Saturday 28 November, 2020

England reach 264-3 at lunch in wicketless first session for Windies

England's Dom Sibley, left, celebrates scoring a century during the second day of the second cricket Test match against West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Friday, July 17, 2020. (Michael Steele/Pool via AP).

England's Dom Sibley, left, celebrates scoring a century during the second day of the second cricket Test match against West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Friday, July 17, 2020. (Michael Steele/Pool via AP).

West Indies bowlers failed a pick up a wicket in the first session on day two of the second Test against England at Old Trafford.

Dom Sibley completed his patiently compiled century and Ben Stokes was close to three figures himself Friday as they extended their unbeaten partnership to 183 runs and pressed home England’s advantag by lunch.

England was 264-3 at the end of a wicketless first session in which the hosts added 57 runs in 26 overs — the kind of rate that took Test cricket back to the old days.

Sibley beat Stokes in their painstaking crawls to the milestone, bringing up his second Test hundred with a straight drive for three runs about 10 minutes before lunch. The opener gave a big fist pump to celebrate his 312-ball century, England’s fifth slowest since 1990, and was 101 not out at lunch.

Stokes was unbeaten on 99 off 252 balls and was being just as measured in his approach with the ball moving around in Manchester.

England were meandering along at a run rate of 2.44, with the leave often being the shot of choice, especially for Sibley.

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