Recent Match Report – England vs West Indies 2nd Test 2021/22

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Root declares at 507 for 9 after West Indies take three quick post-tea wickets

Innings break England 507 for 9 dec. (Root 153, Stokes 120, Lawrence 91) vs West Indies

Centuries to Ben Stokes and Joe Root led England to a commanding 507 for 9 declared in their first innings shortly after tea on the second day of the second Test in Barbados.

West Indies took three wickets for eight runs in the space of 14 balls, prompting Root to call his men in six overs into the evening session.

Veerasammy Permaul, who had come in for some tough treatment, particularly at the hands of Stokes as he went on a morning rampage to race to 89 off 92 balls to lunch, claimed two wickets when he had Ben Foakes and Jack Leach stumped by Joshua Da Silva to bookend Chris Woakes’ dismissal, sending Kemar Roach high into the air on the leg side to be caught by Jayden Seales.

Woakes and Foakes had shared a 75-run stand for the seventh wicket, Woakes reaching 41 and Foakes 33.

But the performance of the innings came from Stokes, who brought up his century in the afternoon session after Roach and Jason Holder had managed to contain England, Roach also claiming the important wicket of Root with just two runs added to his lunch-time score.

Roach, with his first ball back into the attack and the seventh after lunch, ended Root’s innings on 153 with one that nipped back from outside off and rapped the front pad. Initially adjudged not out by umpire Nigel Duguid, the hosts reviewed and Hawk-Eye showed the ball crashing into the top of leg stump to move Roach past Sir Garry Sobers and clear into seventh on West Indies’ list of all-time wicket-takers.

Five overs had passed since the break without England finding the boundary until back-to-back fours from Jonny Bairstow, who crashed Seales down the ground and through the covers.

After Stokes had brought up his 11th Test century with a scampered single off Seales, he reverted to his earlier belligerence and fell in the process for 120, attempting a third consecutive six off Kraigg Brathwaite. It had been well over a year-and-a-half since his previous Test ton, his four-and-a-half-month absence while managing a finger injury and his mental health notwithstanding.

Bairstow holed out to Nkrumah Bonner at deep midwicket off Alzarri Joseph and with that Stokes started swinging again. He heaved Brathwaite over the fence at deep midwicket for his first boundary since lunch, some 13.2 overs after the resumption, and was very nearly out on the next ball, lofting Brathwaite to long-on, where John Campbell spilled a tough chance while stepping on the rope. Stokes came undone going big again one ball later, this time skying Brathwaite to Shamarh Brooks at long-off.

Earlier, Stokes and Root had England innings looking like London buses as they carried their side past 300. That mark had evaded them for 12 innings and more than six months, until the first Test in Antigua, when they racked up 311 and 349 for 6 declared.

Having resumed the day on 244 for 3, with Root on 119, Stokes lit up the morning as he smashed four sixes and 11 fours in the session.

Stokes twice advanced on left-arm spinner Permaul to launch him down the ground for six in consecutive overs, bringing up his fifty in the second instance. He later muscled Permaul over the fence at midwicket before clubbing the very next ball over cover for four.

Stokes took to Joseph in the following over with three consecutive fours, bringing up the 100-partnership with Root via a powerful drive through cover before launching him over long-off and through midwicket. But Stokes wasn’t done, passing 5000 Test runs with a mow down the ground to clear the fence by some distance.

Root passed 150 for the 12th time in his career, the most by any England batter, and shared a 129-run stand with Stokes, having put on 164 the previous day with Dan Lawrence, who contributed 91.

Permaul conceded 126 runs in 35.5 overs for his three wickets, while Roach finished with 2 for 68 on a tough day for West Indies’ bowlers.

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo

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