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Cricket news - Bairstow strong as England top order crumble

Jonny Bairstow stroked an unbeaten 52

England's top-order crumbled yet again in a feisty opening session of the second Test in Antigua. The four-pronged Windies' pace attack combined to pick four English wickets for cheap on the first morning, while Jonny Bairstow's one-man show gave England something to cheer about. Of England's 78 runs in the session, 52 have come off Bairstow's bat.

Unchanged Windies had no hesitation in putting England in, who made two changes to their playing XI by handing a debut to Joe Denly and replacing Adil Rashid with Stuart Broad. Denly got off to an ominous start in Test cricket, surviving a very close lbw call even before he had opened his account, and in the same over as England lost the other opener. However, the luck fetched him just six runs before he went out chasing a short and wide delivery from Alzarri Joseph and edged it behind to the 'keeper. Joseph was coming into the attack after a testing opening spell by Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel that saw four maidens on a trot. Rory Burns got England off the mark in the fifth, with a boundary through square leg, but got a thick edge to Jason Holder at second slip one ball later as the procession started early.

Even though Joe Root was more confident than his openers, he was undone by a brute of a delivery from Joseph. The England skipper was undone by extra bounce and, in his attempt to get out of the way, gloved it to John Campbell at second slip. A back-pedalling Campbell could only manage to get his hand on to it but Shai Hope ran in from gully and put in a dive to send Root on his way after scoring just eight.

Jos Buttler became yet another victim of extra bounce, top edging to second slip where Campbell took the catch diving comfortably this time while the Windies' skipper Jason Holder opened his account.

Bairstow was the only solace for England on a forgetful morning that brought back memories of the Test series opener. The England No. 3 mixed caution with aggression and kept his team afloat with 52 off just 62 deliveries, slamming nine boundaries and a six in his unbeaten knock. Ben Stokes gave him company as the visitors went to Lunch with 78 for 4 on the board.

Brief scores: England 78/4 (Jonny Bairstow 52*, Alzarri Joseph 2-18) vs Windies.

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