ENG vs WI: Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes reignite England’s hopes of squaring the series

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Stuart Broad celebrates after the wicket of Jermaine Blackwood (Image Source: ICC)

An explosive spell from fast bowler Stuart Broad on the evening of Day 4 has kept alive England’s hopes of winning the second Test against West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Broad, who was surprisingly left out of the first Test at Ageas Oval, picked three wickets in just 14 deliveries with the second new ball to inspire the home side after West Indies looked to be batting towards a position of safety.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite made 75 and Shamarh Brooks too completed his half-century, but when the latter was trapped lbw by Broad for 68 West Indies slid from 242-4 to 260-8.

All-rounder Roston Chase (51) helped the visitors in crossing the follow-on mark, only for Chris Woakes to remove him and Shannon Gabriel in the same over to bowl West Indies out for 287 in their first innings.

Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler opened the batting for England in their second innings. However, in a chaotic 40 minutes of play, Buttler fell for a duck, and Zak Crawley got out on 10 to leave England at 37-2, leading by 219.

The Joe Root-led side will continue the quest for quick runs on the last and final day, setting up a declaration before looking to take the ten wickets that would level the three-match series at 1-1.

Brief scores: England 469/9d & 37/2 (Ben Stokes 16 not out; Kemar Roach 2-14) lead West Indies 287 (Kraigg Brathwaite 75, Shamarh Brooks 68, Roston Chase 51; Chris Woakes 3-42, Stuart Broad 3-66) by 219 runs.

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