England openers Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott have helped the tourists gets off to a strong start in reply to the West Indies’ total of 299 by reaching 79 at stumps on day two of the second Test without loss.
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Cook and Trott were disappointing with the bat in the opening Test in Antigua, but looked solid at the crease during the final session on Wednesday.
England skipper Cook finished on 37 not out, with Trott unbeaten on 32.
The West Indies bowling attack struggled on a lifeless wicket as Cook and Trott made good progress after tea.
England bowled West Indies out for 299, with Marlon Samuels (103) and a last-wicket 52-run partnership helped the hosts get out of trouble in Grenada.
Rain once again interrupted play on day two, but Samuels reached his seventh Test century following lunch.
Samuels’ patient 228-ball was brought to a close after he was caught in the slips by Ian Bell from a James Anderson delivery.
Denesh Ramdin (31) followed not long after he was caught behind off the bowling of Stuart Broad.
Jason Holder fell for just 22 after he edged Broad into the waiting hands of wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
Broad then dismissed Kemar Roach (1), before a solid partnership between Devendra Bishoo (30) and Shannon Gabriel (20 n.o.) pushed the hosts’ to a respectable total.
With the West Indies sitting on 299 for 9, Bishoo was trapped LBW by England all-rounder Moeen Ali.