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Summary

  1. Bad light ends play early
  2. Stoneman, Cook, Westley & Root all out
  3. Two wickets each for Roach and Holder
  4. Stokes takes 6-22 in Windies 123 all out
  5. Anderson on 499 Test wickets
  6. Decider in three-match series

Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton and Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

We've reached what should have been the close of play before they went off for bad light - a fitting time to close this live text.

Thanks for joining myself and Jamie Lillywhite, whose report of an engrossing day one is building here.

Come back tomorrow to see whether Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes can rescue England or could West Indies even nip some quick wickets for an unlikely first-innings lead?

Catch you later. Cheers.

England's top order problems remain as the hosts struggled in reply after a fine bowling performance restricted West Indies to just 123.

Here are the England wickets to fall...

It's set up nicely for another cracking match in this third and deciding Test at Lord's.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC 5 live sports extra

For England to go to Australia and win, Stokes will have to have a special series. Not only is he important with bat and ball, but also his body language. He's a real team player, a Jack the lad, a character. But, when he's training, he hits more balls than anyone else. Some will say he's a natural, but he spends so many hours in training. It's the hard work that allows him to produce these performances.

Ben Stokes, who took career-best figures of 6-22, on TMS: "Bowling in the warm-up this morning, the ball was swinging, so it wasn't surprising when we saw how much the ball was doing.

"Rooty kept asking me how I was feeling. Sometimes the more I bowl the less tired I feel. I felt in really good rhythm. Knowing the ball would swing helped that.

"I wanted to say thanks to Ottis Gibson. It's been a hard six or seen weeks with the bowling, I haven't felt I've done the team justice. He's put in hours and hours with me.

"It's a special feeling to be on the honours' board. No one can ever take that away from you."

England all-rounder Ben Stokes, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a difficult pitch to bat on, we would have liked to have had one or two wickets down but overall we are happy.

[On leaving James Anderson on 499 Test wickets] "He's got another innings to get it and what a place to do it."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC 5 live sports extra

Stokes is a freak. He can produce magic like that. Even when he batted he looked better than any of the rest of the top six. They are very fortunate to have him, because he will win games of cricket in every format for years to come. He might even win this match.

But Dawid Malan and that man again Ben Stokes led a slight recovery to leave this deciding Test in the balance at the end of day one...

Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley failing to fashion the big innings both needed with Ashes selection looming.

But England were also to lose their mainstays Alastair Cook and Joe Root early on...

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC 5 live sports extra

England have given players a run of games in the side. If Westley doesn't get runs in this game he can say that he has had a chance. Jennings and Hameed are two players that England will be hoping gets runs between now and the end of the season. If they both do, both will be on the plane and two of Hameed, Jennings and Stoneman will bat at two and three in Australia.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC 5 live sports extra

Stoneman's dismissal was soft and, when you see that, you instantly think of Brisbane. Extra bounce against the likes of Starc, Cummins and Pattinson. I think he will go to Australia because it is too late to bring another opener in. Root is another who will have to be careful of the extra bounce, he played a poor stroke.

England on top at the change but they too would discover batting was brutally hard out there...

So Stokes had three wickets at tea as West Indies limped to 119-7.

They would add just four more runs, with Stokes also taking the final three wickets, denying Anderson 500 on the day but putting England firmly on top at the end of the first innings.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC 5 live sports extra

It's in the balance. As an ex-batsman, I've thought it was tough. At times, techniques have been debatable, but we've seen some wonderful bowling. The Stokes spell was right out of the top drawer. He swung it late and at pace. West Indies, at times, looked they might get a score, then Stokes came in to it.

And at point, it seemed like a formality for Anderson to reach 500 Test wickets on day one.

Ben Stokes had other ideas...

Let's have a look back at the morning session. It was a bit of a ropey start for England as Alastair Cook dropped Kraigg Brathwaite on just three.

The Windies opener made 91 more runs in victory at Headingley after Cook shelled him on four.

But James Anderson kept finding plenty of movement and, soon enough, moved to 498 and then 499 Test wickets as he removed Brathwaite and Kyle Hope.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

It's been a beautiful day to bowl. It's swung and zipped off the pitch. If the sun comes out on Saturday, you would expect a few runs to be scored. If it stays like this, we won't be here come Monday.

Close of play

Eng 46-4 (Trail by 77)

And that is indeed your lot.

England reach stumps on day one at Lord's teetering on 46-4, but also trailing West Indies by 77.

A day for the bowlers - James Anderson and Kemar Roach both bowling beautifully but Ben Stokes taking the headlines with a majestic spell.

The Durham all-rounder remains at the crease and will be key to England's chances of building a first-innings lead tomorrow.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

It's been one of those days for the bowlers. Everything that has been nicked has gone to hand.

Umpires Chris Gaffaney and Marais Erasmus are the last to wander off the field.

Most spectators are heading for the exits as the covers come on, the groundstaff clearly confident that'll be it for the day.

Ben Stokes and Umpires Chris Gaffaney and Marais Erasmus
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Tom Hadden: Time to just accept that we just don't have anyone of Test match quality at 3, 4, 5 in the county game? Give Hales another go?

They'll have to be back out there by 18:40 BST for play to go on this evening.

