It is a historic moment for England, when it hosted the first Day-Night Test with the Pink ball. In the first day of the first Test between England and West Indies, the hosts faced an early slog. West Indies attacks wobbled England to 39 runs for 2 wickets. Skipper Joe Root decided to bat first winning the toss, but the start struck the resistance of Roach and Alzarri Joseph. West Indies toppled Mark Stoneman, the debutant opener and Tom Westly who followed him. The latter was removed by Miguel Cummins after the DRS review went in favor of West Indies.
The inning steered straight for England only when Alastair Cook had Joe Root on the pitch. The players partnered for 69 runs remaining unbeaten until the day’s end. By the end of the first session England bolstered its score to 108 for 2. Cook smashed a careful half-century and Joe Root was at an unbeaten 40. It was the 56th fifty for Cook in the format. The player hit the score before lunch.
Earlier in the inning, Cook had Mark Stoneman as the opening partner. The team is going through a series of changes to decide a perfect combination at the beginning of the lineup. Cook is there as the opener, but the search for the next player to accompany him on top is still on. Stoneman came up as the 12th player in the row to fit into the position, but his wicket without any good contribution came out as a failure of the strategy.
Meanwhile, West Indies bowlers seem to have boosted their stances. Roach was upbeat and his deliveries were strong, in line and difficult. It is a returning match for Roach and his bowling has improved a lot. Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummings made it hard for the England batsmen to steer a good score-line.
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