Denesh Ramdin (left) will be leading West Indies while Alastair Cook will captain England © Getty Images
Denesh Ramdin (left) will be leading West Indies while Alastair Cook will captain England © Getty Images

Catch the live cricket scorecard of England tour of West Indies 2015, 1st Test at Antigua Day One

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Live cricket score England: 341/5 | Overs 90

BATSMEN: Ben Stokes 71(80), James Tredwell 0(0)

READ Day Report By Sandipan Banerjee here: Ian Bell’s fighting hundred takes England to 341/5 at stumps on Day 1 against West Indies at Antigua

Stumps on Day 1: Ian Bell got out in the second last over of the day but as a whole its a good Day for England. They have finished on a strong position. Especially Ben Stoke’s quick-fire 71 has given England the upper hand. Bell would have loved to continue but an excellent delivery claimed his wicket. Some reckless bowling and poor fielding have cost West Indies heavily. So new coach Phil Simmons has to do some motivational job to help them to make a strong comeback in the game on Day Two. 

Ian Bell c Denesh Ramdin b Kemar Roach 143(256)

Live cricket score England: 313/4 | Overs 85

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 123(240) Ben Stokes 64(65)

England are propelling now. 300 is up for them and both Ian Bell and Ben Stokes are looking in ominous forms. Especially Stokes is playing his shorts and has already reached his fifty. He is scoring almost in run a ball and this innings is giving England the necessary lift at the end of the day. The second new ball is not helping the West Indian bowlers.

Live cricket score England: 248/4 | Overs 72

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 103(198) Ben Stokes 21(27)

Ian Bell gets his 22nd Test match Hundred. What a fine knock it has been. It has saved the day for England. This is also Bell’s first Test hundred outside England since 2012.

Live cricket score England: 242/4 | Overs 71

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 98(192) Ben Stokes 21(27)

Drinks Break: Final hour of play in the day is coming up. Ian Bell is just two runs away from an excellent ton.

Live cricket score England: 211/4 | Overs 64

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 88(172) Ben Stokes 0(4)

OUT! Finally the 177-run partnership is broken. Its Jerome Taylor, who has managed to bring West Indies back in the game as Joe Root has dragged one onto his stumps. Ben Stokes is the new man in. He is making a comeback in the England Test team.

Joe Root b Jerome Taylor 83(133)

Live cricket score England: 200/3 | Overs 60

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 79(157), Joe Root 83(128)

200 up for England and Joe Root has now overtaken Ian Bell. England looking quite good over here. West Indies fielders and bowlers are desperately looking for something to happen. Currently they are just going through the motions.

Live cricket score England: 173/3 | Overs 55

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 69(142), Joe Root 67(113)

The final session of the day has started and it has been a poor start by the home team. Sulieman Benn dropped a dolly and Joe Root got a lucky break.

Live cricket score England: 167/3 | Overs 54

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 69(142), Joe Root 61(107)

TEA BREAK: Fighting half centuries by Ian Bell and Joe Root helped England to recover to 167 for three at Tea. READ: Tea Report here

Live cricket score England: 151/3 | Overs 50

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 62(125), Joe Root 53(99)

FIFTY for Root as well and its a well paced innings. West Bowlers are looking bit tired. The ball is not doing enough. It is going to be a long session for West Indies. England just need to carry on the good work.

Live cricket score England: 134/3 | Overs 45

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 62(111), Joe Root 36(83)

Thanks to this excellent partnership by Ian Bell and Joe Root, England can breath easily now. The partnership is exactly 100 now. The West Indies boys are looking bit frustrated. The pitch is looking good to bat on.

Live cricket score England: 112/3 | Overs 40

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 47(95), Joe Root 34(68)

Ian Bell and Joe Root are turning it on here. They have batted really well, especially after lunch. Both men have scored freely after a brief period of West Indian domination. Bell is on the way to his half-century, though Root has looked a bit more secure. Bell has stroked eight boundaries, while Root has hit four of them. West Indies in desperate need of a wicket.

