England vs CWI President’s XI: Joe Root, Ben Stokes fifties help tourists to 317
Joe Root top-scored with 87 from 87 balls. (Image: @englandcricket)

Half-centuries to Joe Root and Ben Stokes proved the main resistance to a CWI President’s XI bowling attack featuring Test Miguel Cummins, Alzarri Joseph and Raymon Reifer on Tuesday at Three Ws Oval, where the touring English team struggled for momentum.

Having lost their tenth wicket with 284 on the board in 70.4 overs, England batted on and reached 317/10 by the end of the day.

Root scored a run-a-ball 87 while putting on 72 with Rory Burns (35) and 69 with Stokes, who hit 56, but there were failures for Keaton Jennings (10), Jonny Bairstow (3), Moeen Ali (21), Ben Foakes (11) and Sam Curran (0). (ALSO READ: Key for England in ‘massive year’ is staying fresh: Jos Buttler)

Root hit 12 fours and a couple of sixes before he was out top-edging Bryan Charles to short fine leg. Charles, a 23-year-old offspinner from Trinidad, ended with figures of 25-5-110-5. His wickets included Stokes and Moeen as England fell from 217/4 to 248/9 before Chris Woakes (22*) and Stuart Broad (14) put on 36 for the last wicket.

The pace bowler Chemar Holder claimed three wickets, including Burns, Foakes and Curran for a second-ball duck.

Brief scores: England 317 (Root 87, Stokes 56, Charles 5/100) vs CWI President’s XI