England skipper Alastair Cook walks back to the pavilion at the end of Day 1 of the third Test against West Indies © Getty Images
England skipper Alastair Cook walks back to the pavilion at the end of Day 1 of the third Test against West Indies © Getty Images

England finished on a score of 240 for the loss of seven wickets at the end of the first day’s play during the third and final Test against West Indies at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. England skipper Alastair Cook was dismissed off the last ball of the day, departing for a score of 105 off 266 balls, as the day mostly belonged to the West Indian bowling department. UPDATES: West Indies vs England 3rd Test, Day 1 at Barbados

Cook’s innings prevented what could have been an embarrassing collapse for the tourists. The skipper was patient throughout his knock, going at a strike rate of less than 40, in order to see his side through from an early collapse. England resumed from their score of 151 for four at tea, with the Alastair Cook-Moeen Ali partnership looking strong and aiming to remain unbeaten till stumps. Ali eventually brought up his second 50-plus score in Tests as the partnership reached the 98-run mark, with the hosts getting desperate for a breakthrough. READ: West Indies vs England, 3rd Test, Day 1 at Barbados, tea report

Relief finally arrived for the West Indians in the form of the dismissal of Ali, who was caught short of his crease on a score of 58 off 130 balls, with the partnership falling short of the 100-run mark by just two runs. Cook, who was batting in the 70s at the time of the dismissal, teamed up with Ben Stokes (22), to add 44 runs for the sixth wicket. Stokes scored three boundaries, before getting caught by Shai Hope at gully. The day ended with the dismissal of the England skipper, who hit 12 boundaries during his innings.

Opener Jonathan Trott, who has had a disappointing series so far, was the first to depart as he returned to the pavilion for a three-ball duck. Gary Ballance contributed 18 runs to the total, forming a 38-run partnership with Cook, before getting castled by opposition skipper Jason Holder. Ian Bell’s arrival at the crease was not of much worth as Holder managed to strike once again, sending the batsman back for a five-ball duck.

It was the 53-run partnership between Cook and Joe Root that helped rescue the visitors. Root, who has been in brilliant form with the bat so far in the series, failed to go past the 50-run mark for the first time in the series as he was caught by Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Veerasammy Permaul.

Brief scores:

England 240 for 7 (Alastair Cook 105, Joe Root 33, Moeen Ali 58; Jason Holder 2 for 34, Shannon Gabriel 2 for 36) vs West Indies.

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