England vs West Indies - 1st Test, Day 2 highlights: Anderson strikes before bad light forces early stumps

Highlights of day two action from the first Test between England and West Indies at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

After multiple unsuccessful attempts in getting Martin Campbell out, England finally got the breakthrough.   -  ap

Highlights of day two coverage of the first Test between England and West Indies held at Ageas Bowl, Southampton.


- Bad light once again stops the play as the players walk off the pitch. There are still 26 overs remaining in the day's play. West Indies 57/1 in 19.3 overs. That's it, stumps on the second day, an early one again because of bad light. Brathwaite batting on 20 and Hope unbeaten on 3.

- Carlos Brathwaite is the next batsman at the crease. The visitor has struggled against swing under dark skies. After surviving Mark Wood's searing pace, he takes the Windies past the 50-run mark with a flick on the leg side in Ben Stokes' over. He gets a boundary over the long leg with a similar shot. West Indies 54/1 in 17 overs.

- WICKET! James Anderson hits Campbell's pads and the umpire raises his finger. The opener reviews the decision and gets it overturned successfully for the fifth time. He gets back at the pacer with a boundary over deep mid-wicket off the penultimate ball. Anderson gets his man off the final ball with a perfect in-swinger. Campbell reviews again but, this time its unsuccessful.  West Indies 43/1 in 13 overs.

- Campbell is cautious in his approach against Archer. He gets an inside edge running towards the backward square leg and runs two. West Indies 32/0 after 10 overs.

- Play resumes with Jofra Archer starting with three slips and a leg gully in place. John Campbell and Kraigg Brathwaite have been steady in their approach against the new ball.

- Bad light stops play and the players are off the field. West Indies 21/0 after 7 overs. Trails by 183 runs.

- Shout for an LBW and the umpire rules in the favour of the bowler. But Campbell takes the review and West Indies' brilliant run with the review continues. It wasn't pitching in line and Campbell survives.

- Campbell and Brathwaite have been very watchful while dealing with the new ball and have given West Indies a steady start. There isn't much movement but Anderson and Archer have been at their best, testing the openers. West Indies 19/0 after 6 overs.

- Kraigg Brathwaite, too is off the mark.

- John Campbell gets West Indies off the mark with a punch through the mid-off.

- Jofra Archer to partner James Anderson from the other end

- Anderson starts with a maiden and it will be interesting to watch if England misses Stuart Broad- who has been left out of this Test match.

- We are back! Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell are out in the middle and it will be James Anderson with the new ball.

- Tea has been taken and we will be back for the West Indies' reply.

- England 204 all out. Excellent bowling from Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel with the West Indies skipper taking six wickets, while Gabriel snapping four. England's brittle batting line-up was found wanting and West Indies made perfect use of the conditions. Nevertheless, the home bowlers would be itching to have a go at the West Indies batsmen. Back shortly.

WICKET - Shannon Gabriel castles James Anderson to pick his fourth as West Indies bowls out England for 204.

- Jimmy Anderson and Dom Bess have added 30 runs for the last wicket stand as England crosses the 200-run mark.

- Dom Bess moves into the twenties with a couple of boundaries, while West Indies would ideally look to polish off before Tea.

- Anderson is off the mark with a flick through the square for a boundary.

Jimmy Anderson, the last man is at the crease

WICKET - Holder picks six - his career best is now 6/34 and what a phenomenal show by the West Indies skipper. He lures Mark Wood with a length delivery, Wood goes for the drive, gets a thick outside edge and Shai Hope takes a fine catch at gully.

- Mark Wood is out there in the middle

WICKET - Holder takes five and England down in doldrums with eight down. Takes the review after the umpire ruled Not Out for a LBW call and gets it right again! He has overturned three decisions and what review skills the West Indies captain has. This time angles in, the ball hits high on the pad of Jofra Archer and review shows the ball, pitched in line was hitting leg-stump. Superb bowling and fantastic decision making. England 157/8

- Jofra Archer join Dom Bess

WICKET - Jason Holder has four wickets and he has removed the well-set Jos Buttler. Huge for West Indies as Buttler goes for a push, the ball gets an outside edge, Shane Dowrich dives to his right and takes an excellent catch to leave England seven down. England 157/7 after 56 overs.

