England bring Toby Roland-Jones back for series decider at Lord's

Brian Lara

England captain Joe Root is confident Chris Woakes will come back strongly after being replaced by Toby Roland-Jones for the third Test against the West Indies starting on Thursday at Lord's.

Mark Stoneman [1] failed to build on his maiden Test 50 at Headingley as he foolishly poked at a wide delivery from Kemar Roach and was caught behind by Shane Dowrich.

Ben Stokes took a Test best 6-22 in a superb 14.3-over spell of swing bowling either side of tea, after the tourists opted to bat in overcast conditions.

"You want guys putting their hands up, putting in strong performances and making it hard to leave them out".

After his inspired fourth five-wicket haul with the ball, Stokes may not have expected to return to the crease again on day one, but he played another mature innings in partnership with Dawid Malan before the umpires decided the natural light had deteriorated too much to continue.

Assessing England's position, Stokes said: 'We've done extremely well to bowl them out for around 120, obviously we lost two wickets more than we wanted to.

Despite Anderson being on the brink of becoming just the sixth bowler in history to take 500 Test wickets, England captain Joe Root removed him from the attack.

Earlier, Stokes's figures surpassed his previous Test-best of six for 36 against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2015.

Presently, England are playing a three-Test series against West Indies that is squared at 1-1 with one match remaining.

England then took five wickets in the second session, with Ben Stokes claiming three wickets - two coming in a single over - and Toby Roland-Jones the other two, as batting continued to prove hard.

No doubt Stokes was as mystified at being ignored for so long at Headingley where he bowled just five overs in the West Indies second innings.

Anderson hopes they can use the added pressure of an unexpected series decider in their favour, however, with an Ashes tour the next assignment for Root's men. On a slowish surface, Anderson and Stuart Broad regularly beat the outside edge, a trail of patience that Kyle Hope was ultimately unequipped for as he also tickled behind attempting to leave after the resumpton.

Roland-Jones claimed the prize scalp of Shai Hope, who scored 28 runs in boundaries, when he cut one away from the right-hander and had him caught by Cook.

That wasn't going to be on this occasion, though, as Root gave Holder his second wicket, Powell hanging on to the chance at first slip.



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