Up-and-down Antigua pitch made batting tough: Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow survived some good pace bowling before he fell to Kemar Roach. © AFP

England batsman Jonny Bairstow says that the visiting team came undone because of the difficult nature of the pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, where on day one they were bowled out for 187.

Of the ten English wickets to fall, Joe Root was dismissed by a brutal delivery from Alzarri Joseph which underlined the challenge of batting and Bairstow, who made 52 off 64 balls, cited the variable bounce as the biggest challenge. (FULL SCORECARD: WEST INDIES vs ENGLAND, 2nd TEST)

“It was tough, you could see the variable bounce that we had to contend with,” he told Sky Sports. “They put the ball in good areas and made us make decisions on a pitch that was probably bowler friendly, especially in the first couple of sessions this morning. There are two different grass types on it. On the outside where the balls were bouncing from, there’s either a ridge there or there’s something to do with the grass. There are a few variables with that but you have to counter-act them.”

The pair of Kemar Roach and Jason Holder removed the England openers inside ten overs, and Joseph’s extraction of Root was followed by Holder getting Jos Buttler to leave the visitors at 55/4. Bairstow’s counter-attacking half-century featured nine fours and a six before he was out in the very first over after lunch, Roach trapping him lbw. (READ MORE: West Indies on top after England 187 all out)

Bairstow aside, only Moeen Ali managed to get to 50.

“Coming in at three you have guys that are fresh with a new ball in their hand potentially, in their first spells on a pitch that is fresh,” he said. “You have to take account of the pitch, what the ball is doing, the overhead conditions and everything else.

“I don’t think you felt in because you always knew there was a ball in there that could bounce or keep low. Especially when they have three guys (bowling) there that are well over six foot. I think it’s something that is difficult to contend with when there is variable bounce in the pitch. I think that it’s just a case of understanding the situation when you come in. I think when you come in at six and seven you are against an older ball.”

England trail the three-match series after losing the first Test by 381 runs.