England in West Indies: Centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood blunt England in Barbados

Blackwood’s century was his second in opposition to England
Second Check, Barbados (day three):
England 507-9 dec: Root 153, Stokes 120, Lawrence 91; Permaul 3-126
West Indies 288-4: Brathwaite 109*, Blackwood 102
West Indies path by 219 runs

A dogged unbeaten century from West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood’s 102 blunted England on day three of the second Check in Barbados.

Brathwaite batted all day, combining with Blackwood for a stand of 183 because the hosts floor their solution to 288-4 on the shut, trailing by 219 runs.

That partnership thwarted England for 68.3 overs till Blackwood misjudged a depart to part-time off-spinner Dan Lawrence and was out lbw with 5 overs to go.

After claiming two early wickets, England struggled to create alternatives and the vacationers wasted the uncommon probabilities they created.

Blackwood would have been out for a duck had England reviewed an lbw determination and on 65 he was bowled by a Saqib Mahmood no-ball, which might have been the debutant’s first Check wicket. T. was additionally a missed stumping likelihood when Brathwaite was on 109.

It means a second consecutive draw on this collection is the most definitely consequence with two day to play, regardless of Lawrence’s late intervention.

One other battle for England’s bowlers

When Shamarh Brooks sliced a minimize to backward level off Jack Leach for 39 and first-Check centurion Nkrumah Bonner was lbw to Ben Stokes for 9 earlier than lunch, England had an actual likelihood to push themselves right into a match-winning place.

As a substitute, it become one other day w. an inexperienced England assault appeared tame.

Once more t. is the caveat of a pitch that has provided little, significantly to tempo bowlers. However England will nonetheless be disenchanted to solely declare three wickets all day.

Leach, who gained credit score with a great efficiency within the first Check, began solidly however, because the day wore on, sporadic good balls had been interspersed with ones that had been too simply minimize for 4.

Ben Stokes looks dismayed as West Indies add more runs
Ben Stokes took 1-34 in 17 overs

The pitch is providing some gradual flip however Leach didn’t land sufficient balls in troublesome areas to Brathwaite and Blackwood.

On the day Mark Wooden was dominated out of the collection with damage, Mahmood bowled a great spell with the outdated ball however was largely performed comfortably, whereas Matthew Fisher, additionally on debut, was unthreatening regardless of exhibiting respectable accuracy. Chris Woakes, England’s senior seamer, was nameless.

Issues could have been completely different, particularly had England reviewed when Ben Stokes hit Blackwood on the pad with a uncommon ball that swung in. It was Stokes himself who instantly intimated the ball would have missed the stumps when as an alternative the know-how later advised it will have hit leg stump flush.

The Blackwood-Brathwaite partnership was already value 129 when Mahmood bowled the West Indies quantity 5. It was an ideal yorker from the Lancashire seamer however he had overstepped by a few inches and celebrations had been minimize quick.

In the long run it took Lawrence’s unconventional spin to prise out a West Indies centurion, the 24-year-old backing his dismissal of Bonner within the first Check.

Brathwaite and Blackwood grind

Kraigg Brathwaite
Brathwaite has scored the previous 10 Check centuries by a West Indies opener

As soon as England declared on 507-9 on day two, West Indies have all the time realistically been taking part in for a draw.

They nonetheless have additional work to do on day 4, however the six-hour stand between Brathwaite and Blackwood has set them effectively on their solution to a consequence that may see each groups head to Grenada for the third Check with the collection nonetheless 0-0.

Within the collection opener Brathwaite scored his quickest Check fifty however . he reverted to kind. He scored his slowest Check half-century earlier than reaching three figures from 278 balls – a knock of nice utility fairly than flowing shot-making.

Blackwood is somebody who loves batting in opposition to England. His common in opposition to them is 45.77, in contrast with 30.66 throughout his profession, and two of his three Check tons have come in opposition to England.

He batted faster than Brathwaite however confirmed related grit. He was additionally concerned in a heated change with Stokes after which the umpires had a stern phrase with the England all-rounder and captain Root.

When shouldering arms to Lawrence he thought the ball would have gone over the stumps however the know-how confirmed it will have hit three quarters of the best way up center stump.

‘We’re nonetheless effectively on this recreation’ – response

England spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel: “A protracted, arduous day of Check cricket. Right now wasn’t our day however we did numerous good thigs. We created numerous alternatives. We had been a little bit unfortunate at occasions and we made some errors. We’re nonetheless effectively on this recreation.”

West Indies batter Jermaine Blackwood: “I am very happy. Coming into this knock I used to be feeling the strain. I assumed it [his lbw decision on nought] was happening however that’s the way it goes.

“T. was a little bit of banter [between him and Stokes]. That helped me to really feel motivated batting. It was enjoyable. Now we have to bat so long as attainable tomorrow.”

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: “Terrific effort by West Indies. It was not simple out t., and that was a wonderful partnership between Blackwood and Brathwaite that clearly pissed off England, who can have wished extra than simply three wickets all through the day.”

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