Reaction from West Indies' Kraigg Braithwaite and England's Joe Root following the fourth day's play in the second Test match at Grenada.
England wrapped up a nine-wicket victory over the West Indies after a magical morning from James Anderson and a ruthless chase from Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance secured the second Test last night.
Anderson, who became England’s leading Test wicket-taker in the Antigua Test last week, was in effervescent form as he played a decisive role in six consecutive wickets to inspire his side on a flat pitch in Grenada.
England were left to chase 143, with Cook (59 not out) and Ballance (81 not out) both scoring their second half-centuries of the match to hand the tourists a 1-0 series lead for the loss of one wicket.
Ballance’s knock took him past 1,000 Test runs in his 17th innings, a remarkable achievement as just eight men have done better in the history of the game. Only two of those are Englishmen, with Ballance bettered only by Herbert Sutcliffe and Sir Len Hutton.
Yet things might have looked very different at stumps had it not been for Anderson’s magnetic display in the first session.
He triggered a collapse which saw the home side lose eight wickets for 83 runs after they resumed in the comfortable position of 202 for two with opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite on 101 and first innings century-maker Marlon Samuels at the crease.
Anderson made full use of the second new ball in the morning session, removing Brathwaite for 116 with a sharp lifter that was fended to gully.
— ICC (@ICC) April 25, 2015
He then added the other key wickets of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, via an excellent reflex-action taken by Cook at first slip on the rebound from second slip fielder Ian Bell, and Marlon Samuels to finish with the excellent figures of four for 43 off 22 overs.
He also held two catches at mid-off and ran out Jason Holder, the man whose maiden first-class century denied England victory in the first Test in Antigua a week earlier, with a direct hit at the non-striker’s end.
That dismissal effectively ended any realistic chance the West Indies had of saving the match and it was left to off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali to finish off the innings by taking the last three wickets.
Pakistan’s problem-filled tour of Bangladesh was hit by another injury as frontline paceman Rahat Ali was Saturday ruled out of the Test series, the fifth injury case related to the tour.
The 26-year-old left-arm paceman played the first two of the three one-day matches before suffering a hamstring injury which was initially thought to be minor.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said he was out of the two-Test series, which starts in Khulna from Wednesday.
“Rahat is out of the Test series due to hamstring injury. Replacement, if any, will be announced in due course,” the PCB said in a statement.
Batsman Sohaib Maqsood (arm fracture) and paceman Sohail Khan were ruled out ahead of the tour while leg-spinner Yasir Shah (thumb) and paceman Ehsan Adil (hamstring) were injured on the trip.
#BANvPAK 3rd ODI:Team news: Sarfraz Ahmed, Rahat Ali and Saeed Ajmal out for Pakistan, Babar, Gul and Aslam in. Bangladesh team unchanged.
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) April 22, 2015
Shah, however, recovered and will be available for the Tests.
Another Pakistan paceman, Mohammad Irfan, is recovering from a hip injury sustained during the World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand in February-March.
On the field, a new-look Pakistan team suffered their worst-ever 3-0 whitewash in the one-day series — their first against Bangladesh.
They also lost the only Twenty20 on Sunday.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has said he will review the poor performance of the team as well as the frequent injuries to players.
The second and final Test will start in Dhaka from May 2.
Pakistan have won all of the eight Tests played against Bangladesh.