WI vs ENG: Jason Holder gets Ben Stokes again to spark England collapse

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

12th Jul, 2020. 12:45 pm
Jason Holder

At Southampton, the fourth day of the first Test match between England and West Indies saw a flurry of wickets fall after the Jason Holder dismissed his English counterpart Ben Stokes on Saturday.

According to the details, West Indies skipper Jason Holder gets Ben Stokes again to spark England collapse

England were 284-8 in their second innings at the close of the fourth day, a lead of 170 runs in a match that marks international cricket’s return from lockdown.

England fought back during a fourth-wicket partnership of 98 between Zak Crawley and Stokes.

But their 249-4 was soon transformed into 279-8 as five wickets fell for just 30 runs inside the final hour.

No sooner had Stokes fallen, then Crawley was caught and bowled by paceman Joseph for a Test-best 76.

Suddenly, England’s two batsmen at the crease – Pope and Jos Buttler — were both on nought.

Buttler fell for nine when bowled through a huge gap between bat and pad by Joseph.

World Cup-winning wicketkeeper Buttler has now made just one hundred in his 42 Tests.

And there was still time before the close for Windies spearhead quick Shannon Gabriel (3-62) to bowl both Dom Bess and Ollie Pope.

England were still one run behind West Indies’ first innings 318 when Crawley came to the crease.

But the 22-year-old, in his fifth Test, completed a well-made fifty when he reverse-swept off-spinner Roston Chase for four.

West Indies hold the Wisden Trophy but they have not won a Test series in England for 32 years.

However, victory on Sunday would put them 1-0 up with two to play.

“All you can do is get the two remaining wickets and bat normally,” West Indies coach Phil Simmons told.

“If we bat for five hours tomorrow to chase 180-190 it´s a normal batting day, not a chase where you have to go at it.”

The coach further added, “It should be tight if we bowl well tomorrow. We have definitely got the bowlers to take 10 wickets on there.”

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