Hope starts positively
Shai Hope took nine balls but got off the mark with a crisply-timed boundary and follows it up with another one four balls later. So far, West Indies have had a 17-run, 13-run and eight-run over in the session, taking the run-rate to 2.89. They’re 81/2, behind by 388 runs.
Bess gets breakthrough
OUT! The bowling change has worked for England as Dom Bess gets Alzarri Joseph. A soft dismissal really; slightly short and the batsman lobs the ball straight to forward short leg. A wonderful effort by him to score 32 off 52 balls. West Indies 70/2, trail by 399 runs. Shai Hope is the new batsman.
Joseph frustrates England
Wow. Joseph is batting like a top order player. Two boundaries in that over from Broad. None the less, the 50-partnership is up between Joseph and Brathwaite off just 62 deliveries. There has been no shortage of runs here for West Indies. The second boundary came off Joseph’s helmet and there’s a concussion test taking place. Yup. all good and we’re ready to resume. West Indies 67/1, trailing by 402 runs.
Early movement for Broad, reprieve for Joseph
The first chance of the day, in the second over, and it goes begging. Woakes squared up Joseph, who nicked the ball to second slip, where Crawley put down a dolley. Ouch! Not what England wanted first up. Two threes, and a boundary to finish makes it 13 from the over. Broad and Woakes generating a decent amount of swing. The commentators discuss whether Sam Curran could have started the day, while showing the replay of the India Tests from 2018 where the left-armer picked up 19 wickets in the series.
Day 4 kicks off in bright and sunny Manchester
The passing shower has passed and it’s in ideal morning for a Test match. Nasser Hussain rings the bell, with gloves in one hand, and we’re underway. A crucial day for England. First session may be an indication as to what lies ahead for each side in the series. Remember a draw here will make sure that the West Indies will not lose this series.
Match about to begin
98 overs, extended sessions | Bright and sunny conditions in Manchester promises to make this an enthralling day of Test cricket. And as a result of it, to make up for the time lost on Day 3, a total of 98 overs will be bowled with all three sessions extended. In 2 days, England face the task of picking up 19 wickets. Tough but definitely possible.
Which bowler will be surprise factor for England?
Nasser Hussain believes Sam Curran. He explains in his column for Sky Sports: “Another bonus for England is Curran’s height. Curran playing in Barbados last year was a mistake but the fact he is short helps England at Old Trafford because he bowls the full length that brings lbw and the stumps into play. Jason Holder, who is 6ft 7in, was bowling a full length and only just trimming the bails, so a load of DRS decisions weren’t overturned. Curran, at 5ft 9in, has a different trajectory and brings the stumps into play.”
Nasser Hussain’s advice for England
“The West Indies’ magical number is 270. That will avoid the follow-on, England will have to bat again and that will take time out of the game. West Indies may then only need to bat two sessions to save the Test,” Hussain wrote in Sky Sports column.
DRS debate continues
“The umpire is always right and you don’t argue with his decision’ used to be the first lesson a young cricketer was taught. This admirable exercise in discipline and self-control is now not applicable as the introduction of DRS is encouraging a form of player dissent,” Ian Chappell wrote for ESPNcricinfo. Do you agree that DRS needs an immediate overhaul?READ MORE
Ben Stokes the best allrounder at the time?
“At this point of time, there is no doubt in my mind that Ben Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all three formats. He has an average of 43 in Tests, 59 in ODIs over the last two years,” Aakash Chopra said on his Youtube channel. “He has a good bowling average