St. George's - Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin have made cautious progress through a
rain-shortened morning as the West Indies reached 210 for five at lunch
on the second day of the second Test against England on Wednesday.
40 minutes' play was possible at the National Stadium with 22 runs
added off 8.5 overs shared between seamers Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan.
sight of a seventh Test hundred in his 100th innings, Samuels curbed
the aggression which saw him dominate the final session on the first
He added just three to his overnight score and will resume
on 97 alongside skipper Ramdin, who is on 24 having been by far the more
positive of the two batsmen in conditions which again assisted the
Dropped on 32 by England captain Alastair Cook at
slip off Jordan on the first afternoon, Samuels was greeted with a
concerted appeal for a leg-side catch by Jos Buttler off the very first
delivery of the day from Stokes.
With the wicketkeeper apparently
insistent that the ball had touched the bat, Cook challenged the not
out verdict from on-field umpire Steve Davis only for the decision to be
upheld as a review of the television replays showed no clear evidence
to warrant a reversal of the original ruling.
While the senior
batsman of the pairing struggled to get his innings back into gear,
Ramdin was just on the point of further acceleration when the rains
came, a classic straight-drive off Stokes being his fourth boundary of
the brief period of play.
It was the last piece of action before
the players scampered to the pavilion as the showers swept over the
ground with increasing intensity.