Samuels leads fight back
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) –Marlon Samuels brought up an unbeaten 94 in a bid to rebuild the West Indies first innings after an early collapse Tuesday as England ended a rain-shortened opening day of the second cricket Test in a strong position with the hosts at 188 for five.
Samuels, who came to the wicket shortly before lunch at the unusual dismissal of left-handed opener Devon Smith for 15, benefited from England captain Alistair Cook’s missed chance at first slip off Chris Jordan when on 22 to dominate the scoring in the final session and approach his seventh test century.
Samuels was batting with captain Denesh Ramdin (6 not out) in an unbroken, 59-run sixth-wicket stand.
Cook’s decision to bowl first on winning the toss was influenced by humid, overcast conditions likely to favour his four fast bowlers.
The Barbados-born Jordan finished with two for 40 off 16 overs, while Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes claimed a wicket each.