Roach strikes again as West Indies skittle England

Antigua: Kemar Roach took four wickets as West Indies skittled out England for 187 runs in their first innings on the opening day of the second Test in Antigua.

In reply, West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite (11) and John Campbell (16) survived 21 overs to be 30 without loss at stumps.

Kemar Roach has again proved hard for England to handle.Credit:AP

The home team's bowlers delivered more than their fair share of loose deliveries, but aided by the pitch, produced enough quality to make short work of England's top order, with only No.3 Jonny Bairstow looking comfortable at the crease.

Bairstow decided attack was the best form of defence, a strategy that proved effective for a time as he took the long handle to any loose ball, clubbing nine fours and one six, scoring at almost a run a ball.

He was out for 52 in the first over after lunch, lbw to Roach on video review, after the umpire had turned down the initial appeal.

Earlier, Alzarri Joseph got the prize scalp of Root (7) with a virtually unplayable ball that rose viciously off a good length, struck the bat handle and looped up into the slip cordon.

Moeen Ali (60) and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes (35) later added 85 runs for the seventh wicket, before the tail folded quickly.

Roach, who collected five wickets in the first innings of the first Test, picked up 4-30 off 15 overs.

Reuters

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