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England bats thrash WI


BARRY WILKINSON in Antigua

England bats thrash  WI

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NORTH SOUND – England flags flew high and the lack of West Indies’ bowling potency was exposed, as the visitors who brought a big band of supporters batted themselves into a position of dominance in the sunshine of St John’s yesterday.

Led by Ian Bell’s 22nd Test century, England’s batsmen turned water into wine by way of consolidating an early position of 49-3 at lunch to 341 for five at close on the opening day of the first cricket Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Backed by more than 2 000 travelling supporters, who proudly posted flags bearing their counties and clubs, England seized the initiative after losing the toss, while the West Indies’ wayward bowling performance was mainly taken advantage of by Bell, Joe Root and Ben Stokes.

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