Stuart Broad puts England on top

By Staff Reporter - July 27, 2020

Manchester: Stuart Broad sparked a top-order collapse after starring with the bat as England reduced the West Indies to 137-6 at stumps on the second day of the decisive third Test at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Stuart Broad sparked a top-order collapse after starring with the bat as England reduced the West Indies to 137-6 at stumps on the second day of the decisive third Test at Old Trafford on Saturday.

England had slumped to 280-8 after losing four wickets for 18 runs before No 10 Broad’s swashbuckling 62 took them to a first innings total of 369.

When bad light forced an early close, the West Indies were 232 runs behind, needing 33 more to avoid the follow-on.

West Indies captain Jason Holder was 24 not out and Shane Dowrich 10 not out.

Veteran new-ball duo Broad and James Anderson, paired together for the first time this series, both had stumps figures of 2-17.

Broad struck with just his fourth ball to have West Indies dangerman Kraigg Brathwaite caught at slip by England captain Joe Root for one.

John Campbell, dropped on 10 when normally reliable second slip Ben Stokes put down a routine chance, looked increasingly assured while making 32.

But fast bowler Jofra Archer, back after being omitted from England’s 113-run win in the second Test for breaching the bio-secure regulations governing this series, produced a rib-high delivery that left-hander Campbell could only fend to gully.

Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, then struck either side of tea on his Lancashire home ground as the tourists slumped to 59-4.

Ollie Pope was 91 not out and Buttler unbeaten on 56 — his first Test fifty in 14 innings.

Pope, however, failed to add to his score.

By Staff Reporter

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