Bad light halts play in Southampton. The players are walking off the field. WEST INDIES 57/1, trail by 147 runs.
Sports Desk – West Indies captain Jason Holder returned with Test-best figures of 6/42 as England slumped to 204 all out on the second day of the series opener at Southampton on Thursday. When bad light forced an early close, West Indies had lost just the one wicket to be 57/1, a deficit of 147 runs.
Jason Holder since the start of 2018, has played 12 Test matches and picked up 58 wickets at an average of 13.53 and a strike rate of 33. No one has bettered his numbers during this time period, which is simply unbelievable.
Rain and bad light forced the umpires to call for stumps on Day 1 of the first England vs West Indies Test match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Support Black Lives
England and West Indies players took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before the start of play in the first test at Southampton as international cricket returned after a four-month absence. Moments before the first ball was bowled at an empty Rose Bowl, West Indies’ fielding players knelt in the outfield while their England counterparts did the same around the field.
A Black Lives Matter logo also was on the collar of the test shirts worn by players from both teams for the match played in a strict isolated environment and following repeated testing of players and staff members.
England Playing XI : Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes (c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, James Anderson
West Indies Playing XI : John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel