Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley hit hundreds to give England upper hand against West Indies
Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley both hit centuries to put England in a commanding position against the West Indies in the second Test at Old Trafford.
The pair shared a mammoth 260-run partnership as the home side built a first innings total of 469 for nine declared.
It was also England’s highest score int he opening innings of a home Test match in three years.
The fourth-wicket pair resumed on their overnight score of 207 and immediately tapped into their previous blueprint, putting on a modest 57 runs against some wildly varied bowling in the morning session.
Sibley was responsible for just 15 of those in two hours, but that was enough to convert his day-one score into a first century at home. The landmark moment came after 36 balls in the 90s and just before lunch, a punch past mid-on skipping away for three.
Stokes was less aggressive than usual but still considerably brisker than his partner, scoring 40 to reach the break on exactly 99. The 40-minute wait did nothing to trouble the all-rounder, who needed just three balls after the restart to join Sibley.
In the end it took a conscious decision from Sibley to break the long wicket drought, an uncharacteristic heave off Roston Chase soaring high and straight to Kemar Roach in the deep.
After 556 minutes his stay was over and his work was done. It was Stokes who was best placed to cash in and the Windies let him slip through their fingers twice.
Ollie Pope was trapped lbw deep in his crease to Chase adding just seven to the total.
Stokes fell for 176 while hunting down his second double century in Tests he felt confident enough to reverse his bat against Kemar Roach but brushed a catch behind.
Chris Woakes nicked to third slip for a golden duck as Roach ended a long barren run dating back three Tests with two in two balls, but the lower order still put on another 74.
Jos Buttler made 40 of them, showing glimpses of his stroke-making ability before holing out, while Dom Bess chipped in with 31 not out.
Chase completed figures of five for 172 having churned out 44 overs.
Root’s declaration left an hour to play with and it was Curran who landed a blow, coming on first change and getting Campbell leg before for 12.
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