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England vs West Indies: That Landmark Had Given Me Restless Nights: Kemar Roach After Completing 200 Test Wickets

West Indies bowler Kemar Roach touched the 200-Test-wicket mark in the ongoing third Test match against England in Manchester. He became the first Windies since the legendary Curtly Ambrose 26-year-ago to go past 200 Test wickets. Now, the 32-year-old, who has played 59 Test matches, has set another goal to grab 300 Test wickets.

Kemar Roach achieved the feat after dismissing Chris Woakes in the first innings of the decider match of the series. He returned with the figure of 4/72 as England was all out for 369 runs.

That landmark had given me restless night: Kemar Roach

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Kemar Roach. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Before ending his wicket-drought in the England Tour, Roach went wicketless for nearly 11 months of Test cricket. The pacer was desperately waiting to achieve the landmark because of which he had few restless nights.

I guess I had that landmark on my mind a little bit too much, I had a few restless nights,” the fast bowler who is playing his 59th Test told the BBC.

Roach wants to pick 300 Test wickets:

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Kemar Roach after completing 200 Test wickets (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Although he has achieved a unique feat, Roach’s hunger to accomplish more has not died. He wants to get past 300 Test wicket mark.

“It’s good to get past that barrier now and see how many more I can get. 300 would be great. I’ll work hard to get there and we’ll see how many I can go past 300.”

If Kemar Roach does get to 300, he would have gone past names like Gary Sobers (235), Michael Holding (249) and Joel Garner (259).

Ambrose is also the last West Indies bowler to go past the 300-wicket mark, having done so in June 1997 against Sri Lanka at St. John’s in Antigua.

Meanwhile, the Test series between England and the West Indies is currently levelled. The two teams are playing the winner decider series in Manchester where the hosts have upper hand on the game.

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test: Day 2 – Pacers Put The Hosts Front After Stuart Broad’s Fearless Batting

On the second day of the final Test of the three-match Test series between the hosts England and the visitors West Indies, the Caribbean pacers started the day dominantly, but Stuart Broad’s firing batting and English pacers’ controlled-bowling led the host side to the front seat in this Test match.

England started the second day on their overnight score of 258/4. While the hosts were bowled out for 369 runs, the visitors ended the day on 137/6. The Caribbean side is trailing by 232 runs at the stumps of the day.

At the early period of the day, Rahkeem Cornwall dropped a straight forward chance of Ollie Pope at the first slip. However, the overnight batsman Pope still failed to add any runs on the day as Shannon Gabriel bowled him for his overnight score of 91 runs.

Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach then bowled Chris Woakes (1), who again failed to impress with the bat. It was the 200th Test wicket for Roach, who is playing 59th Test.

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Kemar Roach after completing 200 Test wickets (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

The other overnight batsman Jos Buttler was the next man to go as Gabriel dismissed him for 67 runs. Six balls later, Roach dismissed Jofra Archer (3). At that stage, England were battling on 280/8 as they lost the last four wickets in just 18 runs.

Stuart Broad completed his fifty in just 33 balls

In that nervous situation, Stuart Broad performed a fearless batting and recorded England’s joint-third fastest Test fifty as the left-handed batsman completed his 13th Test fifty in just 33 balls. Broad built up the smashing 76 runs partnership with patient Dom Bess for the ninth wicket before Roston Chase finally managed to dismiss him. Broad was dismissed after scoring 62 runs off 45 balls (9 fours and only six).

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Stuart Broad recorded England’s joint-third fastest Test fifty (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Later, James Anderson also scored 11 runs before the Caribbean Test captain Jason Holder (1/83) opened his wicket column in that innings by dismissing the senior-most English cricket. Bess remained not out on 18 runs.

While Kemar Roach (4/72) bagged four wickets, Shannon Gabriel (2/77) and Roston Chase (2/36) took two wickets each in the first innings of this Test.

In reply, the visitors were losing wickets at regular intervals and continuously moved to the deep pressure situation. Till the end of the day, apart from the opener John Campbell (32), the middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood (26) and skipper Jason Holder (24*) managed to reach the 20-run mark. Apart from the captain, wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich (10*) was also not out at the end of the day.

