West Indies vs England 1st Test Day 1: Anderson spearheads England’s fightback after West Indies dominate early on

James Anderson four wickets West Indies England 1st Test Day 1 Barbados cricket

James Anderson ended the day with figures of 4-33 off 24 overs

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England seamer James Anderson took a four-wicket haul to help his side fight back against the West Indies on the opening day in Barbados.

Opting to bat first, the West Indies got off to a solid start as debutant John Campbell dominated the majority of his 53-run partnership with Kraigg Brathwaite.

Campbell was looking in superb form and racing towards a half-century. However, he didn’t get there as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Moeen Ali for 44.

Brathwaite and Shai Hope kept the runs flowing with a 73-run stand before Brathwaite was caught by England captain Joe Root at slip off the bowling of Ben Stokes for 40.

Stokes struck again in his next over as he trapped Darren Bravo lbw for two runs.

Hope went on to score 57, which came off 148 balls and included six boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Anderson.

Chase and Shimron Hetmyer stabilised the innings with a 66-run partnership, during which Chase brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Root at first slip off the bowling of Anderson for 54, which came off 118 deliveries and included five boundaries and a six.

Anderson then removed wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and West Indies skipper Jason Holder in quick succession before Stokes took out Kemar Roach in the final over of the day.

As soon as Roach was dismissed, stumps was called, which left Hetmyer unbeaten on a 60-ball 56, which included five boundaries and two sixes.

Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Stokes snapped up three and Ali claimed one.

The West Indies ended day one on 264/8 and will continue batting on Thursday at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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