West Indies v England: Broad and Cook give England upper hand

By James GheerbrantBBC Sport
Stuart Broad celebrates a wicket
Stuart Broad claimed his best figures for England since taking 6-25 against India at Old Trafford in August
Second Test, day two, St George's, Grenada
West Indies 299: Samuels 103, Broad 4-61
England 74-0: Cook 37*

England seized the advantage in the second Test against West Indies after a rain-affected second day that saw them dismiss the hosts for 299, then reach 74-0 by stumps in Grenada.

Stuart Broad (4-61) was instrumental as the hosts slipped from 188-5 overnight, despite a Marlon Samuels century.

Last pair Devendra Bishoo and Shannon Gabriel put on 52 to frustrate England.

But under-pressure openers Alastair Cook (37) and Jonathan Trott (32) then safely negotiated the evening session.

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott
"Tomorrow it is help yourself and I think England will bat all day. England could be smart get around a lead of 80 and then try and bowl them out because you know their players will play a few shots. However, Cook does not like to take risks. Perhaps if England want to win they have to try something different."

Cook in particular batted well and overtook Alec Stewart as England's second-highest all-time Test run-scorer during his innings.

He will now have his sights set on reaching his first international century since May 2013.

England's chances of forcing a first away Test win since 2012 will depend on building a big first-innings lead after more time was lost to Grenada's capricious weather.

However, they will be buoyed by the resurgent form of Broad and Cook, among the most frequently criticised members of England's side over the past 12 months.

England's highest Test run-scorers
Graham Gooch (1975-95)8900 runs (118 matches)
Alastair Cook (2006-15)8484 runs (111 matches)
Alec Stewart (1990-2003)8463 runs (133 matches)
David Gower (1978-92)8231 runs (117 matches)
Kevin Pietersen (2005-14)8181 runs (104 matches)

Fast bowler Broad, bowling a slightly fuller length than previously in this series and finding a hint of movement off the pitch, ran through the West Indies lower order after lunch in an impressive spell.

After James Anderson removed Marlon Samuels following the Jamaican's completion of his seventh Test century, Broad - operating at over 90mph at times - accounted for Denesh Ramdin, Jason Holder and Kemar Roach to leave West Indies struggling at 247-9.

Though Bishoo and Gabriel frustrated England with a dashing partnership that featured some sublime strokeplay, a resolute stand from Cook and Trott soon made the West Indies total look sub-par.

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook is averaging 63.8 from his last seven Test innings
Marlon Samuels
Marlon Samuels reached his seventh Test century, but was out before reaching 105 for the fourth time
Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad now has seven wickets in the series
Jonathan Trott
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