Stokes, Buttler Half-Centuries Establish England's Dominance on Day 1

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 10, 2019

West Indies lost the plot in the final session, allowing Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes to cash in with unbeaten half-centuries as England made a strong finish to day one of the final Test here yesterday.

Ben Stokes has been included in England's 12-man squad for the final Test against the West Indies despite a bruised right heel with Keaton Jennings a shock call-up in place of Ben Foakes.

Both made the most of lucky escapes.

Foakes did not keep wicket in the second innings of the second Test in Antigua after he was hit on the hand by a Shannon Gabriel ball while batting but he was considered fit enough to play.

The laws state a player can be recalled until the next ball is bowled, and so Stokes was told by the officials to get back out and bat.

"This is still a challenging wicket so to come off (the field) four wickets down, we're pleased with that".

Stokes was sat in the changing room and about to take his pads off having been caught and bowled for 52 by Alzarri Joseph when the third umpire overturned the dismissal for the bowler fractionally overstepping.

Root's painstaking innings of 15 off 54 deliveries leaves him with a tally of just 54 runs from five innings, typifying England's desperate struggles with the bat from their first innings of the series when they were routed at Kensington Oval for just 77 on the way to a 381-run mauling.

Gabriel, the fastest of the West Indies bowlers, was the other wicket-taker in the afternoon session, removing Joe Denly with an lbw decision that again highlighted the technical deficiencies of many of England's top-order batsmen.

Paul then removed the other opener, Rory Burns, leg-before for 29 early into the afternoon session. After given life by the no ball, the all-rounder helped England pass 200.

However, he has bounced back in style, defeating England in the first two Tests of the three-Test series at home by more than 300 runs in the first and by 10 wickets in the second.

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