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England cricketers find the going really tough but Chris Jordan shines

By Staff Reporter

Published 22/04/2015

England's bowler Chris Jordan successfully appeals for a LBW dismissal against West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood during the second Test match between West Indies and England at the Grenada National Stadium in Saint George's on April 21, 2015. England won the toss and elected to field. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
England's bowler Chris Jordan successfully appeals for a LBW dismissal against West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood during the second Test match between West Indies and England at the Grenada National Stadium in Saint George's on April 21, 2015. England won the toss and elected to field. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

West Indies finished the first day on 188-5 thanks to a superb 94 not out by Marlon Samuels.

England took advantage of some loose West Indian batting but another unresponsive Caribbean pitch prevented a decisive statement on day one in Grenada, although Chris Jordan helped himself to the wickets of Devon Smith and Jermaine Blackwood.

Captain Alastair Cook won the toss and put the hosts into bat, tempted by morning rain showers and damp, humid conditions - but there was little to excite his four-pronged seam attack.

James Anderson, fresh from becoming the country's leading Test wicket-taker in Antigua last week, did topple Kraigg Brathwaite with an extravagant inswinger in the third over but that aside the West Indies were responsible for their own problems. Devon Smith, Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul all played shots they would live to regret, assisting England where the track would not.

After 61 overs the hosts were 160 for five, with Samuels' unbeaten 70 forming the backbone.

Despite his bowlers churning out 130 overs in the fourth innings of the drawn first Test, Cook pressed them back into action after being persuaded by the early morning conditions.

Rain delays meant just 15 overs were possible before lunch, but England saw off both openers in that time.

Anderson struck with the first ball of his second over, Brathwaite overbalancing and the ball clattered leg stump.

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