Evening Standard – Captain Joe Root was left to lead the rearguard as England traded blows with the West Indies in a captivating second Test that could go either way at Headingley.

Summary

  • Captain Joe Root was left to lead the rearguard as England traded blows with the West Indies in a captivating second Test that could go either way at Headingley.
  • As it stands the Investec Series is very much alive heading into day four, with the West Indies chasing their first win on these shores for 17 years and England searching for the kind of battling win that would tee them up nicely for this winter’s Ashes.
  • Sir Viv says West Indies must grab chance to lift Caribbean cricket Tom Westley (eight) may have missed his chance to be part of that trip, chasing a wide one to make it four single-figure scores in a row, but Mark Stoneman fared better, making a maiden half-century in his third innings at this level, despite suffering a dislocated little finger.
  • England still looked ready to mop up, but, when Jermaine Blackwood chipped Stuart Broad’s second ball to mid-on, Moeen Ali somehow contrived to fumble the simplest of catches.
  • The West Indies managed 23 more, Blackwood run out for 49 and Shannon Gabriel beating his batting average of five with a single blow off Moeen before Ben Stokes wrapped things up.


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