• England 317-10; West Indies President’s XI 203-19
• Scan reveals Stone suffered stress fracture in lower back
The wickets tumbled on the second day of warm-up cricket at the Three Ws Oval and never more so than on the stroke of tea, when Stuart Broad offered a reminder of his penchant for a burst by claiming his third hat-trick in the whites of England.
Broad was returning for his second spell of the day against the President’s XI when, with thoughts turning to refreshments in 30-degree heat, he exploited the capricious pitch to remove tail-enders Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins lbw in the space of two balls.
After an over of Moeen Ali, Broad stood at the end of his run and, with a wry smile, started a slow handclap to rev up the sparse crowd. While this was not entirely forthcoming, Broad still steamed in, teasing an edge from the No 10, Bryan Charles, that Ben Stokes snaffled low at second slip.
This intervention, which became four in five balls after the interval when the Test-capped Jermaine Blackwood slashed to slip in his second knock of the day, does not go on Broad’s first-class record due to the nature of the two-day training game, and clearly won’t rival his Test hat-tricks against India in 2011 and Sri Lanka in 2014. It was nevertheless the highlight of a day when England’s bowlers reduced their hosts to a farcical 203 for 19 (nineteen) by the close, with Jimmy Anderson looking grooved after figures of four for 12 from 14 overs. The only black cloud came with the news that Olly Stone, the uncapped fast bowler, is now ruled out of the tour following the detection of a stress injury to his lower back.
“Maybe 16 January is my lucky day – it was three years ago I took six-fer at The Wanderers [against South Africa]. It’s just a shame this wasn’t a Test match,” said Broad, who finished with four for 19 from 10 overs. “I would love three Test hat-tricks, so maybe this was just good practice.”
On Stone, a replacement for whom is yet to be announced, Broad added: “It’s hugely disappointing. He felt