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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) – England won the toss and decided to bowl first against the West Indies in the second cricket Test at the National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

The start of the Test was delayed for an hour by rain, which prompted England to exploit the moisture and bowl first on a pitch which was renowned for favouring spin.

As expected, England made only one change after the drawn first Test in Antigua last week, bringing back middle-order left-hand batsman Moeen Ali and his useful right-arm offspin for spinner James Tredwell.

West Indies had to make two changes, after losing fast bowler Jerome Taylor to a shoulder injury. He was replaced by Shannon Gabriel, who took one wicket in his last Test in January, the third against South Africa in Cape Town.

Sulieman Benn, ineffective in Antigua, was bumped out for legspinner Devendra Bishoo, who has taken a swag of wickets in the regional league to force his way back into the Test side after three years out.

Lineups:

West Indies: Devon Smith, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Denesh Ramdin (captain), Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Jonathan Trott, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

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