• England set West Indies 485 to win third Test: day four - live!

    6 days ago - By The Guardian

    Live updates as England press for victory in St Lucia This week's edition of The Spin: sheer pace is sheer bliss And feel free to drop Rob an email 3.03pm GMT 5th over: West Indies 10-2 Bravo is beaten twice more by the brilliant Anderson. It looks like a wicket could fall every delivery, though West Indies know that things should get a lot easier as the ball loses its hardness. The drive, it's fair to say, is not a percentage shot at this stage of the innings. “Would you feel cheated,” says Adam Hirst, “if Anderson and Broad cleaned up the Windies before Wood could get on?” 2.59pm GMT 4th...
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  • The Spin | Sheer pace is sheer bliss though fast bowlers often blow hot and cold

    7 days ago - By The Guardian

    Mark Wood's Sunday spell in St Lucia was a refreshing reminder of how pace bowling turns a slow game into a fast one There are certain words that are crying out to have “sheer” in front of them. Sheer bliss. Sheer lunacy. Sheer pace. In cricket, sheer pace is sheer bliss, as long as it's on your side. In St Lucia on Sunday evening England, who had been blown away in the first two Tests by a resurgent West Indies attack, finally produced a riposte. Mark Wood came on after 20 overs, when the game is inclined to nod off, and suddenly every delivery carried an electric charge. Bowling to Shai...
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