Kemar Roach of the West Indies celebrates dismissing Mark Stoneman    Getty Images
Kemar Roach of the West Indies celebrates dismissing Mark Stoneman Getty Images

England took on West Indies in the second Test at Headingley with all the confidence in the world. Joe Root and his band of men decimated the visitors by an innings and 209 runs in the first Test to take a 1-0 lead. Root won the toss, and wasted no time in electing to bat first on a flat looking track. England made only one change bringing in Chris Woakes in place of Toby Roland-Jones, while West Indies called in Devendra Bishoo and Shannon Gabriel. Charged by criticism all around, West Indies’ bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel lit up Leeds picking 3 quick English wickets. Going into lunch on Day 1, England are 61 for 3 survived by Joe Root and David Malan.

It was once again Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman that provided the side with a decent start. While Stoneman looked nervy early on, Cook s presence in the middle was assuring. Making a comeback, Shannon nabbed Cook s wicket for 11, luring him to play away from his body. Tom Westley came out at No.3. His stay in the middle lasted merely 11-balls, before Roach dismissed him in similar fashion from the Edgbaston Test.

Root found himself batting in only the first hour of play. After a few cautions half an hour of play, Stoneman departed for 19. He trying an ambitious drive off Roach was caught by Shane Dowrich. Root (24*) along with Malan (3*) added 24 runs for the fourth wicket before lunch was taken.

Brief scores:

England 61 for 3 (Mark Stoneman 19, Joe Root 24*; Kemar Roach 2 for 21) vs West Indies.

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