Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul were the men to depart – both to poor shots – as England cemented the initiative gained with their two wickets prior to lunch to leave Jermaine Blackwood (12no) and Marlon Samuels (32no) at the crease.
Trinidadian Bravo had just sent a juicy Stuart Broad half-volley hurtling to the extra cover boundary when he went tentatively at a relatively-wide off-cutter from the seamer, providing Alastair Cook with a regulation catch at first slip.
The only moment of concern for England had come early in the session when all-rounder Ben Stokes caught his knee in the turf and received treatment but, after appearing to struggle for the half-hour that followed, he was soon moving freely enough to bowl.
With his first ball of the Test, the Durham man earned his first wicket of the series. Chanderpaul was the man sent back in uncharacteristic circumstances as he half-volleyed a wide delivery straight into the grateful grasp of the recalled Moeen Ali at point.
Ali was turning the ball well with his off-spin and was agonisingly close to snaring a wicket in the 41st over – Samuels offering little as a shot and England reviewing Bruce Oxenford’s ‘not out’ decision only to find the ball clipping the top of leg and therefore staying with the initial on-field call.
The Worcestershire man’s inclusion, at the expense of James Tredwell, was England’s only change following the drawn first Test in Antigua while the West Indies made two – bringing??in leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo for Sulieman Benn and calling up Shannon Gabriel in place of fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Earlier in the day, rain had delayed the start of the match but when play did eventually begin, England started fast as James Anderson removed Kraigg Braithwaite (1) with a vicious in-swinger that started well outside off stump and crashed into the top of leg.
Devon Smith was next to go for 15 in slightly bizarre circumstances. The opener appeared to edge Chris Jordan through to Jos Buttler and was promptly given out but seemed reluctant to walk. Replays showed his bat had made contact with pitch rather than ball but the West Indies opted not to use a review and England, rightly or wrongly, had their man.