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England in West Indies: Joe Root hits 119 not out and Dan Lawrence 91 as tourists take command

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By Matthew Henry

(BBC Sport) – Joe Root punished West Indies with yet another century as England took command of the second Test on day one in Barbados.

Root could have been given caught behind on 23 and was dropped on 34 but ended 119 not out – his 25th Test ton and second in as many innings as the tourists closed on 244-3.

England’s ascendancy was checked slightly by the loss of Dan Lawrence to end the day, after he compiled a dazzling 91.

Lawrence had looked on course for his maiden Test ton after combining with Root for a brilliant, aggressive stand of 164, but chipped Jason Holder to extra cover in the final over.

Root had laid a platform with Alex Lees, who made 30 from 138 balls, after opener Zak Crawley was caught behind for a duck in the fourth over.

The late wicket boosted West Indies who had otherwise been wasteful on another flat pitch.

The tourists earlier handed debuts to Saqib Mahmood and fellow seamer Matt Fisher – the latter a late replacement for Craig Overton who was ruled out with illness.

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