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England vs West Indies 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights: At Stumps, ENG- 35/1

England vs West Indies (ENG vs WI) 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights: It was the first match as international cricket returned after a long gap.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 9, 2020 3:00:46 pm
England vs West Indies (ENG vs WI): England take on West Indies in the first match as International cricket returns after a long gap. (AP)

England vs West Indies (ENG vs WI) 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights: Crickets was back at last but lasted only 17.4 overs because of the pesky rain at Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Bad light and a wet outfield interfered with play throughout the day. England closed on 35/1 with Sibley dismissed for a duck by Gabriel. The forecast is a lot better over the next four days. 98 overs will be bowled on each day for the rest of the Test.

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Earlier, it was a special day for Ben Stokes as the Englishman captained his side for the first time and won the toss. With Joe Root missing, England’s shaky top-order was under scrutiny. West Indies won the last series between the sides in 2018-19 on home soil, but have not won a series in England since 1988. They will be buoyed by virtually the same pace attack that England found such a problem in the Caribbean with Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Holder complimented by Bajan quickie Chemar Holder.

Match EndedWest Indies tour of England, 2020 - 1st Test


204 (67.3) u0026 313 (111.2)

West Indies

318 (102.0) u0026 200/6 (64.2)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test )
West Indies beat England by 4 wickets

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England vs West Indies 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights:

23:00 (IST)08 Jul 2020

After a long wait for the return of test cricket, only 17.4 overs were bowled as the rain, bad light and a wet outfield interfered with play throughout the day. England closed on 35/1 with Sibley dismissed for a duck by Gabriel.


22:14 (IST)08 Jul 2020

82 minutes of play so far on day one. Looks like it is going to stay the same. Maybe the rain has also missed cricketers on the pitch. The covers have been on, and still are. It's unlikely that we'll have any more cricket today.

21:27 (IST)08 Jul 2020
Some more delay

Well we're going to be in another delay here. Covers are being brought on. Won't be restarting anytime soon.

21:13 (IST)08 Jul 2020
Bad light stops play

Some bad news again! Play as stopped due to poor light! Tea is taken with ENG- 35/1. England have done well to rebuild after losing Sibley (0) in the 2nd over. Burns (20*) has looked very decent, Denly (14*) has flashed as well. Lots of work to do, Windies are bowling very well so far.

20:45 (IST)08 Jul 2020
Beautifully played

Beautiful cut by Burns to the boundary. The Surrey man has brought up 20 off 41 balls. England building a nice comeback here. England 34/1

20:45 (IST)08 Jul 2020
First boundary of the summer

First boundary of the summer goes to Rory Burns. Lets the ball go on and he flicks is away to the legside boundary. I'd say that was the first decent contact England have made so far today in the 6 overs that have been bowed.

20:45 (IST)08 Jul 2020
England steady after tough start

12 overs down and England are going along nicely since Dom Sibley's dismissal. England looking steady after a difficult start at 28/1. Burns 15* Denly 13*

20:44 (IST)08 Jul 2020

Jason Holder has scored 1898 runs and taken 106 wickets in 40 tests. The West Indies captain needs 102 more runs to become only the 3rd player to complete the double of 2000 runs and 100 wickets in Tests for Windies

20:43 (IST)08 Jul 2020

After two rain delays, the West Indies are back out in the field! After 5 overs, England are 3-1! | Shannon Gabriel is 2-1-2-1. 

West Indies have three seamers - Roach, Gabriel and Holder - who all release the ball from very wide of the crease. Against that angle in the last two years, England's right-handers lose a wicket every 42 balls; only Pakistan and Bangladesh lose wickets more often.

19:50 (IST)08 Jul 2020
Next restart - 3.30pm local time

Match to resume again at 8pm IST as it gets better. Only three overs bowled so far. 

19:36 (IST)08 Jul 2020
Start. Stop. Start. Stop.


19:35 (IST)08 Jul 2020

Players are back and one over is bowled and again its raining. It could be one of those stop-start days. 1.1 overs are bowled after the resumption before rain stops play again. England are 3/1 after 4.1 overs.

19:00 (IST)08 Jul 2020
Rain again !

Break-in play after just three overs. They've only got the main cover on for now and we should be back soon.


18:42 (IST)08 Jul 2020

Shannon Gabriel strikes! He has the first wicket post resumption. He angles one on the stumps, Sibley lets it go only to hear the stumps being disturbed. He is out for a duck. What a start! ENG- 0/1

18:42 (IST)08 Jul 2020
Black Lives Matter

Here are players taking the knee -


18:34 (IST)08 Jul 2020
Here we go

Both teams bend the knee in support of the BLM movement. Right then, about to get underway here. Right, three slips in place with a gully. Roach on the screen. The lights go dim. Rory Burns and Sibley are at the crease. Rory Burns is on strike. Roach will open the attack and he is right on the money!


18:32 (IST)08 Jul 2020

HISTORY in the making, it’s been ages since we last watched a live cricket match. Good luck to both the teams and may the best side win. Alright gentlemen, time to bring those willows and leathers out Cricket bat and ball Let’s kick it off already.

18:30 (IST)08 Jul 2020

England has 2nd Most Win/Loss Ratio in their home when they witn the toss & elect to bat first.

Best Win/Loss Ratio for a Test Team at Home:

18:23 (IST)08 Jul 2020
Players prepare to walk out to the field

Talk has it that there are still 70 overs scheduled in the day. Tea to be taken at 9pm IST (4.30pm local).  The weather, however, still doesn't look very promising. Players prepare to walk out to the field. 

18:11 (IST)08 Jul 2020
West Indies Playing XI - Jermaine Blackwood over Rahkeem Cornwall

John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich(w), Jason Holder(c), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel

england vs west indies, eng vs wi, eng vs wi day 1 highlights, eng vs wi 1st test day 1, england vs west indies day 1 full highlights, cricket news, sports news England vs West Indies (ENG vs WI): West Indies' Nkrumah Bonner of the West Indies bats watched by Shai Hope and Shamarh Brooks during day four of a West Indies Warm Up cricket match. (AP)

The circumstances will be surreal with the COVID-19 pandemic meaning no fans will be present in the bio-secure environment — the only sounds being the thump of leather on willow, the chit-chat between the players and some piped-in crowd effects. Once the strangeness of the ‘new-normal’ sinks in, however, an intriguing series looks on the cards between the sides ranked fourth and eighth on the ICC’s test list.

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