Jonny Bairstow picked up from where he left in Australia by the end of England’s catastrophic Ashes campaign to once again carry his side off trouble. It was Bairstow’s century that lifted the English team’s spirit against West Indies after losing 4 wickets at the beginning itself.
England’s batting disaster ahead of Jonny Bairstow blast
The change they made at the top batting order did not work well for them as debutant Alex Lees did not last more than just nine deliveries. West Indies struck again in the next over as Zak Crawley took an inside edge on Jayden Seales’ delivery.
England then depended on their skipper to work magic for them, however, Joe Root failed to produce any magic on the field as Kemar Roach got one to nip back in and hit the top off stump.
Dan Lawrence hung in there for 37 minutes but an outswinger from Jason Holder edged him out to the slip cordon.
Jonny Bairstow negating a tricky pre-lunch
Jonny Bairstow and Ben Foakes avoided a tricky period before the lunch break and managed to get back to scoring ways after the resumption. Bairstow began the session on a happy note as he pulled Seales for a boundary in the first over.
Stokes punished Alzarri Joseph on the back foot through the covers in the very next over to start off with a boundary as well.
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West Indies’ test on Jonny Bairstow and Foakes
West Indies did taste success eventually as they managed to the end of a nourishing partnership with Seales getting Stokes out. However, England managed to gain confidence from thereon.
The opening session belonged to the home side, however, the English team bagged the honors in the second and the third sessions. Foakes and Jonny Bairstow kept the West Indies team at bay to add 99 runs for the sixth wicket in less than 30 overs to turn the tables.
Brief Scores: England 268/6 (Jonny Bairstow 109*, Ben Foakes 42; Jason Holder 2-15, Jayden Seales 2-64) vs West Indies