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West Indies Struggle on Day One Against England

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach returned from a year-long break to take two wickets on Thursday’s opening day of the first Test against England at Edgbaston.

Bowling with the pink ball in the day-night encounter, Roach took for 2 for 72 from 20 overs as England racked up 348 for 3 at stumps.

Captain Joe Root smashed 136, while former captain Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 153 at stumps.

Cricket – England vs West Indies – First Test – Birmingham, Britain – August 17, 2017 England’s Alastair Cook celebrates his 50 Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

The Barbadian bowled debutant Mark Stoneman for eight to have England at 14 for 1. Fellow Barbadian Miguel Cummins (1 for 61) trapped Tom Westley, playing in only his second Test for eight, as England slumped to 39 for 2.

Roach said it was important he got off to a good start.

“I was getting some shape with the pink ball, but I tried to be consistent,” he said.

“Stoneman is a very good batsman I just wanted to go out there and hit the areas and challenge him and got the wicket out and I was very pleased with that. Miguel backed me up with his wicket as well.”

The 29-year-old quick said that despite the good start, the West Indies bowling lacked the necessary penetration during a third-wicket stand of 248 between Root and Cook that took the game away from the Caribbean side….scores at the end of day one:

England 348/3…Cook 153*, Root 136…for West Indies Roach has 2/72…Cummins1/61…

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