The shadows of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad loomed giant over the third morning of England’s Test warmup for the West Indies sequence after Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson have been quickly withdrawn from the match due to health issues.
With solely 5 days to go earlier than the sequence opener, the vacationers have been pressured to proceed their solely follow sport in Antigua with out two members of the first-choice XI. Having controversially omitted Anderson and Broad, the 2 main wicket-takers in England’s Test historical past, damage worries within the bowling ranks have been the very last thing they are going to have needed.
Wood, the standout fast throughout a dismal Ashes marketing campaign, has but to play any half towards a CWI President’s XI and didn’t journey to the bottom on day three having felt unwell over the previous 48 hours. Even if he does rally to play some half, he’ll achieve this with a vastly lowered workload below his belt.
And Robinson, whose conditioning was publicly referred to as into query throughout the journey to Australia, left the sphere with a decrease again drawback halfway by means of his first spell. He had taken the one wicket of the session when he had Devon Thomas lbw with one which nipped again on a docile pitch.
The uncapped seamers Saqib Mahmood and Matt Fisher, who had not been as a consequence of characteristic within the match, have been each referred to as into motion as a substitute, gaining an sudden likelihood to show their credentials in soporific situations.
Both acquitted themselves steadily with out with the ability to half Keacy Carty (44 not out) and Raymon Reifer, who made an unbeaten 42. Responding to England’s 466 for six declared, an innings that featured 4 half-centuries and a Jonny Bairstow hundred, the house aspect reached 133 for 3 at lunch.
With valuable little in it for the bowlers, Robinson did effectively to jag one again into Thomas’s pads early on however issues have been about to take a flip for the more serious for the Sussex bowler. After sending down the third ball of his fourth over he walked gingerly from the pitch looking for therapy.
It was later confirmed that he had a sore again, recalling the again spasm he suffered throughout the fifth Ashes Test, and was being monitored. Chris Woakes, the senior seamer on tour, went to the break wicketless from 14 overs.