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Among the English pacers, James Anderson (2/17) and Stuart Broad (2/17) both picked up two wickets each while Jofra Archer (1/55) and Chris Woakes (1/39) also managed one wicket each.

Jos Buttler, Ollie Pope
Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

England Vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test: Day 1 – Ollie Pope And Jos Buttler Guiding The Hosts To The Solid First Innings Total

Though England had a struggling start on the opening day of the third and final game of the three-match Test series at Old Trafford (Manchester), middle-order batsmen Ollie Pope and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler helped the hosts to get out from the tensed situation with their dominant last session batting.

While this series is level by 1-1, the Caribbean captain Jason Holder won the toss in this series-decider Test and decided to field first once again. The hosts England made two changes (in Jofra Archer and James Anderson; out Zak Crawley and Sam Curran) while the visitors’ Caribbean side started the game with the only change (in Rahkeem Cornwall; out Alzarri Joseph). At the stumps on day one, England were batting on 258/4.

England struggled the first two sessions

Opener Dom Sibley, who scored a slow century in the first innings of the last Test, was dismissed in the first over of the match as the West Indies pacer Kemar Roach trapped him lbw for a five-ball duck.

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Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach got a wicket in the very first over of the match (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Another opener Rory Burns and captain Joe Root were then building up a slow partnership (46 runs), which was ended through Root’s (17) run-out after Roston Chase’s throw just managed to dislodge a striker-end bail in the right time. At lunch, England were batting on 66/2.

In the eighth over of the second session, Roach gave a big relief to the visitors after his brilliant inswinger clean bowled Ben Stokes (20).

After taking a good time, opener Rory Burns completed his half-century in 126 balls. Later, Chase dismissed Burns (57 off 147 balls) in his second over of the game after Rahkeem Cornwall took a brilliant slip catch. Before the tea break, England were battling on 131/4.

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Rory Burns (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Unbroken 5th wicket partnership: Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler have built up 136 runs

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Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

However, in the last session of the day, Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler dominated with the time progress. At the stumps of the day, while Pope was not out on 91 runs and Buttler was batting on 56 runs, they have already set the 136 runs partnership for the unbroken fifth wicket.

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England vs West Indies 2020: Michael Holding Believes Jofra Archer’s Teammates’ Support Will Help The Pacer

Former West Indies pacer Michael Holding reckons Jofra Archer will easily move on from the prevailing situation because he has got good teammates. Holding’s remark came after the England pacer opened up on his mental state after going through massive criticism for breaching the bio-secure bubble.

Jofra Archer was under five-day self-isolation and was dropped ahead of the second Test match against West Indies at Old Trafford. During that period, several negative opinions were given over his irresponsible mistake which had depressed the youngster.

The pacer in the Daily Mail column had also stated that he was racially abused on social media. He labelled the career in sports as ‘fickle’.

Archer went on to add that he would have to be in the right frame of mind before playing the last Test match against West Indies in Manchester.

Jofra Archer Should Ignore Outer Voices: Michael Holding

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Michael Holding. Image Credit: Twitter.

Michale Holding opines that England’s team environment will help Jofra Archer to cope up with the tough situation. He believes that friends like Ben Stokes will support Archer to be positive and focus on the game.

“To be honest, I don’t think it should be that difficult. The environment in which he is, he’s in a team that has just won the last Test match,” Holding said on ‘Sky Sports’.

“He’s amongst friends in the England team; he has Ben Stokes, who he is very close to, who is a personable person and also a positive person.

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Jofra Archer. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The veteran said that Jofra Archer should ignore outer voices and concentrate on his job. He was also against the usage of social media.

“So he should just make sure that he gets involved with the team, forgets about all the outside noise and just do what he can do. He is potentially a great bowler so he should just concentrate on that,” Holding added.

“I don’t know exactly what is happening within the England team but I do know that in successful teams people stick together and support each other. I think that is what he needs to concentrate his mind on and forget about everything else.”

Jofra Archer is included in the 14-men squad for the final Test being played in Manchester.

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England vs West Indies: Ben Stokes Might Not Play The Last Test Match

England’s team management is applying rotation policy in the ongoing Test series against West Indies for the player’s longevity. Stuart Broad and James Anderson were not selected in the squad for the first and second Test respectively. Now, the allrounder Ben Stokes, who scored a century in Manchester, is being considered to be given rest, as per England’s head coach Chris Silverwood. 

