England claim West Indies openers in short first session but Chris Jordan gets lucky as Devon Smith's dismissal misses edge

  • West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite missed the ball but didn't review it
  • His apparent edge went to Jos Buttler off the bowling of Chris Jordan
  • With HotSpot not available in this Test, Brathwaite accepted the dismissal
  • No doubt about James Anderson's bowling of Kraigg Brathwaite
  • West Indies went into lunch on day one in Grenada on 36 for two 

By Pa Reporter

Published: 17:43 GMT, 21 April 2015 | Updated: 17:43 GMT, 21 April 2015

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England removed both West Indies openers after choosing to bowl first in a rain-shortened opening session of the second Test in Grenada but the under-pressure visitors has a major stroke of fortune.

After James Anderson castled Kraigg Brathwaite with a venomous in-swinger in the third over, Chris Jordan had Devon Smith caught behind.

Smith should still be there, however, after replays clearly showed the ball had missed his outside edge as he thrust forward outside off stump.

Replays show Devon Smith clearly misses the ball before being dismissed caught behind off Chris Jordan

Replays show Devon Smith clearly misses the ball before being dismissed caught behind off Chris Jordan

Smith declines his choice to review the decision with HotSpot not available in this Test series

Smith declines his choice to review the decision with HotSpot not available in this Test series

With HotSpot technology not available in this Test as part of the decision review system, Smith declined to try his luck upstairs and walked off.

That left the hosts 36 for two at lunch, with 15 overs gone.

Play was delayed by an hour and 45 minutes after persistent morning showers, with 11 overs lost in the day.

Despite having sent down 130 overs in the fourth innings of the drawn first Test, captain Alastair Cook pressed his bowlers back into action, persuaded by humid conditions and a touch of dampness in the pitch.

Anderson, who overtook Sir Ian Botham to become the country's leading Test wicket-taker in Antigua last week, made an early down payment on that decision.

Jordan celebrates his first wicket of this match, Devon Smith, as the West Indies went to lunch 36 for two

Jordan celebrates his first wicket of this match, Devon Smith, as the West Indies went to lunch 36 for two

Smith is given out as England players celebrate their second wicket of a rain-shortened first session

Smith is given out as England players celebrate their second wicket of a rain-shortened first session

He clattered Brathwaite's leg stump having forced the batsman off balance with some prodigious movement through the air.

The opener had already seen one edge fall short of the slips off Anderson, who was challenging the bat more readily than Stuart Broad.

Broad's opening five overs cost just eight runs but he largely pitched too short to cause concern.

Anderson was close to a second when Darren Bravo, defending on the back foot, sent a thick edge in the direction of third slip.

Ben Stokes fell quickly to his right but the ball grounded just in front of him.

Jordan saw a tough chance shelled at leg-slip by Gary Ballance, stationed there at Ian Bell's behest, but Smith (15) did not take his luck.

He is the first Grenadian to play Test cricket on the island but fell in ignominious fashion, following a wide ball that should have been left with the interval imminent.

The confusion over whether or not he had edged it - and why he did not send the decision upstairs - merely added intrigue to a careless exit.

The last over before lunch went to Moeen Ali, fit again and recalled in place of James Tredwell.

 

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