Wood claims first five-wicket haul as England bowl out West Indies

Gros Islet: Mark Wood has picked up his first five-wicket haul to bowl England into a commanding position on the second day of the third Test against the West Indies.

Wood scooped 5-41 as the visitors bowled out West Indies for 154, giving the visitors a 123-run first innings lead in St Lucia.

England’s Mark Wood kisses the ball after taking five wickets against the West Indies.Credit:AP

Brought into the team for the first time this series, Wood offered England genuine pace of more than 145 km/h.

He had immediate impact, having Shai Hope (one) and Roston Chase (golden duck) caught at gully off consecutive balls in Gros Islet.

Although unable to complete the hat-trick, Wood struck again soon after when Shimron Hetmyer (eight) edged to first slip.

Wood was not the only England bowler on a hat-trick in the middle session.

Moeen Ali (right) celebrates the wicket of John Campbell.Credit:AP

Spinner Moeen Ali dismissed openers Kraigg Brathwaite, caught at deep mid-wicket for 12, and John Campbell, lbw for 41, with successive balls.

Campbell's wicket was particularly important because he was threatening to compile a big score quickly.

Wood continued his carnage after tea when Darren Bravo (six) edged to first slip and wrapped up the innings by bowling No.11 Shannon Gabriel (four).

Moeen took 4-36, while Broad chipped in with a wicket, as well as a magnificent one-handed catch at long-off.

Earlier, Kemar Roach picked up four wickets as the Windies ripped through the England tail in the first innings.

The second new ball, allied with good bowling and sharp fielding, helped the home side restrict England's total to a smaller one than might have been expected.

Gabriel, fastest of West Indies' four-pronged attack, set the skids in motion when he bowled Jos Buttler for 67.

Butler did not add to his overnight score and the dismissal ended a 125-run partnership with Ben Stokes that had allowed England to climb out of a hole.

Stokes went eight overs later for 79, caught when he mistimed a pull shot, and after Moeen (13) and Jonny Bairstow (two) went cheaply, the West Indies quickly mopped up the tail.

Roach finished with 4-48, while Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Keemo Paul collected two wickets apiece.

The Windies have an unassailable 2-0 series lead.


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