Joshua Da Silva keeping wickets: The visitors have a new wicket-keeper on the field on the third day of the third Test.
During the third day of the third Test of the ongoing West Indies’ tour of India in Manchester, reserve West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Joshua Da Silva is on the field substituting for regular glovesman in Shane Dowrich.
Da Silva, 22, had an outside chance for a spot in the Playing XI after scoring 133* (248) and 56* (83) for WI Holder XI against WI Brathwaite XI in the second warm-up match before the series began.
Despite his century coming as an opening batsman, Da Silva didn’t get to play in the series as the visitors didn’t appear to be making changes to their opening combination despite them not yielding positive results.
Why is Joshua Da Silva keeping wickets for West Indies?
It was during the eighth over in the second session that Dowrich failed to cleanly collect a delivery from West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel. The late swing on the delivery saw the wicket-keeper fumble the ball while collecting it.
Having hit on his left cheek, Dowrich had to walk off the ground and has been since seen receiving treatment in the dressing room. It is worth mentioning that Dowrich hasn’t had the best of matches behind the wickets. While he didn’t drop a catch, he was found guilty of not collecting the ball on multiple occasions.
Joshua Da Silva takes over the gloves as the replacement player for the injured Shane Dowrich. Rules allow for the replacement, however Da Silva will not be allowed to bat in the West Indies 2nd innings. #Rally #WIReady #ENGvWI #MenInMaroon pic.twitter.com/0btvQB9Gmx
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It was West Indies ODI wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope who immediately took on the wicket-keeping duties from Dowrich. However, a few overs, Da Silva walked out as Dowrich’s replacement.
On the back of veteran seamer Stuart Broad registering bowling figures of 14-4-31-6, England bundled out West Indies for 197 in 65 overs in the morning. With 10 wickets in hand, the hosts’ lead has surpassed 200 runs in the second innings.