Holder keeps Windies on top but England rally

August 28, 2017
England's Dawid Malan in action against West Indies during day three of the the second cricket Test match at Headingley, Leeds, England, yesterday. (AP Photo)



Captain Jason Holder's telling all-round contribution kept West Indies with their noses in front but opposite number Joe Root was leading an England fightback, as the second Test at Headingley remained fascinatingly poised ahead of today's penultimate day.

At the end of a absorbing third day here yesterday, England were 171 for three in their second innings - a lead of two runs after conceding a first innings deficit of 169.

Root was unbeaten on 45 and partnered by Dawid Malan on 21, while opener Mark Stoneman struck 54 to gather his first Test half-century in his second match at his level.

Seamer Holder proved the Windies talisman, grabbing the key wickets of veteran opener Alastair Cook (23) and Tom Westley (8) to end with two for 44.

The 25-year-old Holder had earlier helped lead a Windies rally as the Caribbean side were dismissed for 427 in their first innings after resuming the day 329 for five.


Typically aggressive


He produced a cameo 43 off 54 deliveries while Jermaine Blackwood crunched a typically aggressive 49, in a 75-run, eighth wicket partnership which proved invaluable after West Indies lost wickets off the first two balls of the day.

Shai Hope, unbeaten on 147 overnight, failed to add when he nicked seamer Jimmy Anderson behind and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich followed without scoring to a catch at second slip by Root off the next ball.

However, Blackwood and Holder took the attack to England in an enterprising stand that took the total past 400.

James Anderson finished with five for 76 while Stokes picked up two for 63.

England were stumbling at 171 for three at close

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