STUMPS! Holder and Stokes share a light moment as the umpires remove the bails. Ben Stokes goes in on 59 and Dom Sibley remains not out too on 86. England end the first day at Manchester on 207/3.
Roach steaming in for what could be his last over of the day. The new ball is available for West Indies if they want it for the last 10 minutes. England are 205/3.
Is Stokes in for the long haul here?
Ben Stokes has only faced 150+ balls in an innings on 13 occasions - but five of them have come since February 2019. #ENGvWI— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 16, 2020
Holder and Roach still looking for that fourth wicket late in the day. Holder is looking to attack Stokes' outside edge but the southpaw is happy to shoulder arms. Sibley looking solid on 84 at the other end. England are 204/3 after 79 overs.
Four more overs to the second new ball for West Indies as Holder goes through the motions. Two runs of the over to Stokes as England move to 202/3.
Four! Full and on the pads from Roach this time to Sibley who has helped himself to another boundary. He's moved on to 82 here. Will he get the century today?
Holder and Roach are giving their wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich quite a running around with some wayward swing. Both batsmen happy to let it go without poking at it in the final half hour of the day. England are 195/3 and looking to close out the day without much ado.
Expensive over from Joseph as he concedes 13 runs! Stokes and Sibley use his pace to go through the gaps and run hard as the outfield is not the fastest today after the rain in the morning. England are finishing the day strongly here with the score at 193/3.
Fifty! Ben Stokes streakily plays it away through point towards the boundary of Joseph for three runs. And that's got him his half century! Very patient innings from the left-hander.
Not the best over from Gabriel, who has not been fully fit and spent a considerable amount of time away from the field as well. He's given away 8 runs with a three extra deliveries in the over. England have moved on to 180/3 after 70 overs.
Four! Gabriel's put it on a platter for the England vice-captain Ben Stokes who has tucked it away with aplomb to inch closer to his half century! He's on 46.
The umpires are continuously having a look at the follow through of Alzarri Joseph. He should be careful and especially with Shannon Gabriel not at full steam currently. 14 overs left in the day. Stokes on 42. England 172/3.
Big loud call of NO from Sibley to Stokes of the final delivery of Gabriel's over. Stokes and Sibley continue to keep the score board ticking here. Sibley has moved on to 73 and Stokes is 41. England are 171/3.
DROPPED! Oh dear, Holder has put down Sibley. Gabriel produced a full ball and got the edge. but Holder at second slip couldn't hold on. Sibley on 68. How much more will he add?
Tall man Alzarri Joseph is in the risk of running on the danger zone in his follow through. He's trying to bowl fast in this spell and has unintentionally stepped in the danger area in the follow through. No official warnings though.
Jason Holder is off the attack, and Alzarri Joseph comes on. Ben Stokes is getting cheeky; he reverse swept Chase in the previous over, showing he's ready to improvise.
Shane Dowrich is having quite a bad day behind the stumps. He has conceded 7 byes in the innings so far, and has generally looked sloppy.
Jason Holder is in the mid of a superb spell, getting the ball to shape away nicely. Ben Stokes decides to attack Roston Chase, playing the slog sweep twice, including once for a boundary.
The last England opener before Dom Sibley to hit successive 50+ scores was Alastair Cook (71 & 147) in his final Test (vs India, The Oval, 2018).
Four! A gift on the pads right after from Roach and Sibley happily flicks it away for a boundary to square leg. That's only his third of the innings.
Fifty! Dom Sibley knocks Chase around the corner and takes a single to complete his half-century. It has been a gritty and patient knock so far from the opener. He'll look to carry on from here and Stokes is not bad company for a long partnership.
Shannon Gabriel is back on the field. So that is good news for the West Indies as they couldn't afford to be a bowler down under these conditions.
Roach and Chase are starting to irritate the English batsmen with the amount of dot balls they've managed. Stokes and Sibley have scored a single only since coming out for the final session and Chase is giving the right hander a few things to think about. Crucial crucial phase of play here.
