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Moeen - I saw collapse coming

25th January 2019, 07:49 by Gareth Freeman

Moeen Ali admits England feared a first innings collapse as the West Indies bowlers built up momentum on day two.

The tourists appear set for a first Test defeat at the Kensington Oval in Barbados after being bowled out for 77 in their first innings, after West Indies had reached 289.

England did threaten a fightback as they claimed five wickets for nine runs but the West Indies recovered and closed on 127-6 to take a 339-run lead after day two.

Kemar Roach starred for the hosts as he took 5-17, while Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph posted figures of 2-15 and 2-20 respectively.

"It's difficult to stop guys who are bowling well with their tail up," said Moeen.

"Sometimes in the changing room you know what is going to happen, that they have the momentum.

"You try and go in and stop that, either by taking the momentum away from them or by grinding it out, but there are times when you will just get bowled out for not many. Every team does.

"I feel over the last few years it's happened often where we've lost wickets at the top but previously we've been able to get a score."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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