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Joe Root and Ian Bell take a single in recovery partnership
Joe Root and Ian Bell take a single in recovery partnership

NORTH SOUND, Antigua – West Indies took three wickets in early stages of play but were made to toil in the in the afternoon and evening sessions on the opening day of the first Test match on Monday.

England were reduced to 34 runs for three wickets in the 17th over but recovered to reach 341 runs for five wickets at the close on a good pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

Watched by a crowd of over 8,000 spectators, Ian Bell (143) registered his 22nd Test century in a stand of 177 with Joe Root (83).

Fast bowler Kemar Roach bowled well to end the day with 21-4-66-2 – to signal successful return to Test cricket. His wickets were Alastair Cook (bowled with a superb full length ball) and Bell (caught behind to a brilliant lifting delivery).

Roach said it was hard work on the opening day but was upbeat West Indies bowlers can apply pressure in the English batsmen when the match resumes on Tuesday morning


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