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  1. 18 wickets fall on day two in Barbados
  2. Trott, Cook, Bell, Root, Mooen all out
  3. Anderson takes 6-42 for England
  4. Venue: Kensington Oval, Barbados

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant and Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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Time to bid you farewell after an extraordinary day. It looks very much as though this match, and this Test series, will be decided tomorrow, so you have no excuse for not joining us tomorrow at 14:30 BST. See you tomorrow.

Day two summary

Start of play: England 240-7 - Buttler 0, Jordan 0

Lunch: West Indies 37-3 (15 overs) - Bravo 9, Chanderpaul 9

Tea: West Indies 139-7 (43 overs) - Blackwood 67, Permaul 1

Close: England 39-5 (21 overs) - Ballance 12, Stokes 0

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England don't have enough runs. If someone gets a big 40 or 50 for West Indies when they are chasing, someone like Blackwood for example, and gets away with a few hits then the pressure is on the bowlers. If England get out of jail here, it will be a miracle. I hope they do."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Trott played across the line and was plumb LBW. The nice thing was the Barmy Army gave him a standing ovation. They know he has to play a lot of county cricket and score big to play again.

"The ovation was not out of sympathy but because he's played 49 Test matches before this series and has had a wonderful career and played well for England. It was a kind of salute and affectionate, but you can't stay in the team for ever."

Review of the day

Time to draw breath after that absorbing, relentless day. England began poorly, losing their last three wickets cheaply, but their bowlers then tore through the West Indies to earn a significant first-innings lead, with James Anderson once again the destroyer-in-chief.

At that point England looked in complete control, but what followed was a scarcely believable collapse that threatens to cost them a series win. West Indies were inspired as they reduced the England top order to rubble to leave this match right in the balance.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England had West Indies on the rack and I thought we'd have a lead of 120 but we lost the plot. Moeen Ali - if he's the best in England, Wales, GB, UK or anywhere, please write in quickly to the chairman of selectors if you're a spinner because that was a load of rubbish.

"And Joe Root was even worse. He's a part-time bowler but my daughter's hockey team could have walloped his long hops for six. They nearly killed short leg and Gary Ballance finally did get hit. We lost the plot - Cook should have taken them off early."

Close of play scorecard

England 2nd innings: 39-5 from 21 overs - lead by 107

Batsmen: Ballance 12, Stokes 0

Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Trott 9), 13-2 (Cook 4), 18-3 (Bell 0), 28-4 (Root 1), 39-5 (Moeen 8)

Bowling figures: Gabriel 6-4-4-1, Taylor 6-1-16-2, Holder 4-1-7-1 Permaul 4-1-7-1, Samuels 1-1-0-0

West Indies 1st innings: 189 (49.4 overs) - Blackwood 85, Anderson 6-42

England 1st innings: 257 (96.3 overs) - Cook 105, Moeen 58, Taylor 3-36

Match scorecard

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Kevin Brenda: I hope when I wake up, this innings would have been a bad dream.

Tony: 18 wickets in a day is what I call exciting cricket. Don't understand the fascination with sixes. Bowling brings the tension.

Close of play

Eng 39-5

Ben Stokes is the new batsman, and whaddaya know, West Indies immediately bring his old nemesis Marlon Samuels into the attack. He survives, and England end the day 105 runs ahead, with five wickets down. What a crazy, incredible day of Test cricket!


Moeen b Permaul 8 (Eng 39-5)

This is magnificent from West Indies! They are trampling all over England in this second innings. Moeen is the latest to fall, rather carelessly trying to cut one from Permaul and chopping it on to his stumps. England are on the rack, this series is in the balance.

Our colleague Tim Oscroft in Barbados: "This gent tries to rally the troops, while the chap in front gamely sticks with TMS..."

The crowd at the Kensington Oval

Eng 35-4 (Ballance 12, Moeen 4)

Ten minutes to go for England. Can they survive without losing another wicket? Ballance dabs Holder to gully for two.

Eng 33-4 (lead by 101)

Permaul's busy, frenetic action really is one of the most extraordinary things I've ever seen on a cricket field. The sort of thing that you'd struggle to replicate without dislocating a shoulder, putting your hand through the skylight and punching the cat. He's bowling with a lot more control than he managed in the first innings though, and he keeps England to a single from his latest over.

Vote result

Greatest West Indies fast bowler?

The results of our vote are in and the winner is...

