The West Indies were 71-1 on stumps in their first innings on Day Two at the Kensington Oval, 436 runs behind England, for whom Joe Root (153) and Ben Stokes (120) made opposing centuries.
2nd Test: Brathwaite, Brooks hold West Indies after England finish 507 (AP Photo)
- England declares its first innings at 507 for nine on Day 2
- West Indies were 71 for ones at stumps in their first innings
- Joe Root (153) and Ben Stokes (120) made opposite centuries
England ended 507 declared to 9 while the West Indies responded 71 to 1 and were still 436 runs behind on stumps on Day 2 of the Barbados Test. In all, just seven wickets fell over three sessions of play over the course of the day.
After nearly two hot days on the field, West Indies captain and opener Kraigg Brathwaite showed good discipline to survive to the end, undefeated on 28th May.
Shamarh Brooks survived a couple of bad shots to stay out at 31. Fisher received a rough introduction to the Test arena when his first ball was processed through gully for four by left-hander John Campbell.
Captain Joe Root and all-rounder Ben Stokes made opposing centuries before England declared nine wickets at 507 just after the tea.
By lunchtime at 369/3, Stokes had 89 balls from 92 and was the fifth men’s all-rounder with at least 5,000 runs and 150 wickets, along with Garfield Sobers, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev and Jacques Kallis.
In the second over after lunch, Root was out, lbw on the front pad against Kemar Roach with 153 of 316 balls. West Indies overturned the non-pending decision on review, and Roach passed Sobers for seventh on the West Indies wicket-taker list.
Stokes reached his 11th Test hundred from 114 balls. An offside single landed him his first test ton since 2020.
But he was out for 120 of 128 after taking two sixes from Brathwaite and attempting a third slog. His brilliant innings included six sixes and 11 limits.
Chris Woakes and Ben Foakes took England to tea at 482/6, but as they left in quick succession with Jack Leach, England declared.
Permaul led the West Indies by three wickets.