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Stokes fires up England as Windies capitulate

WICKETS: England all-rounder Ben Stokes

WEST INDIES reverted to their bad old ways as wickets tumbled after lunch during the third Test against England at Lord’s. The tourists, 35-2 as the day’s second session started, went into the tea interval on 115 - 7 and in genuine danger of being out of the match on the first day.

The highly regarded Shai Hope was the first West Indian to trudge back to the pavilion when caught by Alastair Cook for 29 off the bowling of Toby Roland-Jones.

Hope, of whom so much is expected after his plethora of runs at Headingley, scored at a brisk pace while he was in the middle. The Bajan hit seven boundaries in his 57-ball innings.

The score was 78-3 when Hope departed and just five balls later - with no addition to their total - West Indies saw opener Kieran Powell out for a hard fought 39 when caught and bowled by Ben Stokes.

Jermaine Blackwood then compounded those two quick dismissals, when after a reckless shot; he had his wicket dismantled by the increasingly confident and accurate Roland-Jones.

At this stage Windies five wickets down and in total disarray, and still short of 100, which was reminiscent of their capitulation when beaten inside three days during the opening Test at Edgbaston.

Things got no better when Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich were removed within moments by a fired up Stokes.
At this stage all-rounder Stokes had three wickets for just 11 eleven runs with the rich promise of more.

West Indies went into the tea break having given themselves a mountain to climb after 54 disastrous overs. At tea captain Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo, both on 9, were left with plenty to think about.

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