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Cricket news - Cautious Brathwaite helps Windies to steady start

Kraigg Brathwaite slowly picked up the pace after scoring only 5 runs in the first hour.

Kraigg Brathwaite struck, how he does it, and chugged along to 31 take Windies to 89 for 1 at lunch on the opening day of the first test at the Kensington Oval.

Choosing to bat, Windies had made a brave call, particularly with the Dukes ball in the hands of James Anderson, and Sam Curran. The ball moves a little bit, but irregular lines ensured that Windies openers worried, but not dismissed.

Brathwaite managed just five runs in the first hour of the game, while debutant John Campbell, provided the odd entertainment. Nevertheless, their watchful nature made sure that the hosts lose wicket before drinks on the opening morning.

But England struck soon to break after the drinks, when Campbell, who had lifted his scoring rate was too predictable with his sweep against Moeen Ali. Moeen finally managed to hit his bat with his off-break, and had it trapped legbefore to an end, a steady half-century and Campbell's attractive innings on 44.

Brathwaite, the Hope in the company of Shai ensured that it was only a brief moment of success for the visitors, as they remain cautious with their stroke play. Brathwaite took his scoring rate - only by his own standards, but without unnecessary risks.

Ben Stokes, playing his 50th Test, was wrong on a regular basis with his length, while Adil Rashid missed you to tease the batsman enough to ensure the Windies went for the lunch break with a positive start to the Test.

Brief Scores: Windies 89/1 (John Campbell, 44, Kraigg Brathwaite 31*; Moeen Ali 1-32) vs England.

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