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Mark Mitchener and James Gheerbrant

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  1. Post update

    That's about it for today - I'm sure it's nearly your bedtime - but if you can't get enough of your cricket, it all starts again (in a domestic sense) at 11:00 BST tomorrow with ball-by-ball commentary on every county game. If you're off on your travels, you can sign up for wicket alerts on the BBC Sport app.

    As far as England are concerned, they will resume on 341-5 in Antigua tomorrow at 15:00 BST - we'll be back here with the live text at 14:30, with TMS on air from 14:45. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel. Make sure you join us then - bye for now.

  2. Email

    David Wallace in Spain: We could be in for some fun tomorrow if both Stokes and Buttler get cracking, one at either end.

    Ben Stokes
  3. Post update

    So, a mixed day which began with West Indies winning the toss and fielding first - and taking three quick wickets as Trott, Cook and Ballance all fell cheaply.

    Ian Bell (143) then added 177 with Joe Root (83) and 130 with Ben Stokes (71 not out), who remains there at the close, although Bell fell with six balls remaining.

    Oddly enough, England's three team changes from their last Test - Trott, Stokes and Tredwell - have all featured at the crease today, with Trott caught for a third-ball duck, Stokes tucking into a tiring Windies attack, and Tredwell sent out as nightwatchman but not facing a ball.

  4. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Lovely footwork from Root and Bell, there's a sense of urgency in Root's cricket and he bats like a busy Australian batsman like Michael Slater who runs like hell and puts the pressure on the fielders. Bell played beautifully and it was a different game. By the time they got to the evening session, it was buffet bowling, and it was mayhem - without slogging."

  5. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Porschehead: Perhaps it's getting close to the time to stand Cookie down as captain & let him get some runs without added pressure.

  6. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd be thinking of beating West Indies here, but Australia is the biggest test at the moment. So I'd be thinking 'what is my best batting line-up' and given Adam Lyth a go to see if he could cut it. Gary Ballance likes to shovel it off his legs, they tucked him up and he edged it. Hey, if the captain doesn't hurry up and get runs soon, there could be another place opening."

  7. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd show Jonathan Trott the pictures and show how he was on the move when he was playing the ball. Cook was playing all right, then was late on a good-length straight ball, it came through the gate and bowled him. That might be rustiness because of the pathetic lack of practices, as in those two-day warm-up matches, players were coming backwards and forwards like the Seven Dwarves. That's not the player's fault, that's the administrator's fault. I would have batted Trott in his proper position at three - can he cut it again at three for when Australia come? Rahul Dravid was a fantastic player at number three but could not cut it opening."

  8. Email

    Richard Carter: Re 22:22. I take it all back. Ian Bell's from Coventry!

  9. Post update

    England batsman Ian Bell, who made 143: "It was a tricky first morning up 'til lunch. We knew it would do a bit in that first hour. They bowled well for two hours, but the wicket dried out a bit.

    "I wanted them to get me out, not give my wicket away. It's nice to be in this position at the close. There's plenty more to do and kick on."

    On Ben Stokes, who made 71 not out: "He's played well. Hopefully he can go on and get a big hundred for us. We've got Jos Buttler to come - it's going to be aggressive cricket."

    Ian Bell
  10. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "An excellent day for England, West Indies cricket isn't very strong and lacks discipline. There was a lack of urgency and energy from their bowling and fielding - and they made a stupid decision to put the opposition in to bat. They must have been frightened to death of the England seamers."

  11. Post update

    Ian Bell has been sent out to speak to the media - we'll hear from him soon. It's also time to get your tin hats on as Aggers and Boycott warm up for their review of the day, which will be available later as the TMS podcast.

    Already available on the podcast page is TMS's lunchtime tribute to the late Richie Benaud.

  12. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    David: Cook and Moores have just been summed up, send in Tredwell to stand at non-striker's end as a nightwatchman. Wake up @ECB_cricket.

    scott lennon: Tredwell never faced a ball. What a ridiculous decision to put a nightwatchman in at the non-striker's end with six balls left.

    Gareth Neale: Why isn't Jimmy Anderson nightwatchman? He's only 51 shy of getting 1,000 Test runs. Against this attack, he might just get them.

  13. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Philip Carr: Super fire-fighting work from Bell, Root and Stokes.

    Jamie Green: Ian Bell shouldn't be frustrated, he's just bought himself another series.

  14. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was very tricky for Trott coming back in, especially to open the batting. If he comes back, he bats at three - he's the best number three England have had for some time. That's where he has always been the most effective. If you need an opening batsmen, you use an opening batsmen. If that means Ballance or Bell moves down the order, so be it."

  15. Post update

    Tony Cozier

    BBC Test Match Special

    "What Stokes and Bell have done is take some of the pressure off Jonathan Trott because his selection was questionable. He had failed in two of the innings in the warm-up matches in St Kitts. He looked tense."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon (available in UK only).

