Ben Stokes’ spectacular 176 took England to an imposing first-innings rating of 469-9 declared within the second Test in opposition to the West Indies at Old Trafford on Friday.
That left the vacationers with a doubtlessly tough hour to bat earlier than stumps on the second day.
Earlier, Dom Sibley weighed in with a painstaking 120 and helped Stokes add 260 for the fourth wicket after England had been struggling Thursday at 81-Three following the lack of returning captain Joe Root.
West Indies quick bowler Kemar Roach checked England’s progress when he struck for the primary time on this marketing campaign with two wickets in two balls.
Off-spinner Roston Chase took 5-172 in 44 overs as he once more troubled England, having taken a Test-best 8-60 in opposition to them in Barbados final yr throughout a victory that helped the West Indies regain the Wisden Trophy.
Sibley’s hundred was one of many slowest in Tests by an England batsman, the opener batting for 471 minutes — practically eight hours — to finish a 312-ball century that includes a mere fours.
But the 24-year-old Warwickshire right-hander’s second hundred in his eight Tests, following his 133 not out in opposition to South Africa at Cape Town in January, was a precious innings.
And he made usually dependable West Indies captain Jason Holder pay for dropping him within the slips on 68.
Run-scoring was tough in opposition to a swinging ball and on a sluggish outfield, with even the normally fluent Stokes taking practically six hours and 285 balls to finish his 10th Test century.
But Stokes’ third fifty got here off simply 46 balls and, having given Sibley a “head start” of 31.2 overs, he overtook his team-mate’s complete.
England resumed on 207-3, with Sibley 86 not out and Stokes, their stand-in captain when Root missed final week’s four-wicket loss within the first Test at Southampton to attend the delivery of his second baby, unbeaten on 59.
West Indies made a wayward begin on Friday, with Shannon Gabriel bowling a number of vast deliveries.
Stokes, 99 not out at lunch, went to 3 figures with a cheeky reverse-swept 4 off Chase.
Holder delayed taking the brand new ball till the 94th over, maybe involved it will make run-scoring simpler for England.
As if proving that time, Stokes promptly clipped his rival all-rounder by way of midwicket for 4.
The left-handed batsman upped the tempo nonetheless additional with a exceptional check-drive six over midwicket off a decent Alzarri Joseph supply.
Having batted for over 9 hours Sibley holed out to deep midwicket off Chase.
It was the top of England’s second-highest fourth-wicket partnership in opposition to the West Indies, behind the celebrated stand of 411 by Peter May and Colin Cowdrey at Edgbaston in 1957.
Stokes, dropped within the gully on 157 off Gabriel, then gave Roach one thing to rejoice ultimately.
In his 71st over of the collection, the persevering paceman had Stokes, making an attempt an formidable reverse sweep, caught behind to finish a 356-ball innings that includes 17 fours and two sixes.
But with this match being performed behind closed doorways due to the coronavirus, Stokes walked off to a ripple of applause from his team-mates moderately than the roar of a crowd that greeted his match-winning Ashes hundred at Headingley final yr.
England’s 395-6 turned 395-7 when subsequent ball Roach, whose final Test wicket earlier than this collection got here when he dismissed India captain Virat Kohli in Kingston in September, eliminated Chris Woakes with assistance from a gully catch.
Jos Buttler made 40 and Dom Bess a helpful 31 not out earlier than Root declared.
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