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Mark Mitchener and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    And that's where we leave it for the day. We'll do it all again tomorrow - with play starting at 15:00 BST, we'll be back on duty here from 14:30.

    Two good sessions could - and should - put England on the brink of a first away Test victory since Kolkata 2012. West Indies need some inspiration from somewhere - I'd expect them to get another pre-match "fire and brimstone" talk from Sir Curtly Ambrose tomorrow morning. Bye for now.

  2. Text 81111

    Mel, North London: Just to redress the balance, could you make clear that some England fans love and appreciate Test cricket, are enjoying this match and are hoping England can turn this good position into a winning one?

  3. Review of the day

    Apologies for the TMS line going down - you'll be able to download Aggers and Geoffrey's review of the day via the podcast page later.

    West Indies began day three on 155-4, still 244 behind England - and while Shivnarine Chanderpaul was dislodged for 46, the rest of the innings belonged to Jermaine Blackwood, who rode his luck a little but forged ahead to compile a maiden Test century. However, he lacked support at the other end as the last five batsmen added just 32 between them, leaving Blackwood high and dry on 112 and England with a first-innings lead of 104.

    Sadly, it was the same old story for Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, who both fell cheaply, while Ian Bell may only have himself to blame after a needless run-out. But Gary Ballance (44 not out) and Joe Root (32 not out) have added 64 as West Indies rather lost heart in the last hour or two, and England are now "net" 220-3 in a one-innings match with two days remaining.

  4. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Craig Stevanato: 24 overs of spin, 30 mins extra, yet still 5 overs short. Not acceptable. Penalty runs + big fines + bans for captains required. Fans pay to see 90 overs in 6 hours, not 80-odd overs in 6.5 hours.

  5. Post update

    As you may be aware, TMS's line to Antigua went down just after the close of play - they're working to restore it as soon as possible.

    If you missed today's lunchtime feature celebrating James Anderson's 100th Test, "The Real Jimmy" (featuring Graeme Swann, BBC Radio 1's Greg James and Anderson's agent Luke Sutton), it's available on the TMS podcast page.

  6. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Chris Parker: Re: Firas (22:21): Make Root captain as "our best batsman"? Because that's what we thought with Cook, and look what it's done to him.

    Jimmy: Drop Cook, play Lyth and make Root captain.

    billybunter3rd: Root will be next captain but needs 18-24 months' more experience, which is why selectors want Cook stay 'til then.

  7. Post update

    West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood on Sky Sports: "It was hard, I took a couple of blows, but that's why it's Test cricket. It's a very big difference scoring a Test century, it's a very important milestone for me. No-one remembers you for half-centuries. I'm looking forward to many more."

    On Ben Stokes, whose no-ball reprieved him on the way to his century:

    "Ben Stokes and I go back to the 2010 Under-19 World Cup. Ben Stokes is all right, Ben Stokes is my boy."

    Jermaine Blackwood
  8. Close-of-play scorecard

    England 116-3 (38 overs) - lead by 220 runs

    Batsmen: Ballance 44*, Root 32*

    Fall of wickets: 15-1 (Trott 4), 20-2 (Cook 13), 52-3 (Bell 11)

    Bowling figures: Taylor 8-4-12-2, Roach 9-1-32-0, Holder 7-3-20-0, Benn 9-2-34-0, Samuels 5-0-13-0

    First innings: England 399; West Indies 295: Blackwood 112*, Tredwell 4-47

    Full scorecard

  9. Post update

    Well, it was a more entertaining day than yesterday, but it still drifted for long periods. England will start day four "net" 220-3 - and will be aiming, you would hope, for an afternoon declaration to allow them time to force victory.

  10. Crustacean XI

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    C.J. Henstock: C.R.A.B. de Villiers would be a shoo-in for the Crustacean XI.

    Christo EL: Crustacean XI players tend to go into their shells when going gets tough and then look like fish out of water when they re-emerge!

  11. Close of play

    Eng 116-3 (lead by 220)

    It looks as though both sides are going through the motions, as Samuels bowls a few wide of Ballance's off stump, he's not too interested until he chips a single off the last ball.

    How do you solve slow over-rate problems? Penalty runs? If a team's five overs short, why not give the other team 25 runs - that would soon eradicate the problem.

