Stokes haul gives England edge
England reached stumps on day one at Lord's teetering on 46-4, but also trailing West Indies by only 77 runs after a low scoring start to the third and final Test.
Ben Stokes was England's key-man on day one, the Durham all-rounder taking six wickets as the Windies managed just 123 all-out having won the toss and elected to bat first – before conditions took a turn for the murky and overcast at Lord's.
James Anderson appeared to be well on course to reach 500 career Test wickets when he took out Kraigg Brathwaite and Kyle Hope in the early exchanges but it was Stokes that starred as the day wore on.
The West Indies steading in the afternoon, reaching 119-7 by tea but they would manage only four more runs on the resumption, Stokes posting career-best figures of 6-22 and becoming just the sixth Englishman on both honours boards at Lord's in doing so.
It's a special feeling to be on the honours' board. No one can ever take that away from you.Ben Stokes
Having bowled the tourists out, England themselves struggled on a tough day with the bat.
Alastair Cook went for 10, while skipper Joe Root was out for a single. Stokes and Dawid Malid ended the day on 13 not-out each, when bad light stopped play to England's relief.
England are 2.00 to win the third Test, while the West Indies are priced at 2.00 and the draw is 2.00.
Stokes admitted afterwards that conditions had been extremely tough, hence the low scoring affair, but he was understandably delighted with his contribution.
"Bowling in the warm-up this morning, the ball was swinging, so it wasn't surprising when we saw how much the ball was doing," he told Sky Sports.
"Rooty kept asking me how I was feeling. Sometimes the more I bowl the less tired I feel. I felt in really good rhythm. Knowing the ball would swing helped that.
"I wanted to say thanks to Ottis Gibson. It's been a hard six or seven weeks with the bowling, I haven't felt I've done the team justice. He's put in hours and hours with me.
"It's a special feeling to be on the honours' board. No one can ever take that away from you."
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