Post Match Presentation
“Yeah, I think we picked off where we finished last week. We showed a lot of progression as a batting group, pleasing to make a substantial first-innings total for the first time in a long time. Hopefully, we can replicate it again and again. [Lawrence] He’s been wonderful, one of the most pleasing things is how selfless he’s been, again coming out this morning to try and get as many as we could. The way he played in the first innings was excellent and he seems to be growing in confidence. [Hundred] Won’t be long if he keeps playing like that.
[Mahmood and Fisher] They were brilliant, two surfaces haven’t been the most receptive for seamers, hasn’t been much to work with but showed great skill and commitment. Great to see their faces when they got their first wickets. [Declaration] Tricky one, trying to weigh it up. How small the ground was and how strong the wind was, you don’t want someone to come off and give them too many overs. Kraigg played brilliantly and we needed to make an impact with the new ball, just a shame we couldn’t kick on. Credit to the West Indies, should be a brilliant final Test. [Parkinson in Grenada?] Have to see what pitch we get and then work out the best way of taking 20 wickets. Pleasing to see Jack playing the way he is, bowling with control and looking threatening. Great to see him finding his feet and looking comfortable at this level.”
Kraigg Brathwaite is also, unsurprisingly, Player of the Match:
“Feeling quite good, I thought England played well. Want to thank the West Indies supporters for coming out. I enjoyed it, the pitch was at times with the harder ball difficult to bat on, but stuck to my plans of playing straight and as late as possible. [Flat surfaces, Grenada?] Like to see something in it for the pacers, we want a result in the last Test. We have to see what they produce in Grenada.
[Most balls faced for WI] That’s amazing to hear, put in a lot of work over the years. To do it at home, with my family here was pleasing, I’m very thankful. [Team support] Tremendous effort, Jermaine [Blackwood] came out and had the right attitude. England bowled well, but it was good as a team, after they put up 500, we put up 400. And then today, fighting to the end, that’s what we want. [Could be more expansive?] In periods we could, but the start is spending time at the crease and batting, learning as quickly as possible on the job.”
England vs West Indies 2nd Test Highlights today, Sunday 20-3-2022. 2nd Test, England tour of West Indies from Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.
Last five completed Tests, the most recent first
West Indies: DLLLW
Once again Joe Root won the toss and took same decision.
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 Matthew Fisher, 10 Saqib Mahmood, 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.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 10:00 Local
Umpires – Joel Wilson, Nigel Duguid
TV Umpires – Leslie Reifer
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Gregory Brathwaite
Match number – Test no. 2457