West Indies coach Phil Simmons on Monday said that batting in Old Trafford has become difficult for his team in the ongoing and the last test match against England.
England have been the only dominating side from the second test match of the series, winning that by 113 runs at the Old Trafford. They are emulating the same thing in the third test and the last test match as pacer Stuart Broad toppled the batting lineup of the West Indies.
After scoring 369 runs in the first innings, England restricted West Indies to 197 runs on the second day. Stuart Broad tool six wickets as he inched closer to his 500 wickets in Test cricket. Later, England declared their innings on 226/2 and hence, set a target of a mammoth 399 runs for West Indies.
As West Indies started the chase, Stuart Broad continued to blaze by removing the opener John Campbell and night watchman Kemar Roach. West Indies are still trailing by 289 runs to win this match.
“Wherever you go it’s going to be tough, in England’s it’s going to be toughest with two bowlers, one there in 600, one there in 500 wickets and it’s going to make things hard,” Simmons was quoted as saying to ESPNCricInfo.
“On this wicket, we showed in the first innings of the second Test that… we were doing what was necessary, we were getting scores, we got a few fifties, but you’ve got to carry on, and these guys keep coming and they’re relentless. So I think it’s, it’s one of the most difficult places to bat, especially against these two experienced bowlers,” he further stated.