WI vs ENG: The first Test match between West Indies and England ended in a draw at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. Both teams pushed each other beyond their limits.
In the process, both teams gave absolutely everything on the field. However, in the end, teams shared points as the game ended in a draw. After the game, Carlos Brathwaite accused England Test captain Joe Root of obvious reasons.
He slammed Joe Root for showing disrespect towards the West Indies cricket team after he played until the 5 balls remaining on the day’s play when it was practically not possible to take six wickets
The match could have ended a bit earlier had Joe Root accepted for a draw with a customary handshake. However, he decided to go all out with his team to bring a result in the first Test.
On the other hand, West Indies already had two set batters at the crease. Nkrumah Bonner and Jason Holder were batting on 38 and 37 runs respectively. Despite having two set batsmen at the crease, Joe Root was in no mood to call for a draw.
After Carlos Brathwaite, former West Indies captain Jason Holder has now revived the issue of England players showing “disrespect” to his team in the last session of play.
WI vs ENG: Jason Holder re-ignites England’s disrespect issue
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder stood tall against the England bowlers by defending the balls when it mattered the most. The right-handed batsman scored 37 off 101 balls with the help of 3 boundaries.
Jason Holder highlighted that England cricket players went on a way too long. He also agrees with what his teammate Carlos Brathwaite said earlier about the England cricket team’s attitude towards West Indies.
“I thought they went on way too long. I know what Carlos (Brathwaite) said and it would be wrong to say I disagree. When we went into the last hour I told Nkrumah Bonner that if we batted for five more overs they would probably call it (shake hands to signal a draw). So I was really surprised they went on,” Holder told Sportsmail ahead of the second Test.
“In a sense I didn’t mind because it gave the English team more overs in their legs. Stokesey (Ben Stokes) was running in and putting in a really big effort. They had to toil a lot longer. It would be good if we could put them back in the field for that length of time again now,” Jason Holder further added.
Meanwhile, England and West Indies are locking horns with each other in the second Test match at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. England Test captain Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat first.
The visitors lost Zak Crawley for a duck in the fourth over. Alex Lees and Joe Root added a 76-run stand for the second wicket before Veerasammy Permaul trapped Lees for an LBW. Lees departed for 30 whereas Joe Root scored 64 (7 fours) at the time of writing this article. England sored 97/2 in 51 overs.