The second Test between England and West Indies is up and running. After winning the toss, Jason Holder has decided to bowl first.
During the first session of play, Windies didn’t get any wicket until Holder brought Roston Chase in the fourteenth over. Looking at the damp surface, spinners could get help and Holder was quick to notice that as he brought Chase early in the game. Roston reaped rewards instantly as he picked two wickets in just one over.
He accounted for the wicket of Burns just at the stroke of the lunch for 15, followed by Zak Crawley on the first ball of the second session.
Sachin Tendulkar has been watching the series quite dedicatedly. He took to Twitter on Thursday to laud Holder’s decision to bring spinner early into the attack.
“In the 1st session, I noticed a few balls didn’t even carry to the keeper off fast bowlers indicating a lot of dampness in the pitch. Smart move by @Jaseholder98 to bring on a spinner on such a track where the odd ball may grip and the other may go straight. #ENGvWI .” He wrote in his Tweet.
In the 1st session I noticed a few balls didn’t even carry to the keeper off fast bowlers indicating a lot of dampness in the pitch.
Smart move by @Jaseholder98 to bring on a spinner on such a track where the odd ball may grip and the other may go straight. #ENGvWI
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 16, 2020
Ahead of the second Test, Jofra Archer got suspended after breaking bio-secure protocols. Joe Root is back in the squad, having replaced Joe Denly in the side. James Anderson and Mark Wood, who played the first Test have been rested while, the trio of Stuard Broad, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes have been named in the playing eleven.
England have currently lost three wickets, including the wicket of skipper Joe Root. Dominic Sibley and Ben Stokes are in the middle with England at 90 for 3 after 36 overs.