Welcome back to our yet another live cricket blog. We’re back to entertain and update you about the ongoing England vs West Indies Test match. Today is the 3rd Day of the 2nd Test match between the two countries at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Well, the good ol’ England weather never happens to surprise us. With many other uncertainties surrounding this live cricket match, one of them is the current pour at Manchester.
The rain has already delayed the start of the play. With the wet weather being on the forecast, things don’t look quite promising here.
The last we heard from Manchester is – Sadly, it is still raining. Meanwhile, why don’t you check out our live cricket blog on what’s happening at the 3TC match in South Africa.
In other news – England’s Jofra Archer hasn’t been included in the playing XI for the second Test, reason being, breach of bio-secure protocol. The bowler made an unsanctioned stop at his house in Hove, while he was on his way to Old Trafford from Southampton.
While all the cricketers were strictly instructed to directly reach the venue, Archer made a halt at his home, resulting to violating the guidelines and also, an exit from the team. Currently, he is undergoing a five-day isolation period, in which he will have to go through Covid-19 tests twice. If he tests negative on both occasions, only then will the self-isolation be lifted and he can join the team back.
Latest update – Well, we cannot see any improvement in Manchester today. As the rain continues to pour, the second session is heading towards a washout, and it might be the case for the entire day. Should the day’s play be washed out, England will be under tremendous pressure to win the Test, failing which West Indies will retain the Wisden Trophy.
Day 3, STUMPS: And it’s official! Play has been called off for the day without a single ball being bowled. England is frustrated, but on the other hand, a draw for Windies should suffice for them to sweep away the Wisden Trophy.
Let’s give you a quick recap of Day 2 of the second test between the two cricket-enthusiast countries:
It’s advantage England thanks to a marathon 260-run stand involving Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley. They showcased tremendous patience to wear down the West Indies bowlers before Stokes displayed his hitting prowess in an excellent knock of 176. With useful contributions from Jos Buttler and Dom Bess, England declared their innings at 469 for 9. In reply, West Indies were 32 for 1 at Stumps, having lost John Campbell to Sam Curran. Can West Indies come up with a strong reply? Or will the fresh England bowling attack run through them?
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