Sheffield's Joe Root is 'the best in the world'

Geoffrey Boycott England cricket

Geoffrey Boycott England cricket

And one of those was the nightwatchman.

James Anderson has 3-30, including two quick strikes in the morning session, with England's leading test bowler of all time advancing to 495 wickets.

CHRIS WOAKES will return to the England side for the second Test against the West Indies at Headingley today.

England, despite wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich dropping a sitter, lost their last three wickets on 258. 90 overs a day, 450 overs is a lot of overs and I sometimes think that the England batsmen forget that.

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He will also be a key for England in the middle order, which is already strong, thanks to Ben Stokes.

The hosts were made to toil thereafter, though, as Brathwaite and Shai Hope excelled.

England´s Ben Stokes made the most of being dropped twice to score a hundred that took the shine off an improved bowling display by the West Indies on the first day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday.

England now face the genuine possibility of defeat, which would be nothing short of embarrassing considering how they destroyed the Windies by an innings and 205 runs just a week ago.

Brathwaite, whose hundred was his sixth in Tests, was delighted for his Barbados colleague after they came together with the West Indies deep in trouble at 35 for three following the loss of Hope´s older brother Kyle.

The West Indies Cricket Board must give these young men as much exposure to the highest level of cricket possible which would include consistent A Team cricket with a world class coaching system and culture at the expense of playing full Test cricket if money is a problem!

"It's not easy, we haven't had the best results over the last few years but I enjoy it", he said of the captaincy.

"No one likes being beaten badly and they'll want to make sure they prove a point". We expect nothing different at Leeds.

"If you get through those hard periods - if it s a bit cloudy and it s nipping or swinging - then it s a fantastic place to bat". The 245 run partnership had come to an end. "But we're still in the game, we have the character to turn things around".

He is predominantly a back-foot player, defending with soft hands and employing the cut shot to anything short.

Occupy the crease, five days is a long time in Test cricket.

England are one nil up in the three-test series.

Woakes had become a mainstay in all three worldwide formats, but a side strain suffered barely two overs into England's Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh at The Oval in June put him out of action for 11 weeks.

Stokes added the bonus wicket of Roston Chase but Hope ensured he would be there to lead the fight again on day three alongside Jermaine Blackwood, who reached stumps on 21 from 23 balls.

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