March 21 2018

Joe Root on the defensive after shock defeat to West Indies

March 21 2018, 10:23 | Sammy Rose

Joe Root on the defensive after shock defeat to West Indies

Joe Root on the defensive after shock defeat to West Indies

West Indies did recover well from thrashing received at the hands of England side as the visitors pace attack in Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel dismissed England for 258 runs in the first innings. This stunning performance has given hope to cricket lovers across the globe that the West Indies could still be a force to reckon with in the longest format of the game, which is the ultimate test.

Written off, mocked and humiliated, these young men from the Caribbean confounded every prediction and every slice of cricket logic.

Shortly after, Kyle Hope was walking back to the pavilion as he was run out by Broad for a duck in an unlucky manner.

This was the 534th first-class game at Headingley.

"This last Test match will be another opportunity for them to really nail it down".

Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite (95) shared a stand of 144 after they had put on 246 in the first innings, when Brathwaite made 134.

The seamer's England Man of the Series award must have felt like scant consolation but he had a beaming smile at Headingley against the same opposition two years later as he scooped 10-for in an innings and 88-run win. Instead they scented a famous victory.

England's catching has periodically been cause for concern over recent years and there were three drops on the final day, to go with two in West Indies' first innings. Indeed within 24 hours Test cricket around the world has been given a welcome boost by dramatic wins for West Indies and for Bangladesh over Australia in Dhaka.

But nobody should criticise Root. 50 years. Former England. cricketer Michael.


In fact, it proved Root is more adventurous than some of his predecessors. "His knowledge of the worldwide game and the way he has supported all our bowlers in their development has been immeasurable".

I would like to begin by congratulating West Indies on their unbelievable win in the second Test at Headingley.

This was a win that was nearly founded on the back of a much improved bowling performance, the returning Shannon Gabriel combining well with Kemar Roach to ensure England's first innings ended at 258 all out - a figure that could have been much lower with England's only significant runscorers, Joe Root and Ben Stokes, both dropped early on in their innings.

Root trusted his senior attack of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who bowled more than half of the overs, but England were again let down by their catching - most damagingly when Alastair Cook dropped Kraigg Brathwaite on 4. West Indies have tasted success against Pakistan in Sharjah and then in the home series in the second game at Barbados. They were so calm as well as being technically skilful.

The closest Anderson came to a wicket in the session was when Brathwaite, on 22, edged him just short of third slip Tom Westley.

Chase benefited from a Ben Stokes overthrow to the tune of five runs, but fell for 30 when substitute fielder Mason Crane claimed a great diving catch at mid-on.

In the same over, Blackwood was stumped by Jonny Bairstow but, by then, the job was effectively done.

But Shai Hope put any fraternal disappointment at his brother's freaky exit behind him to play the shot of the morning when he punched Woakes off the back foot through mid-off for four.

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