West Indies Docked WTC Points, Drop Below Bangladesh To Eighth Place

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West Indies on Monday slipped to eighth spot in the World Test Championship standings after being penalised by docking two points for slow over-rate during their drawn first Test against England in Antigua. The Kraigg Brathwaite-led side were found to have been two overs short after reasonable adjustments and time allowances had been taken into consideration, the ICC said.

As a result, West Indies were fined 40 per cent of their match fee and were also penalised two points in the ICC World Test Championship standings, dropping below Bangladesh to eighth place in the nine-steam standings.

They are one of three teams to have been docked points due to penalty overs.

This was West Indies’ first slow over-rate offence in the 2021-2023 Championship cycle, while India have been docked three points and ninth-placed England docked 10 across 10 matches to date.

As per the WTC playing conditions, a side will be penalised one WTC point and fined 20 percent of their match fees for every over they have failed to bowl in the allotted time.

West Indies’ four-pronged seam attack bowled the bulk of the 188.5 overs as the Antigua Test saw England bat long in both innings.

West Indies frontline spinner Veerasammy Permaul sent down just 25 overs of his left-arm spin in the match, a significant factor in the slow over-rate.

Brathwaite has pointed to it as an area for improvement going into the second Test in Barbados from Wednesday.

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“There are some areas in terms of run rate we can improve and it’s simply just setting the field and bowling to it and being disciplined enough to bowl to that field,” said Brathwaite.

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Carlos Brathwaite Accuses Joe Root Of Being “Disrespectful”

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Former West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has accused Joe Root of being “disrespectful” after the England skipper waited until the last five balls to concede the draw on day 5 of the opening Test. Chasing an improbable 286 to win, West Indies were reduced to 67 for four at the start of last session but the duo of Nkrumah Bonner (38 off 138) and Jason Holder (37 off 101) batted for a combined 239 deliveries, adding 80 off 35 overs to deny England a win.

The visitors showed no desire to call it early, despite the day’s remaining overs dwindling with the two holding fort.

“If I were a senior player in the West Indies dressing room, I would have found it a bit disrespectful that in the last hour, with two set batsmen playing as they were and the pitch offering nothing, England still felt they could get six wickets, going all the way down to five balls left,” Brathwaite said on BT Sport.

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“Would England have done that if it were an Ashes Test? Would they have done that against India, New Zealand, Pakistan? I think the answer is no, so why have they done it against us? “If West Indies need any sort of steely determination added, I think that passage of play should have given them that. They should be thinking ‘we have two Tests now to prove we are better than England think we are’.” The second Test between the two sides begins at Bridgetown on March 16.

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West Indies vs England: West Indies Defy England In First Test Stalemate

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West Indies survived a collapse either side of the tea interval to play out a draw on the final day of the first Test against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Saturday. Set an unlikely victory target of 286, and having lost four wickets for nine runs to be stumbling at 67 for four at the start of the last session, first innings century-maker Nkrumah Bonner and former captain Jason Holder defied the visitors for more than two hours in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 80 off 35 overs to see the home side to safety at 147 for four.

Bonner’s unbeaten 38, following on from his nine-hour-plus 123 in the first innings, earned him the man of the match award.

Holder finished on 37 not out in another important contribution from the all-rounder against the English.

“Obviously we wanted to win but we’re happy to come away with the draw,” said Bonner.

“I always wanted to play Test cricket and over the years I set out to bat long. I’m versatile. I adapt to the situation.”

Following Joe Root’s second innings declaration at 349 for six in the morning session, left-arm spinner Jack Leach claimed three wickets in quick succession after Ben Stokes made the breakthrough by removing West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite.

Without the services of their fastest bowler, Mark Wood, due to an elbow injury, the tourists were further frustrated for 25 overs by Brathwaite and John Campbell, who put on 59.

However, Stokes was brought into the attack as the fifth bowler and responded by trapping Brathwaite leg-before for 33.

Leach, who shared the new ball with Chris Woakes, then drew Campbell into another false shot and Craig Overton took the catch over his head at mid-on for the left-hander to depart on 22.

