The Wisden Trophy, 2020

England vs West Indies - 1st Test

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

Date: 08 July-12 July, 2020

West Indies 200/6

RR: 3.10 | West Indies beat England by 4 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Kraigg Brathwaite bowled Jofra Archerbowled Jofra Archer41800
John Campbell not out not out 82610
Shai Hope bowled Mark Woodbowled Mark Wood92320
Shamarh Brooks lbw Jofra Archerlbw Jofra Archer0500
Roston Chase c Jos Buttler & b Jofra Archerc Jos Buttler & b Jofra Archer378810
Jermaine Blackwood c James Anderson & b Ben Stokesc James Anderson & b Ben Stokes95154120
Shane Dowrich c Jos Buttler & b Ben Stokesc Jos Buttler & b Ben Stokes203710
Jason Holder not out not out 143610
Alzarri Joseph
Kemar Roach
Shannon Gabriel
Extras 13 (b 0, lb 7, w 5, nb 1)
Total 200 (6 Wkts, 64.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
7-1 (Kraigg Brathwaite,5.4), 7-2 (Shamarh Brooks,7.3), 27-3 (Shai Hope,11.4), 100-4 (Roston Chase,35.4), 168-5 (Shane Dowrich,52.5), 189-6 (Jermaine Blackwood,60.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
James Anderson15 3 42 0 2.80
Jofra Archer17 3 45 3 2.65
Mark Wood12 0 36 1 3.00
Dom Bess10 2 31 0 3.10
Ben Stokes10.2 1 39 2 3.82
Rory Burns0 0 0 0 0
Dom Sibley0 0 0 0 0
Joe Denly0 0 0 0 0
Zak Crawley0 0 0 0 0
Ollie Pope0 0 0 0 0
Jos Buttler 0 0 0 0 0

So, the post-Pandemic era (or is it?) has begun in an exhilarating manner with West Indies taking the lead in this 3-match series. They will be proud of their performance and will go into the second match with confidence. England, on the other hand, need some inspiration from somewhere. They were disappointing throughout and would have to address the issues, particularly in their batting. Now the teams move to Manchester for the second and third Tests. Join us for the second Test on 16th July at 1100 Local (1000 GMT) for another bout of Test match cricket. Until then, stay safe and take care.

For his fantastic bowling performance, SHANNON GABRIEL IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH! Says that he never had any doubt about his fitness as he knew he would play if he proved his fitness. On his body, he says it is still a bit stiff but he has a couple of days to recover before the next Test. On the pace attack, he replies that it depends on the workload and feels the guys are pretty fit and are willing to play all the games. Shares that the guys were confident coming here after beating England in the Caribbean last year and they believed in themselves.

Jason Holder, the West Indian skipper, considers this as one of the best victories for them. Mentions that Day 4 was the best day he had in Test cricket. Praises all the bowlers for toiling hard. Credits everyone as this has been a long tour and everyone has put in the efforts. Says it has been a long layoff and shares that they had a lot of time to prepare but the mental side of the game was a challenge. Points out the incredible bowling effort in the last hour of Day 4 which was critical for this win as it was a flat pitch. Lauds the batting effort of Blackwood and also feels disappointed that he missed out on his century.

Ben Stokes, the England skipper, says that they are more used to playing in front of a huge crowd but they are happy that they have gotten back to cricket. Adds that they are looking forward to playing in Manchester. Mentions that this was a hard-fought Test match and admits that they did not have enough runs on the board. Tells that you have to believe that 200 is enough and if you are not, you are already losing. Further states that they got themselves into a strong position but did not make full use of it. Goes on to say that they need to learn to add more runs in the first innings. Shares that they are fortunate to leave someone like Broad and states that Broad is a very passionate cricketer. States that pressure shows itself in different ways and they will take positives and learning from this game. Adds that it will be interesting to see how everyone pulls up for the next Test. Ends by saying that he enjoyed the captaincy but it is Root's team and he will be happy to give the captaincy back to him.

Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony! It will be conducted keeping social distancing in mind.

Many questioned Stokes' decision to bat first in the overcast conditions and that move backfired. They were bowled out for just 204 courtesy some exceptional bowling from Holder and Gabriel. The former took a 6-fer while Gabriel finished with a 4-wicket haul. West Indies were good with the bat with Brathwaite, Dowrich and Chase scoring valuable runs to get a lead of 114. Stokes was the pick of the bowlers with a 4-fer while Anderson also contributed decently. In the second essay with the bat, at one stage, England were cruising when Stokes and Crawley were batting but Gabriel's 5-fer pulled things back. With 200 required, Blackwood became a thorn in the English flesh as the visitors overhauled the target quite easily in the end.

England, on the other hand, would not be happy with their performance. Jofra Archer bowled brilliantly throughout this morning but after he gave momentum to the home side, the other bowlers faltered in the afternoon. West Indies scored runs with ease and also got plenty of reprieves. Anderson was good as well but failed to provide the required breakthrough. Stokes bowled exceptionally towards the end but it was a little too late. England need to pull their socks up for the second Test if they want to make a comeback. They have a lot of thinking to do with the make-up of the side. The biggest one being who will go out when Joe Root comes back? Or will Stuart Broad return in the second Test?

What a way to resume international cricket! An interesting match was expected and that is what we got after a long hiatus. Brilliant from the West Indies as they have done it. They have taken a 1-0 lead in this 3-match series with an all-round performance. They were terrific with the ball and were good with the bat as well. Talking about this innings, they were down and out chasing 200 as they lost 3 wickets in no time but Blackwood stood tall and along with Chase and Dowrich, helped his side cross the target with ease. Jermaine scored runs at a brisk pace and was stupendous before he was dismissed for 95. The credit has to go to Chase and Dowrich as well for sticking around and not throwing their wickets away.

