ONLY four wickets fell as England closed on 258 for 4, on the first day of the final test between England and West Indies at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
The Windies bowlers meant business as the English opener Dom Sibley was LBW for a duck off the bowling of Kemar Roach, in the very first over of the innings.
Next to go was the captain Joe Root, on 17, after he was run-out by Roston Chase.
England found themselves in a not too favourable position with two wickets down for just 47 runs, just before the lunch break.
Ben Stokes was the next man down as he was bowled by Roach for 20 runs.
Rory Burns was patient as he looked on helplessly to see wickets tumbling at the other end of the pitch until he was caught for 57 by Rakheem Cornwall off the bowling of Chase.
But England was not to be counted out as Pope and Buttler put up a fight and kept the scoreboard ticking over.
At the close, Pope was unbeaten on 91, nine runs short of a century, while Buttler was not out on 56.
Doing the most damage for the West Indies with the ball was Roach, who took two wickets.
He was followed by Cornwall who picked up one wicket.