Live cricket score England: 85/3 | Overs 34

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 32(75), Joe Root 25(52)

Joe Root and Ian Bell have dug in here. Root especially is looking secure in the middle. Suleiman Benn and Jerome Taylor being picked off by this pair. Root has now hit three boundaries. Bell has hit five. The duo have added 50 crucial runs. West Indies would dearly like to separate this pair before they add too many.

Live cricket score England: 57/3 | Overs 28

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 14(50), Joe Root 15(41)

So we’re back after lunch. England will have looked to regroup and gather their thoughts. Suleiman Benn starts the session off with a maiden. Ian Bell scores a boundary off Jerome Taylor, flicked away off his pads, in the next over. Benn bowls another tidy over. England have got the ball rolling after lunch.

England have done a shoddy job with the bat so far. West Indies are well and truly ahead at lunch. In case you missed out on any of the action, you can read Shiamak Unwalla’s session report here: England struggling at 49/3 against West Indies at lunch in 1st Test at Antigua

Live cricket score England: 49/3 | Overs 25

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 10(44), Joe Root 11(29)

Ian Bell and Joe Root are looking to consolidate after the early wickets. Rain played its part as well, though England haven’t lost a wicket since the break. Gary Ballance’s wicket came at an inopportune moment. So at stumps, England have reached 49 for three in 25 overs. Terrible run rate, it’s under two at the moment. Bell and Root have much to do in the next session. READ: West Indies vs England 2015, 1st Test at Antigua: Gary Ballance out for 10

Live cricket score England: 34/3 | Overs 17

BATSMEN: Ian Bell 7(24), Joe Root 0(1)

Gary Ballance is playing a snail-paced innings here. He isn’t even trying to up his tempo. He is in a shell and he will need to break free very quickly if England are to gain any kind of momentum. Even Ian Bell at the other end is taking his time. Jason Holder has come on to replace Jerome Taylor. AND HE STRIKES! He’s got rid of Ballance, who was never looking set.

OUT! Gary Ballance 10(31) c Darren Bravo b Jason Holder

Live cricket score England: 27/2 | Overs 13

BATSMEN: Gary Ballance 10(31), Ian Bell 0(16)

Ian Bell is the new batsman, and Gary Ballance is steady at the other end. This is precisely the kind of start England did not want. Both Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott would have been under pressure to perform, with Cook being under scrutiny and Trott coming back into the side. Bell has yet to score a run after 16 balls. READ: West Indies vs England 2015, 1st Test at Antigua: England lose Jonathan Trott, Alastair Cook early

Live cricket score England: 22/2 | Overs 8

BATSMEN: Gary Ballance 5(18)

Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance have scratched around here without getting too many runs. Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach have kept things tight, and for their part Ballance and Root have not bothered much with the scoring. AND HE’S BOWLED HIM! Roach breaks through, and that’s huge wicket as Cook departs!

OUT! Alastair Cook 11(28) b Kemar Roach

Live cricket score England: 1/1 | Overs 1

BATSMEN: Alastair Cook 1(2), Gary Ballance 0(1)

Here we go, Jerome Taylor starts proceedings for West Indies. Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott will open the innings for England. Cook gets off the mark, scores the first runs of the series. AND TAYLOR STRIKES EARLY! Not quite the homecoming Trott wanted! Good ball from Taylor, pitched up and moving away. Trott can only edge behind to Darrem Bravo at slip, and West Indies knock one over early.

OUT! Jonathan Trott 0(3) c Darren Bravo b Jerome Taylor


Toss: West Indies have won the toss and elected to bowl first. James Anderson is playing his 100th Test, and will likely also become England’s leading Test wicket-taker.

Teams:

England: Alastair Cook (c), Jonathan Trott, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, James Tredwell, James Anderson

West Indies: Devon Smith, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Denesh Ramdin (c&wk), Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Sulieman Benn


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Squads:

West Indies: Denesh Ramdin (c&wk), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Darren Bravo, Jerome Taylor, Marlon Samuels, Kraigg Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Devon Smith

England: Alastair Cook (c), Jos Buttler (wk), James Anderson, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott

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