Ben Stokes hits the 10th Test one hundred while England continues to accelerate towards the grand total of the first innings
Ben Stokes hits 10th Test one hundred while England continues to accelerate towards the grand total of the first innings against the West Indies on day two of the second Test
- Dom Sibley completed his century, but was fired by Roston Chase for 120
- The West Indian spinner also got Ollie Pope before Jos Buttler came to the fold
- Ben Stokes has played his longest Test innings ever, but is still his best of 258
Ben Stokes reached his 10th Test century and failed to finish at 172 as England accelerated the pace in search of a grand total of the first innings against the West Indies on day two in the second test at Old Trafford.
England was at tea 378-5 on Friday, with Dom Sibley leaving for 120 which allowed the hosts to increase the stingy run in Manchester.
In the middle with Stokes sat Jos Buttler, who was 12 and – as a specialist in limited overs – could thrive in the area while looking for a score to appease the critics after poor form in test cricket.
Ben Stokes scored his 10th Test century as England continued on his way to a big score
England lost two wickets in the middle session, with Sibley’s snailish innings finally ending when he hit spinner Roston Chase to Kemar Roach while running around midwicket. Sibley stood for 372 balls for his second highest test score, only behind the 133 he made against South Africa in Cape Town in January.
Ollie Pope (7) was then imprisoned just before the stumps by Chase, whose easy outbreaks yielded figures of 4-105.
Stokes plowed through with what is easily his longest Test innings ever of 349 balls, but was still far from his highest Test score of 258.
Dom Sibley’s brilliant innings came to an end as he skied Roston Chase to Kemar Roach
An extraordinary six-man Paceman Alzarri Joseph signaled the all-rounder after bringing up three figures with an inverted sweep shortly after lunch after resuming at 99.
Stokes, who was dropped at 157 by Shai Hope at Trench at Shannon Gabriel, passed Sibley for runs made before their 260-run partnership ended, hitting 17 fours and two sixes.
The total speed was 2.71, from 2.44 at lunch. The running speed in the middle session was 3.68.
The West Indies are 1-0 higher in the series of three games and are looking for a first test series victory in England in 32 years.
Ollie Pope was also fired by the West Indian spinner, but Stokes kept England’s pace high