Centuries by Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley have put England in a strong position after day two of the second Test match against the West Indies in Manchester.
The pair resumed the hosts’ score on 207 on Friday morning and after battling through a great deal of patience, Sibley was the first to reach three figures off a staggering 312 deliveries in what was the fifth slowest century by an English player since 1990.
Stokes also brought up his 100 not too long after and when Sibley fell for a brilliant 120, the all-rounder went on the attack by picking out the West Indies bowlers in a few big blows.
That is ridiculous @benstokes38! 😱
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 17, 2020
He would surpass the 150-run mark before departing for 176.
Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Dom Bess gathered a few more runs and thanks to some poor fielding by the visitors at certain stages of the day, England was able to post 469-9 before Joe Root brought about his team’s declaration.
West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell made a steady start to their first innings but the team suffered a crucial blow when Curran trapped Campbell in-front for 12.
Nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph managed to see out the rest of the day, alongside Braithwaite as the West Indies finished on 32-1.