Zak Crawley and Joe Root headline England’s strong reply on day 4

Zak Crawley scored an unbeaten 117. AFP

Zak Crawley scored an unbeaten 117. AFP

Zak Crawley scored an unbeaten 117 and hung together an undefeated stand of 193 with Joe Root to drive England to a solid lead of 153 when stumps were drawn on Day 4 of the Antigua Test. The guests were 217 for 1 when several spells of downpour brought about a diminished last meeting.

The guests ruled procedures right from the time Jack Leach excused Jayden Seales to wrap up West Indies’ innings for 375. With a lead of 64, the home side would have expected to put England under some tension. Simply that Crawley mixed eye-getting shots with a decent safeguard to lead England’s fightback.

Crawley played a scope of shots – flicks, pulls and an intermittent drive while confronting the speed triplet of Seales, Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph. At the point when Veerasammy Permaul was brought into the assault, he took on the spinner for certain very much planned cuts and an intermittent compass. The feature of his innings maybe was the rich on-drive he crunched off Roach.

Throughout the day, Crawley had a few close shaves. In the first over itself, he was given out LBW off Roach. In any case, he put his confidence in the survey and the ball-tracker showed the ball planned to miss the leg-stump. In the 47th over, he edged one off Permaul yet the ball contacted the ground and afterward cushion before the slip defender snatched it. The third umpire suitably gave it as not out.

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Root, who combined efforts with Crawley at the fall of Alex Lees’ wicket, was meticulous toward the beginning of his innings. He even edged one off Alzarri Joseph that rushed away to the fence through the hole between the slip cordon and chasm. Not long before the Lunch break, he tried a brand name steer past the chasm for a limit.

After the break, Crawley finished his fifty with a bump off Roach. Root too arrived at the milestone with a late removed a failing Permaul. When both the players finished their separate achievements, the team raised the stakes.

The point can be proven by the way that England added 84 runs in only 101 balls after the pair finished their fifties. In the 58th over, Crawley additionally collected his second Test ton with a twofold off Seales.

Ultimately, the downpour played spoilsport and the umpires chose to cancel play for the remainder of the last meeting. With only one day left in the game, the Test match looks set to end in an impasse.

Brief score : England 311/10 (Jonny Bairstow 140, Ben Foakes 42, Chris Woakes 28; Jayden Seales 4-79) and 217/1 (Zak Crawley 117*, Joe Root 84*; Kemar Roach 1-31) lead West Indies 375/10 (Nkrumah Bonner 123; Ben Stokes 2-42) by 153 runs.

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