CRICVIZ ANALYSIS: 3rd Test, Day 1 - WHO WILL RISE ON TOP?
Keaton Jennings endured a torrid time on his return to the England team. Six of the first 12 times that he got bat on ball, it was through him edging rather than making a clean connection.
When he was finally dismissed for 8, it was in a familiar fashion – it was the third time he’d been dismissed driving against a seam bowler in this series, having only played 12 in total.
Keemo Paul made an impressive start on his first appearance of the series. He was finding 1.8° of swing, more than any other of Windies’ bowlers and picked up the wicket of Jennings with his very first ball. The next over, he nearly had another as Rory Burns edged a delivery that pitched in nearly the exact same spot.
Keemo Paul has looked impressive so far, finding 1.8° of swing. He's found a sweet spot against England's left-handers - his two fullest deliveries first picked up the wicket of Jennings before drawing an outside edge from Burns in his next over. #WIvEng pic.twitter.com/VP8zpIWeOK— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 9, 2019
Burns eventually departed for 29 when Paul trapped him in front and it was a recurring theme for him, having been out bowled or LBW in six of his 11 Test innings to date. The left-hander now averages 10.75 against balls going on to hit his stumps.
Paul was similarly effective against England’s right-handers. He bowled a relentless line, with 48% in the channel outside off-stump and only conceded runs from one of his first 33 balls to the right-handed batsmen.
Paul has been relentless against England's right-handers. They've only been able to score off one of the 33 balls he's bowled, thanks to the excellent line he's maintained - 48% have been in the channel outside off-stump. #WIvEng pic.twitter.com/uiO3ugR1jJ— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 9, 2019
As wickets started to tumble for England, they were reduced to 69-3 and it took until the 41st over for them to score a boundary that didn’t come from an edge.
England were far more reluctant to attack than they had previously been in the series. Their attacking shot percentage was down as low as 14%, compared to the 21% they’ve managed in the series as a whole.
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