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104dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

Classy Bell hundred puts England in control

Ian Bell's 22nd Test hundred helped England recover from a difficult start in Antigua and end the opening day of the series in the ascendency

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IR Bell
143(256) 20x4 - 1x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 35 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
16 18 11 40 10 0 14 34
GS Ballance
122(250) 11x4 - 2x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 41 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
11 4 34 9 20 13 4 27

Best performances - Bowlers

JC Tredwell
O26
M12
R47
W4
Eco1.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
KAJ Roach
O29
M6
R94
W4
Eco3.24
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W

Commentator: Alan Gardner

5.50pm: Test cricket, you've put us through the ringer again. We wouldn't want it any other way, of course; and typing for a few hours isn't too arduous, compared to five days on the field. There'll be tired bodies on both sides but the teams will be flying to Grenada pretty much straight away, because the second Test begins on Tuesday. We'll be back, of course, fingers freshly flexed and ready to go. Thanks for your comments, have a good weekend, from myself, Alex and Gnasher, it's goodnight.

5.35pm: Time for the presentations at the Sir Viv... Jason Holder is fittingly named Man of the Match: "My job was simple, just to bat, go in and have a knock. Got support from the other guys and me and Denesh Ramdin put on a partnership. We had belief in the dressing room, tired them out. They set aggressive fields, so it made sense to go for it. First one, hopefully first of many. I always see myself as a genuine allrounder, coming up through the age groups I saw myself as a batting allrounder but bowling has taken over. When I step on the cricket field I think about myself first, then the team. Captaining was a good experience in the World Cup but just playing cricket for the West Indies is brilliant."

England captain Alastair Cook: "We knew it was going to be hard work and it proved to be so, to get three wickets in the first session was a great effort and you're always in with a chance. We couldn't have done anything more to be honest, can't fault the lads - great moment when Jimmy took the wicket, and we've had great support as always from the Barmy Army. In these conditions... It was a tough wicket to get 20 wickets on, we fought incredibly hard. There were a couple of really good innings to get us in that position. [West Indies quicks] They swung it a lot, the way Jerome and Roach bowled was testing, they put it in really good areas. Credit to Jimmy, on his 100th Test, to get the record. We'll remember that for a long, long time. Jimmy would definitely have swapped that wicket for the win but I can't fault anyone, they put their bodies on the line. We'll dust ourselves off and get ready for another Test in Grenada."

West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin: "We were very nervous at the end there, congrats to Jason Holder on his first Test hundred. Kemar played his part, and well done to Jimmy Anderson as well. They fought hard, they came at us all the time, we just had to bat some overs, bat time. They kept coming at us. It's very important, to create the belief, that we can win games. Partnerships were important, unfortunately I got out. The West Indians came out and supported us and saw good cricket. We need to be more clinical in terms of getting wickets in the middle; our batters who got starts should have carried on more. We'll look at those things."

5.25pm: What a final day. Actually, the tension began to seep out of proceedings as Jason Holder marshalled the rearguard, England crashing against him like waves on the sea wall, the hundred a cherry on top. These epic escapes have become fashionable again in recent years - South Africa and England are specialists - but to see the fibre of West Indies' fabric was immensely impressive. Holder is undoubtedly the man of the moment - but, for England, James Anderson's achievement in overtaking Ian Botham is something to quietly celebrate when they look back on this match.

Jimmy is with David Gower on the outfield, they've collared him straight away: "We got ourselves into a great position, we just couldn't quite find anything in that pitch to get the ten wickets, we tried our hardest but couldn't quite get there. Immediate emotion was we were back in the game, hoping to get the win. Hugely proud, great to have my family here, to take the record from an English legend is a huge moment. I know my game now, I've developed skills over the years that stand me in good stead when conditions aren't in my favour... I didn't quite have enough skills today, we tried to get it to reverse. I love taking wickets, I love playing for England and that's all I'm bothered about. You pick up milestones along the way but it's a dream come true to play for England. [Future plans?] To keep my place in the side and try and take wickets and get us in the position to win a game. Hopefully I can carry on for a few more years."

129.4
0
Anderson to Roach, no run, full and swerving in late, Roach is struck on the pads and there's an appeal - but it was doing too much. And that will be it, because there are only two legitimate balls left and England need three wickets. Alastair Cook offers his hand, West Indies have salvaged a memorable draw, Jason Holder the hero, with support from his captain, Denesh Ramdin, and Devon Smith on the fourth evening

Here's Breado: "This is one of those times when we are allowed to truly say 'he went to the wicket a boy and came back a man'."

129.3
0
Anderson to Roach, no run, full on the stumps and he digs this out to the leg side
129.2
0
Anderson to Roach, no run, beaten in the channel, hopping back but he survives again

"Recall my earlier prediction: 100+ not out for Holder and eke out a draw? Was not posted though..." Apologies, Ron. Enjoy your moment now

129.1
0
Anderson to Roach, no run, good length around off stump and defended for the umpteenth time by Roach

Final over, Anderson to bowl... He couldn't, could he? After everything that's gone before...

END OF OVER:
129 | 8 Runs | WI: 350/7

  • Jason Holder103 (149b)
  • Kemar Roach15 (51b)
  • James Tredwell40-14-93-1
  • James Anderson24-3-72-2
128.6
0
Tredwell to Holder, no run, pushed through on off stump, again Holder leans on a forward defensive
128.5
0
Tredwell to Holder, no run, tossed up, tapped into the off side

West Indies 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st7DS SmithKC Brathwaite
2nd83DS SmithDM Bravo
3rd29MN SamuelsDS Smith
4th8S ChanderpaulMN Samuels
5th28S ChanderpaulJ Blackwood
6th34D RamdinJ Blackwood
7th105D RamdinJO Holder
8th56KAJ RoachJO Holder