Windies avoid follow-on

Afp, Manchester

27 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Stuart Broad took six wickets but the West Indies still managed to avoid the follow-on in the third and deciding Test against England at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Broad's haul of 6-31 in 14 overs helped see the tourists dismissed for 197 -- 172 runs behind England's first innings total of 369 that featured his dashing 62.

After the West Indies resumed on 137-6, Broad took four wickets for 11 runs in 22 balls.

But he came on after the West Indies had saved the follow-on.

England captain Joe Root, perhaps remembering how Shane Dowrich had struggled against the short ball in the hosts' 113-run win in the second Test, first deployed Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes on Sunday.

But Dowrich made a fine 37 before he was last man out to give Broad his 497th Test wicket.

West Indies, looking to retain the Wisden Trophy they won in the Caribbean last year, started the third day still needing 33 more runs to avoid the follow-on.

Jason Holder, the West Indies captain, was 24 not out and Dowrich unbeaten on 10.

The pair had shared an unbroken stand of 295, with Holder scoring a double century and Dowrich a hundred, during the West Indies' 381-run win in the first Test in their native Barbados last year.

With the hardness going out of the ball on Sunday, they both batted positively, with wicketkeeper Dowrich confidently pulling Woakes for four.