tucked through square leg for a single.
END OF OVER 1 | 4 Runs & 0 Wkt | WI 4/0
Stuart Broad gets a chance...
J Anderson to Brathwaite, Back of a length around off, well blocked out.
J Anderson to Brathwaite, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
J Anderson to Brathwaite, On a good length around off, pushed towards cover.
J Anderson to Brathwaite, The batsman has been struck on the thigh pad.
J Anderson to Brathwaite, Around off, Kraigg looks to defend and does so comfortably.