The score, oh god the score: West Indies 306 (Bravo 50; Broad 3/53, Moeen Ali 3/62) and 17/0 beat England 187 and 132 (Buttler 24; Holder 4/43, Roach 4/52, Joseph 2/12) by 10 wickets
Is that worse than Barbados? We really think that might be worse than Barbados.
England’s second innings lasted precisely 37 balls longer than Darren Bravo’s first.
England have lost a wicket every 32.1 balls in this series
In only two series in history – both one-off matches in the 1870s and 1880s – have they lost wickets at a faster rate than this
— Simon Wilde (@swildecricket) February 2, 2019
England lost all 20 wickets in 103.2 overs. England took no wickets at all in 101.1 overs between Shimron Hetmyer’s dismissal on day two in Barbados and John Campbell’s on day two in Antigua.
Joe Root got another absolute bastard of a delivery.
Everyone else, though, needs to take a long, hard look at themselves. Rory Burns was out trying to cut something that was far too close to him. Joe Denly left one that absolutely middled off stump. Not one, not two, but three of England’s top six – each of whom has played more than 50 Tests – were bowled trying to drive on the up on a pitch where variable bounce had been the number-one talking point throughout the game.
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In the first Test, England scored 323 runs and batted for 111 overs. Here they scored 319 runs and batted 103.1 overs.
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No Mohammad Amir in Pakistan’s first-draft squad…
Sri Lanka have gone full England with their World Cup squad.
Hashim Amla back for the World Cup despite recent ODI struggles.
England have played their Jofra Archer card just right.
England leave out Jofra Archer. Temporarily. Maybe.
No Rishabh Pant in India’s World Cup squad makes us sad.