Alzarri Joseph struck twice and West Indies captain Jason Holder removed England stand-in skipper Ben Stokes as the West Indies regained the initiative in the first Test with a late flurry of wickets at Southampton.
England were 284-8 in their 2nd innings at the close of the 4th day, a lead of 170 runs in a match that marks international cricket’s return from lockdown, England fought back during a 4th wicket partnership of 98 between Zak Crawley and Stokes.
But their 249-4 was soon transformed into 279-8 as 5 wickets fell for just 30 runs inside the final hour, No sooner had Stokes fallen, then Crawley was caught and bowled by paceman Joseph for a Test-best 76.
Suddenly, England’s 2 batsmen at the crease Pope and Jos Buttler were both on nought, Buttler, who overturned being lbw to Holder for 5, fell for 9 when bowled through a huge gap between bat and pad by Joseph.
World Cup-winning wicket-keeper Buttler has now made just one hundred in his 42 Tests, And there was still time before the close for Windies spearhead quick Shannon Gabriel (3-62) to bowl both Dom Bess and Ollie Pope.
England were still 1 run behind West Indies’ first innings 318 when Crawley came to the crease, But the 22-year-old, in his 5th Test, completed a well-made fifty when he reverse-swept off-spinner Roston Chase for 4.
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