Stuart Broad was angry and frustrated for being dropped from the first Test match as he desperately wanted to play after a long break. However, Silverwood said that the players are being rotated for keeping them fit and healthy. And for the same reason, Ben Stokes might not be seen playing the third Test which will be the series decider. 

We need to look after Ben Stokes: Chris Silverwood

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Chris Silverwood. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Admitting the importance of Ben Stokes in the team, Chris Silverwood said that it would be a tough decision but they would have to keep a check on the allrounder’s fitness and health who was in action in the last two matches. 

“We want him out there as much as we can; everyone can see how good he is,” Silverwood said. “But you know what, we’re going to consider rotating him. He’s been at the centre of the last couple of games and we’ve got to make sure he’s okay. But if he is fit and healthy, he’ll play.”

“But from a training perspective, we try and rein him in where possible and keep him as fit as a fiddle because I know we’re a better team with him out there… We’ve got to look after him the best we can.”

Ben Stokes scored 343 runs in two Tests

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Ben Stokes. Credit: Twitter

Ben Stokes was the lynchpin for the team in the last two matches. In the first Test match, he captained the team in absence of the Joe Root who attended his second child’s birth. However, the host lost that match by four wickets. 

The allrounder with his masterpiece at Old Trafford (second Test), scoring 176 runs and setting 267 runs partnership with Dominic Sibley. His knock guided England towards victory as West Indies lost that match by 113 runs. 

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Chris Silverwood (Image Credit: Google)

England vs West Indies 2020: We Will Bring Out Strongest Bowling Attack: England’s Head Coach

England’s head coach Chris Silverwood had expressed that the team will bring with the strongest bowling attack in the last Test match against West Indies at Old Trafford.

He also opines that it is very difficult to make everyone happy with the team management’s decisions. His reaction came after Stuart Broad showed disappointment over being dropped from the first Test match.

England’s team management was heavily criticised for dropping their premier pacer Stuart Broad in the inaugural match which the host eventually lost. The pacer himself was angry and frustrated with the decision.

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James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Broad was included in the playing XI in the second Test match as James Anderson was dropped to give him rest. With the towering pacer’s masterpiece, England won that match and levelled the three-match Test series. 

We are open with what what we are trying to do: Chirs Silverwood

As the two teams head to play the series-decider match, Chris Silverwood has said that they will put the best bowling combination but it will be tough for him to select apt player. He added that it is never easy to take bold decisions because of the criticisms come with it. 

“We’ve got to put out the strongest attack that’s available to us. It’s very difficult to keep everybody happy all the time. But if you do things for the right reason, I think there’s an understanding there. It’s about being very honest and open with what we are trying to do and why,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Silverwood as saying.

“Everyone wants to play all the time and I’d probably be more disappointed if they didn’t. When you’re leaving out world-class players, from my point of view it’s a very good place for English cricket to be. It’s never easy and you’re always going to get pushback. But you try to be as honest as possible,” he added.

Dom Bess will be the spinner: Silverwood

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Dom Bess. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The spinner Dom Bess had shown decent performance in the two Tests, picking five wickets. Silverwood said that Dom had understood his game better and would be preferred for spinner’s position. 

“I thought Bessy got better and better as the game went on. He found his rhythm and the last few overs he came to the forefront. All the options are on the table but Dom is the spinner that’s in possession at the moment,” Chris Silverwood said.

Meanwhile, The third Test will be played from 24 July in Manchester. Following the West Indies tour, England will play the bilateral series against Ireland and Pakistan. 





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James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

England vs West Indies 2020: Stuart Broad Wants To Play Until Jimmy Anderson’s Age

Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson are the two successful bowling partner. Their attack has left several batting line ups unleashed. But in the ongoing Test series against West Indies, England are currently rotating their pacers thus Broad and Anderson have, so far, not played together in this series.

Stuart Broad was angry and frustrated for being dropped from the first Test. He openly showed his disagreement with the team management’s decision.

Jimmy Anderson, alongside Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes, was given a place in the playing XI in the first Test which England eventually lost by four wickets.

