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West Indies reach 61 for 3 in first session as Surrey quick takes 2 for 2 in five overs

Gus Atkinson needed just two balls to knock over Kraigg Brathwaite  •  Getty Images

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Lunch - West Indies 61 for 3 (Hodge 12*, Athanaze 8*, Atkinson 2-2) vs England

Gus Atkinson took two wickets in his first 14 balls as a Test cricketer to put England in control and upstage James Anderson on the first morning of his final international appearance at Lord's. Anderson, playing his 188th and final Test match, led his team-mates out against West Indies after Ben Stokes opted to bowl first, but went wicketless across nine overs before lunch.

Instead, it was a man playing his first Test match who made the difference. Atkinson, who made his white-ball debuts last year, was one of two players handed their caps on the first morning along with his Surrey team-mate Jamie Smith, and struck with the second ball of his first spell as Kraigg Brathwaite chopped onto his own stumps.

He struck again in his third over, angling a full ball across the left-handed Kirk McKenzie whose thick outside edge flew quickly to Zak Crawley at second slip. Atkinson bowled with good pace, regularly touching 90mph/145kph, and after his first five-over spell he had figures of 2 for 2, with four maidens and a single scoring shot.

Atkinson was the pick of England's four-pronged seam attack, with Stokes able to send down eight overs after declaring himself fully fit having skipped the T20 World Cup to continue his rehabilitation from a knee injury. He removed Mikyle Louis, who made a bright 27 on debut, thanks to an excellent diving catch from Harry Brook at second slip.

Louis, who became the first man from St Kitts to play Test cricket for West Indies, was handed his cap by Sir Vivian Richards and played with a confidence that belied the fact this was only his eighth first-class appearance. He hit consecutive boundaries in Anderson's first over, one slashed through backward point and the second pressed dismissively through mid-off.

He played the shot of the morning when Chris Woakes, playing his first Test in almost a year, strayed onto his pads, whipping him over the square-leg boundary for six. Woakes thought he had dismissed Louis on 22 when he was given out caught-behind by Nitin Menon, but the on-field decision was overturned on review.

Alick Athanaze and Kavem Hodge, both playing their first Tests in England, survived until the lunch interval, adding an unbroken 17 for the fourth wicket. Hodge, batting at No. 5, was the more aggressive of the pair, crashing both Stokes and Anderson for boundaries through the cover-point region.

Anderson occasionally beat the bat but bowled a fraction too short on a slowish pitch, particularly in his first spell. He was applauded onto the pitch by the Lord's crowd when leading England out for the national anthem with his close family present, and his daughters Ruby and Lola ringing the five-minute bell on the pavilion balcony.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98

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