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Mark Wood's Five Wickets Put England In Control Against Windies In Third Test

Tanuja Saikhom | 12 days ago

Paceman Mark Wood claimed his first five-wicket innings haul in Test to help England bowl West Indies out for 154 on the second day of the third and final Test on Sunday. The 29-year-old inflicted damaged on the Caribbean side’s batting to finish with his career best five for 41 in his 12th Test match.

England maintained a comfortable lead by 142 runs at stumps after as many as 16 wickets fell on the day in St Lucia.

Wood, who played his first match of the series, was clinical with his raid as none of his victims could reach a total of double figure. He took crucial wickets of Shai Hope (1), Darren Bravo (6), Roston Chase for a duck, Shimron Hetmyer (8), and the last batsmen Shannon Gabriel (4). 

All-rounder Moeen ali scalped West Indies top order batsmen, including skipper Kraigg Brathwaite (12), top scorer of the innings John Campbell (41), Keemo Paul (9), and the second last batsman Alzarri Joseph (2).

Earlier, the tourists made a shaky start after Brathwaite won the toss and decided to field first. Kemar Roach guided his side with a clean 4-48 to wrap up England battings for 277 runs on the first day.

Looking for the consolation of win after humiliating defeats in the first two matches, openers Rory Burns (10*) and Keaton Jennings (8*) put 19 runs on the board before the umpires dislodged the belts from the stumps.