England vs West Indies: 3rd Test preview

A total of 14 wickets fell on the day, with Stokes the destroyer-in-chief for England as the tourists were skittled for 123.

For West Indies, who were last night leaning towards replacing leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo with another seamer, probably Miguel Cummins, Lord's represents a stepping stone in their progress rather than stumbling block.

England's global summer begins at Lord's with the first of a two-Test series against Pakistan on May 24, with the second Test to be played at Headingley a week later.

Those familiar top-order frailties that have dogged England for what now seems an eternity were laid bare in overcast, gloomy, late-evening conditions under the Lord's floodlights.

England's response did not start well, though, Stoneman wafting at one from Roach to get out caught behind.

After his inspired fourth five-wicket haul with the ball, Stokes may not have expected to return to the crease again on day one, but he played another mature innings in partnership with Dawid Malan before the umpires decided the natural light had deteriorated too much to continue.

Root has pointed to Roland-Jones' home-ground knowledge for the decision, as England attempt to bounce back from a surprise five-wicket defeat in the second Test at Headingley.

India's last tour of England was in 2014 where they lost the five-match Test series 1-3 despite winning the second Test at Lord's.

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Ben Stokes is the eighth player, and sixth from England, to be on both the batting and bowling honours board at Lord's.

For West Indies, the promise of Headingley still hung crisply in the air. He became the first batsman to score two centuries in a first-class match at Headingley - the 534th first-class fixture at the venue and 76th Test match.

However, it is in Test cricket where his true value is perhaps best shown.

'Some will say he's a natural, but he spends so many hours in training. The only break he had was the 20 minutes for tea.

The Test series begins on August 1 at Edgbaston.

James Anderson took two wickets in a rain-interrupted first session at Lord's to move within one of 500 in Tests. Having dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite and Kyle Hope early on there was every chance that one of the West Indies tailenders would have the privilege of being in the picture that would bedeck the morning papers.

Live coverage of the Third Test between England and Windies continues on Friday from 10am on Sky Sports Cricket, with over-by-over commentary and in-play video clips in our match blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms.

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