- Dominic Bess joins Jos Buttler

- WICKET - Huge one for West Indies and Jason Holder gets his England counterpart. Stokes fails to ride his luck after being dropped twice and this time wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich makes no mistake. Stokes goes for a flick but was undone with the away movement, closes the face of the bat, gets an edge and the keeper does the rest. England 154/6 after 55 overs.

- An interesting battle is on between Roach and Stokes and this time the bowler almost induced an edge. Stokes walks down the track, Roach bowls short of length and the ball beats the outside edge before shaping away to the keeper. Jaffa

- Jason Holder back into the attack.

FOUR- Stokes this time and he is such a lovely timer of the ball. Roach pitches it full, the drive was there and Stokes frees his arms and caresses it through the covers. Looking comfortable, the England captain.

FOUR - Buttler is up and running. Gabriel pitches it full and Buttler with a full flourish of the bat drives it uppishly through the covers for a boundary. He then dispatches a low full toss wide of the cover region.  Partnership between Stokes and Buttler is worth 54 off 75. England 141/5 after 50 overs.

- Dropped - Ben Stokes has been handed a second life and this time it's Shamarh Brooks. Roach got Stokes to drive and the England captain went for a full-blooded drive but Brooks at covers drops a dolly. Frustrating for Holder and company.

- FOUR- Positive from Stokes as he comes down the track once again, negates any movement created by Roach and flicks it through the mid-wicket for a boundary.

-FOUR - Top shot from Buttler and he is freeing up his arms. Short of length delivery from Gabriel and Buttler rocks back on his backfoot and punches it through the covers.

- FOUR - Loose delivery from Gabriel, short and wide, Buttler pounces on it and cuts it hard over point for a boundary. England 115/5 after 44 overs.

- We are back after Lunch and it will be Stokes on strike with Gabriel operating from one end with two slips and a gully. A fine leg and a man at deep square. Should be an interesting battle.

Shannon Gabriel celebrates after dismissing Rory Burns on Day two of the first Test against England.   -  REUTERS


- Slight delay in resumption as it was drizzling at the Ageas Bowl. However, the good thing is the covers are off and we should get underway with the second session, shortly.


- Time for Lunch. Excellent first session from West Indies' point of view as the pacers picked four with Shannon Gabriel being the pick of the bowlers adding two wickets to his overnight tally of one and skipper Jason Holder chipping in with a couple. They cleaned up the England top-order and had Ben Stokes, but Kemar Roach let the England skipper carry on his stay and the crease. Nevertheless, it's a session that belongs to West Indies. Back in 45 minutes...

- Dropped - The trap was laid, Stokes fell into it but Kemar Roach hands the England skipper a life. Holder bowls a short delivery, Stokes goes for the pull, gets a top-edge, Roach runs forward at fine-leg, puts in the dive only to spill the catch.

- Just little over 10 minutes to go for Lunch and West Indies would believe they can get one more. And if they get, they would be well truly on top.

- Jos Buttler is the new man in

- WICKET- Holder strikes to leave England five down. Excellent bowling and Pope was done in by the movement. Slightly back of length delivery, Pope goes for the drive, the ball takes an outside edge on its way to the keeper. The West Indies are delighted and the pacers have been persistent in their line and length. England 87/5 after 38 overs.

- FOUR- Class from Pope as he keeps his head in shape, and just glances one through the mid-wicket for a boundary.

- Pope gets off the mark with a single to the covers.

Ollie Pope, right-hand batsman joins Ben Stokes

WICKET - Another successful review and this time skipper Jason Holder strikes. Beautiful piece of bowling as Holder sets up Zak Crawley who departs for just 10. Holder kept bowling the out-swingers and then decides to get one back into the batsman, Crawley plays across the line, umpire Richard Kettleborough wasn't convinced but replays showed the ball was hitting leg-stump. England in a spot of bother and West Indies are on top. England 72/4 after 34.

- FOUR - Good batting from Stokes as he takes a couple of steps forward, converts it into half-volley and drills through the mid-on for a boundary.

