Reuters – LONDON (Reuters) – Against all the odds, West Indies will arrive at Lord’s on Thursday with their eyes on a first Test series victory in England since 1988 after a remarkable turnaround in fortunes.

Summary

  • LONDON (Reuters) – Against all the odds, West Indies will arrive at Lord’s on Thursday with their eyes on a first Test series victory in England since 1988 after a remarkable turnaround in fortunes.
  • Beaten out of sight in the first day-night test in England at Edgbaston, where they lost 19 wickets on the third and last day, the visitors rebounded in thrilling fashion at Headingley.
  • Nagging doubts about the solidity of the top order resurfaced at Headingley, where Windies pacemen Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach bowled superbly to dismiss England for 258 in their first innings after Root had won the toss and batted.
  • England’s chastened attack will be anxious to put the record straight too after being unable to prevent West Indies reaching their target of 322 in the second innings at Leeds to claim a five-wicket victory.
  • Root’s decision to declare England’s second innings at Headingley on 490-8 a few over before the end of the fourth day helped set up a thrilling spectacle, although some have questioned the wisdom of such an attacking option.


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