England are playing the first Test match against the West Indies national cricket team in Antigua. Joe Root won the toss and preferred to open the face of the blade first. The visitors got off to the worst possible start as they lost 3 wickets inside 9 overs.
Kemar Roach did all the carnage as he got rid of Alex Lees and skipper Joe Root. Jayden Seales dismissed Zak Crawley as England were stuttering at 27/3 in 8.3 overs. Jason Holder bowled a brilliant delivery to dismiss Daniel Lawrence for 20 and there was no hope of revival as England were reeling at 48/4.
However, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow delivered the goods by laying a foundation for the fifth wicket. The duo added 67 runs before Stokes departed for 36, with Jayden Seales doing the damage once again by taking the prized wicket.
However, Jonny Bairstow went about his business and scored a brilliant century. In the process, he also added a century-plus stand with Ben Foakes, who contributed 42 runs to his name. Bairstow remains unbeaten on 109 and Chris Woakes is batting on 24 as England ended Day 1 with 268/6.
Joe Root’s brain fade moment in Antigua Test
During the second ball of the 9th over, Kemar Roach attacked Joe Root with a straight delivery. Meanwhile, Joe Root didn’t respond to the delivery on time and ended up leaving the ball in the first place.
As it happened, the ball did all the talking by crashing onto his stumps. Joe Root couldn’t believe his eyes as he was dismissed in a strange fashion. The England Test skipper was hesitant to play the delivery and before he could think, the ball did the damage in the blink of an eye.
England are now in a comfortable position with Bairstow at the crease. They will look to add some flesh to the team’s total in the first innings when they resume the innings on Day 2