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England lose Rory Burns for lunch and still follow the West Indies with 35 runs in the first test

England lose Rory Burns for lunch and still follow West Indies with 35 runs as they try to return to the first test on day four in the Ageas Bowl

  • England reached lunch on day four of the first test with the West Indies at 79-1
  • Rory Burns and Dom Sibley had built a strong opening partnership for England
  • But Burns was eventually fired by Roston Chase after poor concentration

Rory Burns fell softly after an opening grandstand of 72 with Dom Sibley made significant progress in the West Indies’ lead in the first # raisethebat test.

The fourth day in the Ageas Bowl started with the home team 99 behind after the opening duo survived a challenging last night and at lunch time they were 35 short of 79 for one.

They carefully screamed 57 off the tab during the morning session, despite the occasional sign of changeable bounce, before a long period of tight bowling ended with Burns leaning back and cutting Roston Chase straight back to the catcher.

England enjoyed a good morning session on day four of the first test against the West Indies

England enjoyed a good morning session on day four of the first test against the West Indies

Rory Burns and Dom Sibley have built a strong opening partnership for the hosts of the Ageas Bowl

Rory Burns and Dom Sibley have built a strong opening partnership for the hosts of the Ageas Bowl

Rory Burns and Dom Sibley have built a strong opening partnership for the hosts of the Ageas Bowl

But Burns was fired at 42 just before lunch after a harmless ball from Roston Chase

But Burns was fired at 42 just before lunch after a harmless ball from Roston Chase

But Burns was fired at 42 just before lunch after a harmless ball from Roston Chase

It was a soft way for a composed stroke of 42 to finish, with Sibley hitting the break at 31 off and number three Joe Denly fresh on the fold.

England’s opening partnership broke up after six months. Burns has missed the previous three tests with ripped anklets, but had a brief reunion on the first day when Sibley was thrown over duck a second time.

Both men got to work with boundaries in the sixth of the morning, Burns drove for four in Shannon Gabriel Square, and Sibley worked him through mid-wicket.

England recorded its highest opening score in a home test in 20 games at Southampton

England recorded its highest opening score in a home test in 20 games at Southampton

England recorded its highest opening score in a home test in 20 games at Southampton

West Indies captain Jason Holder led himself to break the partnership with England

West Indies captain Jason Holder led himself to break the partnership with England

West Indies captain Jason Holder led himself to break the partnership with England

Sibley was hit on the elbow by Holder's poor delivery and needed attention

Sibley was hit on the elbow by Holder's poor delivery and needed attention

Sibley was hit on the elbow by Holder’s poor delivery and needed attention

The attack in the West Indies was shorter than their best in the opening hours, with Sibley safe and Burns taking good care of the ball. However, the field started to offer some help, but Jason Holder got one that remained worryingly low for Burns before another ball of length jumped to Sibley drawing blood from the right hand elbow.

Things tightened considerably in the second half of the session, Chase having a tight period of off-spin, supported by Holder and Alazarri Joseph in Pavilion End.

After only 11 runs in 13 overs, Burns’ patience broke and he went after Chase outside the stub. He came under the ball but hit John Campbell directly behind John Square. He hung his head as the tourists celebrated, a soft end to a peaceful stay.

The tourists ensured that England was followed with 114 runs after a dismal and chastening first inning

The tourists ensured that England was followed with 114 runs after a dismal and chastening first inning

The tourists ensured that England was followed with 114 runs after a dismal and chastening first inning

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