England bowling efforts ‘one of the best I’ve seen’, says Paul Collingwood as he hails ‘warrior’ Ben Stokes | Cricket News

“I thought it was one of the best efforts I’ve seen in an English shirt in Test cricket. To make 170 runs and take five wickets on calm ground is a very good effort,” says Paul Collingwood; England caretaker manager Mark Wood (elbow) prospect will play in the second leg

Last update: 03/10/22 23:26

Ben Stokes has netted 28 overs for England so far in the first Test

Paul Collingwood said England’s effort bowling over soft ground on day three of the first Test against the West Indies was “one of the best I’ve seen” as he hailed the “warrior “Ben Stokes.

Nkrumah Bonner’s 123 from 355 helped West Indies take a 62-point lead over England by stumps in Antigua, as the hosts closed 373-9 in response to their opponents’ 311.

But interim coach Collingwood can’t fault his bowling offense, which was without point guard Mark Wood for much of the day with an elbow problem.

With Wood out of the field – Collingwood hopes he will play in the second set – Stokes took his total overs delivered to 28, far more than expected, with the all-rounder having suffered lateral strain at the back of the terrible Ashes of England. countryside.

Mark Wood is struggling with a right elbow problem

Mark Wood is struggling with a right elbow problem

Collingwood said: “I thought it was one of the best efforts I’ve seen in an England shirt in Test cricket. To make 170 runs and take five wickets on placid ground is a very good effort.

“Sometimes you can look at the scoreboard and see that you haven’t knocked out the other team, but I thought the fitness and attitude was outstanding until the last ball.

“Certainly the game is not beyond our reach but I would say that the West Indies are slightly ahead. There are still two days left and anything can happen if the ground starts to break,

“Stokes wants to put his body on the line”

“It’s fair to say that Ben declared himself fit to play in that first set,” Collingwood said. “None of us expected so many overs from him.

“Even if you tell him not to bowl and be careful, he has proven that the work he has done over the past few weeks to get his body back in shape has been outstanding.

“His attitude has been absolutely superb and he has shown what kind of warrior he is. He wants to put his body on the line all the time. He loves playing for England and wants to win games.”

Stokes fired Jason Holder early on day three, one of five wickets tourists handled on Thursday

Stokes fired Jason Holder early on day three, one of five wickets tourists handled on Thursday

On Wood’s right elbow problem, Collingwood added: “You need guys over 90 mph who can reverse the swing of the ball. They’re gold dust, so it’ll be disappointing if he doesn’t. is not involved in the second inning.

“He’s pretty sore right now and this will be one of those where we assess him overnight and see if he’s available.”

Collingwood impressed by Leach

Collingwood also reserved praise for left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who claimed 1-79 from 43 overs in Antigua, dispatching 20 maidens and making less than two runs per over.

The Somerset bowler endured a tough Ashes streak as he was targeted by Australia, but Collingwood says he relishes the added responsibility.

On Leach, the caretaker manager added: “It went superbly. If Jack plays like that on more reactive wickets, he’s going to take wickets.

Left arm spinner Jack Leach played with

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach played with ‘energy and precision’, says England interim head coach Paul Collingwood

“He was precise, he had dive on the ball, his energy, everything he gave was really good.

“The pitch was getting pretty much nil. On pitches that don’t do anything, you want him to play a holding role and he played that role very well.

“He was great in the dressing room. We tried to give people more responsibility and become leaders – he had a voice and he liked it.

“He’s got a smile on his face, he’s enjoying his cricket and he’s pushed his performance down the middle, so it’s a really good start.”

“England sweated but lacked inspiration”

Sky Sports’ Michael Atherton…

“At the end of the day, it was a disappointing day for England. They showed a lot of sweat, played better than day two, but just lacked a bit of inspiration due to the nature of the attack they They were precise but lacked edge in difficult terrain.

“Once they got Jason Holder early, they would have fancied a first set lead, but in the end they ran into the rock, Bonner, who put his team in a comfortable position. He has a tight defense and played the situation.

“It was a slow old day, an attrition day, on a graveyard pitch. I would like to see a pitch with a bit more pace and bounce and maybe there will be something for the spinners on days four and five. It’s a brave man to announce England’s second round to come!”

‘England were faultless, they tried everything,

Mark Butcher, speaking to BT Sport…

“England made good use of the breeze and the conditions and Joe Root was successful with most tactics throughout the day.

England were faultless. They tried everything they could. It was just incredibly difficult to get someone out.

“It was a long slog for everyone – not least for Bonner. It was nine hours of self-sacrifice on a surface that didn’t allow you to be expansive.

“Bonner had to summon every reserve of concentration to carve out a lead for his side, which could be gold dust. Especially since England have the propensity to collapse.”

The West Indies and England will resume the first Test at 2pm UK time on Friday. Follow the text commentary from 1.45pm on skysports.com and the Sky Sports app.

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