The West Idies have puled off one of the biggest cricketing surprises for many years in dominating England in all departments to take a 2-0 lead in the test series. The final match takes place in St Lucia starting on Saturday
England collapsed in dismal fashion yet again to lose the second Test by 10 wickets as West Indies sealed the series with a match to spare.
After West Indies were bowled out for 306 – a lead of 119 – the tourists slipped from 35-0 to 132 all out, with Kemar Roach and Jason Holder taking four wickets each in Antigua.
With West Indies chasing only 14, John Campbell wrapped up victory with a six.
A three-day victory gave them a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
It is West Indies’ first Test series win over England since 2009 and their first at home against a side other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe since 2012.
Holder’s impressive team have a chance to secure a whitewash when the third Test in St Lucia begins on 9 February.
This England side are not blessed with prodigious Test-match batsmen – only captain Joe Root and Ben Foakes average more than 40 and the latter has played just five matches.
But neither are West Indies, yet the hosts were able to adapt their game to eke out a vital lead on a challenging pitch, epitomised by Darren Bravo’s defiant 50 off 216 balls.
Bravo batted for 342 minutes – the third slowest fifty in Test history by time. England’s second innings lasted 211 minutes, the tourists having failed to learn from both their previous collapses in this series and the approach of their determined hosts.
For St Lucia early prices have West Indies 11/10 and England evens with the draw at 9/2. Given their poor form this looks too short a price about the visitors, back the West Indies with BetVictor