Opening batsman Rory Burns was “happy to play second fiddle” to Joe Root as the England skipper put his Big Bash woes behind him with a run-a-ball 87 on the first day of the tourists’ opening warm-up match in Barbados (Root 13/5 Top 1st Innings Eng Run Scorer – 1st Test).

Root, who made a top score of 26 in seven innings for Sydney Thunder, struck 12 fours and two sixes in a brisk outing before England collapsed late on against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI.

“Sometimes you’ve got to be happy to play second fiddle,” said Burns, who made a patient 35 from 70 balls in a third-wicket partnership of 72 runs with Root (Burns 7/2 Top Eng Run Scorer).

“When a batsman gets away and you have to dig in that’s fine, he played very nicely. If someone is off and flying you’ve got to stay with him, that’s what a good partnership is and I thought we dovetailed nicely. It’s not always free-flowing cricket that gets played here and it was quite attritional at points.”

Ben Stokes made 56 but Keaton Jennings and Jonny Bairstow struggled, before the tourists lost five wickets for 31 runs to finish on 317-10 in a 12-a-side game in which batsmen can return to the crease.

Jennings, who had been caught at short leg for 10 earlier, returned to the middle and was unbeaten on 15 at the close of play.

The hosts will bat on the second and final day on Wednesday when England will get a good look at opener John Campbell, who has been included in the West Indies’ first Test squad.

Jamaica batsman Campbell and Barbados’ Shamarh Brooks have both been handed their maiden Test call-ups while veteran batsman Darren Bravo has been brought back from the wilderness and paceman Alzarri Joseph earns a deserved recall.

Bravo’s return will see him in line for a first Test appearance since November 2016, although he did feature in the limited-overs matches against Bangladesh.

Courtney Browne, Windies’ chairman of selectors, said: “With the return of Darren Bravo, who will add value to a batting department, we expect to see marked improvement.
“Young, exciting, fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who was sidelined by injury, returns to the squad and Shamarh Brooks has been elevated for his solid first-class performances over the last three years.”

Although England have held The Wisden Trophy since 2009, West Indies have a proud record to defend on home soil (England 1/6, Windies 15/2 Series Outright).

England have only won one Test series on West Indies soil in 50 years, in 2003-04, and drew 1-1 when last over there in 2015 (8/1 Drawn Series).

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