Stokes places England in management towards West Indies

Manchester, July 17

Ben Stokes reached his 10th Test century and powered onto 172 not out as England quickened the tempo in quest of a giant first-innings whole towards the West Indies on Day 2 within the second Test at Old Trafford on Friday.

England was 378-5 at tea, with the departure of Dom Sibley for 120 permitting the hosts to extend the miserly run charge in Manchester.

In the center with Stokes was Jos Buttler, who was on 12 and — as a limited-overs specialist — would possibly thrive within the atmosphere as he appears for a rating to quiet the critics after a poor run of kind in take a look at cricket.

England misplaced two wickets within the center session, with Sibley’s snail-like innings ultimately ending when he smashed spinner Roston Chase to Kemar Roach as he ran spherical from midwicket.

Sibley confronted 372 balls for his second highest Test rating, solely behind the 133 he made towards South Africa in Cape Town in January.

Ollie Pope (7) was then trapped plumb in entrance of the stumps by Chase, whose straightforward off-breaks have returned figures of 4-105.

Stokes was ploughing on with what is well his longest ever Test innings of 349 balls, however was nonetheless a means off his highest Test rating of 258.

An extraordinary straight six off paceman Alzarri Joseph was a sign of intent by the all-rounder after he introduced up three figures with a reverse sweep quickly after lunch, having resumed on 99.

Stokes, who was dropped on 157 by Shai Hope at gully off Shannon Gabriel, handed Sibley for runs made earlier than their 260-run partnership ended, and has struck 17 fours and two sixes.

The general run charge was as much as 2.71, from 2.44 at lunch. The run charge within the center session was 3.68.

The West Indies are 1-Zero up within the three-match sequence and in search of a primary Test sequence victory in England in 32 years. AP

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