It is day 4 and as always, Mad Over Cricket is here to update you live about the day-to-day happenings of England Vs West Indies held in Areas Bowl, Southampton. The stage is set for a thrilling day as England look to save the fort.
The Englishmen enter Day 4 trailing by 99 runs, and will have to put a battle on with the pacing Windies bowling attack.
The chasing is going to be a difficult task as the Englishmen will have to put up a more than decent score on the board, with one day still left for the West Indies to chase. On the other hand, the Caribbeans will have to keep a sharp look at the wickets and swiftly collect them in their account to dominate the match, and possibly even pull of a win.
Live score and updates of the first Test, Day 4 between England and West Indies:
13:30 hrs: Hello and welcome to our live blog on Day 4 of the first Test between England and West Indies. Can it happen? We might see a massive upset here in Southampton as the hosts England are completely cornered going into Day 4. West Indies took a heavy 114-run lead in the match, and now England are playing the chasing game in the second innings.
Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley put on a good defending show in the final stages of Day 3, and England reached 15/0 at stumps. But can England build on big partnerships to save the match, or will it be another showdown from Windies seamers? Exciting day in store ahead.
13:40 hrs: Stuart Broad on not playing first Test: “I’m not a particularly emotional person but I’ve found the last couple of days quite tough. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement; you’re disappointed if you drop your phone and the screen breaks. I’m frustrated, angry and gutted. It’s difficult to understand. I’ve probably bowled the best I’ve ever bowled the last couple of years, I felt it was my shirt. I was in the team for the Ashes and going to South Africa and winning there,” Broad told Sky Sports.
13:50 hrs: James Anderson on Stuart Broad omission: “He (Broad) is frustrated and disappointed to be left out, but this shows the strength we have in our bowling lineup and it is good for England that Stuart is disappointed to be left out of the team. He is desperate to be in this team and be a part of our success, so it’s a huge positive for the group going forward,” Anderson told reporters.
14:00 hrs: Key player for West Indies on Day 4: Jason Holder. The right-arm fast bowler was tremendous in the first innings, getting six wickets, and he would surely hope to make it count even further when it matters even more, in the 2nd innings. If Holder topples England’s middle-order once again, it’s Game. Set. Match.
14:10 hrs: Key player for England on Day 4: Ben Stokes was the only England batsman who looked comfortable amid tough conditions for the hosts in the first innings. He has to be in the long haul here. It is about saving the match, and the captain should be looking to defend the match, if not going for the win.
The current scoreboard: England – 24/0 in 14.2 overs – Rory Burns batting at 14* and Dominic Sibley on the other end at 10* – Kemar Roach bowling the over.
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