After a good start though slow on the first day of the 2nd Test match, England team look in commanding position to score big and take hold of the 2nd test match after their loss in the first.
It seems that England batsmen have learned from their previous mistakes as they posted 203/3 in 82 overs at the end of Day’s 1 play with Sibley and Stokes putting up a show.
Earlier on the day West Indies Captain Jason Holder won the toss and elected to field first hoping to take advantage of the overcast conditions and a seamy track that often offer some help for the pacers but England showed some resistance as they score read 29/1 at the stroke of Lunch with Roston Chase providing the early breakthrough by trapping Burns lbw with a ball that beat the inside edge and rapped him on the pads bang in line with middle stump.
Chase brought up a hat-trick ball by removing Zak Crawley for a golden duck as play resumed in the second session.
Captain Root survived the hat-trick ball as he and Sibley built a 52-run partnership but fell for 23 to Alzarri Joseph, who has now dismissed him in 4 of the last 5 Tests they have crossed swords.
At one stage it was Windies who at the upper hand as they reduced the host to 81 for 3 but then the England batsmen showed some character which is what they know for. Sibley(86*) and Stokes(59*) put up an unbroken 126-run stand for the fourth wicket to put England in a comfortable position at stumps.
It will be interesting to see how the West Indies’ bowlers will respond to England’s batsmen’s tough resilience. While England will be hoping to go big on the back of its lower order comprising of Buttler, Curran, and Woakes.
Early on the day, both sides took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, as they had done in Southampton before play began.
The drama unfolded before the start of the match when the 25-year-old Jofra Archer was axed from the ongoing second Test against the West Indies after he breached the team’s bio-secure protocol by going home to Brighton.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan is doubtful if pacer Jofra Archer will feature any further in the West Indies series after he breached the bio-secure bubble but insisted that he must be looked after during his isolation period.
He also said the team must forgive Archer for his mistake and be supportive while he self isolates for five days in the hotel and undergoes two COVID-19 tests.