  16. Post update

    Graeme Swann is certain that it will make a world of difference for West Indies, now going through some warm-down stretches on the outfield, with a number "5" in the wickets column rather then "4". It will certainly have given them a late lift after two sessions where England unquestionably had the upper hand.

  17. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Terry Mahoney: We've missed this. This being England having the upper hand in a cricket match.

  18. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a real shame for Ian Bell because after fighting so hard, until the penultimate over of the day, to get an absolute ripper, It was probably the only time he would have hit that ball - he'd have missed it at any other time. But credit to Kemar Roach."

  19. Close-of-play scorecard

    England 341-5 (90 overs)

    Batsmen: Stokes 71*, Tredwell 0*

    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Trott 0), 22-2 (Cook 11), 34-3 (Ballance 10), 211-4 (Root 83), 341-5

    Bowling figures: Taylor 15-2-79-2, Roach 21-4-66-2, Holder 18-7-55-1, Benn 26-3-85-0, Samuels 10-0-46-0

    West Indies won toss

    Full scorecard

    Ian Bell
  20. Post update

    So, while Ian Bell's 143 was the centrepiece of the day, well supported by Joe Root's 83, Ben Stokes will resume the innings tomorrow morning unbeaten on 71. Accompanied by a nightwatchman who hasn't faced a ball.

  21. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stokes has batted beautifully. Especially since that second new ball, he has played some crunching drives and anything short he has just swatted away. He made sure this was definitely England's day."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon (available in UK only).

  22. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Luke Berry: England are back! Not really but Bell deserves, at the very least, a firm handshake.

    Ian Bell
  23. Close of play

    Eng 341-5

    Jason Holder to send down the last over of the day. At no point does Ben Stokes ever look like taking a run, so the redundant nightwatchman Tredwell stays at the non-striker's end. Still, perhaps he'll get the chance to make a name for himself with the bat tomorrow - given that England often judge bowlers on whether they can bat, rather than whether they can bowl.

  24. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Psychologically, putting your head down on the pillow knowing you've not got to bowl at the man with 140 tomorrow, it gives you hope. West Indies will go out tomorrow knowing they're not far off bowling at the England bowlers."

  25. Post update

    A curious decision - not only have England sent out a nightwatchman ahead of their number seven Jos Buttler (evidently viewing him as a frontline batsman), the aforementioned watchman, James Tredwell, may not get to face a ball here as there's only one over left and Stokes is on strike.

  26. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "An absolute peach from Kemar Roach - bouncing, just leaving him, and it's just a little tickle. Bell walks off to rapturous applause. What a time for West Indies to get a wicket."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon (available in UK only).

  27. WICKET

    Bell c Ramdin b Roach 143 (Eng 341-5)

    Just when it looked like he was booking in for bed and breakfast, Ian Bell's long vigil is ended as he edges a beautiful outswinger from Roach to the delighted keeper-captain Denesh Ramdin, getting on the back foot and trying to prod it back to the bowler. It ends a stand of 130 from 25.4 overs.


    Kemar Roach and Kraigg Brathwaite
  28. Post update

    Tony Cozier

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This last session has been absolutely carnage. The new ball has gone all over the place."

  29. Eng 335-4

    Holder goes round the wicket but serves one up short and wide for Stokes, who gleefully helps it down to third man - a boundary which has been left vacant all day. England are on triple-Nelson (333) for the briefest of times as a single takes Stokes to 71 from his first 71 balls on a day when the Durham all-rounder (yes, I know, born in Christchurch, New Zealand for all you completists) has triumphantly returned to the international stage. Two overs left.

  30. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    KM: Good recovery from the morning. Shows that the run rate at the start of the day/innings is not the be-all and end-all.

  31. Eng 328-4 (Bell 136*, Stokes 66*)

    Roach has changed ends to replace the expensive Taylor, and the flow of boundaries is momentarily stemmed. Three overs left tonight, and there are some weary bodies out there among the Windies fielders.

  32. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Bryony Lever: Why don't we ask Ian Bell where he considers himself to be from?

  33. Eng 325-4

    West Indies recall the tall Jason Holder to the attack, there are two slips and a gully in, but the fielding remains a little sloppy as Bell and Stokes pick up ones and twos with consummate ease, while Bell unleashes one of his classy cover drives for four and swipes another one off the edge to third man. This new ball has been like an energy drink for England - 48 runs in five overs with the new nut - while West Indies look like they just want to get through the day.

  34. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a great approach from Stokes - there's no thought of England batting out the last few overs. If you get the opportunity to score, you give it a whack - try and hurt that second new ball. The field is spread all over the place now."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon (available in UK only).

  35. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "This is Ben Stokes's first hundred partnership in Test cricket - and Ian Bell's 49th. Alastair Cook is the only player with more for England, with 55."

