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Blackwood's big statement, said- England captain tried to divert my attention

Manchester. The batsman Jermaine Blackwood , who was instrumental in West Indies ' win in the first Test, has said that England during their match-winning 95 runsSneaky attempted to divert his attention with the caretaker captain Ben Stokes leading him. Blackwood batted 95, helping the West Indies reach the 200-run target by winning the first Test by four wickets at Southampton to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series. "Wisden" quoted Blackwood as saying, "From the very first ball, Captain Ben Stokes was telling me something. I think they were trying to play bad shots but at no point did I lose my attention. When I was at the crease they were under pressure, not me. "He said," They knew they couldn't bowl me a bad ball. I do not remember what they were saying but did not say anything bad. This is cricket. You always get to hear something or the other and the game is played in this way.

The West Indies chased down the target, losing three wickets for 27 runs in 12 overs, but Blackwood kept the team on the final day with two crucial partnerships with Roston Chase and Shane Daurich. However, when West Indies needed just 11 runs to win, Blackwood were dismissed. He was caught at mid-off off James Anderson and missed the century by five runs. West Indies head coach Phil Simmons praised Blackwood for his patience throughout the innings. "I didn't feel that England was doing it but I would have done the same in an effort to distract Blackwood," said Simmons. "But he kept patience and played according to the situation." It shows that his mindset is improving. "The second Test will begin at Old Trafford on Thursday.

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