Windies Win First Test Series Against England in 10 Years
Feb 07 2019
England were destroyed by Man-of-the-Match seamer Kemar Roach who snatched all four of his wickets early in the final session to claim four for 52 and match figures of eight for 82, while captain Jason Holder was equally destructive in picking up four for 43. "Credit to the boys for sticking to the task", Holder said at the victory presentation. They won the opening Test by 381 runs.
"I think we have got to be better at what we do, or maybe do things slightly differently".
The classy left-hander has a test average of nearly 40 and though he failed twice in the first Test, he was key in the second.
With fellow pace bowler Alzarri Joseph chipping in with two top-order wickets, including the prized scalp of captain Joe Root, the hosts bowled out England for 132 in the second innings.
While Roach (four for 52, match analysis of eight for 82) and Holder (four for 43) claimed the main bowling honours, fellow pacer Alzarri Joseph's contribution was especially significant given that he chose to continue playing the match despite the passing of his ailing mother, Sharon, early in the morning.
By contrast the decision of Alastair Cook, their all-time leading Test run-scorer, to retire from worldwide duty at the end of the 2018 season was the latest example in recent years of a batsman averaging over 40 departing the England scene. The openers - Rory Burns and Joe Denly - then survived the four overs before lunch. That clinched the series 2-0, the West Indies' first against England in 10 years.
"We felt unlucky but it's not an excuse, they managed to find a way to a good score on that surface".
Holder will be sorely missed.
Joseph's commitment to the cause was also noted. Jos Buttler was the only batsman to cross the 20-run mark, scoring 24.
Roach was less patient, throwing the bat at Anderson and sending a high catch whizzing to Ben Stokes at second slip.
Bravo batted patiently on Friday and Saturday, frustrating the England attack by occupying the crease for 342 minutes for 50 runs, the third slowest half century in Test history.