- West Indies bowlers are building up the pressure by bowling a tight line and although there isn't much swing, the focus has been line and length and so far they have been successful. Roach in particular, has been bowling round the wicket to Stokes, an approach that has given his results. A couple of edges have flown past the fielders and the pitch has something for the bowlers. Not much bounce but there is movement. England 67/3 after 32 overs.

- Time for a Drinks break and the first hour certainly belonged to the West Indies. Two wickets and Shannon Gabriel got both the overnight batsmen.

- Roach is bowling a testing line to Stokes from round the wicket and a loud LBW call did create some trouble for the England captain. The umpire says no and Holder doesn't review it.

- FOUR - Ben Stokes is off the mark with an authoritative pull through the mid-wicket for a boundary and that should ease some nerves. 

- New England skipper, Ben Stokes, walks in early.

- WICKET - Shannon Gabriel has three! Excellent review by the West Indies and Gabriel has paced off both the overnight batsmen. First it was Denly and now Burns. Yorker delivery, Burns misses the flick as the ball hits very low on the pad, the umpire denies it but Holder was quick to go for the review. Replays suggested the ball was pitched in line and was crashing into the leg-stump. On-field decision overturned and there is celebration in the Windies camp. England 52/2 after 26 overs.

- Zak Crawley, right hand batsman joins Rory Burns


- WICKET - Timber! Gabriel gets his second wicket as he castles Joe Denly. The batsman has been facing some issues while dealing with deliveries coming in and this time he misses it completely. Gabriel gets the ball to shape in with a scrambled seam, Denly goes on his backfoot, the ball nips back, beats the defence and knocks down the stumps. England 49/2 after 24 overs. 

- With three slips and a gully, Holder is bowling a perfect line, maintaining the fifth stump line and Burns is watchful, leaving the ball nicely. Not much swing there, though. England 41/1 after 21 overs.

- First runs of the morning and Rory Burns is away with a thick outside edge as the ball flies past the backward point for a boundary.

- A quiet first over from Holder and Shannol Gabriel is introduced into the attack.

- It will be Jason Holder, who will partner Alzarri Joseph from the other end.

- Joseph finishes off the over with a bumper and Denly just manages to stay away from a brute of a delivery under gloomy skies.

- It will be Alzarri Joseph who will start proceedings and it will be Denly on strike.

- Alright we are all set for play to gein on time. The England batsmen are at the crease and the West Indies players are in the middle.

The West Indies’ three-match Test series in England is an opportune moment to see in what ways the rivalry between the two may have evolved.

 - Ahead of the second day's play, our correspondent Ayan Acharya and senior journalist Vijay Lokapally discuss their thoughts about cricket's rain-marred comeback, artificial crowd noises and the game in a post COVID-19 world.


- Before we get talking about the game, first here's the weather report for today. BBC reports that it is going to be largely cloudy with occasional rain or drizzle at times. However, as the day progresses, it is expected to dry and bright with gentle winds. That's good news!

Test cricket makes rain-affected return

- Test Cricket is back. But, it was certainly not the kind of start we all wanted. The resumption of cricket saw England and West Indies squaring off on a damp, rainy Wednesday at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.


- STUMPS, DAY 1: ENGLAND 35/1 in 17.4 overs [Joe Denly - 14*(48), Rory Burns - 20*(55); Shannon Gabriel - 1/19(5)]

Here's how the first day's play panned out: England was 35-1 at stumps having faced only 17.4 overs because of light but intermittent rain at Southampton’s Rose Bowl.

Rory Burns was 20 not out and Joe Denly was unbeaten on 14, with Dom Sibley the man out bowled by Shannon Gabriel off the 10th delivery of the day.

England vs West Indies: 1st Test, Day one highlights  

Moments before the first ball was bowled, West Indies’ fielding players knelt in the outfield while their England counterparts did the same around the boundary edge in support a movement that has grown since the killing of George Floyd in the United States in May. A Black Lives Matter logo also was on the collar of the test shirts worn by players from both teams.


1. England: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

2. West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer and Kemar Roach.


What: West Indies tour of England, 2020

Where: Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Date: July 08-12

Time: 03:00 PM IST


(The telecast will be aired on Sony Network and live streaming will be available on SonyLiv App)