West Indies v England LIVE: Hosts crumble as Mark Wood flourishes

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Mark Wood has given England an excellent start with the ball.

Jos Buttler was dismissed early by Shannon Gabriel on day two of the third and final Test between West Indies and England at St. Lucia.

It kept getting worse for the visitors following his dismissal with England ultimately folding for just 277 runs in their first innings.

The Windies fared no better with the bat in their response with a four-wicket burst from Mark Wood reducing them to 79-6.

Buttler and Ben Stokes had put on a unbeaten stand of 124 runs for the fourth wicket on day one to help England overcome a dismal start with the bat in the first innings.

Stokes was given a lucky reprieve when he was dismissed by Alzarri Joseph but was belatedly called back to the crease by the umpire after replays showed a front-foot no-ball by the Windies pacer.

The all-rounder was unbeaten on 62 while Buttler was batting on 67 as the tourists posted 231-4 before stumps were drawn on day one.

The Windies are chasing a 3-0 whitewash of the tourists after two emphatic victories at Barbados and Antigua. Will the hosts succeed in their endeavours? Follow the ball-by-ball action from day two at St. Lucia below to keep track.

Most popular

PCB chief Ehsan Mani hopeful of an England tour of Pakistan in 2022

Waseem Ahmed 10/02/2019
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.

While Australia might have turned down a recent invitation, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani is hopeful of England touring Pakistan in the near future.

The PCB had proposed to Cricket Australia that the upcoming five-match series between the two countries be held on Pakistan soil. However, that proposal did not come to fruition with the PCB ultimately announcing UAE as the venue for the series.

Now, Mani is optimistic that England will tour Pakistan soon for the first time since 2005 when he meets the England and Cricket Board (ECB) representatives in Dubai later this month.

Pakistan are due to take on England in a home series in 2022 and the PCB chief is hopeful that the clashes will not take place in a neutral venue like the UAE.

“I expect England will be totally open discussing it further, but there’s a whole process they have to go through,” Mani told the Telegraph in a recent interview.

England last toured Pakistan in 2005.

England last toured Pakistan in 2005.

“When we play our next home series against England, they’ll have sufficient time to carry out their own assessment. I would never ever consider inviting someone unless it was absolutely safe for them.

“They will carry out their own assessments. We’ll talk to them about any concerns they have, if any, and how we can deal with those, before any formal invitations go out. Everyone has to be comfortable.”

International cricket has been at a standstill in Pakistan ever since the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009. Of late, though, teams have started to shun their inhibitions with West Indies and Sri Lanka among the sides to tour Pakistan over the past year or so.

The upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will also see as many as eight matches being held on Pakistan soil including the final at Karachi.

Most popular

Ricky Ponting adamant that Australia can be major contenders for 2019 World Cup

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Ponting is bullish about Australia's chances in the World Cup.

Having been appointed as the assistant coach to Justin Langer in the lead up to the 2019 ICC World Cup in England, Ricky Ponting believes Australia will be serious contenders for the global showpiece.

Australia’s failing fortunes in the ODI format have been all too evident with the side struggling in the absence of the banned Steve Smith and David Warner. Since Langer took over the coaching mantle from Darren Lehmann, the Aussies have tasted ODI series defeats against England, South Africa and India with the latter two coming on home soil.

Despite their freefall of late in the format, Ponting is confident that Australia have the tools to lift the World Cup a record sixth time.

“Absolutely (think Australia can win the World Cup). India and England are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add David Warner and Steve Smith back into that line-up then I think that team looks as strong as any,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Ponting is banking on the return of Warner and Smith to bolster Australia.

Ponting is banking on the return of Warner and Smith to bolster Australia.

“I am not just saying that because I am one of the coaches, I actually said it when I wasn’t around the group.

“Conditions in England will suit our style of play … I think Australia will be the one of the main contenders for sure.”

The Aussies have managed only four victories in their last 26 ODI appearances but Ponting remains confident that the team can turn it around by the time the World Cup gets underway at the end of March.

“I actually think Australian cricket’s quite strong. Once we get Warner, Smith and Bancroft and those guys back into the fray, even looking ahead to the World Cup, I don’t think there’ll be too many better teams on paper going into the World Cup, and I’ve said that for a long time,” the Aussie icon explained.

The one-year bans handed to Smith and Warner come to an end on March 29. Australia are slated to take on Pakistan in a five-match ODI series in the UAE beginning on March 22 and it remains to be seen if the banned duo is included in the squad for those clashes.

Most popular