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Summary

  1. England close on 171-3 - a lead of two runs
  2. Root & Malan share unbroken stand of 77
  3. Both batsmen reprieved - Root dropped & overturns lbw dismissal
  4. Stoneman hits maiden Test 50 but Westley (8) fails again
  5. Eng 258: Stokes 100; WI 427: S Hope 147

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By Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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So basically it all points towards a thriller.

I can't wait to find out what happens on these final two days. It's the thriller no one expected.

You can read Jack's report here but we are going to call it a day on this page. We will be back tomorrow at 10:30 BST.

See you then. Don't miss it.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

We've been desperate for a game of cricket as good as this all summer.

England eye a lead of 200

More from England batsman Mark Stoneman: "We're pretty happy with where we find ourselves. But we want as many runs as possible.

"If we get up to 200 ahead with the quality of our seam attack then we're definitely in the game.

"But we have to keep building and put the pressure back on them."

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special commentator

The new ball is 21 overs away in the morning, which will take us to about 20 minutes before lunch.

'The physio just popped it back in'

England opener Mark Stoneman on his dislocated finger: "Trying to bend my hand in the glove, I thought something's not right - I was worried and fearing the worst.

"But the physio got it straight back in and I was good to go.

"There's something there for the bowlers and it was a case of grinding it out.

"It's been quite a long road to get here and it's about embracing every opportunity once I'm here.

"After the first innings, I was disappointed but once I got through the first 20 balls of this one you forgot about the scrutiny and it was nice to get into the contest more and forget about what else goes on."

West Indies captain Jason Holder: "The position we're in is pretty decent.

"We've done a lot of talking - I urged us to be a lot more patient, both in batting and bowling, and I feel we have really showed that in this game.

"The first hour tomorrow is crucial. We have to be aggressive and disciplined. We can't let Root get into his flow and we have to hold our chances."

And this is what the players have had to say about it all...

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

There were a couple of moments which went England's way in that last session - Joe Root being dropped and then West Indies failing to review when Dawid Malan edged behind.

Dawid Malan was the first to escape. He feathered an edge behind but it wasn't given. West Indies considered a review but thought against it.

Then Root was dropped. It was a simple chance in the slips for Kyle Hope.

And there was still time for more drama.

Root was given out lbw but he reviewed immediately. England are lucky he did. The ball was shown to be going down leg side and the skipper was reprieved.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I like Dawid Malan. He played well at Edgbaston then played a poor shot in the first innings here. He's got an opportunity now. He played with control and was digging in. Now he has to start on 0 not out tomorrow, get a score and if he does that he could quite easily be given an opportunity at three. That would allow Alex Hales to come back into the side at number five.

Strong finish from Malan and Root

At that stage West Indies were well on top. England were 94-3, still trailing by 75, and the tourists' bowling was excellent.

But Joe Root and Dawid Malan were patient and also took the boundary opportunities when they came.

The pair batted through to the close and took England into a narrow lead but it was not without a few scares...

How's stat?!

Driving v pace in Test cricket Vince: 44 shots, 3 dismissals Westley: 45 shots, 3 dismissals #EngvWI

Dan Norcross

BBC Test Match Special

The manner of Westley's dismissal, and what happened in the previous 10 minutes, felt terminal for his career.

But Stoneman was given out controversially.

Was Shannon Gabriel's foot behind the line?

The third umpire thought so. Make your own mind up. It was tight.

As for Tom Westley, it was not so impressive. He was almost involved in a shambles of a run out and fell for eight with a poor shot.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Stoneman was very impressive. He played with great control. He's a dasher at county level but he played with nice restraint. I've seen enough that he should play in Australia as an opening batsman. Westley is a problem. You always felt he was vulnerable to a ball in the channel. Because of the pressure he is under, he fished to a wide one.

That meant England started their second innings with a deficit for 169.

They started well. Opener Mark Stoneman played very well for his 52 - his maiden Test half-century. He blunted the West Indies attack early on and took a blow in the meantime.

He may just have booked himself on the plane Down Under.

England started perfectly.

James Anderson took two wickets on the first two balls and England looked like they could knock the Windies over.

But the drop of Jermaine Blackwood by Moeen Ali was crucial.

West Indies were able to add almost 100 in the morning session before being bowled out, mostly through Blackwood and Jason Holder.

Right. So much has happened today that I am struggling to remember all of it.

