Manchester: Ollie Pope (91*) and Jos Buttler (56*) helped England post 258-4 on Day 1 of the third Test against West Indies at Old Trafford.
Sent into bat first, England lost Dom Sibley for just a run which built pressure on Joe Root who joined Rory Burns at the crease. They both scored 46 runs together before Root had to walk off on a run-out. He scored 17 runs.
Kemar Roach with a perfect inswinger removed Ben Stokes (20) to reduce the hosts to 92-3. Stokes added 45 runs with Burns who scored 57 off 147 balls with the help of four boundaries.
Pope and Buttler held their nerves calm and took England from 122-4 to 258-4 at stumps on the opening day. The right-handed duo put 136 runs together on the scoreboard.
For West Indies, Kemar Roach bagged two for 56 runs while Roston Chase closed Day 1 for 1-24.