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Summary

  1. West Indies 98-2 at close - target 438
  2. Eng 333-7 dec: Ballance 122, Buttler 59*
  3. First Test, day four, Antigua
  4. Get involved: #bbccricket; tms@bbc.co.uk

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Aggers may be off to watch Curtly Ambrose's band in concert elsewhere in Antigua, but it's time for those of you following us in the UK to put on your pyjamas and get a good night's sleep ready for day five.

The maths are simple: a minimum of 90 overs to be bowled. England need eight wickets, West Indies need 340 runs. If neither achieve their goals, it's a draw. Play resumes at 15:00 BST - we'll be here at 14:30 with TMS on air from 14:45.

Sleep tight, and make sure you join us then.

Time to stop play

And special thanks to all of you who have been texting, tweeting and emailing in your bizarre reasons for play being stopped (inspired by Graeme Swann on TMS explaining how barbecue smoke once stopped play in an ODI in South Africa).

We've had (deep breath) stuffed tigers, carrots, tornados, helicopters, planes, automobiles, fires, murders, calamari, Holy Communion, drunken mothers, shootings, Anneka Rice, cows, deer, the Red Arrows, drunken umpires, pedantic umpires, electric fences, naughty boys, dogs, insects, weddings, ducks, Sir Ian Botham, Guinness, Pop Idols, dads, AWOL soldiers, Bobby Charlton, burglars, RAF funerals, royalists, F-16s, wargames, serpents, donkeys, tennis, young offenders and Aberdeen FC stopping play. Thanks for sending us those - and the many others we didn't have time and space to use.

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Stephen, Cumbria: Andrew Samson has coined a new tongue-twister: "It's just Smith's sixth fifty". Try running that past the Barmy Army any time after tea.

Review of the day

Day four began with England on 116-2, leading by 220. England fans were able to enjoy Gary Ballance's fourth Test century, Joe Root's second fifty of the match and a battling unbeaten 59 from Jos Buttler before the declaration came before tea on 333-7, setting West Indies a world record run chase of 438.

They lost Kraigg Brathwaite in the second over, but Devon Smith and Darren Bravo added 83 and were looking in great touch until part-time spinner Root made the breakthrough - with the aid of a stupendous catch from Chris Jordan.

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Toufique Khan: Wish Test cricket were on terrestrial TV. Then I could watch the Jordan catch everyone is raving about.

Max WHUFC Kellar: Chris Jordan could catch a cold in the desert!

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I'm not so sure England will win the game tomorrow. Jimmy Anderson's not really in the game, he's not carrying any real threat, even though he's trying like hell. He doesn't look like getting anybody out, which is a concern for me."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I think the bowlers have to do it collectively tomorrow. You need to swap the bowlers around, try some funny field placings, not too many boundary fielders unless you're going to bowl for the hook. They'll need to make the West Indian batsmen play shots, because if they keep blocking, it's very difficult to prise them out."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

What about Chris Jordan's catch?

"It was very good, I've seen a lot of good catches and this was excellent. I don't think it was the best ever, but quality catches win matches. Smith and Bravo played very sensibly, they gave West Indies a chance before the catch. I think England would have wanted three down by the close, but only Broad got that pace and bounce. England have a good-ish chance of winning, but I've seen people bat all day on pitches like this. Me included."

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Colin Reid: The cricket pitches at the Links in Aberdeen were between Aberdeen FC's Pittodrie stadium and the Beach Esplanade where the away football fans' coaches used to be parked. At the end/start of the season when games coincided with a visit from well-supported teams like Rangers, the only thing to do was to stop, pull up the stumps and sit unobtrusively in a corner as a tide of people poured all over the pitch and wicket. Not many of them seemed to be cricket fans!

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Stokes played very sprightly when he came in, and Buttler's innings was very pleasing: he scores very easily, with a wonderful range of shots, timing and power. Broad produced a really lethal bouncer to get the wicket of Brathwaite, with a nice field placing that Cook should take credit for. Broad bowled with more fluency today, which is good for England."

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Will Relf: I've always said England under-use Root's bowling!

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"This was the best cricket day of the whole four. England started off in a slightly better position than West Indies, Root and Ballance played positively, Root looked busy all the time, comfortable, confident and competent. Ballance had an excellent performance, and it's out of the picture for Trott to bat at three in the Test matches."

Review of the day

Time for the Aggers and Boycott show - it'll be available later on

the TMS podcast page, where you can already find the lunchtime chat with Chris Woakes, Andrew Flintoff and Sir Curtly Ambrose.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I don't know how you judge the best catch of all time, but I do know that catch from Chris Jordan was right up there."

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Chris Jordan catch
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Aggers has called Jordan's catch as probably the best he's ever seen. Stand by, TMS listeners - he and Geoffrey Boycott will shortly be reviewing the day.

More from Gary Ballance, who scored his fourth century in nine Tests: "We've got a new ball just after lunch tomorrow so hopefully we can sneak a few out then and kick on after that."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Gary Ballance is a class player. I'm more comfortable watching him in Test whites. Since the minute that he arrived in Test match cricket, he's come out of the blocks like a trooper. He's coped with pressure really well, and I'd expect him now to have an absolute belter of a series."

England batsman Gary Ballance, who made 122: "It would have been nice to get one or two more, but overall we couldn't be happier.

"It's been a tough winter, so it's nice to score a hundred in the first Test match back in quite a tough situation. It probably looked quite scratchy but I don't mind about that. To score runs when the team needs it is great."

