St Lucia: Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler compiled an unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 124 to guide England to 231 for four at the close on day one of the third test against West Indies in St Lucia on Saturday.
Stokes enjoyed a most unusual reprieve when he was caught-and-bowled for 52 by Alzarri Joseph, who snaffled a sharp chance as the ball cannoned towards his midriff.
After trudging from the oval at the Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet, Stokes was removing his protective equipment when the third umpire declared that Joseph had delivered a no-ball after reviewing the footage.
Buttler was dropped in the slips previously he had scored, and he and Stokes rode their fortunes on occasion early yet looked increasingly balanced as the day advanced, and they uncovered their group from underneath a major early opening.
Buttler was unbeaten on 67 and Stokes on 62 as England took the high ground without precedent for the arrangement, which they have officially lost after thrashings in the initial two tests.
Keemo Paul, drafted into the group instead of suspended chief Jason Holder, took a wicket with his first ball when England opener Keaton Jennings edged to initially slip. He was out for eight off what was minimal more than a loosener from Paul.
In the wake of getting Jennings, he additionally trapped the other opener, Rory Burns, for 29 when the opener was caught lbw.
The on-field umpire pronounced Burns not out, yet a West Indies audit demonstrated the ball would have hit the center stump and the choice was upset.
Paul completed the day with 2-42, while Shannon Gabriel bowled with veritable pace, timed a few times at in excess of 90 miles-per-hour (145 kph).
He gathered 1-44, expelling Joe Denly lbw for 20.
Britain chief Joe Root (15) was out efficiently for the fifth time in the same number of innings this arrangement, got behind off a poor Joseph ball that was not a long way from being a wide.
West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and sent England in.
England made two changes. Jennings and pace bowler Mark Wood came in for Ben Foakes and Sam Curran.