2nd Test: Ben Stokes, Dom Sibley slam tons as England declare at 469/9

 Manchester, July 17

Ultra-careful centuries by Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley allowed England to declare towards the West Indies on 469-9 and reinforce their command of the second Test two days in on Friday.

Giving themselves an hour to bowl on the guests, England profited by dismissing John Campbell on 12 to depart West Indies 32-1 at stumps and looking for a face-saving draw.

The West Indies gained the primary Test in Southampton final week as a front-runner, however it has trailed at Old Trafford for many of this Test after losing the initiative on Thursday.

Its morale was hammered on Friday as Stokes made 176 and Sibley 120 in a laborious stand value 260, England’s largest at house in 9 years.

The batsmen got here collectively when England was a precarious 81-Three on Thursday afternoon and the West Indies assault was lastly targeted, however Sibley, the opener, and the mercurial Stokes hunkered down.

Their crawl continued on Friday, rising England’s benefit hour by painstaking hour.

Sibley was first to 100—his second in assessments—simply earlier than lunch. He gave an enormous fist pump to rejoice his 312-ball century, the slowest in take a look at cricket since November 2014, when Tamim Iqbal additionally wanted 312 balls for Bangladesh towards Zimbabwe.

Stokes, on 99 at lunch, quickly after introduced up his 10th take a look at hundred with a reverse sweep. It was his fourth hundred in 12 Tests.

Sibley’s innings ended when he tried to up the run charge. He smashed spinner Roston Chase to Kemar Roach as he ran spherical from mid-wicket.

Sibley confronted 372 balls for his second highest take a look at rating, behind solely the 133 he made towards South Africa in Cape Town in January. He hit solely 5 boundaries in additional than 9 hours on the crease.

Ollie Pope was then trapped plumb in entrance of the stumps on 7 by Chase, however Stokes, joined within the center by Jos Buttler, had already begun to make the most of the drained West Indian quick bowlers.

Stokes was dropped on 157 by Shai Hope at gully off Shannon Gabriel, and finally dismissed after tea on 176, his second highest take a look at rating.

Stokes tried to reverse Roach and edged behind. He confronted 356 balls, and hit two sixes and 17 fours.

Roach earned his first wicket since September, 71 overs into this sequence. Then he bought one other off the subsequent supply, when Chris Woakes edged his first ball to gully.

Buttler added 40 and Sam Curran 17, giving Chase a fifth wicket, although Roach bowled extra impressively to return 2-58 from 33 overs.

England ought to have been all out, however Gabriel didn’t run out Stuart Broad with the stumps at his mercy, and Roach let a shot from Dom Bess cross by his arms and over the boundary for a six.

Bess and Broad earned a bonus 20-plus runs as they plundered 42 runs from 39 balls earlier than the declaration.

Broad, who had been angered at being dropped from the primary Test, opened the England assault however a wicket wasn’t taken till medium-pacer Sam Curran changed Woakes and trapped Campbell after a evaluate.

Fellow opener Kraigg Brathwaite was 6 not out, and nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph was 14 not out. — AP

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