ENG V WI Day 3: Stuart Broad Puts England On The Brink

Stuart Broad put England Cricket on the brink of winning the third test match and the series at Manchester
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Stuart Broad of England leads his side off after taking six wickets during Day Three of the Ruth Strauss Foundation Test, the Third Test in the #RaiseTheBat Series match between England and the West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for ECB)

Stuart Broad Fires To Leave England In Command

Stuart Broad took all six West Indies wickets that fell on day three to leave England on the verge of a series victory over in the deciding Test at Emirates Old Trafford.

He wasn’t seen for much of the morning session. But, when Stuart Broad was finally introduced after England had failed to make the early breakthrough they craved, it took the Nottinghamshire bowler no time to get into his work.

The tall seamer took four wickets in four overs. This left the tourists 197 all out, 172 behind England’s first innings total, a total in which Broad contributed 62 late on.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 26: Stuart Broad of England celebrates after taking the wicket of Kemar Roach of West Indies during Day Three of the Ruth Strauss Foundation Test, the Third Test in the #RaiseTheBat Series match between England and the West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Stuart Broad 62 On Day Two

Dom Sibley, Rory Burns And Joe Root Bat Beautifully

After the visitors avoided the follow-on Dom Sibley and Rory Burns took to the crease for the England second innings. With poor weather forecasters tomorrow, both set about trying to score quickly. Each of Burns, Sibley, and Root managed half-centuries. Root in particular with a quickfire captains knock of 68 off just 56 deliveries.

Root played his shots and looked fluent at the crease. Had the forecast not been so bad for tomorrow, Burns and Root would probably have both reached centuries.

Things went from bad to worse for the tourists. Shane Dowrich was struck by a nasty blow in the mouth. Consequently, he was replaced by 22-year-old gloveman Joshua Da Silva.

When Burns was finally dismissed with the score at 226-2, Root walked off with his man to declare the innings. This left the West Indies 399 to win the game.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 26: Dominic Sibley of England celebrates his half century with Rory Burns of England during Day Three of the Ruth Strauss Foundation Test, the Third Test in the #RaiseTheBat Series match between England and the West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)

As the Windies set about the unlikely chase of chasing 399, more likely a possibility of batting out the remaining time, John Campbell fell early. Once again to Broad. This brought Kemar Roach to the crease as nightwatchman. Although, he couldn’t hang on as a rampant Broad struck once more before the close of play.

Since the opening bowler voiced his displeasure at being left out of the first Test, Broad has taken 14 wickets at 10.50 and averaged 73 with the bat since being reinstated.

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Day 4 Preview – Can Stuart Broad and England finish the job?

The visitors will start tomorrow precariously placed at 10-2, still 389 short of victory, with the likelihood of wether being their only saviour. England will go on the hunt for wickets in any play possible. Broad himself sits just one behind a memorable landmark of 500 Test wickets.

Broad was excellent, pitching the ball up and finding the right lengths. The West Indies batsmen struggled against him. They will have to bat incredibly well form hereon in. A poor session could see the hosts wrap up the game and the series rather quickly.

The aforementioned weather forecast tomorrow in Manchester is truly dismal. Should England harbour hopes of winning the Test, and with it, the series, Joe Root’s men may have to wait till Tuesday’s final day.

There was cricket elsewhere today as Lord’s hosted a two day friendly between Middlesex and Surrey, notable for the attendance of spectators. At least 1000 turned to watch the action.

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