England vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2: Holder’s career-best six-for puts West Indies in charge

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Jason Holder carved through England’s batting line-up with his career-best 6-42

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West Indies captain Jason Holder took career-best figures of 6-42 to put his side in a commanding position over England on the second day of the first Test in Southampton.

Starting off the day on 35/1, England only added 13 runs to their overnight score before Joe Denly was clean bowled by Shannon Gabriel for 18.

Gabriel struck again in his next over as he trapped Rory Burns lbw for 30, while Zak Crawley suffered the same fate, but at the hands of Holder.

Things went from bad to worse for England as Ollie Pope was caught behind off the bowling of Holder for 12 runs.

With the hosts reeling at 87/5, England stand-in captain Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler put up a fight as they amassed a 67-run partnership before Stokes was caught behind off the bowling of Holder for 43.

Buttler was sent packing for 35 in the same manner in Holder’s next over, while Jofra Archer and Mark Wood became Holder’s fifth and sixth victims.

England ended up being bowled out for 204 when James Anderson was cleaned up by Gabriel for 10.

Dominic Bess remained undefeated on 31, which came off 44 balls and included four boundaries.

Holder was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Gabriel snapped up four.

Trailing by 204 runs, the West Indies got off to a solid start as John Campbell and Kraigg Brathwaite put together a 43-run partnership before Campbell was given out lbw off the bowling of Anderson for 28.

Brathwaite and Shai Hope managed to forge an unbeaten 14-run stand before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

Brathwaite finished on 20, which came off 65 balls and included two boundaries, while Hope remained unbeaten on three.

Anderson was the only bowler to take a wicket.

The West Indies ended day two on 57/1, which leaves them trailing by 147 runs, and will continue batting on Friday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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