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Old 02-11-2019, 03:33 AM
Cumbrian is offline
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In a flashback to the 90s, when I started watching cricket, England, in a dead rubber, have come to the party and hold a big lead on first innings in the final Test in St Lucia. Burns and Denly hung around well enough, without scoring heavily, to knock some of the shine off the ball and helped the middle order get some runs in that respect. They still collapsed from 232-4 to 277 all out, mind you - though the Windies bowled well and the pitch looks reasonably difficult. Putting the Windies out for 154 was a top effort - better catching, and some fast, fast bowling from Mark Wood being the primary factors. Wood is someone that struggles to bowl this fast in successive Test matches - good job that there is a long break after this one then - and probably needs some real looking after. When he's fast though, he's fast - most of his spell yesterday north of 90 and frequently around 94-95 mph. Had the batsmen hopping at least.

Given how difficult the pitch has been to score on, I would hope that 200 would be sufficient in England's second innings. Likely to be an adventure trying to get there though.