England v West Indies 2nd Test: Sibley and Stokes steer England through 1st day wobbles
After a delayed start due to rain and losing the toss, England were put in to bat by the West Indies, at the Emirates Old Trafford, in the 2nd #Raisethebat Test.
With the shock exit of Jofra Archer from the team sheet this morning (for breaching breach of the team’s bio-secure protocols), England had to make some swift selection changes to their starting line-up.
England 207-3 (Dom Sibley 86*, Ben Stokes 59*)
Close of Play Day 1: England are 207-3
With the hastily convened England selection committee, the delayed start and a somewhat shaky first session, England’s Dom Sibley (86*) and Ben Stokes (59*) completed a century partnership and took England to 207-3 at the close.
Earlier, the West Indies had reduced England to 81-3 with some tight bowling, Roston Chase taking the wickets of Burns and Crawley and Alzarri Joseph accounting for skipper Joe Root.
Tomorrow should be a fascinating day’s play with England poised to take the initiative for the first time in this series.
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad
West Indies - Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich(wk), Jason Holder(c), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Start Time: 11:00
Toss: West Indies won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Officials: Michael Gough, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Alexander Wharf, Brian Broad
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