Eng v WI Day 5 – Blackwood 95 Paves The Way
Eng v WI Day 5. A triumph for the ages?
A historic first Test match deserved a historic away victory and that is exactly what the West Indies delivered. The first Test match post-pandemic belonged to the West Indies.
A match which began with both teams taking the knee in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter campaign. It ended with England on both knees, after giving everything in their attempt to stop Jermaine Blackwood taking the West Indies to victory.
When day five began England lead by 170 with two wickets remaining. Mark Wood departed shortly after the start when he nicked behind off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel.
Jofra Archer then took the attack to his former countrymen. He added useful runs before falling in the same manner as Wood before him. England was bowled out for 313. This gave the hosts a lead of 199, setting the West Indies the less than easy chase of exactly 200.
It was Archer with the ball this time causing the West Indies problems. He quickly removed Kraigg Brathwaite’s stumps before seeming to break John Campbell’s toe. Campbell forced off the field shortly after, retired hurt.
The Turn Around On Eng v WI Day 5
When Wood came into the attack and clean bowled Shai Hope and Archer trapped Brooks plumb in front, he tourists were in deep trouble at 27-3.
The ship was steadied by Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood took the Windies to within 100 of victory. However, Chase became Archer’s third victim. A vicious rising short ball taking the shoulder of the bat before looping through to Buttler.
Now joined by Shane Dowrich, it seemed as if Blackwood and Dowrich were destined to take the West Indies to their target. However, Ben Stokes, often the man for a challenge brought himself on and immediately had Dowrich caught behind. Twice in two balls in fact, after seeing the first wicket chalked off for a no-ball.
Blackwood was eventually dismissed as he attempted to get proceedings over and done with. He was caught at mid-off trying to go over the top for a brilliantly made 95. Captain Jason Holder and the returning, hobbling John Campbell, between them added the additional 11 left behind by Blackwood.
Test Match Summary
The West Indies were probably always slightly ahead in this Test. From a rain-soaked day one when Sibley left a straight one of Gabriel, the visitors have rarely looked back. Stand-in captain Ben Stokes may be ruing his decision at the toss, after electing to bat in less than favourable conditions for the first two days.
Away victories are incredibly hard to come by in Test cricket so the West Indies will be thrilled to start the #raisethebat series with a hard-fought victory. Eng v WI day 5 was close initially but the West Indies eased to victory in the end.
Who Is Your Man Of The Match? (Eng v WI Day 5)
Eng v WI test match. Who is your man of the match?
Plenty of touring contenders for Man of the Match. Jason Holder’s six wickets in the first innings did the early damage. Jermaine Blackwood’s gritty 95 on the final day putting the result in the bag.
But Shannon Gabriel’s bowling throughout both England batting efforts was the standout performance. The powerful West Indian quick taking nine wickets in the match, a pivotal role in test match win.
Second Test Match Preview
The second Test will now begin on Thursday at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. The hosts will need to bounce back quickly following this defeat.
Joe Root will surely return to captain the side, perhaps in place of Joe Denly who has had a match to forget. The other talking point around selection will surround Stuart Broad. The Nottinghamshire man was controversially left out of this Test match. He will be hopeful of retaining his place next week and it is possible Mark Wood could make way.
The tourists will be tempted to stick with an unchanged team after going ahead in the series. Off-spinner Rakheem Cornwall however, will be optimistic about his chances. Old Trafford traditionally favours the spinners on days four and five.
Eng v WI day 5 belonged to the West Indies and so did the entire test match in truth, apart from two periods. Those two periods where when Stokes and Crawley were batting and then also when Jofra Archer and Mark Wood ran through the West Indies top order.
Will Jos Buttler retain his place for the next Eng v WI test match? He batted well in this test but again could not go on in England’s first innings. Jos Buttler scored 35 of just 47 balls. Ben Foakes could very well come into the side. Jos Buttler has kept very well in the last two years.
It depends whether England believes that Ben Foakes could provide a better batting option than Jos Buttler in these conditions. However, Foakes did have a poor 2019 County Championship season. Therefore, he may not replace Buttler in the next Eng v WI test.
Have your say in the comments below. Would you pick Jos Buttler or Ben Foakes?
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