Holder leads by example on Day 2
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP):
Windies captain Jason Holder took a career-best 6/42 and won the first round of his private duel with England all-rounder Ben Stokes as the touring side took control of the first Test here at the Ageas Bowl yesterday.
Holder capitalised on more favourable bowling conditions under overcast skies on Day Two to claim his seventh five-wicket haul, and sixth in his last 10 Tests, and help dismiss England for 204.
One of his wickets was Stokes, the stand-in England captain, who was dropped twice before getting drawn forward by Holder and edging behind for a team-high 43.
Shannon Gabriel used his pace and fuller length to nab the first three England wickets and then the last, of James Anderson, who put on a potentially crucial 30 runs with Dom Bess (31 not out) for the final wicket, to finish with 4/62.
The Windies were 57/1 in reply after 19.3 overs when bad light stopped play just before 6 p.m. local time in Southampton. The teams never got back on the field.
Biggest Subplot of the Series
Holder versus Stokes has been billed as the biggest subplot of the series, and the world’s top two all-rounders have already made their mark on a series being played in an isolated environment with no fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Stokes rode his luck somewhat in scoring highest for England, Holder immediately settled into a rhythm with his accurate fast-medium bowling to rip through the middle and bottom order after the hosts resumed on 35/1.
In one spell, when Holder took his fifth wicket by reviewing a leg-before-wicket decision against Jofra Archer (0) that was initially given not out, the Windies captain took 3/1 in 14 balls.
“My patience has definitely increased,” Holder said. “Before, I was trying to bowl too many deliveries in one spell.
“I look at consistency, and patience was one of the things I was lacking. Using the crease is something I strive to do – and using the angles at the point of delivery. When you’re not as quick as some people, you’ve got to be skilful.”
Holder also said he definitely wouldn’t have batted first had the Windies won the toss. That was the choice Stokes made in his first call as England captain, and he may end up regretting it.
ENGLAND 1st Innings
(overnight 35 for one)
R Burns lbw b Gabriel 30
D Sibley b Gabriel 0
J Denly b Gabriel 18
Z Crawley lbw b Holder 10
*B Stokes c wkp Dowrich b Holder 43
O Pope c wkp Dowrich b Holder 12
+J Buttler c wkp Dowrich b Holder 35
D Bess not out 31
J Archer lbw b Holder 0
M Wood c Hope b Holder 5
J Anderson b Gabriel 10
Extras (lb6, w2, nb2) 10
TOTAL (all out, 67.3 overs) 204
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Sibley), 2-48 (Denly), 3-51 (Burns), 4-71 (Crawley), 5-87 (Pope), 6-154 (Stokes), 7-157 (Buttler), 8-157 (Archer), 9-174 (Wood), 10-204 (Anderson).
Bowling: Roach 19-6-41-0, Gabriel 15.3-3-62-4 (w1, nb1), Joseph 13-4-53-0 (w1); Holder 20-6-42-6 (nb1).
WINDIES 1st Innings
K Brathwaite not out 20
J Campbell lbw b Anderson 28
S Hope not out
Extras (lb6) 6
TOTAL: (1 wkt, 19.3 overs) 57
To bat: S Brooks, R Chase, J Blackwood, *J Holder, +S Dowrich, A Joseph, K Roach, S Gabriel.
Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Campbell)
Bowling: Anderson 8-4-17-1, Archer 6-0-20-0, Wood 3.3-1-8-0, Stokes 2-1-6-0.
Position: Windies trail by 147 runs with nine first innings wickets intact.
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth; TV – Michael Gough.