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Stuart Broad (Image Credit: Google)

The towering pacer was brought into action in the ongoing second Test match at Old Trafford. He dismissed three Windies, including the crucial wickets of Jermaine Blackwood and Shane Dowrich, and proving all the criticism right for dropping him in the inauguration match. Broad’s decisive contribution got the visitors all out for 287 runs in their first innings on the third day.

Stuart Broad Sets Goal To Emulate Jimmy Anderson Like Success:

The 34-year-old Stuart Broad said that he was often put into the older age group category but he wanted to continue his career until Jimmy Anderson’s age. Broad sets goal to achieve success like the 37-year-old Anderson is enjoying regardless of his age. He believes that he has the hunger to be in the position where his teammate is

“Why not try to emulate what Jimmy has done, play until his age and have that sort of success? I’m hungry. My fitness record is good. If I have that as a goal, when I set goals in my mind it makes me very hungry to achieve them,” Broad was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

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Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Sometimes I get put into an older category than I am. Jimmy has taken those wickets since turning my age. Why can’t I do the same?” 

“It’s great to be back in the side. That opportunity was always going to come, but you have the natural disappointment if you’re not playing.” Broad concluded.

Stuart Broad has, so far, picked up 485 wickets in 138 Test matches while Jimmy Anderson notched 587 wickets in 152 matches.





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Ian Chappell Demands For Changes In DRS Power In Hands Of Players

Ian Chappell, former Australian captain, has advised revamping Decision Review System (DRS) rules because it creates dissent among players for the umpires on the field. DRS was officially introduced in the game of cricket in 2009 and since then, several additional rules have added to it to improve the decision.

Before the introduction of DRS, the umpire’s decision was paramount. The players were taught that umpire’s decision was ineffable and could not be questioned. According to Chappell, following this exercise helped players in discipline and self-control. However, DRS involvement has encouraged disagreement between player and on-field umpires, as per the former cricketer. 

“‘The umpire is always right and you don’t argue with his decision’ used to be the first lesson a young cricketer was taught. This admirable exercise in discipline and self-control is now not applicable as the introduction of DRS is encouraging a form of player dissent,” Chappell wrote for ESPNcricinfo.

Ian Chappell on the introduction of third DRS in England vs West Indies series:

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Ben Stokes. Credit: Twitter

Ian Chappell gave the example of the ongoing Test series between England and West Indies, where an additional review is included. The two teams are, usually, allowed two DRS each but in this series, three reviews will be allowed. This step was taken for giving fair decisions because local umpires are officiating the match as neutral umpires could not travel amid the pandemic. Chappell has not supported this move of the ICC, saying that it manipulates the whole system. 

“The look of disdain on the face of umpire Richard Kettleborough after three of his decisions were overturned early on day two of the first Test between England and West Indies, was ample proof of his feelings about the system at that moment.

“My sympathies were with Kettleborough, one of the better umpires on the international panel. And with the return to a third review in the pandemic era, there are signs the system is being manipulated,” Chappell said referring to the technology that was used for the first time in 2008.

DRS should only be in hands-on umpire: Chappell

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The Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) was earlier against DRS because the board distrusted the new technology. However, gradually, the BCCI introduced the review system in all the formats. But Ian Chappell is still against the DRS technology because he believes umpires, not players, should only be given the right to use them. 

“There was a time when the BCCI distrusted the DRS. I’m no longer in lock-step with the BCCI on this because I still don’t have much faith in the DRS…Right from the outset the DRS should have been placed in the hands of the umpires; players shouldn’t be part of the decision-making process,” he wrote.

“And the equipment and personnel involved in the DRS should be controlled and employed by the cricket authorities and not the television production company. The DRS – properly constituted – is an important ingredient in cricket decision-making; it’s not part of the day’s entertainment.

Ian Chappell is a high-profile cricket commentator. He played 75 Tests and 16 ODIs where the right-handed top-order batsman scored 5, 345 and 673 runs. 

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England vs West Indies 2020: Jofra Archer Permitted To Play In Third Test After Fine And Written Warning

Jofra Archer has been permitted to play in the Third Test against West Indies after being dropped ahead of the second Test because of breaching the bio-secure environment. The managing director of England’s men team, Ashley Giles chaired the disciplinary hearing against Archer. The final decision was taken to charge him with a fine apart from written warning.

