England coach Peter Moores has defended his side and under-pressure skipper Alastair Cook after the visiting team were unable to seal victory on the fifth and final day of the first Test against the West Indies here.
Gary Ballance led England`s charge to an increasingly impregnable position as the tourists reached 224 for four in their second innings, a lead of 328, at lunch on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday.
England`s top order tumbled cheaply again but the tourists still worked themselves into a commanding position at 116 for three in their second innings, an overall lead of 220, by stumps on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday.
England`s dogged perseverance paid off in two gritty sessions of play with the West Indies restricted to 155 for four in reply to the tourists` first innings total of 399 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Tuesday.
West Indies and England face-off in the first Test of a three-match series on at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Monday, with both sides involved in reconstruction and rehabilitation following a wretched few months.
Ahead of their first Test against the West Indies on Monday, England's pacer Stuart Broad said he is backing skipper Alastair Cook to make as many runs as possible as he is looking refreshed and confident.
Jonathan Trott believes his battle against depression has made him stronger and the former bedrock of England`s batting lineup is confident of winning his 50th test cap in Monday`s first test against the West Indies in Antigua.
Discharged England captain Alastair Cook on Wednesday said his country's early exit from the World Cup was proof that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was wrong to sack him as one-day captain just months from the quadrennial tournament.