On the stroke of tea, Leach struck again as Shamarh Brooks once more failed to impress with Zak Crawley taking the catch low at slip and when Jermaine Blackwood played a poor shot to be plumb lbw to the specialist spinner shortly after the resumption, England sensed victory was within their reach.

‘Proud’ Root

“I’m really proud of the team today. Throughout the game we got better and better,” was Root’s assessment.

“We have to assess Mark (Wood) and see if he’s up for the next Test in Barbados. It’s not his fault. You can’t help getting injuries.”

Having ushered Crawley to his second Test century late on a rain-shortened fourth day, Root duly completed his 24th hundred in Tests at the start of Saturday, but not before he lost Crawley for 121, a well-targeted yorker from Holder separating the pair after a 201-run second-wicket partnership.

Crawley’s innings of over five hours occupied 216 deliveries in which he struck 16 fours.

In contrast, Root’s composed effort, which ended when he was bowled by Alzarri Joseph for 109, featured only six boundaries as the skipper faced 204 balls in spending just over five-and-a-half hours in the middle.

With an extra half-hour at the start of the day due to the frequent stoppages for rain on day four, England made clear their intention to declare with a limited-over style attitude which resulted in 132 runs being added for the loss of five wickets at the rate of a run-a-ball.

Dan Lawrence, who came in at the early fall of Crawley, belted 37 off 36 balls with four fours and the lone six of the innings, dominating a 70-run third-wicket stand with his captain before he became the first of three wickets in quick succession for Joseph, who also accounted for wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes.

Kemar Roach, the lone West Indies wicket-taker the previous day when England reached 217 for one, added to his tally when he dismissed Stokes as the rush for runs continued.

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“It was hard-fought all five days and I am happy that we had some fight right to the end,” said a relieved Brathwaite.

“In the middle (of our batting) though we need to find ways to be tighter. The pitch was good for batting but it might be a bit different in Barbados.”

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West Indies vs England, 1st Test Day 5: Live Cricket Score And Updates

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West Indies vs England, 1st Test Day 5, live cricket score and updates: Joe Root completed his century before being dismissed for 109 as he gave England a bright start on the final day of the opening Test against the West Indies in North Sound on Saturday. Earlier, England had a productive Day 4 as they wrapped up the Windies innings in the first over of the day itself and then Zak Crawley and Root made sure that they lost only one wicket throughout the day and eventually ended with a lead of 153 runs. (LIVE SCORECARD)

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West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 4: Live Cricket Score, Live Updates

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In response to West Indies’ first innings score of 375, England will be aiming to reduce the deficit on Day 4 of the ongoing first Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, on Friday. The Windies were bowled out for 375 runs, taking a lead of 64 runs, after England’s first innings total of 311. Nkrumah Bonner top-scored for the hosts with a knock of 123 runs off 355 balls. He also smashed 12 fours and a maximum. Craig Overton, Jack Leach and Ben Stokes were in decent form for England’s bowling department, taking two wickets. Meanwhile, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Dan Lawrence bagged a dismissal each. (LIVE SCORECARD)

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West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 3 Report: Marathon Man Nkrumah Bonner Gives West Indies Edge Over Weary England

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Nkrumah Bonner’s considerable reserves of patience and determination paid off with an invaluable second Test century as the West Indies closed the third day of the first Test against England at 373 for nine at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Thursday. Bonner’s innings of 123 spanned more than nine hours and while it will hardly ever be remembered for any attacking style or quality of strokeplay, his effort earned the home side a first innings lead of 62 runs with one wicket in hand going into day four.

More than the basic numbers of the match situation though, it could prove to be an important psychological edge, especially as England would have hardly expected to be toiling through an entire day’s play after they separated the overnight pair of Bonner and Jason Holder within a few minutes of the start.

But Holder’s dismissal to Ben Stokes in making the score 206 for five was only a prelude to continued resistance from the West Indies lower order.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua da Silva (32), senior fast bowler Kemar Roach (15) and specialist spinner Veerasammy Permaul (26 not out) all played important supporting roles to Bonner.