Jofra Archer had violated the bio-secure bubble during his travel from the Ageas Bowl to Old Trafford. He had visited his house for one hour in between the journey and had contacted one person. When England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was informed about Archer’s blunder, he was dropped hours before the start of the second Test match. 

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Jofra Archer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Earlier, Ashley Giles had said that Jofra Archer’s irresponsible behaviour might have caused a disaster. ECB could have faced tens of millions of pounds because of the pacer’s mistake, as per Giles.

According to ESPN Cricinfo, he was fined around £15,000, the value of his match fee for the second Test 

Jofra Archer awaits for his second COVID-19 test:

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Jofra Archer. Credit: Twitter

Currently, Archer has self-isolated himself at Old Trafford’s hotel. He has been tested one time and reports turned out to be negative. On Monday, second COVID-19 test will be conducted and if it also comes out negative, he will join the England team for the last Test match. 

Well, the World Cup winner was not given harsh punishment though his mistake would have heavily costed the board. His previous good record’s kept him out of any strict action. 

ECB has created a bio-secure bubble which means the player and staff members will not meet any outsider until the end of the tour. This safety protocol was implemented to prevent the spread of the infectious virus. 

Meanwhile, West Indies are leading in the series as they have won the first Test match. But they seem to struggle in the second Test after England had scored 469 runs in their first innings. Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes ground the visitors with their centuries on the second day. As of now, Rain has halted the game on the third day as West Indies have lost their one wicket for 32 runs. 

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Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

England Vs West Indies 2020, 2nd Test: Day 2 – Twin Centuries Set A Good Platform For The Hosts

Twin centuries of the overnight English batsmen, Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes, helped the hosts England to dominate the second day of the Manchester Test, which is the second game of the three-match Test series against West Indies.

Starting the day on their overnight score of 207/3, the hosts once again batted patiently and scored 469/9 before declaring the first innings. In reply, the West Indies scored 32/1 at the stumps of the day, and they are trailing by 437 runs.

England: Ben Stokes scored 176 and Dom Sibley scored 120 runs

Opener Dom Sibley continued his slow batting, while the Test vice-captain Ben Stokes patiently started the day and slowly added the pace in his innings. Just before lunch, Sibley completed his second Test century for which he took 312 balls. At lunch, England scored 264/3, where Stokes was not out on 99 runs and Sibley was batting on 101 runs. In that first session, England managed to add only 57 runs on the board.

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Dom Sibley (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Soon after the lunch, Stokes completed his 10th Test century in 255 balls. Sibley and Stokes stretched their fourth-wicket partnership to 250+. After building up the 260 runs partnership, Sibley lost his wicket to Roston Chase. Before losing that wicket, Sibley scored 120 runs off 372 balls (5 fours).

Soon, Chase dismissed Ollie Pope (7) after trapped him lbw. On the other hand, Stokes was batting comfortably and striking hard after completing his century as he completed 150 runs in 301 balls, taking only 46 balls to reach the last fifty. At Tea, England were batting on 378/5.

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Ben Stokes (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

In the early third session, Stokes lost his wicket after scoring 176 runs off 356 balls (17 fours and 2 sixes). The Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach took that wicket which was his first Test wicket after 521 balls. On the very next ball, Roach dismissed Chris Woakes for a golden duck.

After scoring 40 runs, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler was dismissed by the Caribbean Test skipper Jason Holder. In the very next over of that wicket, Sam Curran (17) became the fifth victim of Chase in that innings. While England were batting on 427/9, Dom Bess (31*) and Stuart Broad (11*) quickly added 42 runs for the unbroken 10th wicket before the English captain Joe Root declared the innings.

Roston Chase had the bowling figures of 44-3-172-5. Kemar Roach (2/58) was the only other bowler to claim more than one wicket in that innings. The other wicket-takers in that innings were Alzarri Joseph (1/70) and skipper Jason Holder (1/70).

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Roston Chase (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

West Indies: opener John Campbell lost his wicket

While England batted 162 overs in the first innings of this Test, the visitors batted 14 overs before the umpires ended the day’s play. In the 10th over of Caribbean innings, Sam Curran dismissed the opener John Campbell (12) after he trapped him lbw. At the stumps of the day, opener Kraigg Brathwaite was batting on six runs and the nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph was not out on 14 runs.

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