Recent Match Report – England vs West Indies 3rd Test 2021/22




England bowled out for 120 inside an hour on fourth morning in Grenada

Innings break England 204 and 120 (Mayers 5-18) lead West Indies 297 (da Silva 100*) by 27 runs

West Indies will need 28 runs to win the third Test in Grenada, and with it the Botham-Richards Trophy, after Kemar Roach prised out England’s remaining two wickets inside an hour’s play on the fourth morning in St George’s, for the addition of 17 runs.

In keeping with the trend of the match, there were few demons for England to confront against the softer, older ball, which was already 53 overs old when play got underway. West Indies resumed with their third-day wrecker, Kyle Mayers, at one end, and the quicker options of Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph alternating at the other, but Jack Leach and Chris Woakes watched the ball carefully and played within themselves to add 13 runs in a sedate first 40 minutes.

But then, Mayers made way for West Indies’ attack leader, Roach, and all he required was a solitary delivery to break the deadlock. It was a rank leg-sided long-hop to be fair, but Woakes’ firm flick flew rapidly to Jason Holder’s right at leg gully, who clung onto a one-handed blinder with the ball almost behind his back.

Woakes was gone for 19, having added just one run since an earlier moment of alarm, when Joseph tucked him up from back of a length for a looping deflection to short leg. After a successful review, umpire Gregory Brathwaite had to reverse his decision – the 19th overturned decision of the series.

At 116 for 9, Leach was joined by England’s last man – and first-innings top-scorer – Saqib Mahmood, with the team management hoping against hope that could at least replicate their first-innings stand of 90, without which West Indies would already be celebrating an innings victory.

This time, however, their partnership was almost ended after four balls, as Roach bent his back on the short ball, and Leach sliced inches short of point. Mahmood then got in a tangle twice in the same Joseph over, first with an appeal for caught-behind that flicked off his arm-guard, and then with a flapped pull off the eyebrows that looped over gully.

The hostility of the short-ball approach was at stark odds to the tame fare that England had served up when hunting the tenth West Indies wicket on the third morning, and with Leach pinned to his crease, Roach fired in the surprise fuller ball, to produce a thin edge through to the tumbling Da Silva. Once again, umpire Joel Wilson was unmoved, but West Indies were already celebrating before their review revealed a thin spike on UltraEdge.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket


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