Shane Dowrich cops a blow on his face while collecting a bouncer from Shannon Gabriel

Shane Dowrich cops a blow on his face while collecting a bouncer from Shannon Gabriel

Joshua Da Silva came out as a substitute wicket-keeper for him.

Shane Dowrich
Shane Dowrich. (Photo Source: Twitter)

England and West Indies are currently involved in the third and final Test of the series at the Old Trafford. The hosts are looking the favourites the way things have panned out so far by the end of the third day. The Caribbeans are reeling at 10/2 in the pursuit of 399 with two whole days of play left. However, when the day started, things weren’t so bad for the visitors with Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich fighting it out in the middle in the first innings.

The latter especially looked solid with his shots. But little did he know that his day is going to get worst. It was Dowrich’s 37 that helped the West Indies reach close to 200 in the first innings. But come the second innings on the field, his time behind the stumps became torrid.

In the 8th over of the innings, Shannon Gabriel bowled a bouncer to England opener Rory Burns which the latter ducked. It was up to Shane Dowrich to collect the ball and was trying to reverse cup. But the ball hit his gloves and deflected onto his mouth. His upper lip was bleeding after being hit and soon needed medical attention.

Unfortunately, the West Indies wicket-keeper couldn’t continue after copping the blow with Shai Hope first and then Joshua Da Silva taking the gloves as the substitute.

Here’s the video:

Shane Dowrich expected to bat in the second innings

For the unversed, Shane Dowrich has only been substituted on the field and is expected to bat in the second innings. A few hours after taking a blow, he was seen sitting idle in the dressing room and will be hoping to bail the West Indies out of trouble with the bat in the second essay.

Meanwhile, as far as the match situation is concerned, Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite are currently in the middle and have a difficult task in front of them. There is a forecast of rain on the fourth day with no play expected, and the visitors will have to bat their hearts out to save (or win) the match and retain the Wisden Trophy.