Good start by Roach as he's on the money through the over. No lose deliveries for Stokes. Roston Chase backs that up with some good bowling too! He's spinning it quite a bit and Sibley has been forced to change his plan rather abruptly on the go. England yet to get off the mark in this session.
We are back! But it is gloomy and the light is playing a few tricks with the umpires. The fast bowlers though are allowed to bowl and Kemar Roach will take the first over post Tea. England are 112/3.
TEA: 83 runs and 2 wickets in the session as England reach 112 for 3. Dom Sibley on 46 and Ben Stokes on 18, both showing tremendous application and patience. West Indies have managed to strike each time a partnership became big, but they've got to break this quickly to come back into the game.
Just 10 more minutes for the end of the session. Stokes and Sibley have been disciplined and patient so far. Can they see England through?
Alzarri Joseph has bowled quick and tight, but Sibley has done well so far. He's full of patience and intent on seeing through good spells. More than 120 balls, he has scored only 37.
Holder gets Sibley's outside edge but it goes wide of the slip cordon for a few runs. West Indies have been probing.
Here's how Root fell:
England vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 1 latest updates: STUMPS! Holder and Stokes share a light moment as the umpires remove the bails. Ben Stokes goes in on 59 and Dom Sibley remains not out too on 86. England end the first day at Manchester on 207/3.
PREVIEW: Not many might have expected West Indies to be 1-0 up going into the second Test against England, but that’s the position the two teams are in in the three-Test series. It’s England now who have to win the second one in Manchester if they are to win the series. West Indies have always upped their game against England; they have now won four of their last six Tests against them. One more win, and they can pocket the Wisden series. What an achievement that will be for Jason Holder’s men. West Indies last won in England in 1988. The first Test was a perfect template for West Indies. Unleash their pacers on a fragile English line up, and then ensure the batsmen don’t collapse. West Indies had in fact lost the toss in Southampton but captain Holder and Shannon Gabriel were on fire, bowling England out for 204.
Legend Brian Lara had said the key for West Indies in the series was going to be the batsmen. They have a strong bowling unit but for them to be effective, the batsmen had to score 300 at least. That’s what they did, through a combined effort which gave them 318 in their first innings. England improved their batting in the second innings and were on course for a match-saving or match-winning total but West Indies showed resilience in the final session of the fourth day, picking up five wickets to trigger a collapse from 249 for 3 to 278 for 8. It was a passage of play that Holder said was the most important for their victory. The same resilience was on display with the bat too; they were struggling at 27 for 3, apart from having lost opener John Campbell to an injury. That’s when Jermaine Blackwood, along with Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich, led a fightback to help them chase 200. As with most victories, West Indies had multiple performers although Gabriel (with 9 wickets in the game) was the Man of the Match. The combined effort means it’s West Indies who are a settled and confident unit going into the second Test while England have plenty to ponder. Their only concern will be Campbell’s injury, and if he is fit, they should be unchanged.
The main question for England will be about their bowling line up. Stuart Broad was left out in Southampton as England went for outright pace in Jofra Archer and Mark Wood. Broad was clearly unhappy and even went public to express his feelings, saying he still had the passion to play. Stand-in captain Ben Stokes said he was glad with Broad’s attitude as he still wanted to perform despite achieving so much. Wood and Archer got two and three wickets in the Test respectively, with Archer getting all three in the second innings. He was the reason England made a fight of the 200-run defence – he contributed 23 runs in the second innings with the bat too – so it’s unlikely England will leave him out. England have maintained that the pacers’ selection will be dependent on the pitch, so it will be interesting to see if they’ll change that in Manchester. If Broad returns, it could be Wood who goes.
The other major and obvious change, which will only bolster them, is the return of captain Joe Root. The captain missed the first Test for the birth of his second child and is all set to replace Joe Denly, who made 18 and 29 in Southampton. Jos Buttler is under pressure as well, but he’ll hold his position for now. England will badly need his presence, both with the bat and on the field.
Possible XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root (c), Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad/Mark Wood, James Anderson.
England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
West Indies: John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jason Holder(c), Shane Dowrich(w), Rahkeem Cornwall, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Nkrumah Bonner, Raymon Reifer, Jermaine Blackwood