On the England vs West Indies Second Test day 2, Ben Stokes’ impressive 176 made sure England made an impossible first-innings score of 469/9 at the Old Trafford on Friday. The visiting country, West Indies got to bat at a tricky hour and lost John Campbell soon to Sam Curran.
The game stopped for the day when the Windies were at 32/1. Alzarri Joseph, the young cricketer could have also got out to the penultimate ball but England opted against reviewing the lbw shout by Curran, to level the series.
On Thursday, after the captain Joe Root was returned to the pavilion, the hosting team was in trouble at 81/3. However, Dom Sibley scored a painstaking 120 and put on a brilliant score of 260 with Stokes.
England was forced to change their game
England had been forced to change their style of the pace attack after Jofra Archer, their fast bowler, was dropped out from the England vs West Indies Second Test. The Barbados borne bowler had breached the safety protocols of the bio-secure environment by making an unauthorised trip to his home in Brighton after the team’s loss at the First Test match.
Curran, who brilliantly showed his performance and made a breakthrough when an inswinger had Campbell on review to leave the Windies at 16/1. He could not have shown his performance if Jofra had not been retained.
England came back to the second game, already planning to take revenge on the Windies by revamping their pace attack with Stuart Broad, who was very angry for being dropped out from the Eng vs WI First Test match.
James Anderson was rested this time even though the match was taking place at the home ground of Englands’s leading wicket-taker, with Chris Woakes who was recalled in the place of Mark Wood, who was also given a break.
Sibley and Stokes’ partnership created history
But the day saw the best performance of Sibley and Stokes, whose partnership was the second-highest for the fourth-wicket by England against the Windies. Previously, the team celebrated the partnership between Peter May and Colin Cowdrey of 411 at Edgbaston in 1957.
Sibley’s century was one of the slowest in Tests by any English batsman, the opener batted for nearly 8 hours, approximately 471 minutes, to complete a 312 ball century.
Anyways, the right-handed batsman’s second century in his Test career turned out to be an important turning point for his team. The first century that he scored was in January, against South Africa.
The West Indies captain, Jason Holder paid for dropping him in the slips on 68.
It was tough to score runs as the field was sluggish and against a swinging ball. Ben Stokes, who is normally fluent, took it slow and played for six hours, nearly 285 balls to score his 10th Test century.
Ben Stokes, 99 not out at lunch, went to make three figures with a reverse swept four against Roston Chase. He then improved the tempo against the new ball and scored a check-drive six over midwicket off Joseph.
Roach turned the game in favor of the Windies
Sibley, on the other hand, since the first day, batted for over nine hours and holed out to deep midwicket off Chase. Kemar Roach checked England’s progress and created a problem for the team when he claimed two wickets for two balls, the first time in the series for him.
In his 71st over, the seasoned bowler had Stokes who attempted an ambitious reverse sweep and was caught from behind to end the 356 ball innings including 17 fours and two sixes, before Woakes was caught in the gully.
Jos Buttler who scored 40, and Dom Bess, 31 not out, nade useful runs with Chase scoring 5/172 in 44 overs in the England vs West Indies Second Test, day 2.