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England v West Indies: Day one round-up

England have built themselves a fantastic foundation on day one of the third and final Test of the series against West Indies – reaching 258-4 before bad light brought play to an early end.

A partnership of 136 between Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler ensured the opening day belonged to England.

Joe Root’s men headed into the game knowing need to win to reclaim the Wisden Trophy and, with some concerns over weather, made some attacking changes for the series decider.

Sam Curran and Zak Crawley dropped out of the side with Jofra Archer and Jimmy Anderson coming in. That meant the skipper was up to three in the order, with Ben Stokes – who may not be able to bowl – at four, Pope at five and Buttler at six.

Jason Holder won the toss and after electing to field saw his side make a fast start as Dom Sibley fell LBW to Kemar Roach in the opening over of the day.

Root and Rory Burns rebuilt well but the England skipper was run out by a fantastic bit of fielding by Roston Chase before Lunch.

Stokesy was bowled not long after the break by an absolute jaffa from Roach. Burns brought up his 50 before nicking one to slip and leaving England in a somewhat concerning position at 122-4.

Enter Buttler, a man in need of a knock if ever there was one. His explosive ability with the bat is no secret but it was his resolute defence that was so impressive today.

Pope looked as elegant and busy as he always does – hitting some glorious shots – and alongside Buttler helped to swing the momentum back England’s way.

The two of them battled through a tough period and then in the evening session saw their reward – taking their partnership past three figures before the new ball.

The West Indies brought off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall into the side for the third Test and Buttler gave him a proper welcome, sending him into the stands with two towering sixes late in the day.

The scoring continued after the tourists took the new ball but bad light brought an early end to the day, leaving England 258-4 at the finish.

Rooty’s men will be looking to build on the foundation they’ve made today and put some more runs on the board tomorrow!