  36. Eng 313-4 (Bell 123*, Stokes 64*)

    Stokes keeps going, pushing England's score past 300 with a two and then tucking into Taylor, driving and pulling the Jamaican for three successive fours. At this rate, he'll overtake Bell tomorrow morning if they both stay in... That's the century stand. Five overs left today.

  37. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    LJ Messam: Do we have to discuss where Bell is from? We ignored that for KP, Morgan, Trott et al. Let's just agree he's having a great knock.

    I think people have made a lot of fuss in the last few years about where England's non-England-born players were from...

  38. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "For those people who saw Ben Stokes's talent during the last Ashes, it has just been in hibernation for a while. It's had a sabbatical."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon (available in UK only).

  39. 50 for Stokes

    Eng 299-4

    This stand is already worth 82 - make that 84, as Roach, who bowled well in the first session but has deteriorated since then, twice oversteps for no-balls. Bell moves to 123 with a single - and Stokes clearly knows how close he is to a half-century as he guides one through the covers, scampers two and keeps scampering until he's run his bat in for a third to bring up his fifty. It's his second highest Test score, only surpassed by that ton in Perth.

  40. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Michael Prag: Re: 21:51. Ian Bell's parents still live in Dunchurch and you see them wandering around the village now and again... The square needs a decent groundsman, mind!

  41. Eng 293-4

    Jerome Taylor belatedly returns at the Sir Andy Roberts End - the late Fred Trueman would be chuntering by now about an opening bowler who's only bowled 13 of the first 82 overs, I'm sure back in the day Fred and the other grizzled old pace bowlers would bowl 30-40 overs every day and still have time to jog off for a Woodbine afterwards... Again, like Roach last over, Taylor bowls too short and Stokes gets up on one leg to help a four through square leg, and guide another one through the covers for four more. He has 47 from 58 balls.

  42. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "As well as Bell and Root played, West Indies have let themselves down. Their bowling from mid-afternoon onwards has been pretty ordinary."

  43. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ben Fides: All Test series should be played in the West Indies. Home from work, set for the evening. Love it! #perfecttimezone.

  44. Second new ball taken

    Eng 285-4 (Bell 122*, Stokes 39*)

    After that one-over delay, it's going to be Kemar Roach with the new cherry - but Aggers hasn't seen much loosening up from the quick bowlers, and it shows as Roach serves up a juicy long-hop which Bell effortlessly pulls for four. How to hand the advantage back to your opponents in one fell swoop... Another short ball is carefully directed through square leg for four by Warwickshire's Coventry-born, Dunchurch-raised, Rugby-claimed, Villa-supporting Ian Ronald Bell.


  45. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mark Almond: Do you think Ian Bell would be good on Strictly Come Dancing?

  46. New ball available - but not taken

    Eng 277-4

    Fourth umpire Joel Wilson delivers the new ball, and it looks as though West Indies are going back to Jerome Taylor, but at the last minute it's thrown back to spinner Benn. Bell cuts a single - nine overs left today.

  47. Email

    Geoff Ward from Birmingham: Re 21:42. Having lived in Rugby, Coventry and Dunchurch, I can assure you that your geography is wrong. Dunchurch is south of Rugby and certainly not between Rugby and Coventry. Oh, and Walsgrave Hospital is the major hospital for Coventry and Warwickshire. Belly is a Rugby lad.

  48. Eng 276-4 (Bell 113*, Stokes 39*)

    We've reached the 80th over, with Samuels to bowl. Stokes and Bell are happy to take a single off nearly every ball. Time for the quicks?

  49. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Football Fragmento: Left-arm spinner Permaul took 67 wickets in the West Indies four-day competition this year. Why not give him a go?

  50. Eng 272-4

    Bell reaches Nelson (111) in the penultimate over with the old ball - ones and twos are easy to come by against Benn, whose work for the day may now be over.

  51. Email

    Mike in Birmingham: Baffles me how Stokes didn't go to the World Cup. He'd have been first on the plane in my eyes. A bowler who can bowl a fair lick, gets wickets and can bat in the top seven is surely an integral part of any one-day side. Faulkner, Anderson, Matthews, Sammy all spring to mind - something England were missing.

  52. Eng 269-4 (Bell 109*, Stokes 36*)

    While Geoffrey Boycott on TMS lays into Benn's "buffet" bowling, commenting on how his entire family would be queuing up to face the left-arm spinner, Samuels is quickly through another over, with Stokes looking to cash in before the new ball arrives.

  53. Email

    Tim Williams in Leicester: Re: 21:10. The boy Bell grew up in a village between Rugby and Coventry called Dunchurch. My dad was caretaker at his school.

    Dunchurch's sporting heritage includes it being the birthplace of Olympic 400m medallist Katharine Merry.

  54. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a waiting game. West Indies just want the new ball and England are trying not to do anything silly because sometimes you can try and score quickly, get out and let a new batsman in against the new ball. So it's a little cat and mouse at the moment."

  55. Eng 267-4

    We have 14 more overs due today, if West Indies can get them in. Stokes sweeps Benn for four and then goes for the big one, crashing a six into the stand at long-on where a fan in an England cap takes a terrific catch.