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Tim Carlisle: Re Adam in Leicester (20:56). 75% deserve criticism? Ballance, Buttler, Tredwell, Stokes, Jordan all new. Root has performed.

Joe Root celebrates
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Champagne moment

Innings of the day? Gary Ballance's century. Champagne moment? Unquestionably Chris Jordan's catch. Try to see it at full speed, rather than slow motion, if you can.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I'm really impressed with the way the West Indies have batted. It's been a very good innings from Devon Smith. England tried everything, but the pitch is flat and the ball isn't swinging. I think spin will have a big part to play, and the seamers will have to keep plugging away, bowling cutters and bouncers. It will be an interesting last day, and the West Indies have a great chance."

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Close of play

WI 98-2

Stuart Broad to finish the day. Two slips, fourth slip (too close to be called gully), short leg and a leg gully for Samuels, who looks happy to get off strike with a single. Smith has nothing to do with a couple of bouncers, pats the last ball of the day back with a textbook forward defensive and that, as they say, is that.

On the final day, England will need eight wickets to win (West Indies needing 340 runs) from a minimum of 90 overs.

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Tom: Brilliant spell of right-arm terror from Joe Root!

David: Root and Rashid, that's the future of English spin. Not Tredwell and Ali.

WI 97-2 (target 438)

It looks like those on Anderson-watch may have to wait another day for The Record as Joe Root is going to finish up from the Roberts End. Cook crowds Smith with four close fielders, but the Grenada left-hander survives and Root takes his cap with figures of 4-3-4-1. Very acceptable. Last over coming up.

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Elliott Bewley: I reckon Jordan has been taking lessons from Mr Miyagi, making catches like that. Flies with chopsticks, no problem.

Matthew Rowell: I think Joe Root should have been at the election debate tonight. What can't he do?

Chris Jordan catches
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WI 97-2 (two overs left tonight)

Samuels pushes Broad for a single to get off the mark. A short leg comes in for Smith (Gary Ballance having donned the helmet) with square leg, fine leg and third man back, as well as Anderson three-quarters of the way back at mid-wicket for the miscue. Smith takes on the short ball... but keeps it down and runs a single to fine leg.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"If West Indies get through to the close only two down, they've got a great chance of getting out of this game. The way that England will take wickets is to leave gaps and encourage the drive."

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"Devon Smith's 58 is his highest score in 40 Test innings, since he made 88 against Australia in Brisbane in 2005."

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WI 95-2 (Smith 58*, Samuels 0*)

We nearly have a repeat of Jordan's astonishing catch as Smith edges Root between the keeper and slip for four, sadly for Jordan lightning does not strike twice and he can't quite get his hand across. Goldenarm Root is quickly through his over, and we're into overtime but won't need much more - only three more overs to be bowled.

Sir Viv Richards

Ex-West Indies captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I think this is still a great opportunity for the West Indies batsmen. There isn't any real devil in this wicket, it's all about your concentration level."

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WI 91-2 (target 438)

Alastair Cook takes his cap off, surely he's not going to bowl? Thankfully not - England turn back to Stuart Broad as with a foot in the door, they aim to kick it open. There's a very odd field for Smith (some would say funky) - no conventional slips, but a gully, and three catching men in a ring between silly mid-off and short/silly cover point, as well as a short mid-wicket. A more orthodox field is posted for the right-handed Samuels, who has to rear away from a hostile bouncer. Umpire Bowden, however, is mildly concerned about where Broad is following though on the pitch.

Stuart Broad bowls
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Richard Jude: That is a stonking catch by Chris Jordan! One where you let out an involuntary yelp of delight.

Amir Chughtai: Arise Sir Chris Jordan.

Ian Bradley: Another blinding catch by Jordan but little mention of how much Root got that delivery to turn, went miles.

WI 90-2 (Root 2-2-0-1)

Marlon Samuels is the new batsman as that 83-run stand comes to an end. Two maidens and one wicket from young Root.

Joe Roots celebrates
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Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"What an absolutely stunning catch. That was better than his first innings catch, that's an absolute screamer. He flung himself to his right, that's 10 out of 10, you won't see better than that. The slow-motion replay doesn't do justice to it, you need to see that at full speed."

WICKET

Bravo c Jordan b Root 32 (WI 90-2)

What a catch! WHAT A CATCH! Bravo goes! A sensational one-handed slip catch from Chris Jordan as Bravo drives, Jordan leaps to his right from a wideish position at first slip and plucks a one-handed beauty out of the air. Absolutely sensational.

Chris Jordan, take a big bow. (And Joe Root, the golden-haired, golden-armed partnership-breaker as I called him a few minutes ago, take a modest bow too).

Scorecard

Joe Root celebrates
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Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"It's just Smith's sixth fifty, to go with one hundred, in 37 Tests."

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Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"He's battled away after losing his opening partner in the second over. He and Bravo have denied England for 31 overs. Of Smith can convert it into a hundred tomorrow, he'll have England sweating."

50 for Smith

WI 90-1

Smith, who's been stuck in the 40s longer than a BBC2 repeat run of Dad's Army, finally reaches his sixth Test fifty from 111 balls by forcing Tredwell for four through backward point. With only one Test hundred to his name in a 12-year international career, can he make sure he's still there tomorrow morning?

Devon Smith plays of the offside
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Sir Viv Richards

Ex-West Indies captain on BBC Test Match Special

"There are times when you can lure batters into a false sense of security, give them something that they feel like hitting. You don't always have to plan folks out."

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