Stuart Broad’s fast half-century steadies the ship for England on second morning

Tailender Stuart Broad swung arduous and sometimes to reel off a 33-ball half-century as England posted 369 all out within the must-win third Check towards the West Indies following a flurry of wickets on the second morning.

England resumed with a powerful platform of 258 for 4 however had been on their method to being hurried out after dropping 4 for 18 in an excellent spell of bowling from Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach.

At 280 for eight, and with in a single day batsmen Ollie Pope (91) and Jos Buttler (67) gone, the hosts appeared able to subside till Broad loved his highest rating since 2013.

Coming in at quantity 10, the 34-year-old laid into the West Indian bowling, smashing 9 fours and a six in a splendidly entertaining knock of 62.

When he reached his 50 for the primary time because the Boxing Day Ashes Check in Melbourne two-and-a-half years in the past, he did so with such haste that solely Sir Ian Botham has managed to do it extra shortly. Broad is in good firm at joint third on the record, sitting alongside Allan Lamb and Andrew Flintoff.

He ultimately succumbed to a full toss from Roston Chase, pounded straight to the person at deep midwicket, however he had reworked the tone of the morning’s play.

The primary hour belonged emphatically to the bowling facet, with Gabriel and Roach serving up a storm with the second new ball.

Pope started needing simply 9 runs to achieve his second Check century however had a quick and torrid keep, failing so as to add to his complete regardless of the great fortune of being dropped by Rahkeem Cornwall at slip.

Gabriel didn’t let that disappointment trouble him, returning to clatter the 22-year-old’s stumps on the very subsequent try.

Chris Woakes got here and went shortly, dragging Roach into his stumps to provide the paceman his 200th wicket – the ninth West Indian to achieve the mark and the primary since Curtly Ambrose in 1994.

Jason Holder took a pair of sharp low catches to make it 4 wickets in simply 24 deliveries, Buttler poking Gabriel and Jofra Archer crushed by Roach.

Broad signalled his intentions from the off, hooking Roach for six off his fourth ball then lifting Gabriel over cowl. The introduction of Holder solely accelerated issues, with Broad blazing the all-rounder for seven boundaries very quickly, together with for 3 in a single over.

Broad’s enjoyable ultimately stopped when he pinged a poor ball to Jermaine Blackwood on the ropes, with a bruised Holder ending issues by dismissing James Anderson.

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