  56. Scorecard update

    England 255-4 (76 overs)

    Batsmen: Bell 108*, Stokes 23*

    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Trott 0), 22-2 (Cook 11), 34-3 (Ballance 10), 211-4 (Root 83)

    Bowling figures: Taylor 13-2-57-2, Roach 17-4-43-1, Holder 15-6-36-1, Benn 23-4-68-0, Samuels 8-0-40-0

    West Indies won toss

    Full scorecard

  57. Eng 255-4 (Bell 108*, Stokes 23*)

    It's as if this Test has entered a holding pattern for the past few overs, with West Indies rattling through some two-minute overs of spin to get to the new ball, and England not looking to take any risks to ruin what has been an astonishing recovery from 34-3. Bell and Stokes take a single apiece.

  58. Eng 253-4

    Benn wheels away for his 23rd over, but Bell's steady progression continues - as Ed Smith noted earlier on TMS, it's been a chanceless innings. Just one from the over.

  59. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Voice From The Stand: Once again, the myth of Ian Bell only scoring hundreds in easy circumstances has been proven to be total rubbish.

    Jack of all trades: Well done to Ian Bell on his ton, but we gotta be honest, this is an easy attack, the real test will come in the summer.

  60. Eng 252-4 (Bell 106*, Stokes 22*)

    Another reason for sticking with spin might be that this is the 74th over, and the second new ball is available after 80. It won't matter to England - they plunder three singles from Samuels, whose seven overs have cost 38.

  61. How's stat?!

    Only Alastair Cook (25) and Kevin Pietersen (23) have scored more than Ian Bell's 22 Test hundreds for England. Wally Hammond (below), Colin Cowdrey and Geoffrey Boycott also have 22.

    Walter Hammond
  62. Post update

    Eng 249-4

    Given that (as far as I remember) teams get their two reviews replenished after 80 overs, it's no surprise that West Indies have used one for the last ball of the 73rd... He was on the back foot but I think this one might be "umpire's call"... and it is, with the ball possibly clipping the top of the leg bail. Not out.

  63. Umpire review

    The twin-spin attack continues as Benn skips in, with a slip and a leg slip in place. Perhaps the over-rate is encouraging the Windies to stick with spin? Stokes is hit on the pad, umpire Bowden shakes his head but West Indies signal for a review...

  64. Eng 248-4 (Bell 103*, Stokes 21*)

    A single takes Bell to 103 from 198 balls - the ton came up from 194 deliveries.

  65. Post update

    Ed Smith

    BBC Test Match Special

    "A magnificent knock by Ian Bell. Chanceless, classy and composed. That will have meant a lot to him - there were a few fist pumps there."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon (available in UK only).

  66. 100 for Ian Bell

    Eng 247-4

    And it's a century for Bell, who dabs Samuels between the keeper and slip to reach three figures for the 22nd time in Test cricket - and the first time in the first Test of an away series. He raises both arms in celebration, removes his helmet and salutes the England balcony.

    Ian Bell
  67. Post update

    Sir Viv Richards

    Ex-West Indies captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've always felt Bell to be a class act. There aren't many guys who are technically organised the way he is. He has a good array of shots when he's on attack, and he gets his hands through the ball well."

  68. Drinks break

    Eng 243-4

    Benn, West Indies' busiest bowler having sent down 20 of the first 70 overs, begins his 21st, but the watchful Bell - with the field spread - is happy to progress in singles, squeezing one though the covers. With 19 more overs due today, it's time for drinks. Bell has 98 from 192 balls.

  69. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Gary Cooper: My sincere apologies to @joeroot05. Second ball of the day I watch and he's bowled. What was I thinking?

    Paul Etherington: Can't believe Stokes batting above Buttler.

  70. Eng 242-4 (Bell 97*, Stokes 21*)

    We have spin from both ends for the first time today as off-spinner Marlon Samuels replaces Taylor. Stokes takes a single, is this Bell's time now? Not just yet - he taps a single to long-on to reach 97. Stokes, scoring at a quicker rate than any of his team-mates today, adds a couple more.

  71. Post update

    Sir Viv Richards

    Ex-West Indies captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's no problem at all with being nervous in the 90s. There are times when you are playing well and you change your pattern, which makes life more difficult. The best advice is just to continue in the same manner."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon (available in UK only).

  72. Eng 238-4

    Plenty of Caribbean music between overs - and after the many suggestions of Michael Vaughan on TMS earlier, Sulieman Benn is going to bowl over the wicket to the left-handed Stokes. Another flashing cut shot brings him two, while a single to deep mid-wicket means Bell, on 96 - rather starved of the strike lately - only has one ball to face. He defends.

  73. Text 81111

    Gav, Rugby: Bell is from Rugby, not Coventry, he would be mortified!

