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The cloudy conditions caused by West Indies electing to bowl nonetheless it had been considered that following the return of Captain Joe Root, this lineup would no more just falter. Even though England showed incredible resilience at the first 13 overs, captain Jason Holder gave the ball to Roston Chase before supper.On only his second chunk, Chase disregarded Rory Burns for 15, and lunch had been declared. This wasn’t it, post-lunch Chase ignored Zak Crawley about the very first chunk for a golden duck. Root started very nicely with a hit rate around 50 and has been looking great with his shield. After fighting instead, a problematic disk dismissal came as a surprise for many. It was an idle cover drive that should have been avoided by all means.
Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley construct a Vital venture.Many considered that England would falter, and it’d be a replica of the very first Test match. But here is where things shifted. Sibley and Stokes proved everybody wrong using a 126-run venture at stumps. The two batsmen seem well set for large ones. And this has the potential to be worrying signs for the Windies. Sibley may consider himself blessed as a fall capture by Holder gave him a second life when he had been on 68. He also survived a close LBW telephone when he was on 82. Ben Stokes has given no opportunity, and it has continued with his incredible form. A beautiful next day of Test cricket expects everyone. And will be fascinating to see who finishes forward on Day two as this game is far from over.
Twitter reacted on Day 1
Please block me if you have anytbing negative to say @DomSibley’s innings today – that’s the sort of way we want our openers to bat all the time, that’s what we’ve needed for bloody ages. Well batted Dom lad, keep it up! 🏏🏏🏏 #ENGvWI @englandcricket— The Rock Show (@therock10359908) July 17, 2020
Proper day of Test Cricket …— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 16, 2020
No team has ever won a Test at Old Trafford having chosen to bowl first 👀 #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/DqoH3FD60K— ICC (@ICC) July 16, 2020
Dom Sibley is 24 and this is just his 8th test match. Anyone complaining about his S/R needs to understand the labours of test cricket and appreciate his continued work on his technique. Sometimes you got to score ugly to get better over time. #ENGvWI— K H A Y A M (@KhayamSays) July 16, 2020
WestIndies Winning a Test series away from home since 19951-0 v 🇳🇿 , 1995 1-0 v 🇿🇼 , 2001 2-0 v 🇧🇩 , 2002 1-0 v 🇿🇼 , 2003 1-0 v 🇧🇩 , 2011 2-0 v 🇧🇩 , 2012 1-0 v 🇿🇼 , 2017 1-0 v 🇦🇫 , 2019 With a chance to end their drought, they have opted to bowl first in the 2nd Test#ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/x8GsuibOiJ — Cricket Lovers (official) (@Ehsancricket) July 16, 2020
Ben Stokes hits the first six in international cricket since March…#ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/Mh08xxMQfj— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) July 16, 2020
Everytime I see Stokesy bat now nothing feels impossible in Cricket for me, be it tests or limited overs. ❤️🤧 #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/8RxekSmQg2— Sia²⁴ (@fcbsiaaaa) July 16, 2020
We all waiting for a 💯 from Sir Ben Stokes, What a player, he has been for England in 2019. 🎗🎖🏅#ENGvWI— Cricketeer (@Naqi_786) July 17, 2020
Dominic Sibley is a classic opening Test batsman. Will dig in.Refreshing to see from a traditionalist’s point of view.#ENGvWI #Cricket — CricBlog (@cric_blog) July 16, 2020
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