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Eng vs WI : West Indies puts pressure on England

England was 112 for three at tea after losing wickets at regular intervals on the opening day of the second Test against the West Indies in Manchester on Thursday.

Eng vs WI : West Indies puts pressure on England
England opener Dom Sibley showed good resistance and played his way through tea

 Opener Dom Sibley (46) and all-rounder Ben Stokes (18) added 31 runs for the fourth wicket as the host trod cautiously in overcast conditions, with the lights also switched on at Old Trafford. The lunch break was bookended by a pair of wickets for Windies all-rounder Roston Chase, who dismissed Rory Burns and Zak Crawley with his part-time off-spin.

 Chase trapped Burns leg-before for 15 at the stroke of lunch, while Crawley flicked his first ball straight to Windies captain Jason Holder at leg-slip. England skipper Joe Root, who missed the first Test to attend the birth of his child, stitched a 52-run partnership with Sibley to stabilise the innings.

 Yet, West Indies paceman Alzarri Joseph returned after the drinks break to remove Root, who edged an out-swinging delivery to Holder. Sibley was dropped at short-leg just before the tea break to deny Chase a third wicket.

 West Indies suffered a setback when seamer Shannon Gabriel, who claimed nine wickets in the first Test, left the field to get treatment on a reported a groin issue. Earlier, West Indies won the toss and Holder chose to bowl first to take advantage of seamer-friendly conditions after rain delayed the start of the match.

 England is without Jofra Archer after the fast bowler breached the team’s bio-secure protocols while top-order batsman Joe Denly has been dropped to make way for Root. Mark Wood and James Anderson have also been rested with the trio of Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes named in the playing 11.

 West Indies, which won the first test in Southampton by four wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, named an unchanged team. The series is being played in a bio-secure bubble without spectators in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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