West Indies Dismantled In Three Days In First Ever Day-Night Test Match In England
The West Indies once dominated world cricket and did exceedingly well when they toured England and had the likes of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Curtly Ambrose and Sir Vivian Richards playing for them. All four of those legendary players were present at the Oval for the first ever day-night test match to take place in England.
The England Cricket Board wanted to see how the fans react to day-night tests and on that note it was a great success as fans packed the ground and had a great time in a test match that lasted just three days. The West Indies were expected to put up some kind of fight as experts believed that the pink ball would swing a lot under lights and give the West Indian bowlers that little extra they needed to compete with England.
It wasn’t to be! England batted first and former captain Alistair Cook found form and hit a classy double century while current captain Joe Root continued his good form hitting 136 at a strike rate of 71. Newcomer D Malan was also on his way to score his first test century but fell for 65. The West Indian bowlers looked toothless and could not cause any problems for the English batsman who declared on 514.
West Indies – First Innings
The experienced duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad were too much for the young West Indian batsman who had no answers to their swing or seam. TS Roland-Jones continued to impress and combined the three fast bowlers took 7 wickets between them. The West Indies were bowled out for 168 in just 47 overs and Captain Root had no problem in enforcing the follow on.
West Indies – Second Innings
The West Indies performance went from bad to worse in the second innings. They looked like a B grade side that had no fight or skill in them. They were dismantled for just 137 in the second innings in less than 46 overs. Anderson, Broad and TS Roland-Jones once again were amongst the wickets but this time around M Ali contributed with two scalps.
The West Indies have two more tests left and will want to bounce back and play for pride. That being said, their current squad has very little experience and their star players like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samules, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard are all back home playing the Caribbean Premier League.