Returning England captain Joe Root was rocked by the information that he would need to do with out Jofra Archer as his aspect try to degree the three-match sequence after the paceman breached bio-secure protocols.
Roston Chase (2-53) took two wickets in as many balls both aspect after lunch to scale back England to 29-2 after Jason Holder gained the toss and opted to bowl below gray skies following a delayed begin.
Sibley (86 not out) and Stokes, unbeaten on 59, batted with nice disciplined to make it England’s day in Manchester, placing on an unbroken 126 to depart Root’s aspect 207-Three at stumps.
Holder dropped Sibley on 68, however the opener deserved that stroke of luck after displaying nice utility to frustrate the Windies, eyeing a primary Test sequence win in England since 1988 after their victory in Southampton final week.
The Windies pacemen had been wayward when play received underway 90 minutes late on account of rain, however Chase trapped Rory Burns (15) leg earlier than on the stroke of lunch in his first over.
Chase was on a hat-trick after lunch when Zak Crawley clipped the primary ball he confronted to Holder at leg slip, however Sibley and Root steadied the ship with a stand of 52.
Root trudged off after edging Alzarri Joseph to Holder at second slip, however Sibley continued to dig in and Stokes launched Chase for the primary six of the sequence down the bottom in a probing closing over earlier than tea, which England took on 112-3.
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Sibley introduced up a hard-earned half-century off 164 balls and had a life when he nicked Shannon Gabriel – returning after a spell off the sector – to Holder, however the skipper put down an easy likelihood.
Gabriel received Holder in on the motion once more at second slip, however this time with an enormous vast, and Stokes reverse-swept Chase for 4 earlier than he had his 50 off 119 deliveries in a wicket-less closing session.
Stubborn Sibley stands agency
Sibley confirmed nice powers of focus to drop anchor for a second consecutive half-century.
The Warwickshire opener confronted 253 balls and struck solely 4 boundaries in a disciplined conventional Test match knock to shut in on a second worldwide hundred.
Stokes, captain within the absence of Root on the Rose Bowl, was additionally watchful and England – who recalled Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran – shall be hopeful of constructing on the foundations laid.
Chase reveals Windies aren’t all about tempo
Gabriel was man of the match within the first Test, however the Windies pacemen did not make the affect Holder had in thoughts when he put England in on a dismal first day.
They lacked management and didn’t present the menace they posed on the south coast, however Chase delivered when he has thrown the ball by Holder on the finish of an hour-long first session.
The all-rounder hit Burns bang in entrance, the left-hander losing a evaluation, and noticed the again of Crawley straight after lunch earlier than producing flip with out reward later within the day.
Joseph uproots England captain but once more
Windies quick bowler Joseph seems to have the measure of England captain Root.
When the returning skipper was tempted into an extravagant drive and edged to Holder it was the fourth time his final 5 Test knocks towards the Windies he had been dismissed by Joseph.
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