West Indies vs England 3rd Test Day 1: Buttler, Stokes rescue England in St Lucia

Jos Buttler 67 not out Ben Stokes 62 not out West Indies England 3rd Test Day 1 St Lucia cricket

Jos Buttler (right) and Ben Stokes both made half-centuries

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Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes scored an unbeaten 67 and 62 not out respectively to help England fight back against the West Indies on the opening day in St Lucia.

Opting to bowl first, the West Indies got an early breakthrough as England opener Keaton Jennings was caught by Darren Bravo at slip off the bowling of Keemo Paul for eight runs.

Rory Burns, who opened the batting with Jennings, managed to make 29 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Paul.

Joe Denly only scored 20 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel.

England captain Joe Root also failed to have much of an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Alzarri Joseph.

Buttler and Stokes halted the West Indies’ charge and kept them at bay with an unbeaten 124-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their fifties, before stumps was called.

Buttler finished on 67, which came off 123 balls and included nine boundaries, while Stokes remained undefeated on 62, which came off 130 deliveries and included six boundaries.

Paul was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Joseph and Gabriel claimed one wicket each.

England ended day one on 231/4 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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