Archer shines after Shannon show

Afp, Southampton

13 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Archer shines after Shannon show

West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel celebrates after taking a wicket against England during the fifth day of their first Test at Ageas Bowl on Sunday. — CWI PHOTO

Jofra Archer struck twice to revive England's hopes of victory in the first Test against his native West Indies at Southampton on Sunday.

The tourists were 35-3 at lunch on the final day, still needing a further 165 runs to reach a victory target of 200.

Archer and fellow fast bowler Mark Wood had taken all three wickets to fall.

They had managed just a combined one for 135 between them in the visitors' first innings after they were both selected ahead of dropped veteran seamer Stuart Broad.

Barbados-born quick Archer reduced West Indies to 7-2 on his way to lunch figures of 2-13 -- his first wickets of the match -- from five overs.

Meanwhile Wood's fourth ball of the innings removed Shai Hope.

Archer had earlier hit a useful 23, featuring four boundaries, before he was last man out in England's second innings 313.

He then forced John Campbell to retire hurt on one after his first ball of the innings struck the opener a painful blow on the toe before taking two wickets in quick succession.

Archer had Kraigg Brathwaite, who top-scored with 65 in West Indies' first innings 318, playing on for four.

And West Indies' 7-1 became 7-2 when Archer had Shamarh Brooks plumb lbw for a duck.


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