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Stokes places England within the driving seat towards West Indies with 10th Test ton

Left-handed English batsman Ben Stokes put the hosts within the driving seat towards the West Indies on Thursday after a superb 176-run innings earlier than England declared 469-9. 

Meanwhile opener Dom Sibley made a painstaking 120 and placed on 260 with star all-rounder Stokes after England had been in hassle at 81-Three on Thursday following the lack of returning captain Joe Root.

West Indies, confronted with a tough hour to bat till stumps on the second day, misplaced John Campbell to the recalled Sam Curran and have been 32-1 on the shut.

England had been compelled right into a late change to their tempo assault after quick bowler Jofra Archer was dramatically omitted Thursday for breaching the bio-secure bubble by making an unauthorised journey dwelling to Brighton following the West Indies´ four-wicket win in final week´s first Test at Southampton.

But left-arm paceman Curran, who won’t have performed if Archer had been retained, made the breakthrough when an inswinger had Campbell lbw on assessment and he would have additionally had nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph leg earlier than if England had challenged a not out determination.

England got here into this match already planning to revamp their tempo assault, with Stuart Broad — indignant at being rested final week — again in motion.

James Anderson, was rested in flip, although this match was going down on the Lancashire dwelling floor of England’s all-time main wicket-taker, with Chris Woakes recalled after Mark Wood was additionally given a breather.

But the day belonged to Sibley and Stokes, whose partnership was the second-highest for the fourth-wicket by England towards the West Indies, behind the celebrated stand of 411 shared by Peter May and Colin Cowdrey at Edgbaston again in 1957.

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 133 not out towards South Africa at Cape Town in January, was a priceless innings.

And he made usually dependable West Indies captain Jason Holder pay for dropping him within the slips on 68.

‘Make it depend’

Run-scoring was troublesome towards a swinging ball and on a sluggish outfield, with even the often fluent Stokes taking practically six hours and 285 balls to finish his 10th Test century.

“West Indies made us work really hard for the runs,” Stokes advised reporters. “It swung and nipped all through.

“If you get in, you have to make it count. We keep saying we base our Tests on big first innings runs and we’ve done that this week.”

Stokes led from the entrance with the bat, although he had handed again the captaincy to Root, who missed final week’s match to attend the delivery of his second youngster.

After getting himself in, left-handed batsman Stokes confirmed his class by upping the tempo with a 3rd fifty off simply 46 balls and overtaking Sibley after given his team-mate a ‘head begin’ of 31.2 overs.

Stokes’ assault on the brand new ball included a exceptional check-drive six over midwicket off Joseph.

Sibley, 86 not out in a single day, floor his strategy to 100 earlier than he holed out towards off-spinner Roston Chase, who took 5-172 from 44 overs.

But Stokes made certain England’s innings didn’t get slowed down.

“It was great,” mentioned Sibley of batting with Stokes. “He turned it on after he got to a hundred and started being very expansive and took the pressure off me a little bit.”

Kemar Roach checked England´s progress when he struck for the primary time this sequence with two wickets in two balls.

In his 71st over of the marketing campaign the persevering paceman had Stokes, trying an bold reverse sweep, caught behind to finish a 356-ball innings that includes 17 fours and two sixes earlier than Woakes was caught within the gully.

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