Ben Stokes explains stare-down with Shannon Gabriel

England v West Indies - 2nd Investec Test: Day One

Two of test Cricket's biggest rivals, England and West Indies have come together yet again to do battle. Over the years, the showdowns between the two teams have been entertaining with both sides eager to out do the other.

Despite comfortably winning the first Test, England will be the first to admit that they did not make a very good start to the second Test at Headingley on Friday as they found themselves on 71-4 before batsman Ben Stokes came to the crease to steady the ship.

The vice-captain scored an impressive century, the sixth of his career, only to be dismissed by West Indies pace bowler Shannon Gabriel just minutes later.

Stokes had his fair share of luck along the way to three figures, though, and was dropped the West Indies twice before Gabriel found the edge. 

England continued to struggle with the bat after Stokes's century and were eventually bowled out for a less than impressive total 258.

West Indies finished day one on 19-1 in their reply, with James Anderson picking up the wicket of Kieran Powell late on.

England's savior Stokes explained why many of his teammates struggled.

"Their seam-bowling unit bowled a lot better than they did at Edgbaston," he said, per ESPN.


 "They made it hard work for us. The conditions were more in the bowlers' favour today, there was always a bit of seam movement, and every now and then the ball swung. They managed to expose that today" 

After Stokes was dismissed, he and Gabriel appeared to exchange a few choice words as the all-rounder trudged off towards the pavilion.

When asked about what happened, Stokes did not give much away but admitted he thought the Windies paceman was still upset after dropping a simple catch just a few minutes earlier.

He added: "It's not the first time. It's just part of the game, he was probably still annoyed at himself for dropping me on 98. There's nothing to it, he's got me out. It's international sport, we're all trying to do well so emotions can come out."

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