St John’s, Antigua (Sporting Alert) – West Indies will try to take early wickets when the second day of the first Test match against England continues at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium at North Sound, in Antigua on Tuesday.
“We definitely have to start very well in the morning,” West Indies seamer Kemar Roach said about heading into the first session Tuesday.
England recovered from a shaky start to close the day at 341 for five with middle order batsman Ian Bell stroking a fine 143 to rescue the visitors, who had stumbled to 34 for three during the opening session.
Joe Root made 83 and shared in a 177 run partnership with Bell for England who dominated the afternoon sessions.
Ben Stokes also made a half century and was unbeaten on 71 at the close, but Jonathan Trott, returning to the national setup, was dismissed for a third ball duck.
England captain Alastair Cook made 11 and Gary Balance was out for 10 runs.
Roach took two wickets for 66 runs off 21 overs, while Jerome Taylor finished with two wickets for 79.
“The ball swung early and we bowled exceptionally well. We wanted more wickets in the first session but three wickets was fantastic going in at lunch,” Roach said after the first day.
“But after lunch, that’s probably where we went wrong. We weren’t consistent enough.”
West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin, who won the toss and put England in to bat on day one on Monday, will be hoping for another good opening session on the second day’s play.
England 1st Innings: 341/5 (90 Overs). Ian Bell 143, Joe Root 83, Ben Stokes 71*, Alastair Cook 11; Kemar Roach 21-4-66-2, Jerome Taylor 15-2-79-2, Jason Holder 18-7-55-1, Sulieman Benn 26-3-85-0.
West Indies: Devon Smith, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Denesh Ramdin (capt), Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Sulieman Benn
England: Alastair Cook (capt), Jonathan Trott, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Jorda.
Toss: West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl
Umpires: Billy Bowden & Steve Davis
TV Umpire: Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire: Joel Wilson