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WI vs Eng, 1st Test: Bell ton puts England in strong position

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Stylish middle order batsman Ian Bell not only came up with a rescue act but also went on to put England in a commanding position of 341 for 5 at the close of play on Day 1 of the 1st Test at Antigua. England asked to bat first by Denesh Ramdin were on the backfoot at 34 for 3 during the morning session.

Above photo: English batsman Ian Bell celebrates scoring his century (100 runs) 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/ GETTY IMAGES

The 33-year-old Ian Bell slammed what was his 22nd Test century. Just in the last ball of the penultimate over of the day’s play, Ian Bell got dismissed for 143 when he was nicked behind off Kemar Roach with the second new ball. Bell had batted out 256 balls while getting his runs with 20 fours and a six. Supporting him in the rescue act were Joe Root and Ben Stokes with both the players scoring half centuries.

Joe Root scored 83 (from 133 balls with 11 fours) while adding 175 runs for the crucial fourth wicket stand with Ian Bell. The young Yorkshire batsman got out to an innocuous length ball from Jerome Taylor which he was looking to play with an angle bat to thirdman to end up playing on. Root left the park with England recovering from 34 for 3 to 211 for 4. The left-handed Ben Stokes joined Ian Bell to consolidate the visitors’ position in the remainder of the day’s play.

Above photo: ANTIGUA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA – APRIL 13: Ben Stokes of England cuts as wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin of West Indies looks on during 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)

Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on a breezy 71 from 80 balls with 10 fours and a six. At the crease along with him is night watchman James Tredwell. England will be hoping that Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler can take them close to 500. The visitors have plenty of batting left with all-rounders Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad also still to bat.

Above photo: ANTIGUA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA – APRIL 13: The players of West Indies wait for the umpires before returning for play after lunch during 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)

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