England vs West Indies 1st Test Highlights today, Saturday 12-3-2022 – 1st Test, England tour of West Indies from Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua.
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West Indies: LLLWL
England win the toss and will bat.
England team: 1 Alex Lees, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Joe Root (capt), 4 Dan Lawrence, 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Craig Overton, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Jack Leach.
West Indies team: 1 Kraigg Brathwaite (capt), 2 John Campbell, 3 Shamarh Brooks, 4 Nkrumah Bonner, 5 Jermaine Blackwood, 6 Jason Holder, 7 Joshua da Silva (wk), 8 Alzarri Joseph, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Veerasammy Permaul, 11 Jayden Seales.
Post Match Presentation
“Hard-fought, all five days. Hard work and we showed we had some fight at the end. Great effort from the bowling group and our batters, as well. First innings, we were good with the new ball. In the middle, we need to find ways to be tighter. If we bring the runs down throughout the innings, that builds pressure and makes those wickets easier to get. [Bonner marathon effort] I think he’s better than me. Before the game he told me 300 balls, that’s the determination.
He set the example in the first innings and today he came again and showed his worth. [Barbados] This pitch was good for batting. Ball did a bit in the first-class game in Barbados, so it might help the bowlers a bit more. [Role of spinner] It’s finding ways to build pressure. The ball didn’t spin much, so you have to be tight. There are areas in terms of run-rate where we could improve, especially in the middle overs.”
“I’m really proud of the team today. From that first hour, we were in a tricky spot, the skill level we’ve shown. To not panic, get ourselves back in the game, and throughout the game, we got better and better. Jonny’s hundred, Leachy today, can’t fault the efforts of anyone. [Wood loss] On that wicket, extra pace with the reverse is exactly what you want. Disappointing, but not Mark’s fault, you can’t help getting injuries. We’ll assess how he is in Barbados. [Bairstow, Crawley tons] Thought they were magnificent.
For Jonny to read the game and play that innings showed great maturity. Fantastic knock in the circumstances. Zak, off a lean year, showed a lot of character to stand up, one of the senior batters now, important for him to play an innings like that for himself. [Necklace] Something my kids made me before coming out. [Barbados] Expecting another brilliant Test, really looking forward to it. So good to see English fans traveling again and enjoying the Caribbean.”
Nkrumah Bonner is named Player of the Match for his century and unbeaten 38:
“I like to bat at this venue, I think it’s a very good wicket. Obviously, we wanted to win but we’re happy with the draw. [Strengths] When I was young I always wanted to play Test cricket, and over the years I set out to bat long. I’m versatile, I adapt to the situation. Playing Test cricket, the aim is to play a lot of balls. We showed real character, the way we bowled. We’ve got a lot to take from this game.”
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 10:00 Local
Umpires – Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson
TV Umpires – Leslie Reifer
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Nigel Duguid
Match number – Test no. 2454