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Windies team bracing for another ICC sanction

There could be more disappointment for the West Indies ahead of the third and final test against England in St Lucia with the Caribbean side bracing for the possibility of another ICC sanction ahead of the match. Just days after Jason Holder was suspended from playing in the final test due to his side's slow over-rate in Antigua, there are concerns that the ICC Match Referee Jeff Crowe, will decide that the pitch used in the game was not up to standard.

The match ended in three days with variable bounce evident throughout; however, several batsmen were struck on the hands or body and a couple more received unplayable deliveries. Roston Chase, for example, was bowled by a short ball that kept impossibly low, while  Joe Root was dismissed by one that lifted sharply to take him on the glove.

By the time the game ended, England's wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, had gone for a scan on an injured hand which showed no fracture, while Darren Bravo, who made a match-defining half-century, lifted his shirt to show spectators the bruises he had sustained during the innings.

England’s coach Trevor Bayliss, had said the surface "wasn't the greatest wicket we've ever seen in world cricket".

Pitches deemed to be 'unfit' are given five demerit points with 'poor' pitches given three points and 'below average' strips given one demerit point. Any ground which receives five demerit points over a five-year period will be banned from hosting internationals for 12 months. They can be banned for two years if they receive 10.



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