Captain Jason Holder was again in inspirational form as his career-best 6-42 earned West Indies control of the first #raisethebat Test on day two, at the Ageas Bowl.
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Holder bowled with expert control to give a remarkable run which has seen him simply take 59 wickets at 13.49 apiece in 12 Tests since January 2018, as England folded to 204 all out.
Opposing skipper Ben Stokes (43), Jos Buttler (35) and Dom Bess (31no) offered resistance but with Shannon Gabriel claiming 4-62, the hosts batted just for 67.3 overs.
West Indies reached 57-1 in reply, losing John Campbell lbw to James Anderson for a breezy 28, before bad light brought a premature end to play at 5.50pm with Kraigg Brathwaite (20no) and Shai Hope (3no) at the crease.
England began your day on 35-1 but lost 4-71 each morning session as Gabriel and Holder – third in the Test bowling rankings and the surface of the pile for Test all-rounders – found a brace apiece.
Gabriel, who bowled Dom Sibley for a duck on day one, ripped out Joe Denly’s off stump with a 90.2 mph delivery and removed Rory Burns (30) lbw with a full ball as the opener wandered across his stumps.
Burns was given from review, as was Zak Crawley (10), whose opportunity to push his longer-term Test claims came undone as Holder drifted one in towards leg-stump.
It was the very first time since the Edgbaston Test of 2017 against West Indies that all of England’s top four been dismissed either LBW or bowled.
With 20 minutes to visit lunch England found themselves 87-5 as Ollie Pope (12) feathered Holder behind and West Indies had another when Kemar Roach all but clung onto a Stokes top-edged hook when the all-rounder had 14.
Stokes gained another life on 32 when Shamarh Brooks fluffed an easy chance off Roach so that as the England skipper and Buttler plundered boundaries off Gabriel on the way to a fifty stand off 71 balls, the drops appeared as if they would prove costly.
That they didn’t was tribute to Holder’s persistent line – the West Indies skipper picking off his opposite number as Stokes snicked behind, seeking to work to leg throughout the line.
Three runs after the stand was broken, Buttler’s promising knock was ended with a Holder outswinger that found the edge and slapped into the centre of Shane Dowrich’s outstretched glove since the wicketkeeper dove to his right.
Holder clinched his seventh five-wicket haul by winning another DRS review, now against Jofra Archer, and he surpassed his previous best figures of 6-59 – against Bangladesh in 2018 – when Hope caught Wood high to his left.
Dom Bess (31no) brought England’s 200 up in style as he back-cut Roach for four in the 67th over and hammered the following in front of point out the rope, but his cameo found a close when Gabriel bowled Anderson (10).
West Indies’ openers negotiated an earlier break for bad light to put on 47 for the initial wicket before Anderson – sharing the newest ball with Archer – removed John Campbell (28), who successfully overturned two lbw decisions against him but not a third.
With the promise of far more favourable batting conditions to come in the remainder of the Test, Brathwaite and Hope safely negated England’s attack prior to the invading darkness convinced umpires Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough to lift the bails.
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