Mark Stoneman out for eight in first day-night Test at Edgbaston

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Surrey left-hander, the latest man given a chance to open the innings for England, was bowled by a brilliant delivery from West Indies speedster Kemar Roach

MARK STONEMAN was dismissed for just eight on his England debut in the historic pink ball Test at Edgbaston.

The Surrey left-hander, the latest man given a chance to open the innings for England, was bowled by a brilliant delivery from West Indies speedster Kemar Roach.

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The pink ball hits Joe Root where it hurts

Mark Stoneman trudges off after being bowled for eight

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Mark Stoneman trudges off after being bowled for eight

Tom Westley walks off after being given out LBW

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Tom Westley walks off after being given out LBW

No.3 Tom Westley soon followed but Alastair Cook and Joe Root repaired the early damage with a comfortable stand for the third wicket.

By lunch, which at 4pm was three hours later than normal, England had reached 106-2 on day one of the Investec First Test.

Cook was 50 not out with Root having scored 40.

Stoneman had the shock of seeing his first delivery in international cricket from Roach so misdirected that it flew to second slip.

It was reminiscent of Steve Harmison’s infamous opening ball of the Ashes series in 2006-07 that ended up in the hands of Andrew Flintoff at second slip.

Stoneman struck a couple of boundaries in that opening over – a cover drive and a clip to square leg – but then Roach shaped the ball in and nipped it away off the pitch. It was a crackerjack of a ball and Stoneman could not lay a bat on it.

Westley was hit on the pad in Miguel Cummins’ first over and was plumb lbw – although West Indies had to ask for a review because on-field umpire Marais Erasmus initially adjudged not out.


Tom Westley failed to deliver from the No3 spot

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Tom Westley failed to deliver from the No3 spot

West Indies’ Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins celebrate the wicket of England’s Tom Westley

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West Indies’ Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins celebrate the wicket of England’s Tom Westley

Cook began with a flurry of boundaries before settling to a more sedate tempo while Root was as busy as usual, always looking for opportunities to score.

The pink ball swung lavishly in the air at times in the early skirmishes and both teams were waiting to see how it responded under floodlight in the final session.

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