Eng struggle before lunch against WI

Eng struggle before lunch against WI
England’s top three folded meekly to give the West Indies the early advantage with the tourists struggling at 49 for three off 25 overs at lunch on the opening day of the first Test here in (Antigua & Barbuda on Monday.

Fast bowlers Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder vindicated Denesh Ramdin’s decision to bat first on winning the toss, each claiming a wicket to have England faltering on a sunny morning that was only briefly interrupted by a light shower.

Their woes at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and Barbuda started in the very first over as Jonathan Trott, in his 50th Test, edged a delivery from Taylor before he had scored for Darren Bravo to take a regulation catch at first slip.

It was Trott’s first appearance for the senior England side since leaving the Ashes tour of Australia 17 months earlier at the end of the first Test for what was believed to be a stress-related illness.

This pitch though, bears no relation whatsoever to the green, fast bowler’s track in Brisbane where
Trott and all the England batsmen struggled to cope with the raw pace of Mitchell Johnson.

Briefscores (lunch) England 49/3 (Bell 10*,  Joe Root 11*, Holder 1/13).


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