West Indies v England: Three talking points as hosts show fight
Three talking points as West Indies finish 244 runs behind England at the end of day two of the first Test
Windies legend issues rallying cry as bowlers fight back on day two
Having started the England innings so well on Monday morning, the West Indian bowling unit will have been disappointed with the way they ended the first day. They will have wanted to hit the ground running at the start of day two and it took the words of former fast bowler and current bowling coach Sir Curtley Ambrose ringing in their ears to ignite some of the Caribbean passion and get the hosts fighting back on the second morning of the match. The opening pair of Jerome Taylor and the impressive left-hander Kemar Roach displayed some of the discipline that had got them into such a good position on the first morning. Roach in particular was impressive – bowling with pace and venom to trouble the England batsmen. Ben Stokes was unable to reach a second Test hundred when he edged Taylor to gully for 79 before James Tredwell found Dwayne Bravo at first slip off Jason Holder for just eight. Roach then removed Jos Buttler for a scratchy 21 ball duck forcing the keeper to edge to his opposite number Dinesh Ramdin. He had Stuart Broad caught at backwards point without troubling the scorers. Having been well placed at 341-5 overnight, to bundle England out for less than 400 is a brilliant effort by the hosts.
Anderson inches closer to history
In his 100th Test for his country and just two wickets shy of being England’s leading wicket-taker, James Anderson would have been understandably nervous when he was thrown the ball. Instead, he bowled with discipline and nagging accuracy before producing an absolute peach to dismiss Devon Smith, leaving the Burnley Lara just one behind Sir Ian Botham’s tally of 382. Though Anderson was unable to surpass that landmark on day two, he will be pleased with his showing during the day’s play. It seems as an if not a when that Anderson will indeed become England’s leading wicket-taker but it is easy to forget that for a long time Anderson was seen as too erratic and not disciplined enough to have a lengthy career. Instead he got rid of the obnoxious highlights and turned into a mature elder statesman in the team as he produced time after time when the chips were down. He may not have drawn the crowds the way Botham did, but Anderson will be remembered as a true servant for this team and one that will be thought of fondly for generations to come.
Obdurate Chanderpaul halts England charge
As was the case for the West Indies yesterday, early wickets did not lead to the batting side collapsing. Instead England are faced with the task of dismissing one of the toughest batsmen to see the back of in world cricket, Shiv Chanderpaul. Chanderpaul was unbeaten at the close of play with his side still 244 behind, but will hope for some support as he drops anchor to deny the England attack. England will be in some ways pleased with their efforts as James Tredwell dried up an end and even got a wicket thanks to a stunning one-handed catch from Chris Jordan at first slip. This allowed the seamers to rotate and stay fresh and though they picked up a wicket apiece they will have felt they could have got more from the day. Instead a good night’s sleep and some early wickets will be massive for England tomorrow.