Veteran England fast bowler James Anderson, who took 3/62 in the first innings, admitted that England have their task cut out if they want to win the first Test match against the West Indies.
In a conversation with Sky Sports, Anderson said, “The West Indies have had the best of the first few days certainly, we are up against it. But we know exactly what we’ve got to do. If we bat well tomorrow and get a decent lead, get a bit ahead, we can give ourselves a chance of bowling them out in the fourth innings of the game. It hasn’t been our best performance with bat or ball these last few days, so we’ve got work to do in the next couple. We’ll need a little bit of luck. We don’t want it (the pitch) to deteriorate too much tomorrow obviously and then on the final it can do as much as it wants.”
While Anderson and skipper Ben Stokes took the bulk of the wickets, with offspinner Dom Bess chipping in, the two other fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer failed to make an impact, as out of their combined 44 Overs, they only managed to take Shannon Gabriel, the number 11.
Anderson praised skipper Stokes’ contribution, saying, “Ben did a brilliant job. There were some decent miles in the legs of me, Jof and Woody so when he got those wickets at the end it was crucial. I thought Woody and Jofra bowled really well, but you have days like this in Test cricket. Jofra got a wicket off a no-ball, if he gets that, his confidence goes up and he could get on a roll. Similarly with Woody, I felt he bowled well in periods and on another day he could have had more wickets.”