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Yorkshire cricket legend apologises for 'unacceptable' West Indies comment

Yorkshire cricket legend apologises for 'unacceptable' West Indies comment

Now they find themselves contemplating victory against England after brilliant hundreds from Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope put them in control of this second Test.

Curtly Ambrose was scathing about the West Indies' "totally embarrassing" defeat by England inside three days during last week's first Test at Edgbaston.

The fight so lacking in West Indies' efforts during the opening Test of the series in Birmingham was there for all to see during a mammoth 246-run stand between Brathwaite and Hope that spanned 68.3 overs.

Moeen Ali (22) and Chris Woakes (23) made brisk contributions but the lower order were dealt with professionally, Dowrich's drop of Stuart Broad notwithstanding.

Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo willingly donated his, wafting lazily to Jonny Bairstow, before the elder Hope brother, Kyle, nicked an inswinger that was well held by the diving Joe Root.

"We have a point to prove". West Indies only need another 40 to avoid the follow-on!

Even with all those farcical fumbles, they attained some self-respect - almost all of it thanks to their opening bowlers, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel, who took 8-122 between them, and performed as if personally insulted by events at Edgbaston.

Three overs later, Roach trapped Tom Wesley lbw for three with a full length delivery and the right-armer returned four overs later - the third over following the drinks break - to have opener Mark Stoneman caught at the wicket off the inside edge for 19.

Had Powell gathered the simplest of slip catches to add the prize scalp of Root the scoreboard would have read 44 for four but somehow the ball squirmed free and the skipper ticked along to 24 by the break.

But in the context of where England were when he came to the crease, this was perhaps Stokes' most important Test century.

"We have played many games in which we have had a first-innings deficit and turned things round", he said.

The only disappointment for the tourists is that England could have been bowled out for 158 rather than 258 if those catches had been taken on day one.

The first session of play went in favour of England with Anderson getting his side to a flier.

If their catching had also improved it could have been a completely different story, but as it turned out the two catches they dropped cost them 142 runs as Stokes went on to make a century and Joe Root 59.

A flashy off-side blow from Brathwaite took the partnership past 200 as England hunkered down for the second new ball, but when it did arrive the desired breakthrough did not.

Roston Chase edged Stokes to slip soon after Brathwaite departed but the enterprising Jermaine Blackwood, never afraid to whack the bowlers, remained until the close.



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