    He was born in Walsgrave Hospital on the outskirts of Coventry (as stated on his own official website when he received an honorary degree from Coventry University) which is significantly closer to Coventry than Rugby I'm afraid. Naturally, he supports... Aston Villa.

  74. Eng 235-4 (Bell 96*, Stokes 15*)

    Another four wide of point from Stokes, England will hope this is Ben Stokes (Version 2013-14) rather than Ben Stokes (Version Summer 2014) at the crease. A single takes him to a rapid 15 from 17 balls.

    And a cricket fact I'd not heard before... James Anderson's father is an optician.

  75. Eng 225-4

    Spinner Sulieman Benn has changed ends for the third time today, now he's back at the Sir Andy Roberts End but it's business as usual from Ian Bell - who helps himself to a four through the covers and an easy two to deep mid-wicket to move to 96.

  76. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Oliver J Spencer: Is that first time in a large number of Test innings Stokes hasn't gone for a duck?

    He had made three successive ducks before today.

  77. Scorecard update

    England 219-4 (66 overs)

    Batsmen: Bell 90*, Stokes 6*

    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Trott 0), 22-2 (Cook 11), 34-3 (Ballance 10), 211-4 (Root 83)

    Bowling figures: Taylor 12-2-47-2, Roach 17-4-43-1, Holder 15-6-36-1, Benn 18-3-57-0, Samuels 4-0-26-0

    West Indies won toss

    Full scorecard

  78. Eng 219-4

    As per the last over, Bell adds a single and the large slip cordon returns for Stokes, but a careful dabbed cut past backward point brings him off the mark with a boundary - ending a run of three successive ducks in his last four Test innings. Taylor tests him with a bouncer, which comes back towards his body and Stokes unconvincingly gloves him to point, before prodding a two back past the bowler.

  79. Text 81111

    Henry H in Bristol: Re: The Knights of the Caribbean (17:31). When will we see 'Sir Brian Lara? He must be due his honours soon.

    Who else from the cricketing world would you like to see receive a knighthood?

  80. Eng 212-4 (Bell 89*, Stokes 0*)

    Bell is inching towards his 22nd Test century, a single off Roach takes him to 89 - and while that 22 figure is three short of Alastair Cook's record of 25, Bell is close to reaching the top of the England charts for scores of 50 and over - he's now on 64, two short of leader Graham Gooch (66). Stokes is yet to score.

  81. Email

    Dave, Sheffield: Will the football supporters go back to moaning about that national side. We have lost three wickets in the first session and we need to replace the whole team, backroom staff and management. Maybe we need to change the name of the team, the colour of our shirt, spruce up the badge.

  82. Eng 211-4

    Ben Stokes, tattoos visible below his short-sleeved shirt, takes guard for the first time in a Test since last July. Ramdin brings in three slips and a gully as Taylor angles the ball across the Durham left-hander, then switches to bowling round the wicket but Stokes sees out the over.

  83. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "He just dangled his bat outside the off stump. I agree with Graeme Swann that Root changed the course of the innings by bringing energy. He got Ian Bell going and played a real good hand. He'll be disappointed because he was set."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon (available in UK only).

  84. WICKET

    Root b Taylor 83 (Eng 211-4)

    Jerome Taylor returns - and the Windies opening bowler has made the breakthrough as Root tries to angle his bat down to third man but chops onto his stumps. Slamming his bat down as he leaves the field, it shows how he realises he's missed out on a ton here.


    Joe Root
  85. Appeal - not out

    Eng 210-3

    England assistant coach Paul Farbrace is enjoying a cuppa as he leans down to chat to his boss Peter Moores, while also on the England balcony, Ben Stokes may be suffering pad-rash soon, having been next man in for a session and a half. There's a half-hearted appeal for lbw against Root from Roach, but not only does the ball-tracker show the ball missing the wicket, the impact was outside the leg stump. So not a close one.

  86. Tall spin bowlers


    Tim Duffy: Haydn Sully of Northants was 6ft 4in I think!

    Mike, Aberdeen: Re: Dallas Moir (18:31) - had an ale with him at weekend - still something of a 'character'. Has a twin brother Jeremy of similar imposing stature... not to be messed with!

  87. Eng 208-3 (Bell 86*, Root 83*)

    Big Benn bowls, the Bell tolls as the man from Coventry helps himself to a two and a four which not even the fleet-footed Jermaine Blackwood can cut off. Benn, quickly through his over, has 0-57 from 18. But how will he be rueing that dropped catch just after tea?

  88. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are in a real strong position - it's starting to look very easy for this pair. They've got so much time - options on the front foot, the back foot, the on side, the off side - so it's very hard to set a field for them."

    Listen to TMS commentary via the audio icon (available in UK only).

  89. Eng 202-3

    Roach sends down a ropey wide which keeper Denesh Ramdin takes in front of first slip, while a single takes Bell to 80, stretching this fourth-wicket stand to 168. A fair way to go, though, until they threaten the best fourth-wicket stand for England against the Windies - 411 by Peter May and Colin Cowdrey at Edgbaston in 1957.

