Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Patient West Indies build strong position against England

Patient West Indies build strong position against England

West Indies will be without their captain, Jason Holder, for the third Test of the series against England after the ICC suspended him.

He's the leading run-scorer in the series, with 229 after an unbeaten 202 in the first test.

The home team put on 96 runs in the first session, with opener John Campbell the lone man dismissed before lunch, caught in the slips for 47 off Stokes. He has played two Tests to date, most recently on the tour of India last October.

"The responsibility is down to the individual, but we will stick together and work on it as a group and try and come back with a really strong response in the next Test". "The way we ended a year ago was disappointing and everyone wanted to turn things around".

Broad said England was still in with a winning chance given that West Indies will have to bat last.

"I think we're hungry for success".

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Rawl Lewis, the West Indies team manager, said: "It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Sharon Joseph, the mother of our young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, has passed away". In the second innings alone Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali played shots that veered somewhere between inept and irresponsible given the match situation and a relentlessly unpredictable pitch.

Jamaican seamer Oshane Thomas could make his Test debut as Holder's replacement at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, while opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite is likely to deputise as captain.

England had vowed to follow-up their 381-run thrashing in Barbados with a truer reflection of their talents but were swept aside in Antigua, losing by 10 wickets after leaving the hosts a nominal chase of 14.

"I started a bit slowly today but changed ends and that brought the luck", said Roach of his contribution with the ball in the second innings. England have dominated over the past two decades with seven series wins, while one was drawn.

The all-rounder savoured the moment after so many hard days for the Windies.

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