The one and only Malcolm Marshall, pictured hitting Mike Gatting in the face, with 32.5% of the vote.

He pips Michael Holding (29.2) and Curtly Ambrose (25) to top the poll.

Marshall hits Gatting
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Eng 32-4

The bats of Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali bear all the hallmarks of many hours spent testing their technique against the bowling machine, each one bearing more red splat-marks than a reveller at that Spanish tomato-throwing festival. Moeen's away with four to third man.

Eng 28-4

Well well, four batsmen back in the hutch and none of them into double figures. Make no mistake, England are wobbling. Moeen Ali is the new batsman, he survives the rest of the over from Holder before Ballance blocks out a maiden from Permaul.

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Jonny Wren: England team lacks spirit and fire. Someone like Michael Vaughan is needed to ignite the passion. Look at Lehmann's Aussies.

Sanj: Lets cancel the Ashes this summer. Can't take having to watch us getting bowled out for less than 100 continuously.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"What a bit of bowling, just leaving him, Root went for the drive and edged and a good catch. West Indies celebrating feverishly, they've got the momentum. One English batsman has to take this game by the scruff of the neck. This is a superb Test match."


Root c Bravo b Holder 1 (Eng 28-4)

That's a big wicket! Joe Root, the man in form, the young gun who has triggered many an England recovery in this series, is gone. Holder pushes one a touch wider, Root drives loosely, and Darren Bravo snaffles it in the cordon.

Jason Holder
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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It's like a day four or five pitch but it's made for great cricket. It's been a strange game in that the ball has turned but all the spinners have bowled quite poorly."

Eng 28-3

A good start from Permaul, who gets one to slide on with the arm and defeat Ballance, and then has a a huge appeal turned down when Ballance pads one away.

Not out

No, that's a real waste of a review, a huge gap between bat and ball. Ballance survives.

Umpire review

Veerasammy Permaul is introduced, and immediately West Indies appeal to have Gary Ballance caught at short leg...

Eng 26-3

Denesh Ramdin shuffles his pack and introduces the rangy Jason Holder in place of Jerome Taylor. He finds the edge when Ballance pokes forward nervously, but a combination of soft hands and a dying pitch save the England batsman from perishing to a slip catch.

Tino Best

West Indies fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

"I don't think Trotty is finished. I think there is still a role to play. He has another two seasons and still has a lot to offer."

Eng 25-3 (lead by 93)

Slow going for England. A leg bye keeps the scoreboard moving.

Eng 24-3 (Taylor 6-1-16-2)

An immediate nerve-settler after drinks for Gary Ballance, overpitched from Jerome Taylor and Ballance punches it back down the ground for four. Joe Root is off the mark with a single through square leg.

Scorecard update

England 2nd innings: 18-3 from 10 overs - lead by 86

Batsmen: Ballance 1, Root 0

Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Trott 9), 13-2 (Cook 4), 18-3 (Bell 0)

Bowling figures: Gabriel 5-3-4-1, Taylor 5-1-10-2

West Indies 1st innings: 189 (49.4 overs) - Blackwood 85, Anderson 6-42

England 1st innings: 257 (96.3 overs) - Cook 105, Moeen 58, Taylor 3-36

Match scorecard

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Drinks break

Eng 18-3 (Ballance 1, Root 0)

Gabriel, who has found a really good length, sends down a second straight maiden, helped by a spectacular stop from Jermaine Blackwood at short leg. 17 consecutive dot balls from Gabriel now, pressure building. Time for drinks.

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Frank Close: Trott highest scorer so far. Just a thought.

Eng 18-3 (lead by 86)

Jerome Taylor inspired West Indies to demolish England for 51 in Jamaica in 2009, can he do the same again here? They'll need to get rid of Joe Root double-quick. Root blocks out the remaining three balls of the over.

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Jon Seller: I think Bell reviewed that so he could get a second look at the plumbest lbw ever.

Sukhman: It looks like the Windies and England are having a 'who can collapse the quickest' competition.

Aaron Trowse: What is happening? That streaker describes this current England innings in one word. Pants.


Bell lbw b Taylor 0 (Eng 18-3)

No doubt about it. Hitting middle halfway up, not the first rotten review we've seen in this match. Bell goes for a pair, West Indies all over England like ants swarming on a discarded picnic...

Jerome Taylor

Umpire review

Jerome Taylor is on fire here! He's pinned Ian Bell lbw, Bell's reviewed but surely this is dead...

Taylor traps Bell
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