  90. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It all changed when Joe Root walked to the crease. He looked to be very positive in his footwork, and I think that relaxed Ian Bell at the other end. He didn't allow West Indies just to run up and keep bowling as they had been."

  91. Eng 200-3 (Bell 79*, Root 83*)

    It's big, bad Sulieman Benn back on with his left-arm spin. If they picked an International Hard Stare XI, he'd be the spinner. Root swats him in the air towards cow corner, the ball is in the air for a long time but eventually dribbles into the unguarded boundary, which is vigorously signalled by some of the many holidaying England fans looking on. A two brings more applause for the England 200.

  92. Email

    Joe McLusky in Thames Ditton: The England team is a pun-maker's dream! Cook's bad Trott continues, he needs more Balance, needs to Tread well, but at least Bell's taken Root, and Stokes the fire (forgive me). Jordan's Butler, Mr Broad (and Her Son) might have lots to do this year...

  93. Eng 194-3 (59 overs)

    Yep, it's Samuels off and Kemar Roach returns, having sent down eight overs with the new ball and then a five-over stint between lunch and tea. With the Antiguan afternoon sun shining, Bell is calling for fresh gloves and even Roach is perspiring as he walks back to his mark. But a three off his legs from Root is England's only scoring shot. We have another 21 overs before the new ball is available.

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    Pete Naylor: Ian Bell, when he goes big, can only do it in the most elegant style...

    Rik Andrews: At the risk of jinxing it, I can see England pushing on to 450-500 now. Two class acts batting now.

  95. Eng 191-3 (Bell 79*, Root 74*)

    I wonder if that might be the last we see of Samuels, who's gone for 26 in four overs - including 13 in that one. Holder, as you'd expect, is tighter, sacrificing one of his slips in favour of a deep square leg, but then fires one down the leg side for a bye. With that blemish not counted against the bowler, it's a maiden - Holder has figures of 15-6-36-1. In rough terms, he's conceded as many runs in 15 overs as he did in about an over and a half when he was getting savaged by AB de Villiers during the World Cup.

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a very strange decision from the West Indies to open the bowling with Marlon Samuels, but excellent batting from England. They know that if they let Samuels burgle five runs off the first five overs after tea, it just gives the seamers a rest, but they're not allowing that to happen."

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  97. Six

    Eng 190-3

    Root, reprieved last over, is served up a loose delivery by Samuels which he picks up from outside off stump and wallops past mid-on for four. I'm sure Sir Viv himself would applaud that one. A well-run three takes him to 74, one ahead of his partner, but the Bell Supremacy is reasserted as he comes down the pitch and smacks Samuels for a straight six.

    With another 33 overs left today, this is going to be a fairly long session.


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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ian Bell never looked comfortable in the World Cup - looking to up the tempo just doesn't suit his game. But he's made for Test cricket - he's a very compact, technically accomplished player.

    "Joe Root has arguably been England's best player for the last 18 months. When he came out to bat, England had been very tentative and defensive, but he immediately looked a different animal, and I think that's helped him and Bell assert some dominance."

  99. Eng 177-3 (Bell 73*, Root 67*)

    Bell is skipping around between deliveries as the lanky Jason Holder resumes proceedings at the Sir Curtly Ambrose End. He had left his gloves and helmet to dry out on the outfield during the tea interval, as if underlining his desire to occupy the crease for a long time. A careful cut to third man brings him his 12th four of the day.

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    Ed Smith

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It was an easy catch, a sitter. Hip-high, not hit well, but it went straight through him."

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  101. Root dropped on 61

    Eng 173-3

    Geoffrey Boycott spoke earlier about always starting with your two best bowlers after an interval - but West Indies persist with the off-spin of Marlon Samuels, and it almost bears fruit as Root plays a hesitant pull shot and is dropped by Sulieman Benn at mid-wicket, a dolly of a catch at this level as the ball skids through Benn's hands moving to his right. England steal a two, and as if that wasn't enough, Root pulls the last ball for four.

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "James Tredwell will be licking his lips being able to bowl on this pitch, which should offer him some assistance. I always preferred to see a wicket turn, as knowing I was going to be involved more, I was more focused. If it turns on day one, I always knew what it would be doing by day three or four."

  103. Post update

    Thanks, James. As Swanny said, the proverbial game of two halves so far. But while some rushed to condemn Ramdin for opting to field first, some also rushed to condemn England after collapsing to 34-3. The final session may show who (if any) needs any condemnation...

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    Right, as we head in to the evening session, time for me to hand you back to Mark Mitchener to take you through to the close...

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a day of two halves. The first session was West Indies', but the second belonged completely to Ian Bell and Joe Root, who have wrestled the initiative back to England."

    Graeme Swann and Sir Viv Richards
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    Did previous West Indies players' experience in county cricket help them?

