Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Ruthless England closing in on West Indies

England are delighted to have put themselves in a winning position against West Indies — and determined to be ruthless in pursuit of a 2-0 npower series success today.

Stuart Broad, who took two of the biggest wickets among the 10 England chiselled out on the fourth day of the second Test at Riverside, is confident they have it in them to take another seven on the final day.

West Indies closed last night on 115 for three, still 144 runs short of making England bat again to take the Wisden Trophy in style, and were most indebted to Ramnaresh Sarwan (100) and Denesh Ramdin (55) in their first innings and captain Chris Gayle (54) after following on.

Broad cited James Anderson’s sixth five-wicket haul in Tests and Graham Onions — who recovered from leaking 27 runs in three overs, mainly to Gayle, to take his and then Sarwan’s wicket — as the main contributors to England’s success.

"We’re delighted to have picked up 10 wickets today on what is still a pretty decent batting track," he said.

"Seven wickets tomorrow is certainly in our sights. There’s no rush to get them all before lunch — it’s still a wicket you need to be pretty patient on.”

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