RCI St. Lucia
posted on April 15, 2015 16:56
West Indies fought back to limit England's advantage on the second day of the first Test in Antigua.
The tourists lost their last five wickets for 42 runs as they were bowled out for 399, with Ben Stokes falling for 79 and Kemar Roach taking 4-94. Although West Indies slipped to 99-4 in reply, they recovered to reach 155 without further loss by the close. Anderson claimed his 381st Test wicket to move to within two of Ian Botham's record for England.
England's immediate objective on the third day will be to remove the obdurate Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who made an unbeaten 29 off 98 balls in his 162nd Test. He and Jermaine Blackwood spent almost 29 overs adding 56 in the evening session, a partnership typical of a game which has been attritional rather than enthralling.
England can still claim to hold the upper hand in their first game since their dismal World Cup campaign, and captain Alastair Cook will be pleased by the discipline shown by his bowlers under clear skies and on a largely placid surface. But they were left to reflect on the no-ball that cost Ben Stokes the wicket of Blackwood, who edged to Cook at slip on 21. It would have reduced West Indies to 133-5.