On the same ground that saw his maiden Test hundred almost exactly a year earlier ensure a draw against Sri Lanka, Bonner’s effort was typically workmanlike.

He faced 355 deliveries, the vast majority of them in complete control, yet still required moments of good fortune to advance his team’s cause almost to the end of the day when a faint leg-side touch to a delivery from part-time leg-spinner Dan Lawrence gave wicketkeeper Ben Foakes another opportunity to show his competence behind the stumps.

‘Good position’

“We are in a good position now but I would really like for us to bat for another hour tomorrow and take the lead to over a hundred,” said Bonner.

“We worked really hard on our batting during the camp ahead of this series so I wasn’t surprised to see the resistance from the lower-order batters, which was very important in putting us in the position we are in.”

With England taking the second new ball as soon as it became due half-hour into the day’s play, the 33-year-old Jamaican right-hander escaped when a miscued pull fell just short of midwicket and then on 73, Zak Crawley could not hold on to a sharp chance at slip off spinner Jack Leach.

Mindful of the discomfort he caused when West Indies slipped from 83 without loss to 127 for four on the second day, visiting captain Joe Root was looking to his fastest bowler, Mark Wood, to do considerable damage to the rest of the West Indies innings.

However he only bowled one over with the second new ball and left the field with the information subsequently passed on from the England camp that the recurrence of an elbow injury meant that he would play no further part on the field for the rest of the innings.

It proved a significant setback and as much as the other bowlers toiled in batsman-friendly conditions, the visitors lacked the genuine firepower to unsettle their opponents.

Stokes and fellow seamer Craig Overton took two wickets each while Leach delivered 43 overs in conceding 79 runs for the wicket of da Silva.

It was hardly a day of electrifying cricket with only 171 runs accumulated in 90 overs.

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In the context of the match though it suggests that England’s suspect top-order batting will face another searching examination early on the fourth day.

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West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 3: Live Cricket Score And Live Updates

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West Indies are currently leading against England on Day 3 of the ongoing first Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, on Thursday. In response to England’s first innings total of 311, Kraigg Brathwaite registered a half-century. Meanwhile, Jason Holder also smashed 45 runs off 119 balls. For England’s bowling department, Craig Overton and Ben Stokes have taken two wickets each. Meanwhile, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Jack Leach have taken a dismissal each. (LIVE SCORECARD)

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West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 2, Live Cricket Score And Live Updates, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

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England will resume batting on Day 2 of the ongoing first Test match vs West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, on Wednesday. The visitors posted 268 for six at Stumps on Day 1 with Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes remaining unbeaten. Bairstow smashed 109 runs off 216 balls and will be aiming to add more runs to the scoreboard. Meanwhiles, Woakes registered 24 runs off 51 balls. For West Indies’ bowling department, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jason Holder have taken two wickets each. (LIVE SCORECARD)

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Stuart Broad Fumes After MCC Amends Law Related To “Mankad” Dismissals, Calls It “Unfair”

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One of England’s most successful pacers in Test cricket, Stuart Broad expressed his concerns over Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the custodian of cricket’s laws, decision to update the law related to runout at non-striker’s end. The amendment now legitimizes “Mankad” dismissalas it was moved from “unfair play” play category to the “run-out” category. Taking to Twitter, a seemingly agitated Broad said that “Mankad requires zero skill” and is an “unfair” way of claiming a wicket. “So, the Mankad is no longer unfair & is now a legitimate dismissal. Hasn’t it always been a legitimate dismissal & whether it is unfair is subjective? I think it is unfair & wouldn’t consider it, as IMO, dismissing a batter is about skill & the Mankad requires zero skill,” he wrote.

Fraser Stewart, MCC Laws Manager, said: “Since the publication of the 2017 Code of the Laws of Cricket, the game has changed in numerous ways. The 2nd edition of that Code, published in 2019, was mostly clarification and minor amendments, but the 2022 Code makes some rather bigger changes, from the way we talk about cricket to the way it’s played.”

