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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

England Fights Back in Tense Test

LONDON -- Pace bowler Angus Fraser, not always the first choice of selectors' chairman Ray Illingworth, inspired an England fightback against West Indies in the second test at Lord's on Friday.


Fraser captured his 100th test wicket by removing Brian Lara for six and later produced a burst of two for one to cut short a recovery by Jimmy Adams (54) and captain Richie Richardson (49).


West Indies, replying to England's first innings of 283, were 209 for six at the close of a tense and absorbing second day watched by another capacity 28,000 crowd under cloudless skies.


Fraser, originally overlooked for the 1994-95 tour of Australia before being called up in an injury crisis, and left out of the team who lost the first test to West Indies by nine wickets, ended the day with three for 37 from 20 overs.


Playing on his Middlesex home ground, Fraser set the tone for a much-needed disciplined performance by England's pace bowlers on a dry pitch showing signs of disconcerting bounce.


But for four missed chances in the final session, three from Adams, England might have taken a firm grip.


After England's largely disappointing batting, the need for their bowlers to strike early was answered initially by Darren Gough and Fraser.


Gough struck with the fifth delivery off the West Indian innings, getting opener Sherwin Campbell caught behind for five by Alec Stewart with one that left the batsman a shade.