NORTH SOUND, Antigua, Jan 31, CMC – Jonny Bairstow struck an up tempo half-century but seamer Alzarri Joseph grabbed two wickets to lead a potent display, as West Indies took charge of the second Test on the opening day at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here Thursday.
At the break, the visitors were 78 for four with the right-handed Bairstow unbeaten on 52 off 62 balls, with nine fours and a six.
He was forced to counter-attack after West Indies found success regularly on a two-paced pitch, with Joseph making key strikes to finish with two for 18.
Seamer Kemar Roach made the breakthrough after England made a sedate start, having left-hander Rory Burns caught at second slip for four by captain Jason Holder going low to his right, with the score on four in the fifth over of the morning.
Debutant Joe Denly (6) made an inauspicious start to his international career, toe-edging Joseph’s first ball of the morning – a wide long hop – to be caught at the wicket at 16 for two, nearing the hour mark.
Joseph then got the prized wicket of captain Joe Root for seven, gloving a snorter to third slip where John Campbell parried for Shai Hope to complete the catch running around from fourth slip.
And 20 minutes before the break, Jos Buttler edged an out-swinger from Holder to Hope at second slip, to fall for one.
England 78-4 vs West Indies – 1st day, 2nd Test
NORTH SOUND, Antigua, Jan 31, CMC – England, sent in by West Indies, reached 78 for four at lunch on the opening day of the second Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here Thursday.
ENGLAND 78 for four (Jonny Bairstow 52 not out; Alzarri Joseph 2-18) vs WEST INDIES.
West Indies won toss, bowling vs England – 1st day, 2nd Test
NORTH SOUND, Antigua, Jan 31, CMC – West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl in the second Test against England at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here Thursday.
The hosts have retained the same XI from the opening Test in Bridgetown which they won by 381 runs inside four days last weekend, to post a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
England, meanwhile, have made two changes, bringing in batsman Joe Denly and seamer Stuart Broad at the expense of opener Keaton Jennings and leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Shane Dowrich, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel.
ENGLAND – Joe Root (captain), Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
UMPIRES: Kumar Dharmasena, Chris Gaffaney; TV – Rod Tucker.