Ben Stokes to Campbell, That is it! West Indies win the game by 4 wickets and they have started the series in an emphatic fashion. Big win for Jason Holder and West Indies. Fantastic performance from the tourists. Stokes bowls on the pads, Campbell flicks it in front of square leg and takes a single to TAKE A 1-0 LEAD IN THE SERIES.
Ben Stokes to Campbell, FOUR! Just a run away now. The scores are level. Short and wide outside off, Campbell is quick to pounce onto it and cuts it through backward point for a boundary.
M Wood to Holder, Good length ball on off which comes in with the angle, Holder tucks it towards mid-wicket and looks for a single but Campbell is quick to refuse his skipper. Good call.
M Wood to Holder, Back of a length delivery outside off, Holder sways away from it.
M Wood to Campbell, Full on off, Campbell hits it straight, Wood is unable to hold onto it. Campbell calls for a quick single, Holder is a bit late to respond but his long strides ensure he reaches the other end without any fuss.
M Wood to Campbell, Good length ball outside off, Campbell punches it sweetly but straight to the man at point.

Mandatory concussion test! Campbell has got hit on the helmet and the physio is coming out to have a check on him. Just 6 more required.

M Wood to Campbell, Ouch! That is a nasty blow. Wood bangs it in short and the ball comes in with the angle at a ferocious pace. Campbell looks to sway away but is too late. He manages to get his hand off but gets hit on the grill.
M Wood to Campbell, Outside off, Campbell won't disturb that.
Ben Stokes to Holder, Length delivery on off, Holder is happy to defend it towards cover.
Ben Stokes to Campbell, Now a single. Fuller on off, Campbell pushes it to the right of mid off and takes a single. West Indies just a maximum away now.
Ben Stokes to Campbell, Good length delivery outside off, Campbell is in no hurry and is happy to watch it carry to the keeper.
Ben Stokes to Holder, Again on the pads, Holder turns it towards fine leg and gets to the other end.
Ben Stokes to Holder, On the pads, Holder flicks it wide of mid-wicket and gets a couple. Just 8 needed now for victory.
Ben Stokes to Holder, Stokes bowls full around off, Holder pushes it to mid off.
M Wood to Campbell, Wood dishes out a good length ball on middle, Campbell defends it to mid-wicket. Just a single from the over.
M Wood to Campbell, Length ball outside off, Campbell leaves it alone.
M Wood to Campbell, On a length on off, John solidly defends it to the cover region.
M Wood to Campbell, BEATEN! Excellent delivery from Wood! Good length ball outside off, Campbell looks to defend but fails to get any bat on it.
M Wood to Campbell, Wood delivers a good length ball on middle, Campbell blocks it back to the bowler.
M Wood to Holder, Good length ball on off, Holder defends it to point and takes a single. More 10 required.

Mark Wood is back on.

Ben Stokes to Campbell, Stokes hits the deck hard, Campbell gets on his back foot and blocks it to get through the over.
Ben Stokes to Campbell, Appeal but turned down. Going down leg. On the pads, Campbell looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. Stifled appeal from the hosts but the umpire turns it down.

John Campbell will resume his innings. He got injured earlier on in the innings and he has come back in with 11 runs to get.

Ben Stokes to J Blackwood, OUT! Caught! Stokes gets another one and is the English miracle still possible? Well there is a glimmer of hope for that to happen now. End of a fantastic innings from Blackwood. He will be gutted not to see off the game and also miss out on a well-deserved century. Stokes bowls a fuller delivery outside off, Jermaine looks to go over mid off. He does not get the desired elevation and ends up hitting it to the right of mid off. Anderson there swiftly moves on that side and takes a simple catch. Blackwood cannot finish it off but what a fantastic knock he has played. Will he be furious to miss out the chance to take his side over the line by himself? Yes absolutely but that does not take away anything from his stupendous knock. Take a bow!
Ben Stokes to Blackwood, Full delivery on off, Blackwood drives it towards mid off.
Ben Stokes to Blackwood, FOUR! Excellent control from Blacwood. Short ball outside off, Jermaine knows there is no third man so he lofts it over gully in a controlled manner and gets himself a boundary to move to 95 and 11 runs away from victory.
Ben Stokes to Blackwood, On a good length on off, Blackwood punches it towards the off side.
J Anderson to Holder, On a good length on off, Holder offers a solid defense on this one.
J Anderson to Holder, Full delivery on middle, Holder flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
J Anderson to Blackwood, On a length on off, Blackwood pushes it towards point for a run.
J Anderson to Holder, On a length on off, Holder taps it towards point and takes a quick single.
J Anderson to Blackwood, Length delivery on off, Blackwood pushes it towards point for a single.
J Anderson to Blackwood, On a good length on leg, Blackwood looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad.
Ben Stokes to Holder, Outside off, Jason leaves it alone.
Ben Stokes to Holder, On a good length on middle, Holder keeps it out.
Ben Stokes to Holder, Outside off, Holder offers no shot to this one.
Ben Stokes to Holder, On a length on middle, Holder flicks it to mid-wicket.
Ben Stokes to Holder, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Holder looks to defend but misses it.
Ben Stokes to Holder, On a good length and outside off, Holder shoulders arms to this one.
J Anderson to Blackwood, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.