On the first day of the England vs West Indies Second Test, England recovered by Dom Sibley’s painstaking 86 from an early collapse. On Thursday, at Old Trafford, the Warwickshire opener Sibley batted out 82 overs of the day for more than six hours at the pitch and scored his second successive fifty of the series.
Just like the first Test at Southampton, the players from both the team and the umpires took a knee to show their support of the Black Lives Matter campaign before the match started.
Sibley saved it for England
England has to win the match to level the three-Test contest with West Indies, who won the first Test match of the series. The Englishmen were in trouble at 29-2 after the off-spinner Roston Chase took two wickets in two balls on either side of the lunch break.
But, Sibley and Ben Stokes, who scored 59 not out, got the team back into the game with a partnership of 126 after they lost the toss. The whether was bowler-friendly and the match was delayed for overcast.
England was already suffering before the game started when they had to leave their star cricketer, Jofra Archer behind as he admitted to breaking the coronavirus protocols. Archer confirmed that he had left the bio-secure environment of the hotel, where he and the other teammates were staying to go home to Brighton on Monday after the first Test was played.
His absence leads to a huge loss for the England team as they required genuine speed on a pitch that is known to assist fast bowlers. The team had already decided to rest Mark Wood and James Anderson.
The Windies performed their best
West Indies team, however, had a good start in the match, as expected, as they were beaming with excitement from the victory of the First Test series in England in 32 years. On the stroke of lunch, Chase had just struck his second ball that took Rory Burns lbw for 15.
England’s 29-1 soon became 29-2 when Zak Crawley fell for a golden duck by Chase.
Joe Root, the captain of the England team, survived the hat-trick. He helped Sibley add 52 more runs to his record. While all this was compiling, Shannon Gabriel, the West Indies fast bowler and man of the match at Southampton, was off the field injured.
Alzarri Joseph, the young pacer, used the width of the crease and strategically lured Root into chasing a ball outside the stumps, on 2, with second slip Jason Holder catching a thick edge.
Sibley had a close call shortly before tea, on 55 when a tough chance went down at short leg off Chase. He missed his chance again on 68 when Jason Holder, who is usually reliable, dropped an easy slip chance off Gabriel, who was now back to the ground.
on the England vs West Indies Second Test, the first day, Sibley had another tough moment on 82 when fast bowler Kemar Roach appealed an lbw on umpire’s call.
Ben Stokes, who is normally fluent and was back among the ranks after playing as a skipper in the first Test, needed 119 balls to reach 50 on a day where the sluggish conditions worked as a barrier for the English batsmen to score several boundaries.