England asked to bat first by West Indies Captain Denesh Ramdin after losing the toss are on the backfoot at 49 for 3 in 25 overs at Lunch on Day 1 in what is the First Test match at North Sound against hosts West Indies. Comeback man Jonathan Trott who is playing as an opening batsman was dismissed for a 3-ball duck, poking outside off and nicking Kemar Roach to slip in the fifth ball of the Test match.
Above photo: English captain Alastair Cook is bowled out for 11 by Kemar Roach during day one of the first test match between West Indies and England at the Sir Vivian Richard Stadium in St John’s, Antigua on April 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Skipper Alastair Cook was next to depart in the 8th over when he was bowled by an inducker from Kemar Roach for 11. Gary Ballance was edged out to the slips off Jason Holder for 10. England are hoping for the pair of Ian Bell and Joe Root to come up with a rescue act. The first day’s play at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua has already seen a rain interruption although it was quite brief.
West Indies have gone into this Test match with a lone spinner in Sulieman Benn along with the three pacers – Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder. For England, Jonathan Trott returned to international cricket after a brief absence after running away from the Ashes Tour 16 months ago. Fast-bowling all-rounder Ben Stokes replaced the injured Moeen Ali while off-spinner James Tredwell finally managed to get what was only his second Test match after five years since his debut at Dhaka! For the record, swing bowler James Anderson is playing his 100th Test match.
Above photo: ANTIGUA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA – APRIL 13: James Anderson (C) of England making his 100th Test appearance is presented with a silver cap from ex England captain Michael Atherton (R) and Rod Bransgrove (L) of Hampshire Cricket Club representing the ECB ahead of play on day one of the 1st Test match between West Indies and England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on April 13, 2015 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
West Indies Team for 1st Test at Antigua: Devon Smith, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Denesh Ramdin (Captain and Wicket Keeper), Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach and Sulieman Benn
England Team for 1st Test at Antigua: Alastair Cook (Captain), Jonathan Trott, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (Wicket Keeper), Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, Stuart Broad and James Anderson