An unbeaten 183-run stand between Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes has put England in command in their second Test against West Indies at Old Trafford. The English finished the first session of day two on 264-3 as Sibley went on to pick up his hundred.
This was the second Test hundred for the Englishman and the first century after the Covid-19 pandemic. Sibley drove Alzarri Joseph down the ground to take three runs as he picked up the fifth-slowest hundred by an English batsman since 1990. Sibley took 312 deliveries to reach three figures, hitting only four boundaries.
Sibley's partner Stokes was unbeaten on 99 on lunch as England went through the session unscathed.
England came out on the second day with 207-3 on board and the batsmen opted for foundation rather than flourish. They only added 57 runs in the 26-over session but have put England in a strong position to level the series.
On a tricky surface, the Caribbean bowlers managed to find the edge seven times in the whole session but to no avail as none were clear cut chances.
Earlier on a rain struck day one, England were put in to bat by West Indies skipper Jason Holder after winning the toss. Roston Chase managed to bring England a couple of wickets right before and after lunch and then Joseph sent back English skipper Joe Root, but that has been that for West Indies.
Stokes and Sibley's unbeaten stand of 183 runs has faced 465 deliveries but despite some miscommunications, while running between the wickets, they have kept their wickets intact.
Earlier in the series, West Indies beat England by four wickets in the first Test of the series and after the pandemic to go 1-0 up.
England - 264-3 (Sibley 101*, Stokes 99*, Chase 2-55)