A strong bowling performance from England has restricted the West Indies to 4 for 155 in reply to the tourists’ first-innings total of 399 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
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A lower order capitulation in the morning session on day two saw England add just 58 runs to its solid day one total of 5 for 341, however the England bowling attack worked hard to leave the Peter Moores’ side with the slight advantage heading into day three.
The West Indies crumbled to 4 for 99 in reply, but a pragmatic 56-run partnership between Jermaine Blackwood and Shivnarine Chanderpaul put the hosts back on track.
It could have been so much different however when Blackwood, on 21 at the time, edged a Ben Stokes delivery right into the path of Alastair Cook at first slip, however Blackwood returned to the crease after replays showed Stokes had delivered a no-ball.
Chanderpaul was at his defensive best, needing 98 deliveries to reach 29 runs by the close of play on day two.
Stuart Broad broke a promising partnership between Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels after Samuels edged the ball to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler to depart for 33.
Brathwaite, who needed 102 balls to reach 39, soon followed after he was sent back to the pavilion following an excellent diving catch from Chris Jordan.
Veteran paceman James Anderson edged ever-closer to becoming England’s highest ever wicket-taker when he dismissed West Indies opener Devon Smith for just 11.
Anderson now just needs three more wickets to surpass Ian Botham’s record of 383 Test wickets.