Following a 113 runs loss in the second Test in Manchester, West Indies captain Jason Holder rued his team’s batting performance to squander their 1-0 lead in the three-match #raisethebat series.
England set West Indies a target of 312 to win in just over two sessions on the final day after declaring their second innings at 129 for 3 at Old Trafford.
We are here to fight, I know the guys are feeling this loss, and we’ll give it everything in this last game,” Holder said.
All West Indies had to do was bat out the 85 overs to salvage a draw but they could only last 70.1 overs as England rode on inspired bowling performances from veteran Stuart Broad (3/42), Ben Stokes (2/30), and the rest to bowl out the visitors for 198 to level the series.
“We’re disappointed with the result. We have let ourselves down.
“England played a good game of cricket so they deserve all the credit. We could have stretched the game yesterday, but that’s when we let ourselves down and lost wickets in clusters.
“We have a few days left to ponder these things. It’s a short-term problem, honestly. We need to understand scenarios better,” Holder said at the post-match presentation.
England’s fast bowlers Broad and Chris Woakes struck early to reduce the Windies to 37 for 4 but met stiff resistance in the form of Shamarh Brooks and Jermaine Blackwood, who hit half centuries and added 100 runs for the fifth wicket.