England in West Indies: Craig Brathwaite denies tourists’ drive to win last day

No West Indian batter has ever faced more innings than their captain Craig Brathwaite in this test.
Second test, Barbados (day five):
England 507-9 Dec and 122-5 Dec: Lawrence 41, Crowley 40; Permol 2-22, Seals 2-34
West Indies 411 and 135-5: Brathwaite 56*; Lich 3-36

England’s unlikely winning run was again thwarted by the West Indies as the second Test in Barbados ended in a tie.

After giving themselves two sessions to miss the West Indies for a 1-0 series lead, England took their fifth wicket after tea to set up a tense final hour.

But West Indies skipper Craig Brathwaite, who hit 160 balls in 11 hours in the first inning, survived 184 balls out of 56 but couldn’t deny England again.

The rookie hit 673 in both innings, the most by a West Indian batter in Test history.

England, who had previously posted 122-5 at lunch, cut the West Indies to 39-3 before the hard right-hander went 25 over with Jermaine Blackwood.

In the final session, Jack Leach had Blackwood catch a gully for 27 and Jason Holder was caught in duck cover, but Brathwaite found a tenacious partner in Joshua da Silva’s wicket.

They survived the next 20.3 overs before the players eventually shook hands with 13 minutes left.

This means that both Tests in this series have so far ended in near identical draws and the sides are heading towards the final Test in Grenada starting on Thursday with the series still tied 0-0.

An exhausting test ended in a draw

This test was exhausting. Thanks to the surface, it ended with a result that many predicted from the second day, although England’s efforts on the last day were remarkable.

However, their inexperienced bowling offense lacked the slow-pitch tools to set off a batter who played brilliantly.

Leach hit a whopping 94.5 overs in both innings – no England bowler has bowled that many in a Test since 1962. there was sincere hope.

But despite Leach offering some good supplies with some offer, Brathwaite always held firm in their duel.

Debutant Saqib Mahmood had a great first spell that saw Shamarh Brooks and Nkrumah Bonner hit misses, but as the serve went on and the ball got softer, seamers became ineffective.

Ultimately, another draw means that England’s poor performance continues, with their recent record now standing at one win in 16 Tests.

They chased the batsman in the morning, adding 145 runs for a six-wicket loss before calling and could get positive again, hoping for a surface with more life for the series decider.

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