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England struggles early against West Indies in 1st test

England struggles early against West Indies in 1st test, reaching 49-3 at lunch

England struggles early against West Indies in 1st test

NORTH SOUND, Antigua (AP) -- Disciplined West Indies bowling made England struggle before lunch on the opening day of the first test of the three-match series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Monday.

The immediate dismissal of Jonathan Trott to the fifth ball of the match was an immediate setback for England, which also lost left-handers Alistair Cook and Garry Balance to be 49-3 off 25 overs at the first interval.

The West Indies' position was early justification for captain Denesh Ramdin's decision to bowl on winning the toss. On a bare, beige-colored pitch, fast bowlers Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder pinned down England's batsmen with their control.

Trott, in his first test since he withdrew from England's tour of Australia after the first test in November 2013, edged his third ball to Darren Bravo at first slip off Taylor's fifth ball of the match.

Roach went through Cook's defense to bowl the opposition captain for 11 at 22-2 after eight overs. It became 34-3 when Balance was taken by Bravo at first slip off Holder.

At lunch, Ian Bell, 11, and Joe Root, 10, were fighting to repair England's early damage.

Before the start, both teams observed a minute's silence in remembrance of Richie Benaud, the former Australia captain and one of the game's most eminent television commentators, who died in Sydney last Friday, aged 84.

Updated : 2021-09-20 09:42 GMT+08:00