The notable change that was made by the MCC about Mankad is as follows:

Law 38.3 – moving the running out of the non-striker

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Law 41.16 – running out the non-striker – has been moved from Law 41 (Unfair play) to Law 38 (Runout). The wording of the Law remains the same.

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Jonny Bairstow’s Century Anchors England Recovery After Dismal Start To 1st Test vs West Indies

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Jonny Bairstow‘s eighth Test hundred anchored England’s revival from a woeful start in reaching 268 for six at stumps on the opening day of the first Test in Antigua on Tuesday. Bairstow’s composed, unbeaten 109 was the foundation upon which the tourists rallied from 48 for four after captain Joe Root opted to bat first on winning the toss on a pitch which looks set to deteriorate as the match progresses. One of the few England players to emerge with any credit from an abysmal Ashes campaign which ended in Australia just two months earlier, the 32-year-old Yorkshireman displayed the resolve which earned him a century in his previous Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

He faced 216 deliveries, stroking 17 fours in an effort already spanning more than five hours to tilt the balance of the day’s play significantly.

Bairstow received invaluable support from Ben Stokes (36) in putting on 67 for the fifth wicket to trigger the resistance.

That was followed by an even more productive association with Ben Foakes (42) as 99 runs were added for the sixth wicket before another all-rounder Chris Woakes (24 not out) ensured the Englishmen capitalised on a tiring Caribbean side with an unbroken seventh-wicket stand already worth 54 runs.

“We’ve spoken about partnerships and how invaluable they can be, not just up at the top but throughout the order and it’s very important for us to continue that effort tomorrow,” said a beaming Bairstow at the end of the day.

“I think there’s plenty still in it (for the bowlers) so we have to continue to bat well again.”

In stark contrast to the opening exchanges when the West Indies seemed capable of doing no wrong, the next two sessions of the day belonged to the visitors as 211 runs were added for the loss of just two more wickets.

Even the advent of the second new ball in the last half-hour of the day failed to dent the resolve of Bairstow and Woakes as pacers Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales and former captain Jason Holder, who had taken two wickets each earlier, posed little threat to the well-set pairing.

While Bairstow was concerned about the pitch already showing signs of deterioration, Roach held a different view.

“Obviously we were tiring in that final session of the day and should have been tighter with our lines and lengths,” he acknowledged. “We have to get the remaining wickets as quickly as possible and then go out there and respond strongly to give ourselves a first innings lead. I think it is a very good pitch to bat on.”

West Indies may be left to rue a chance missed by the usually safe Holder at third slip when a diving effort to his right off Woakes was grassed in that final session, much to the chagrin of the other unlucky fast bowler in the quartet, local boy Alzarri Joseph.

England’s fragile top-order had again been exposed within the first half-hour of the match with Root’s dismissal eliciting the greatest celebration from the West Indian players.

He was the second wicket for Roach after the senior seamer had removed debutant opener Alex Lees via a leg-before decision in the day’s third over.

Seales then accounted for the other opening batsman, Zak Crawley, in the next over via an outstanding low diving catch by Joshua da Silva as the wicketkeeper reacted to a sharp inside-edge from an attempted forcing off-side shot.

England appeared to finally have a bit of fortune going their way when Root was missed by Jermaine Blackwood at third slip off Roach, the ball racing to the third man boundary. But off the very next delivery the premier batsman opted to offer no shot and the ball angled into the right-hander and moved in just enough to clip the top of off-stump.

Stokes joined Dan Lawrence and the pair looked to be coping well enough to at least survive before Holder, who bowled five consecutive maiden overs in the morning, drew Lawrence into a forward prod for Blackwood to make amends in the slips and give the former captain his first wicket.

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Seales ended a promising innings from Stokes with a full-length delivery in the afternoon session while Holder earned an LBW decision against Foakes after tea.

However by then England’s recovery was well and truly underway with Bairstow bringing up a deserved hundred off the part-time bowling of West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite and displaying the sort of resolve which appeared to have vanished from English cricket in a desperate Australian campaign.

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