England’s four-pronged pace attack shone on day two of the series-deciding third Test at Emirates Old Trafford as the West Indies reached stumps at 137-6, still trailing by 232 runs (England 1/3, Draw 12/5, West Indies 50/1 – Match Winner).
Resuming on 258-4, England looked like they had passed up a great opportunity to make a big score when Ollie Pope (91), Jos Buttler (67), Chris Woakes (1) and Jofra Archer (3) all fell during a 24-ball period, the hots losing four wickets for just 18 runs.
However, Stuart Broad (pictured) came out swinging and he bludgeoned 62 off just 45 balls – hitting England’s third-fastest half-century with only 33 balls needed – to help the hosts to 369 all out in their first innings.
Kemar Roach ended with figures of 4-72 and he has now moved onto 201 Test wickets for the West Indies, leaving him ninth on the all-time list for his country and just one behind Andy Roberts in eighth.
In reply, the Windies lost Kraigg Brathwaite for just one after he edged to Joe Root at first slip before a short delivery from Archer did for John Campbell, who popped up an easy catch to Rory Burns.
Shai Hope’s struggles with the bat then continued as he was dismissed by a beauty from James Anderson for 17, which came off 64 balls, when nicking one behind to wicketkeeper Buttler.
Anderson then accounted for Shamarh Brooks (4) with the fourth ball after tea, the batsman inside-edging one to Buttler, as the Lancashire paceman became England’s all-time leading wicket-taker against the Windies, moving past Fred Trueman onto 87.
Roston Chase (9) was then trapped LBW by Broad before Jermaine Blackwood (26) was done all ends up by Woakes, who beat the batsman’s defences and made a mess of his stumps, leaving the West Indies struggling on 110-6.
Captain Jason Holder (24no) and Shane Dowrich (10no), who looked very uncomfortable facing the short ball, managed to stick in at the crease before bad light stopped play just before 18:00 with the tourists on 137-6, trailing by 232 runs (Under 206.5 runs 5/6 – West Indies innings’ total).
After the close, Broad discussed his thoughts on a good day for England and felt 369 could prove a decisive total with the wicket turning in the bowlers’ favour.
“We were hoping to get 400 at start of the day, that was our plan, but we’re happy with getting over 350, especially as the pitch sped up a little bit,” Broad told Sky Sports.
“With our discipline with the ball, we’ve had a great day. It was probably just over par on a first-innings pitch – I think this is seaming a bit more.”
With bad weather expected on Monday, England will be hoping to take the final four wickets quickly on Sunday before piling on some quicks runs or putting the Windies back into bat if they don’t avoid the follow on.