I'd suggest that is highly unlikely as the gloom shrouds Lord's.

Bad light stops play

Eng 46-4

No surprise as the umpires meet to discuss the light at the end of that Holder over and duly decide to take the players off.

England gleefully accept, Holder tries to protest against the decision but nothing doing.

General view during the action at Lord's
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Eng 46-4

Run rate 2.42

Holder over-pitches onto Stokes' pads and the Durham all-rounder rolls his wrists to clip it away to the fence.

The Windies captain throws his hands up as Stokes leaves one just over the stumps. On balance, a well-judged leave. Just about.

It is very, very dark out there.

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Alex Corps: People very happy to criticise our batsmen...Maybe they didn't notice the 10 wickets that fell earlier. It's tricky out there.

Eng 42-4

Trail by 81

Scoring is so difficult out there that that little flurry of boundaries feels like it might have tipped the balance back equal.

No boundaries here as Malan resolves to clip into the leg-side for a couple.

Oh jeez. Malan defends a full delivery with the bat angled at 45 degrees, the ball bouncing back towards the stumps as the Middlesex man just knocks it away in time.

That might've just missed his off stump actually but good awareness to scramble back. Nervy stuff.

Dawid Malan
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Somebody needs to take a good look at the job England selectors are collectively doing. STILL enormous issues at 2,3 and 5. The constant recalling of Gary Ballance. The Liam Dawson episode, which baffled 99.9% of the country's pundits and fans, the picking of a clearly not match fit Woakes. Seven Tests this summer and not one of the issues from May (and before) have been solved. Going into Brisbane, it's borderline comical.

Ade

Eng 40-4

Malan 11, Stokes 9

Malan joins the boundary party, opening the face and guiding past point for four.

Another good-looking push through point brings three as the fielder dives too early and misses the ball while chasing it.

Henry Blofeld

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I don't think I have ever worn a T-shirt. I honestly can't remember it. I must have done. I don't think I'd wear one for my last Lord's Test.

Eng 33-4

Trail by 90

Ben Stokes has stamped himself on this Test with the ball and looks to do the same with the bat.

A slightly fortunate four past the slips is followed by a cracking drive wide of mid-off that also races to the fence.

An hour of Stokes and the complexion of the match could change again.

No Essex escape act for England as Alastair Cook and Tom Westley fall in quick succession...

It then gets even worse for the hosts as captain Joe Root edges off...

Eng 25-4

Trail by 98

Stokes tucks it away for a single to get off the mark, before Malan successfully fends off the rest of Holder's over.

England in the mire. Can these two dig in and survive to the close? There could be another 55 minutes to go - though the light could well curtail that.

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Ross Harrison: Would it be easier if Eng just started all innings automatically at 20/3?

Eng 24-4

Ben Stokes arrives at the crease for England - can his bowling exploits inspire him to pull off a rescue act with the bat?

Hmm, it appears Holder doesn't realise he's on a hat-trick, failing to bring in the field or add an extra catcher. Stokes defends a full ball.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC 5 live sports extra

That's a tremendous catch because the keeper started to go. That shot is rewarding for Root, but it also causes him problems. The Australians will bowl there to him, hip-high, packing the gully region. West Indies are right back in this Test.

Jason Holder celebrates
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Root c Powell b Holder 1 (Eng 24-4)

West Indies aren't just right back in this - they might even be on top now.

Joe Root shapes to play that back-foot punch he clatters to the fence when in form but only manages to get a nick on it that flies to first slip, Kieran Powell taking an excellent, sharp catch.

Two wickets in two deliveries for Jason Holder after removing Tom Westley with the last ball of his previous over.

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The Angry Dog: Ok it isn't funny anymore, please spare us from the Westley experience, he's a walking LBW. Root in before 10 ovs, standard.

Eng 24-3

Those who didn't see the fleeting touch of sunshine around Lord's at the toss will be utterly bewildered as to why West Indies elected to bat first. Almost straight after the start the gloom descended, morphing the home of cricket into a bowler's paradise.

Dawid Malan strides out at his home ground and gets off the mark with a super straight drive for four. Can he use his experience of Lord's to help bail out England?

Roach responds with a beauty that Malan plays at but is lucky enough to miss.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC 5 live sports extra

It's been pretty tricky for most batsmen today. Westley needed runs, to find a way to get through it. He played a few nice defensive strokes. It's just not easy out there in these conditions. Clearly it's a problem that Stoneman and Westley haven't got runs, but it's hard to judge them on today.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

I thought that was fairly high, but given out quickly by the umpire. It nipped back up the hill and he played all round it. It would have been umpire's call - it's a good shout by Joe Root to send him on his way.

Jason Holder appeals for lbw against Tom Westley
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Westley lbw Holder 8 (Eng 19-3)

Just after a shot that inspired a modicum of confidence, Tom Westley is trudging back to the pavilion once again.

He's out in familiar fashion - Jason Holder bowling almost an off-cutter that jags back towards the stumps, Westley missing it as it flicks the top of the back pad.

It looked right on the edge but umpire Marais Erasmus gave it straight away.

A lengthy chat between Westley and Joe Root follows but they decide against reviewing. Good decision - it was borderline but was also crucially umpire's call.