West Indies vs England third test score: 137 for first time proves English cricket is a laughingstock

England cricket’s reset doesn’t go exactly to plan, with Joe Root and his teammates crashing to a new record in the West Indies.

English cricket’s reset is not going exactly to plan.

Joe Root’s men were saved by a miraculous 10th-wicket partnership at Grenada on Thursday, with tailenders Jack Leach and Saqib Mahmood combining for a 90-run partnership to help the visitors register a competitive 204 against West Indies.

With the series tied at 0-0 before the third and final Test at St George’s, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite won the coin toss and opted to play first, a move that quickly paid off.

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England’s first order collapsed to 7/67, with only one player in the team’s top seven reaching double figures – fly-half Alex Lees with 31.

Jonny Bairstow and Root both recorded ducks, while the versatile Ben Stokes could only handle 2.

Root has now equaled Michael Atherton’s record number of Test ducks as England captain with eight.

England were in shock at 9/114 when No.11 Mahmood waltzed to the crease for his first test shot.

As he headed down the middle, a handful of England team-mates emerged from the sheds in their cricketing whites, preparing for an impending task on the pitch.

“We noticed that,” Mahmood told the strains. “I said to Leachy, ‘The cheeky f******s got their whites’. That kind of spurred us on.

“I looked later to see if some had taken them off but they left the blanks all over the place. It was great fun with Leachy, it was about being disciplined and hitting the wrong ball We knew they would come to a point where the sting would be removed from their attack.

“It could have easily fallen apart after the start we had in the first two sessions, but we held on well.”

But Mahmood and Leach then frustrated the West Indies by surviving together to 36.2 overs, combining for the greatest English partnership of the time.

It was the first time since 1885 that the No. 10 and No. 11 batters had posted the two highest scores in a Test inning.

“Once I got in it was great fun,” Mahmood said.

“It was a pretty tough job at first but we knew if we stayed there they would have to switch to part-time bowlers before the new ball and that’s when we could cash in a bit.

“We were pretty well prepared when this new ball arrived. Our partnership was crucial because it just dug them into the ground a little bit.

Mahmood was fired on what was ultimately the final delivery of the day, clipping half-tracker part-time tweaker Jermaine Blackwood on the stumps for 49, his highest score in first-class cricket.

Leach went unbeaten on 41, his second-highest score in Test cricket.

Speedy youngster Jayden Seales was the main destroyer with the ball, finishing with numbers at 3/40 from 17 overs.

“It was definitely frustrating. We were looking to get them out for 150 max and I think we left them alone,” Seales told Stumps.

“On that wicket, it’s actually a decent score. I think later in the game it could go up and down with variable bounce. That’s the game.

England’s batting has been dismal throughout the recent one-sided Ashes series, and there is apparently still plenty of room for improvement.

The England Test team, currently seeded last on the ICC World Test Championship table, have won just one of their most recent 16 Test matches as uncertainty still surrounds their roster. first six.

The third Test between the West Indies and England will resume on Saturday AEDT, with the first ball of the second day scheduled for 1am AEDT.

Originally published as 137 years old for the first time proves English cricket is a laughingstock