Windies on the ropes after first day of opening test against England

England are holding a first innings lead of 68 runs over the West Indies after closing day 1 of the first test at Lord's on 189-3 in reply to the West Indies paltry 121 after they were sent in to bat. Debutant Mikyle Louis top scored for the West Indies with 27.

The Caribbean side had a watchful start and were 34-0 approaching the first hour. However, they sunk to 44-3 when captain Kraigg Brathwaite 6, Kirk McKenzie 1 and Mikyle Louis 27 all departed.

There was a 44 run fourth wicket stand between Alick Athanaze and Kavem Hodge. Hodge made 24 and Athanaze 23 before Athanaze  departed at 88-4.

It opened the door for a collapse as the Caribbean team lost their next three wickets without adding a run. The West Indies were now 88-7 before tumbling over for 121. Gus Atkinson bagged 7-45, the best figures for an Englishman on debut.

Despite Jayden Seales taking 2-31, the English closed the day on 189-3. Opener Zak Crawley has so far topscored with 76, while Ollie Pope contributed 57.

Joe Root 15 and Harry Brook 25, will resume batting on Thursday's second day. Play resumes at 5:00 am Jamaica time on Thursday.


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