England’s high order crumbles underneath West Indies assault

Southampton, July 9

West Indies dominated the second morning of the primary Test in opposition to England on Thursday as Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder took full benefit of bowler-friendly situations to depart the hosts reeling on 106/5.

England started the day on 35 for one after solely 17 overs had been accomplished on the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday, however their top-order crumbled underneath murky skies as skilled paceman Gabriel struck twice within the first hour.

Gabriel had bowled Dom Sibley on Wednesday and produced an identical 90mph supply that nipped again in to splatter Joe Denly’s off stump within the sixth over of the day.

In his subsequent over the 32-year-old Gabriel trapped opener Rory Burns (30) in entrance of his stumps with a full supply and whereas the umpire turned down his vociferous lbw attraction, West Indies efficiently reviewed to depart England struggling on 51-3.

That introduced Ben Stokes to the crease and he bought off the mark in his first match as England captain, within the absence of Joe Root, by pulling Gabriel to the boundary.

Zak Crawley seemed something however safe in reaching 10 and was on his method again to the pavilion after one other wonderful assessment by visiting skipper Jason Holder.

Holder’s supply angled again in and struck the pad and whereas once more the attraction was turned down, the DRS assessment gave Holder his first wicket.

Stokes and Ollie Pope produced just a few boundaries as they seemed to launch a counter-attack however Pope went for 12 when he was squared up by Holder and edged behind for a routine catch by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

It may have been even worse for England shortly earlier than lunch when Alzarri Joseph tempted Stokes into hooking and Kemar Roach failed to carry on to a diving catch at lengthy leg.

Stokes (21 not out) and Jos Buttler (9 not out) might want to rebuild England’s innings after lunch.

International cricket returned after a 117-day absence on Wednesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The match is being performed with out followers in a “bio-secure environment” with every day well being checks for everybody within the floor, residence umpires and a ban on shining the ball with saliva. Reuters

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