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Second Test: Kraigg Brathwaite hits 102, West Indies 206-3 vs England

September 26 2017, 04:03 | Sammy Rose

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"There's guys around the world who are known as the best players, and we've got one of them (in Root), if not the best. This is not the standard we set ourselves", Anderson said.

The tourists' display was a remarkable turnaround from the first Test when they were dismissed for 305 in two innings combined to fall 1-0 behind in the series.

"We have a point to prove".

As one-sided as this series is shaping up to be, West Indies might have found themselves in charge of this second Test had they not been so slipshod in the field on the opening day.

However, the 28-year-old will need to hit the ground running to guarantee a starting spot in this winter's Ashes series after Roland-Jones took 14 wickets in his first three worldwide games, including a five-wicket haul against South Africa on debut.

Nevertheless, he was omitted at Headingley, with England recalling fit-again all-rounder Chris Woakes.

As conditions for batting eased after Anderson´s double strike under cloudy skies, England´s bowling discipline evaporated.

England skipper Joe Root looked frustrated and out of ideas in the middle as Brathwaite and Shai went past their 200-run stand. We have been very honest with our assessment.

"The criticism will come whether we win lose or draw - we're pretty accustomed to that so we just have to get on with it". "We didn't create pressure and we did not bowl in partnerships". There was always a release. "The batsmen have been working hard in the nets and no doubt I'm looking for some big things from them". He has also played 269 One-Day Internationals with 22 centuries and is one of two players in the game with two Twenty20 in International series titles.

During the afternoon session, while England experimented with a leg-side trap for Hope, he edged Broad through a gap in the slips. "I was desperate for Sachin to get in".

Middlesex paceman Roland-Jones made his Test debut earlier this season against South Africa after Woakes was ruled out with a side strain suffered during England s Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh at The Oval in June.

Such a clinical extraction of the tail gave a topsy-turvy day matching bookends - Gabriel and Roach offering unplayable fare to England batsmen who could do little about it.

After several stellar performances with the ball this summer, Moeen was not quite as effective in a holding role.

Gabriel's 4-51 and Kemar Roach's 4-71 left England 258 all out before the Windies reached 19-1 at the close. This was also the first time two West Indies scored a century in the same innings in England after 2012.

Law, who took over helm of the side in March, said confidence had been understandably low following the drubbing but the players had rebounded well.

"We won't know if it's a good score until the West Indies innings has finished". They put that behind them and just carried on.



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