West Indies v England, second Test: live scoreboard It was the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua in 2009 that staged the shortest of all the 2,344 Test matches, as it lasted 10 balls before it had to be abandoned because the ground was unfit. A decade on, it looked as though the second Test of this series would have to go the same way – either to the Recreation Ground down the road, where Tests used to be staged, or else to oblivion. The first ball of the 15th over of this match replicated a Harrier Jump Jet by snorting almost vertically at the England captain Joe Root. It was a wonder the ball gave Root only a quick manicure rather than a few fractures, dismissing him – with the aid of a brilliant double-act by the West Indian slip-cordon – but not decapitating him. For the rest of the opening day the odd ball misbehaved when delivered from the Sir Curtly Ambrose, though fortunately never by the eponymous hero himself. Had Ambrose been steaming in on home soil – which, after some strange process of scarification, is interspersed with blotches of grass – West Indies might have won by… Read full this story
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