Let's jog our memories with a look at the highlights.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

You feel if somebody in the England camp can make 75-80 then England might have enough. I think they will get a decent score now and it'll be a case of whether West Indies can deal with the pressure. Anything in excess of 150 and there'll be a lot of pressure with James Anderson and Stuart Broad charging in.

Joe Root and Dawid Malan
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Everyone has been pretty rubbish in predicting how this Test match would go but I reckon we're in for a classic.

England will return tomorrow scrapping to stretch that lead with Root and Malan at the crease.

So far they have put on a very good 77. We are quick to criticise so Malan deserves a lot of praise for his 21.

Close of play - Eng 171-3

Lead by 2

And Malan calmly sees off the final ball of the day.

What a day that has been. Those two Jimmy Anderson wickets seem a long time ago don't they?

England are effectively 2-3.

Eng 171-3

Lead by 2

Don't run yourself out now, Dawid. He drops the ball into the leg side and perhaps wants to be at the non-striker's end for the final few balls as he heads off for a single. Root rightfully sends him back and Malan holds his hand up to apologise.

That's better. Malan pushes two down the ground and England lead with one ball remaining.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Dawid Malan has batted well and has been the perfect foil for Joe Root

Eng 169-3

Scores level!!

Now a no ball and with Root knocking a single off it as well England have parity.

Will this over ever end?

Eng 167-3

Trail by 2

This will definitely be the last over. Gabriel starts with a wide and then bangs one in way down and it sails way over the head of Dowrich for five more wides.

England could nudge into the lead tonight.

Eng 161-3

Trail by 8

A better finish from Bishoo. He held his hand up to apologise to his short leg fielder after that half tracker which was good to see because it really was awful.

Five minutes left. Root is stalling the play by tying his shoelaces and doing some gardening. Does he want this over to be the last?

Eng 161-3

Trail by 8

After just one over earlier Devendra Bishoo is back. One over from your frontline spinner in the second innings of a Test? Strange.

Maybe this is why. A freebie that pitches halfway down the pitch and Malan swats it for four.

That got what it deserved.

Eng 156-3

Trail by 13

Like the first day, Gabriel isn't quite a threatening in his spell late in the day.

Root is able to tick along as he loves to do and he's into the 40s. Less than 10 minutes for England to battle through now until the end of the day.

Their chances will look a whole lot healthier if Root is still there.

West Indies will know what Joe Root is capable of. They didn't need the below boundary to remind them.

That's why they were so happy to have him out lbw only to be disappointed as the decision was overturned.

Fazeer Mohammed

TMS commentator

This is a dispiriting period for West Indies as England claw their way to parity. This could be crucial with England's powerful lower order.

Eng 155-3

Root 42, Malan 15

West Indies have been sloppy in the last 15 minutes so Holder turns to Gabriel to put some fright back in the bowling.

No change of momentum. Root guides one to the third man fence.

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Eng 151-3

Trail by 18

And more byes! Amazing scenes. Again this one is really difficult for Dowrich, swinging away after the bat in front of first slip.

The 150 is brought up with a clip to fine leg. This stand has been crucial. They brought up the 50 partnership in the previous over by the way.

A group of supporters in the crowd a currently piling 15 or so hats on top of one gentleman's head before topping it with a policeman's hat. I must admit they've lost me with that one.

Eng 146-3

Root 36, Malan 13

More byes. Dowrich is having a shocker.

To be fair this one from Chase keeps very low and scuttles through the wicketkeeper's legs for four.

Fazeer Mohammed is singing on TMS. Where is Simon Cowell when you need him?

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Shane Dowrich is discovering England is the hardest place to keep in the world. It's because the Dukes ball often moves late after passing the stumps.

Eng 142-3

Trail by 27

West Indies have been excellent today but not quite up to scratch with the reviews. Remember had they reviewed a caught behind off Malan earlier he would have been out but this time the appeal always looked desperate.

Holder is bowling well though, He's still getting this old ball to swing.

Dowrich behind the stumps, not so good. The 'keeper lets through another bye.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

It's almost like West Indies went for that in hope rather than expectation.

not-outNot out

No bat and the impact was in line but the ball was only clipping leg stump. It's umpires call and Malan lives to fight another day.

That's West Indies out of reviews as well.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

My gut feeling is that's definitely missing leg.

West Indies review

More work for the third umpire...

Holder from round the wicket gets one past Malan's bat and onto his pad.

The angle is against the bowler but Malan was a long way across. The umpire shakes his head but was it hitting leg stump?