Ollie Robinson set to return in Barbados but Mark Wood ‘unlikely’ to be risked


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Paul Collingwood provides his gamers “ten out of ten” for effort after hard-fought attract Antigua

England hope to have Ollie Robinson out there for the second Take a look at towards West Indies and won’t be calling up further bowling cowl, regardless of interim head coach Paul Collingwood admitting that Mark Wood was “unlikely” to play in Barbados after struggling an elbow impingement that restricted his involvement to delivering 17 overs within the drawn Antigua Take a look at.

The return of Robinson after a again spasm through the warm-up recreation would strengthen a seam assault that solely managed to take seven wickets in Antigua – three of them by Ben Stokes, the allrounder who was reportedly set to have a managed workload however ended up bowling 41 overs within the match. The absence of Wooden will, nevertheless, depart England with out an out-and-out fast, though the uncapped Saqib Mahmood is able to touching 90mph.

“[Wood] has not bowled within the second innings right here so you’ll say it’s unlikely however you by no means know,” Collingwood advised reporters in Antigua. “He recovered rather well when he bought some tape on there and a few anti-inflams however we’re going to need to see what the investigation say.

“Ollie is wanting fairly constructive in the meanwhile. His restoration has been glorious. The backroom employees have accomplished an incredible job on Ollie and he bowled a few spells immediately and is getting the ball by means of rather well so that’s wanting actually constructive. We now have Saqqy Mahmood as properly and [Matthew] Fisher right here, so not [looking for back-up] as but. We should wait and see how Woody is in Barbados.”

Collingwood graded the efforts of his gamers as “ten out of ten on a pitch that was fairly docile and exhausting to get 20 wickets on”, after West Indies batted their method to security on the ultimate afternoon following an attacking declaration from Joe Root. England set the house aspect a goal of 286 in 71 overs and gave themselves a shot at an unlikely win by decreasing them to 67 for 4 shortly after tea. However Nkrumah Bonner, West Indies’ first-innings centurion, and Jason Holder batted out 35.4 overs in partnership to safe a draw and preserve the sequence stage with two to play.

“The boys are in a superb place,” Collingwood mentioned. “They need to win Take a look at matches. We knew it was not going to be simple to take 20 wickets on there. We needed to give ourselves time. The best way we batted this morning, there have been numerous selfless dismissals on the market, accomplished for the staff. We have been attempting to attain runs rapidly.

“We put ourselves in a superb place. We misplaced a little bit of time with overs to the rain which didn’t assist. Bonner’s innings took numerous day trip of the sport and I believed we have been very proactive this morning to get ourselves ready the place we might give ourselves an opportunity. We have been most likely two wickets away from breaking the again of West Indies’ batting. We have been very shut. Some selections might have gone both approach however general efficiency I believed it was a constructive week.”

And regardless of the struggles of England’s seamers, with Wooden invalided out of competition and new assault chief Chris Woakes managing figures of 1 for 110, Antigua did present the stage for an impressive showing from Jack Leach. It emerged that the left-arm spinner had given the staff speak at one stage, as a part of efforts to get the gamers to take extra accountability, and he ended up being England’s most-successful bowler, taking 5 for 136 within the match however crucially additionally conserving issues tight through the first innings, when he bowled 43.3 overs with an economic system of 1.81.

“I used to be actually impressed with the best way he held the sport on a wicket that did not flip off the straight,” Collingwood mentioned. “I am delighted that he is been capable of do a holding position for us, that is good indicators for the longer term. Giving them that further accountability as a voice and a frontrunner within the dressing-room, he appears to be thriving off that. They’re nice indicators. His accuracy proper by means of the Take a look at was good and he induced issues. That is an incredible Take a look at match for him.”

With Root including his twenty fourth Take a look at century – and a file thirteenth as England captain – Collingwood mentioned there have been encouraging indicators across the staff’s so-called red-ball reset, regardless of a nightmare first morning in Antigua the place a scoreline of 48 for 4 bore all of the hallmarks of current failures. “I actually consider he can flip this staff round,” he mentioned of Root, who was retained within the position as a lot due to an absence of alternate options following one other chastening Ashes marketing campaign. The subsequent step will contain sustaining an upwards trajectory.

“We have had a superb week,” Collingwood mentioned. “We have to construct on that. There have been so many good indicators however we need to preserve that because the benchmark. Our ground-fielding was very good, our vitality, our health ranges, that is a superb signal of the place a staff is. Two exhausting days within the subject, the boys stored plugging away. Nice indicators nevertheless it’s 0-0 and we have to flip up in Barbados with the identical angle and character, and want – all of the issues that win you Take a look at matches. That efficiency stage, we have given ourselves a superb likelihood.”

Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick

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