    WICB president Dave Cameron on TMS: "The skills were developed back home, but the professionalism of having to get up every day and practise - even if you'd been up having a beer till 4am - is what we've lacked. We're also in the position now where we can demand fitness standards because they're being paid. In most years - except when we're playing England - the IPL window will be available for players to go there, then we have the Caribbean Premier League in June."

  107. Post update

    WICB president Dave Cameron on TMS: "What happened in India was a lack of communication. I believe we'll learn from it - we've got a professional league now and England's Test ranking will be in jeopardy. Can we be number one again? Absolutely. We have six professional teams playing a minimum of 10 first-class games over six to eight months, this is the start of rebuilding the West Indies team."

  108. Post update

    Do the current players see themselves more as superstar individuals than a team?

    West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron on TMS: "We're living in an age of gadgets - everybody wants instant gratification and to be an instant superstar. We recognise that at the WICB, we have to help them understand that the team is the most important thing. If the team is doing well, they will be megastars."

  109. Tea scorecard

    England 167-3 (54 overs)

    Batsmen: Bell 69*, Root 61*

    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Trott 0), 22-2 (Cook 11), 34-3 (Ballance 10)

    Bowling figures: Taylor 10-2-39-1, Roach 13-4-36-1, Holder 13-5-32-1, Benn 16-3-45-0, Samuels 2-0-7-0

    West Indies won toss

    Full scorecard

  110. Dave Cameron (not that one) speaks

    Joe Wilson

    BBC News sports correspondent

    "The financial cloud hanging over West Indies is this claim against them from India. My understanding is that at the moment, West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron is in Dubai trying to negotiate this - they can't afford the cash but can offer India payment in kind by offering them matches."

    You can listen to Joe's chat with WICB board president Dave Cameron on TMS now.

    Dave Cameron
  111. Post update

    So, this first Test now looks very different than it did when England trooped off rather disconsolately for lunch. The tourists are now in a strong position thanks to a fine, positive session of stroke-making from Joe Root and Ian Bell, both of whom look in excellent form. Alastair Cook and Peter Moores will be feeling mighty relieved in that dressing-room.

    As for West Indies, the discipline they showed in the morning session evaporated in the baking afternoon sunshine, with Sulieman Benn particularly culpable of serving up too many bad balls. Will Denesh Ramdin be thinking back ruefully on his decision to bowl this morning?

  112. Tea interval

    Eng 167-3

    Ian Bell and Joe Root easily negotiate Jason Holder's final over before tea, and head off for a well-deserved scone. Excellent recovery from those two in a very productive afternoon session.

    Joe Root
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    Hillel: The ability to worry about the future when your team is performing well is one of the greatest attributes of an English fan.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a good pitch, a bit of movement this morning but then the two best players have shown some good intent, playing low-risk cricket shots for good rewards. England should post a good score, and there's a bit of swing and spin to encourage their bowlers."

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  115. Eng 164-3 (Bell 69*, Root 58*)

    Samuels continues, with his characteristic waddling, two-step run-up. There's a brief flurry of excitement when Ian Bell just about scampers back into his crease before Denesh Ramdin whips off the bails after a throw from the outfield - that's pretty much as close as West Indies have come in this chastening, chanceless session.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "At 30-3, West Indies' decision to bowl first must have looked like the right one, but England are building a platform to bat long - when you bowl first, you should bowl the opposition out, if not on the first day, then early on the second. They should be in for bed and breakfast now."

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    Marko Koning: Wooo like the Ashes 2013. England losing three quick wickets and Ian Bell rebuilding. Should be an England win!

    jack william redfern: KP and Cook to open like they used to in the ODIs, would allow our middle order to stay the same.

  118. Eng 160-3 (partnership 126)

    The umpires eventually call a halt to that rather bizarre interlude, and play resumes, with Jason Holder continuing with the ball. Root allays any fears about his back with a lovely languid pull shot through mid-wicket for four. These two are looking entirely untroubled and putting England in a really good position.

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    Tattz in Oldbury: Root & Bell will be the highest scorers in the England side this year by some margin. Both play pace well, with shots played all around the wicket. If we are going to put up any fight against NZ & the Aussies, these two will need to bat so well. Well, we can hardly rely on our openers!

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    Jay: Was this some kind of a statistics-driven therapy that Root just underwent?

  121. Ouch!

    Joe Root has called for some treatment - it looks like he's got some sort of problem with his back. The England physio delivers a rather uncomfortable looking massage - kneeling down and applying his full weight to the prostrate Root with both hands, like a man trying to squash one last pair of swimming trunks into an over-stuffed suitcase.

  122. Eng 154-3 (Bell 64*, Root 54*)

    Marlon Samuels is summoned to deliver a bit of part-time off-spin. England creep further into the ascendancy with three stolen singles.

