By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar. 14, 2022: The first test match between the West Indies and England ended in a draw Saturday as the teams now look to the second test in Barbados.
West Indies head coach Phil Simmons blamed a flat pitch at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua for the draw.
ENGLAND 311 (Jonny Bairstow 140, Ben Foakes 42, Ben Stokes 36, Chris Woakes 24 not out, Dan Lawrence 20; Jayden Seales 4-79, Jason Holder 2-24, Alzarri Joseph 2-70, Kemar Roach 2-86) and 349 for six decl. (Zak Crawley 121, Joe Root 109, Dan Lawrence 37; Alzarri Joseph 3-78, Kemar Roach 2-53)
WEST INDIES 375 (Nkrumah Bonner 123, Kraigg Brathwaite 55, Jason Holder 45, John Campbell 35, Joshua Da Silva 32, Veerasammy Permaul 26 not out; Ben Stokes 2-42, Jack Leah 2-79, Craig Overton 2-85) and 147 for four (Nkrumah Bonner 38 not out, Jason Holder 37, Kraigg Brathwaite 33, John Campbell 22; Jack Leach 3-57)
The two sides now will clash at Kensington Oval when the next match of the Apex Series kicks off in Barbados on Wednesday.
Barbados health authorities have indicated a cap of 80 percent capacity of the stadium there, after allowing 50 per cent for last month’s five-match T20 series against England. Only fully vaccinated fans will be allowed in.
Grenada’s National Stadium will be the venue for the final Test which bowls off March 24th.
Grenada, which hosted the five-match T20 International series between West Indies and South Africa last year where only fully vaccinated fans were allowed in, are not expected to place a cap on numbers of fans.
The West Indies 13-man squad for the first Test are:
Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain)
Jermaine Blackwood (Vice Captain)
Joshua Da Silva