West Indies are playing a three-match Test series against England and the first match of the series in Antigua ended in a draw. However, West Indies are penalized for being excessively slow in the game and they also fell below Bangladesh in the World Test Championship standings.
West Indies face England in a three-game Test series. The first test in Antigua proved to be an even contest and the match ended in a draw. Jonny BairstowZak Crawley and Joe Root scored centuries for the team while Jack Leach picked five wickets for England. Nkrumah Bonner scored one hundred for the West Indies in the opening innings and scored 123 runs. Alzarri joseph scalped five wickets in the game.
West Indies were penalized for being excessively slow against England in the match and received two World Test Championship (WTC) points. They have now slipped under Bangladesh to eighth place in the WTC rankings. The team was deemed short of two overs given reasonable adjustments and time allowances, ICC. The team was also fined 40% of the match fee.
The Caribbean team committed its first slow passing infraction in the 2021-23 WTC cycle. The team’s pace unit netted 188.5 overs while spinner Veerasammy Permaul only netted 25 overs in the game which proved to be a crucial factor in the slow overspeed. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite highlighted this area for improvement.
“There are some areas in terms of running pace that we can improve and it just takes defining the court and bowling and being disciplined enough to play on that court,” Brathwaite said ahead of the second Test, reported PTI.
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