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Holder takes game away from England

26th January 2019, 08:28 by Jack Ogalbe

West Indies captain Jason Holder smashed a brilliant double hundred as England floundered on day three of the first Test in Barbados.

The skipper made it to 202 and Shane Dowrich recorded an unbeaten 116, helping to add 295 on their overnight tally before the hosts declared on 415-6 to set a target of 628.

England failed to take a single wicket in Friday's play but did show signs of resilience, with openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings holding firm to close on 56-0.

However, with two days to bat, England face an uphill battle despite the pitch flattening out.

Speaking at the close, Jos Buttler admitted his team will have to dig deep to salvage anything at the Kensington Oval.

Buttler told BBC Sport: "We have to show an immense amount of character. We let ourselves down with the bat in the first innings and we'll be determined to have a much better showing in the second innings.

"The end result is irrelevant. We take it session by session and see where we get to.

"We have to show determination to bat really well, knowing that there are still two really important games to come in the series."

The mood though is understandably much brighter in the Windies' dressing room, with Holder eyeing an early finish on day four.

"We're very confident," he told the BBC. "England are still a long way off. With a bit of variable bounce, there are still a lot of things in our favour. Maybe we can wrap it up by tea."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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