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England are chasing a record target to win the Test (AFP Photo)

England vice-captain Jos Buttler has admitted they might have erred in leaving Stuart Broad out of the ongoing first Test against West Indies. (ALSO READ: Holder achieves long-cherished Test double)

On Day 3 in Barbados, Jason Holder hit a memorable double-century while Shane Dowrich hit a hundred of his own to set England a massive 628-run target to win the Test. Ahead of the tour, on the basis of the two teams’ contrasting fortunes in the longest format, England were the firm favourites for a 3-0 clean sweep of the series. However, West Indies have bossed the first three days of the tour with their bowlers bundling the tourists out for a mere 77 in first innings.

When asked whether it there was a selection mistake on their part, Buttler replied, “Potentially, yeah. Hindsight is obviously great when you’re trying to read pitches and come up with a side. It’s a brave, tough call for the guys to make but selection is not why we were 77 all out, that’s the really biggest factor in the game. With the bat, we were well below our standards.”

England batsmen cut a sorry figure against the likes of Kemar Roach who ran through their line-up finishing with a five-wicket haul. However, they have given a better account of themselves in the second dig with the openers adding 56 by stumps on Friday.

The stunning collapse, Buttler reckons, is a reality check for the world no. 2 England. “With our aim of being the number-one side in the world, that is nowhere near good enough. It’s probably a good reality check for us as a side, for where we’re at in international cricket,” he said.

Ben Stokes has bowled just over 50 overs across the two innings and England will be wary of the allrounder’s workload considering he happens to a vital prospect in an important year when they host the ICC World Cup which will followed by home Ashes series.

“It’s tough to get the ball out of his [Stokes] hand. He’s got such incredible skill and a massive heart and he wants to be in the action all of the time. He’s an all-action cricketer. We have to manage his workload but it’s tough to do that when he just wants to keep going. Of course the management and captain want to look after the players especially someone like that but try telling him not to be involved or to take a rest,” he said.