The decider in Manchester is billed to be a high-octane encounter and the Day 2 proceedings stand a testament to it. Stealing the headlines was Kemar Roach who struck two early wickets to put West Indies on top after England had dominated Day 1.
Roach, who had claimed the wickets of danger man Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley on Day 1, dismissed Chris Woakes early on the second day to achieve an incredible feat. With the scalp, the West Indies quick became the first Caribbean to take 200 Test wickets in 26 years, since Curtly Ambrose in 1994. He is also the ninth overall Caribbean cricketer to achieve the milestone.
Following the feat, Curtly Ambrose also congratulated Roach on his success.
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After an evenly poised Day1, England resumed batting, hoping to add to their overnight score in a bid to post a towering total. However, the morning was clearly dominated by the visitors as they claimed four quick wickets, giving away just 19 runs to put England on the back foot.
Previously, Ben Stokes, who was the player of the match in England’s emphatic 113 runs win in the 2nd Test could do little. The dynamic all-rounder was left stunned for just 20 after a peach of an in-swinger from Kemar Roach wrecked his stumps.
Sibley was also a victim of Roach’s pace who struck right in the first over to send the Englishman packing for a duck.