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Cricket news - Moeen, Foakes revive England at Tea

Moeen Ali returned to form with a timely fifty

Moeen Ali's half-century, and an unbeaten 79-run partnership with Ben Foakes, helped England make sound recovery in the post-Lunch session in Antigua, but not before losing two key wickets inside four overs after the break. Jonny Bairstow, the only other half-centurion in the innings thus far, and Ben Stokes were dismissed in a space of three overs before Moeen and Foakes dropped anchor and took the team to 172 for 6 at Tea on Day 1 of the second Test.

Despite the runs they leaked in the second session, the first hour after Lunch still belonged to Windies with the visitors losing two wickets in quick succession and making very little progress with the bat. Roach, returning into the attack, struck Bairstow low on the pads with just the second ball of the over and this time the DRS call went in favour of the hosts. Less than three overs later, Stokes took the bait when Shannon Gabriel banged one short and just outside the off-stump, edging behind to the 'keeper after having added only six to his score at Lunch.

Moeen had a nervy start, with edges evading the fielders twice early in his innings, but grew in confidence as the pitch eased out and the ball got softer. That coupled with the fact that Windies pacers were starting to tire out, runs started flowing at a steady pace in the hour leading to Tea. Alzarri Joseph, in particular, continued to offer freebies - bowling either too short or two full outside off - and both Moeen and Foakes jumped at the opportunity to pick up runs in boundaries.

Moeen raised his fifty with a boundary off Jason Holder, while Foakes looked solid throughout the 79-run partnership, contributing 32 off 65, as the English lower-order hung in once again to bail the team out of an early mess.

Earlier in the day, England's top-order had crumbled yet again in a feisty opening session as four-pronged Windies' pace attack combined to pick four English wickets for cheap on the first morning, while Bairstow's one-man show gave England something to cheer about. Of England's 78 runs in the session, 52 came off Bairstow's bat.

Brief scores: England 172/6 (Moeen Ali 55*, Jonny Bairstow 52; Kemar Roach 2-24) vs Windies.

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