West Indies remove Cook as England remain in trouble

LONDON: England lost opener Alastair Cook as they attempted to dig their way out of trouble on the third day of the second test at Headingley on Sunday, reaching tea on 68 for one in their second innings, still 101 runs in arrears.

Cook and Mark Stoneman had looked relatively untroubled as they shared a 58-run opening stand before Cook dangled his bat outside off stump and edged a Jason Holder delivery behind to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich who made no mistake.

With Cook gone for 23, Stoneman (35 not out) was joined by Tom Westley. Both players are under pressure to justify their selections for this year's Ashes tour.

In an enthralling first session West Indies had added 98 runs to their overnight total to build a lead of 169.

The visitors, who resumed on 329 for five, recovered from losing two wickets in two balls at the start of the day to post 427 all out and leave England in trouble.

James Anderson looked to have swung the game when he had centurion Shai Hope caught behind off the first ball of the day and then with his next ball removed Dowrich for a duck.

Moeen Ali spilled a straightforward catch in the next over when Jermaine Blackwood lobbed a Stuart Broad delivery straight to him at mid-on and it proved costly as Blackwood and Holder put on 75 for the eighth wicket.

Holder was eventually out for 43 when he tried to hit Chris Woakes out of the ground and this time Ali redeemed himself by holding on to a steepling catch in the deep.

Blackwood needlessly ran himself out one short of his half century soon afterwards but Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach added a handy 21 for the last wicket before Gabriel was out lbw to Ben Stokes on the last ball before lunch.

Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers as his two early wickets gave him the 23rd five-wicket haul of his career to take his Test wicket tally to 497.

England lead the series 1-0 after thrashing West Indies by an innings and 209 runs in the first Test when the visitors managed only 305 runs in their two innings.