England have gone 1-0 down in their three-match series against West Indies after losing a nailbiting first Test at the Ageas Bowl.

The West Indies chased down 200 in the fourth innings with four wickets remaining, despite some ferocious bowling on the hosts’ part.

Jofra Archer bludgeoned some important runs in the morning session to push England’s lead to 199 and then produced a sensational spell with the new ball.

Archer, fresh off a Twitter spat with Tino Best, first sent Jason Campbell back to the Pavillion with a suspected broken toe before removing both Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks.

Mark Wood got in on the action before Lunch, removing Shai Hope’s off-stump to put the Windies three down going into the break.

However, as has happened a number of times during this tight opening Test, the momentum swung again and the Windies edged toward the target.

Archer continued to look a man inspired and had Roston Chase caught behind with an unplayed bouncer that roared up off the pitch but led by Jermaine Blackwood, who finished with 95, the Windies moved closer and closer to the 200 required.

 

Late on, it looked as though the skipper produced one of his signature sizzling spells of bowling, picking up two wickets, but it was not enough to stop Jason Holder’s side claiming the win.

England will be disappointed not to have won but you only have to ask South Africa what happened last time they went 1-0 down in a series.

With Joe Root returning, they will be determined to get back to winning ways at Old Trafford next weekend and we’ll be there (in spirit) to help them do so!

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