England’s top order crumbles | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 10, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:59 AM, July 10, 2020

England’s top order crumbles

West Indies dominated the second morning of the first Test against England on Thursday as Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder took full advantage of bowler-friendly conditions to leave the hosts reeling on 106-5.

England began the day on 35 for one after only 17 overs were completed at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday, but their top-order crumbled under murky skies as experienced paceman Gabriel struck twice in the first hour.

Gabriel had bowled Dom Sibley on Wednesday and produced a similar delivery that nipped back in to hit Joe Denly's off stump in the sixth over of the day.

In his next over Gabriel trapped opener Rory Burns (30) in front of his stumps.

That brought Ben Stokes to the crease and he got off the mark in his first match as England captain by pulling Gabriel to the boundary.

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