West Indies confident of fighting back on Day 2, says Brathwaite

West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite is confident that his team will add pressure on England batsmen on the second day of the third Test at Manchester.

Kraigg Braithwaite

Opener Kraigg Braithwaite is confident that Windies bowlers will take advantage of the overcast conditions at Old Trafford.   -  Getty Images

West Indies is confident of recovering after England gained the initiative on the opening day of the third and final Test, said opener Kraigg Brathwaite as he defended his captain Jason Holder's decision to bowl first at Old Trafford on Friday.

"We've got to start back well and look to limit them as much as possible. We will need to build pressure with a lot of dot balls and stop them scoring boundaries,” Brathwaite told a news conference.

"There is no need to force it but if we keep it tight in the morning session, I believe the pressure will bring some rewards," he added.

England was 258-4 when bad light brought a premature close to play with Ollie Pope not out on 91 and Jos Buttler on 56 after an unbeaten 136-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

The host had been under pressure after losing the prized wickets of skipper Joe Root (17) and talisman Ben Stokes (20) but fought back after tea to take advantage as the bowlers tired.

The decision of Holder to bowl first seemed at odds with dropping seamer Alzarri Joseph and including a second spinner in Rakheem Cromwell as it added pressure on Windies' fast bowlers who already looked fatigued towards the end of the second Test last weekend.

Pope, Buttler century stand puts England in command on day one  

There has been a short turnaround time of just three days between the tests in the behind-closed-doors series.

But Brathwaite said West Indies had felt it could make good use of the gloomy conditions the match started under, although it proved unexpectedly sunnier later in the day.

"We had a plan to bowl first because of the moisture in the wicket, we felt as a team that we had a chance to utilise it. They got a good partnership later but I dont think we are out of it,” he told reporters.

"If we come out tomorrow and control the scoring rate, I think well get some wickets."

West Indies, seeking to retain the Wisden Trophy with the series level at 1-1, has the benefit of the second new ball, which it took shortly before the close of play.

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