Tuesday 16 July 2019

Broad heroics fail to inspire English fightback in second West Indies Test


England's Stuart Broad. Photo: Randy Brooks/AFP/Getty Images
England's Stuart Broad. Photo: Randy Brooks/AFP/Getty Images

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Stuart Broad led a spirited fightback from England's bowlers in Antigua but missed chances and belligerent batting from the West Indies left the tourists battling to save both the second Test and the series.

Broad was the central figure in the drama of the second day, taking three wickets and seeing Jos Buttler drop a pair of simple catches in the slips, but all the while the hosts were building a position that left them 85 ahead on 272 for six at stumps.

The 32-year-old seamer, surprisingly dropped for the thrashing in Barbados, bowled brilliantly at times, consistently threatening while also completing 11 maidens in his 21 overs yesterday. On another occasion he might have chiselled England a stronger foothold in the game but a total of four dropped catches - Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns shelling much harder ones than Buttler - and two dismissals rightly overturned on DRS saw their first-innings 187 comfortably cleared.

The Caribbean batsmen deserved credit too, Kraigg Brathwaite (49) and Darren Bravo (33no) each lasting over 150 balls in testing conditions.

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