Ollie Pope and Buttler put England on top after early blows on Day 1 of the third Test


The third Test of the ‘Raise the bat’ series between England and West Indies has kicked-off in Manchester on Friday (July 24). Both the teams have won one game each of the three-match series before locking horns in the series decider at Old Trafford.

Unlike the second Test, Windies bowler started pretty well on Day 1 of the third Test after Jason Holder won the toss and opted to field first. Caribbean speedster Kemar Roach drew first blood in the opening spell. He bowled a ripper to Dominic Sibley, who had no clue to deal with the ball at all. It struck on the pads and Sibley was adjudged leg-before wicket. The centurion in the previous game walked back to the pavilion for a duck.

Then came England skipper Joe Root, who added 46-runs with opening batsman Rory Burns before meeting a run-out. However, it never looked like there was any hesitation in the running; just the single was poorly judged. Roston Chase, who was positioned at backward point, reacted aptly and hit the throw right on target to make a second successive run-out for Root in the series.


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