Jermaine Blackwood scripted the victory for the West Indies in the first Test win against England in Southampton. England’s bowler James Anderson, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer toiled hard but could not pick his wicket. Blackwood reveals that the stand-in captain Ben Stokes, who finally picked his wicket, was constantly sledging him from the start of the very first ball.
However, the Windies went on to demolish the opposition’s attack before losing his wicket for 95 runs.
The visitors lost their three wickets within 27 runs while chasing 200 runs target. England had the upper hand on the game before Jermaine Blackwood entered the field. He helmed the innings for his side though Ben Stokes was distracting him verbally. He went on to play match-winning innings as West Indies registered in the first match by four wickets.
Ben Stokes-led Side was under pressure: Jermaine Blackwood
“From the first ball the captain Ben Stokes was in my ear. I think they were trying to get me to play a rash shot but it didn’t faze me at any point. Once I was at the crease they were the ones under pressure, not me,” Blackwood was quoted as saying by ‘Wisden’.
“They knew they couldn’t bowl a loose ball at me. I can’t remember what was said but it was nothing bad. That’s cricket. You’ll always hear a bit of talking and that’s how it should be played.”
The allrounder Ben Stokes lead England for the first time in the Test match as Test regular captain Joe Root was unavailable due to personal reasons. He was under pressure as he was criticised from the very start of the match for his decisions over dropping Stuart Broad and toss selection.
However, Root has returned for the second match at Old Trafford as England is hopeful to win the match to level the series.