Jofra Archer removes Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks for lunch after England’s fast bowler cameo sees India need 200 to win first test match
- Jofra Archer bowed Kraigg Brathwaite before trapping Shamarh Brooks LBW
- The West Indies also lost John Campbell to a foot injury sustained by an archer
- Campbell is currently being treated, but will be able to strike if necessary
- Shannon Gabriel took five-for-one, but Archer’s cameo brought in 200 visitors
Jofra Archer seized the initiative for England as the home team reduced the West Indies to 35 for three chasing 200 on the last morning of the first test.
England added a useful 29 to their overnight score of 284 for eight to reach the psychological milestone – Archer with a few brilliant attacks before being the last man for 23.
But his main job is to destroy the ball and he did just that during a fantastic five-run over from the Pavilion End, claiming two wickets and sending opener John Campbell back to retire hurt.
Fast English bowler Jofra Archer hit twice for lunch to raise hopes of a victory on day five
Kraigg Brathwaite dragged an Archer delivery on his stumps for the first West Indian wicket
Archer then had Shamarh Brooks lock up LBW to crush visitors’ hopes for a win
James Anderson started the chase with a solid girl, but it was Archer’s first ball that made an unexpected breakthrough.
Fast, full and swinging to the leg stump, it pounded into the top of Campbell’s boot and initially led to nothing more dramatic than a few leg byes.
However, it soon became clear that it had left some damage, and a clearly pained Campbell stumbled away to freeze the injury at the end of the fourth.
West Indies John Campbell was forced to leave the field after injuring his toe on day five
Shannon Gabriel celebrated Archer’s resignation after an impressive spell for the Englishman
Archer followed with something even more tangible on his third visit, swinging the ball towards the stub and persuading a weak defensive shot from Kraigg Brathwaite.
The move did it for the right-handed man, clattering the stumps through the inner edge. Brathwaite had been described by head coach Phil Simmons as ‘the glue’ of the bats of tourists, but he’d only been stuck here for four years.
Shamarh Brooks turned out to be even easier prey for the 25-year-old, caught in the fold and tricked through the air for a five-ball duck. Archer tore into his celebrations before the pound was even confirmed.
Archer managed to make some excellent strikes before being fired as the last man for 23
Mark Wood was tasked with picking up the baton with a score of 26 for two and he did not experience a quality dip. His fourth throw came off the field at a high pace, took a deflection of Shai Hope’s thigh and flattened the punch.
Two exploratory overs from Dom Bess’s spin brought a dense lbw scream at Roston Chase, but he and Jermaine Blackwood walked out for lunch with 165 more needed.