Ben Stokes rescues England with his 6th Ton


Hope started the day with a Test average of 18.61, but after playing and missing early on he played an accomplished innings with 23 boundaries. The partnership of 246 runs took up a shade under 70 overs and changed the complexion of the match entirely. 19 West Indian wickets in a single day. The first Test match [I saw at Headingley] was against India.

England finally got a breakthrough with the new ball, nearly 70 overs after their last wicket.

Tellingly, even Anderson could not rally the troops, conceding nine from his first visit of the session having allowed only 10 from his previous 12 overs.

This is Root's first Test on his home ground as England captain, the ground where he watched Test and county cricket as a lad, the ground where he made his Yorkshire first-class debut in 2010 against Loughborough University (lbw b Baker 14).

"You can't be inconsistent and win series and we have got a big one coming up in Australia", Anderson said. They have been performing like a well-oiled machine, outclassing their rivals in every department. However, Kraigg Brathwaite (13 not out) and nightwatchman Bishoo (1 not out) ensured there were no further casualties as they reached 19 for one at stumps.

England are doing nearly everything right, but their opening combination continues to be an issue.

Since his injury, Woakes has managed one first-class match. It was in the 67th over of their innings and Tom Westley was into the attack.

Controversial England batting legend Geoff Boycott made a grovelling apology on Tuesday for remarking he needed to "black up his face" to get a knighthood at an event last week.

"If they want to nail down those spots they have to deal with that and if they get in make it really count".

However, by tea, England were 156 for six after losing Root, dismissed on 59 sweeping Bishoo, and Jonny Bairstow, caught on two by at slip off Gabriel. "We sat down and spoke about a number of things".

He was renowned for his defensive play, but more recently Boycott has become known for his scathing punditry on television and radio. However, this is simply not the case.

Ben Stokes" sixth Test hundred was Friday's abiding memory after an evening session dominated by the all-rounder, but Roach and Gabriel dished out a wonderfully nostalgic display of bowling brilliance, albeit in a display from the tourists tinged with a whiff of "what might have been'. Ordinary stuff from the captain, who looked like he had given up on the first day itself. The way they applied themselves is something our batsmen could learn from.

Whereas Brathwaite generally fed off short-of-a-length deliveries - of which England's quicks offered up too many - Hope was eye-catching off the front foot (although his one-legged pull off Stokes to reach 99 was a reverse image of Lara).