England have made an inspired start to its tour of the West Indies after bowling out a St Kitts & Nevis XI for just 59, before much-maligned captain Alastair Cook and the returning Jonathan Trott made a 158-run opening stand.
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It was England’s first match since its disastrous World Cup campaign, and it seems a change of format has done wonders for Peter Moores’ side.
According to The Guardian, the St Kitts invitational side featured just eight players with first-class experience, meaning there will certainly be question marks over the quality of the opposition.
Ben Stokes took three wickets, while Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad picked up two each as England skittled its opponents in just 26.3 overs.
Cook and Trott opened England’s innings with the pair piling of 158 runs before Trott was dismissed on 72.
The skipper continued on with his knock, reaching an unbeaten 95 before England reached the close of play on 181 for one loss of wicket.
England begins its thee-Test tour of the West Indies next Monday in Antigua & Barbuda.