  123. 50 for Root

    Eng 151-3

    Holder, whose dismissal of Gary Ballance suddenly seems an awful long time ago, continues. After 14 consecutive dot balls, he finally drags one down and Joe Root manages to evade Blackwood with a powerful cut through point. Root then goes to 50 with a gorgeous straight drive to the mid-on boundary. England making hay here.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "You have to make sure you don't offer too many freebies - the West Indies bowlers have been too short and wide at times. I'm surprised Benn hasn't come over the wicket to try something different."

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    Antony Stewart: No surprise that the only two cricketers who have not had their confidence savaged by the media are the ones leading this recovery.

    Peter: Not sure the four-day game is prioritised in this country. Only half the matches take place in Jun-Aug, the "summer months".

  126. Eng 141-3 (Bell 62*, Root 43*)

    Our first look at the jet heels of Jermaine Blackwood, a man so fast he practically leaves contrails in the outfield. He keeps the England batsmen to two when Joe Root knocks the ball behind point. Three from Benn's latest over.

  127. Eng 138-3

    Holder, who impressed many with his performances as captain of the Windies ODI side at the recent World Cup, continues to offer West Indies if not threat, at least a measure of control. He whizzes a couple of deliveries past Ian Bell's leave to conclude another good maiden over.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Geoffrey's been in a bit of a grump today - he was sending half the backroom staff home after nine overs! England have come out with a different mindset after lunch, looking to score. These two are their best players at the moment. You've just got to be careful of hitting the ball too square as it's so slow."

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    Michael Blighe: Most teams suffer from mid-order collapse. England seem to suffer from top-order collapse. And it's getting embarrassing.

    Richard Jebb: Is it not worth trying a bowler as captain given the struggles with form at the top of the order in recent years?

  130. Eng 138-3 (Bell 61*, Root 40*)

    Benn continues - can he build a little bit of scoreboard pressure after that good last over from Holder? Nope - he drifts leg-sidish and Root nails a sweep to the leg-side fence. Hands on hips, teeth clenched, eyes skyward from Benn, who wouldn't exactly be the most inscrutable of opponents across the poker table.

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    Simon Langley-Evans: Has everyone who is slagging off the England team forgotten that they were put into bat this morning?

    Robert Hart: I think Graves needs to look at increasing the number of days in a Test match with a top three of Trott, Cook and Ballance!

    Incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves recently suggested Tests could be shortened to four days to improve attendances.

  132. Post update

    Tony Cozier

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The West Indies media manager Philip Spooner thinks Ian Bell is the best leaver of a ball since Desmond Haynes."

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  133. Eng 134-3

    As we speculated, the young quick Jason Holder is introduced to stop the rot. And he does exactly what his captain would have wanted, producing six accurate deliveries to claim a maiden and briefly slow the Ian Bell onslaught.

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    Ian Roberts: Cook is too scared and tactically inept to play and captain Rashid. Negative batsman = negative captain. Rashid was the best spinner by far in 2014 on green seaming county pitches.

    Jack Elliot: Why is Cook a guaranteed opener for England, when he hasn't scored a Test century in nearly two years?

    Patch Thompson: Bell looking good. Baby faced assassin of the England squad.

  135. Eng 134-3 (Bell 62*, Root 36*)

    He bowled well before lunch but Sulieman Benn has wilted after the interval. He continues to serve up bad deliveries at regular intervals, frustrating West Indies' attempts to build any sort of pressure. This time it's looped up wide of leg stump and Joe Root ushers it past Denesh Ramdin to the boundary. It's given as four byes.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Roach is nothing like the pace he was a couple of years ago when he hit Jonny Bairstow on the head in England. He's bowling like Stuart Broad did in the World Cup - it'll be interesting to see what Stuart has, as it's difficult to come back from injury and bowl at your fastest. Whenever you're slightly off-line, they'll hit you."

  137. Text 81111

    Remembering Richie

    Richard Clarkson: A fantasy team of Richards (and derivatives of with significant licence!) for the great late Richie Benaud to captain. Surely no other name team would compete! Barry Richards, Ricky Ponting, Sir Vivian Richards, John Edrich, Sir Richie Richardson, Dave Richardson (wk), Sir Richard Hadlee, Dick Motz, Richie Benaud (capt), Andrew Caddick, Richard Illingworth. Dickie Bird umpiring of course!

  138. Eng 130-3

    Bell is on fire here, making very serviceable deliveries look like rank bad balls. Roach drops just a fraction short and Bell is on it in a flash, swivelling on to back foot and hoicking him through mid-wicket for another four. Problems for the West Indies - surely it can't be long before they turn to Jason Holder?

    Ian Bell
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    Ed Smith

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Taller bowlers, if it's not going for them, at least they can try to keep it tight. I think that's how Benn tries to get wickets - get people hanging on the back foot and then bowl a quicker ball."

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  140. Eng 125-3 (Bell 58*, Root 36*)

    Sulieman Benn looks to be all out of wicket-taking ideas here, but he does manage to keep it relatively tight off his latest over, coughing up just two runs.

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