ENGLAND’S TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2019
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England 277, 108/2 (37.0 Ovs)
Root 18 (36)
Day 3: Lunch Break – England lead by 231 runs
Wood picked up a five-fer on day 2. © AFP
Lunch – England 108/2
27 overs bowled, 89 runs scored for the loss of two wickets. This is certainly England’s position as the lead swells to 231. Joe Denly has looked good after getting that reprieve in the slip cordon. He would want to big score to cement his spot.
Lead touches 200
Root takes a quick single to take the lead to 200. England will be feeling very confident here despite losing the two wickets this session. Denly is looking positive as well. They will be eyeing 400.
Jennings can only afford a smile. That was unlucky. Joseph tied him down on the leg side bowling one on the pads and Jennings was to flick it, managing to only see the bails come off as the ball hits his pad before hitting the stump. He was not fluent but he was surviving and really wanted to make it count. I’ll be surprised if he plays in the Ashes.
#WIvENG Injury Update: Keemo Paul has suffered a right quadricep strain and is unlikely to return to field before tea.
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 11, 2019
Gabriel is annoyed and why wouldn’t he be? Gabriel generates bounce and troubles Denly who gets an outside to Hetmyer at slip who drops it. That was supposed to be a comfortable catch.
Paul is hurt
Denly drove one firmly which was chased by Keemo Paul who has hurt himself now. Pulled a hamstring maybe? He is down and they need a stretcher to carry him. That’s him done for the Test in all probability.
Dream start for Windies
Rory Burns will be kicking himself. Keemo Paul bowls the first delivery of the day on his pads and he flicks it straight to square leg. Can you believe that? Wow. And then Joe Denly guides his first ball towards third man for a boundary. Quite an interesting start to the day’s play.
Bowling quicker than he has ever done before, Mark Wood is certainly now in contention for an Ashes berth. Our correspondent Vithushan had plenty to observe after Wood’s five-fer yesterday. Have a read here.
Mark Wood grabbed headlines on the second day’s play with a five-fer on his return to the Test XI. There have been calls for pace to be injected into the England XI and perhaps, they have found their solution. But with Wood, you never know given his track record with respect to injuries. For now, he has firmly put England on top of this third and final Test at St. Lucia. The visitors suffered a massive collapse on the second morning losing six wickets for just 46 runs which to get bowled out for just 277 despite a solid century stand involving Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. And confidence wise, they took a beating when the Windies openers added more than 50 for the opening wicket.
But Kraigg Brathwaite played an uncharacteristic shot against Moeen Ali to get caught in the deep and off the very next ball, it was the turn of John Campbell to perish leg-before-wicket. Two wickets in two balls set Windies back but the real damage was caused following Wood’s introduction. The pacer had Shai Hope and Roston Chase caught at gully off consecutive deliveries and he also had Shimron Hetmyer caught at slip just before Tea.
Wood’s pace was too much to handle for the home side as the procession continued post Tea as well. Both Moeen and Wood added two more scalps to their name as the Windies were bundled out for just 154, giving England a lead of 123 runs. Keaton Jennings, fighting for his spot, then batted out a tricky period to drag the lead to 142 but a big test awaits him on the third morning. Which side will the game swing today? Can England make the advantage count or the will the Windies pace battery shine again? Welcome to the live blog for the third day’s play.