Published: 10:03AM Tuesday April 14, 2015 Source: AP
Ian Bell and Joe Root dragged England out of a potentially precarious position on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium today.
The pair’s fourth-wicket stand of 177 allowed England to finish day one on 341 for five. Ben Stokes (83*) and James Tredwell (0*) were the unbeaten batsmen at stumps.
Bell, playing his 106th Test, scored 143 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Kemar Roach just before stumps.
Joe Root contributed with 83 before he was bowled by Jerome Taylor.
Bell and Root’s approach was in complete contrast to England’s crawl in the opening session when just three fours were struck off 25 overs.
At tea, Bell had stroked 11 fours off 138 balls faced and Root eight fours from his 107 balls.
They offered the five West Indies bowlers used no encouragement on a bare, beige-colored pitch that lost some of its encouraging bounce and movement under hot sunshine.
Captain Denesh Ramdin’s decision to bowl on winning the toss seemed justified by the West Indies’ early successes.
Jonathan Trott, in his first test since he withdrew from England’s tour of Australia after the first test in November 2013, edged his third ball to first slip off Jerome Taylor’s fifth ball of the match.
Kemar Roach went through the left-handed Alastair Cook’s defense to bowl the opposition captain for 11 at 22 for two after eight overs. It became 34 for three when Gary Ballance, another left-hander, was taken at first slip off Jason Holder.
Both teams wore black armbands and observed a minute’s silence in remembrance of Richie Benaud, the former Australia captain and the game’s most eminent television commentator, who died in Sydney last Friday, aged 84.
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