England are paying a heavy price for two mistakes on day three – spin bowling coach Patel


Spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel felt England paid a heavy price for the only two errors on a tough third day at the Kensington Oval.

England toiled for 90 overs in Barbados but managed just three wickets as Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood bolstered West Indian resolve for centuries. They will resume at 288 for four with a 219 deficit on the books but Brathwaite is poised to resume his rearguard at 109 which is not out.

Things started positively for the tourists as Jack Leach conceded a loose shot from Shamarh Brooks and Ben Stokes picked up Nkrumah Bonner for a controversial lbw decision in the morning session.

Stokes should have thought Blackwood a duck too, but he refused to review his own appeal when DRS confirmed the scream. That was England’s first mistake.

The second came when Saqib Mahmood rolled Blackwood for 65 with a pretty Yorker, only for his first Test wicket to be scrubbed off the board due to a forefoot no-ball.

Dan Lawrence’s occasional and unusual spin meant the Jamaican didn’t survive until stumps but a 183-run stand had already done some permanent damage.

We’ve done a lot of good things and hopefully we’ll come back with the same attitude and commitment

Jean Patel

“Look at those moments and we made two mistakes today,” Patel said. “We didn’t check a lbw that was probably out and then there was the no-ball.

“But if we only make two mistakes a day, we’re fine. Nobody wants these stories. It’s not great for Saqib, but I’m sure he’ll learn his lesson.

“We’ve done a lot of good things and hopefully we’ll come back with the same attitude and commitment.”

As the odds of a second straight draw increased significantly over the course of the third day, Patel saw a glimmer of optimism and believes there are small signs the favorable conditions are changing.

“I still think there’s a chance, everyone saw it moved out there at times,” he said.

“There’s a bit of up and down, a bit of spin, a bit of backwards – I think there’s a huge opportunity to move this game forward. I wouldn’t say it spins anymore, but it dries on top.”

Blackwood continued his lucky talent to defy England, against whom he now averages 45.77 against a career mark of 30.66. This was also his second hundred against Joe Root’s side, with just one more in his remaining 34 appearances.

Ben Stokes (left) feuded with Jermaine Blackwood (Ricardo Mazalan/AP) on day three


He shared a few words down the middle with the firebrand Stokes, with referee Joel Wilson intervening at one point, trying to take the heat out of the exchange.

With a big smile at the end of the game, he said: “Ben Stokes has been happy to approach me for a long time. It’s a bit of banter, I love it.

“I think it’s good for the cricket. I have no problem with it and it also boosts my confidence when I hear someone talking and approaching me. It makes me stay more focused, so I’m really glad he did that.” England are paying a heavy price for two mistakes on day three – spin bowling coach Patel

Andrew Schnitker

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