  12. Eng 115-3 (lead by 219)

    Holder bowls a no-ball, never a good start to the over, while far more interesting news is that the Antigua & Barbuda PM has moved on from selfies with Barmy Army fans to selfies with the dancing girls. Oh, the trappings of power... Back on the pitch, some hard running takes Ballance's score to 43, and even though it's only 22:29 by our clocks, it looks as though the players are ready to walk off... until the umpires force them back on.

    We're still going to have lost five overs today, despite 24 overs of spin so far today. Hardly cricket's finest hour.

  13. Email

    Paul in Spain: Erm, we are 200 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand, what is going so wrong? Why is everybody so down on England? And why is Tredwell with easily the best bowling figures in the first inning being marked for the chop? Have any of these critics ever actually played or even watched live cricket?

  14. Eng 109-3 (Ballance 38*, Root 32*)

    The teams, collectively, are going to be about five overs short of their target of 90 today, not that you'd know it from the players' body language... Samuels to continue, but there are wide open spaces in the leg side for Root to pick off a single just about anywhere. A single from Ballance stretches the lead to 213.

    Joe Root
  15. Eng 107-3

    The Antigua & Barbuda PM Gaston Browne (who was interviewed on TMS earlier) is now posing for pictures with a fan in a Barmy Army shirt. Having leaked plenty of runs with spin on at both ends, West Indies turn back to Jason Holder at the Sir Andy Roberts End, which puts the brakes on a little - but has the game gone away from West Indies in the last hour?

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    Firas: Why not make Root captain? Arguably our best batsman and brings a relaxed approach to the team. He can't do worse than Cook...

    Tom Tuthill: Will everybody calm down - we are nearly 200 ahead with two days to go. Victory is in the bag.

  17. Post update

    Ed Smith

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "West Indies won't be in this contest for long if they carry on in this vein."

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

    Gary Ballance and Joe Root
  18. Eng 107-3 (lead by 211)

    More easy accumulation against Samuels, this day's play is ambling towards a conclusion with England firmly in the driving seat. Meanwhile, at the back of the TMS box, it sounds as though Geoffrey Boycott is coming off the long run, giving an update to 5 live listeners...

  19. Crustacean XI


    A few more entries for the Crustacean XI we were discussing earlier while Shivnarine "The Crab" Chanderpaul was batting...

    Roger Williams, Twickenham: None of the modern crustaceans are a patch on the great Australian from the early days, Clam Hill.

    Tom, Herefordshire (and others): You can't have a crustacean XI without including Michael Slater (a slater is a kind of crustacean).

    Andrew Rankin: Of course, moules mariniere must have Onions.

  20. Eng 104-3 (Ballance 35*, Root 30*)

    A ripple of applause around the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium as Ballance brings up the hundred for England and then the fifty stand, as the ones and twos continue to flow.

    While Benn and Samuels bowling in tandem will improve West Indies' over-rate, it'll also give England a nice end-of-day boost of easy runs. 18 minutes remaining of day three.

  21. Eng 99-3 (lead by 203)

    Samuels rattles through the rest of his over at the cost of two singles.

  22. Post update

    As we thought - impact outside the line, and even if it wasn't, it was also an "umpire's call" for hitting the wickets. Ramdin may be sent to remedial "how to use DRS" school at the close of play.

  23. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a panic review. The umpires do get some wrong, but generally it has be a thud below the knee roll to be overturned."

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

  24. Umpire review

    An overly optimistic review from captain Denesh Ramdin as Root is hit on the pad by Samuels attempting a pull shot - the impact looked clearly outside off stump and he was playing a shot...

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    James Standen: Let's be honest with ourselves! We are struggling v WI... the Aussies will be 10-0 unless a whole Test gets rained off!

    Jamie Taylor: West Indies v Yorkshire...

  26. Eng 97-3 (Ballance 31*, Root 27*)

    Root square-cuts Benn, but that's only a single as the fleet-footed Jermaine Blackwood is patrolling the cover boundary. Busy, positive cricket from the fourth-wicket pair means they're picking up ones, twos and even a three with ease - the stand is up to 45, and the lead is up to 201.

  27. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Omnishambles: Supporting England cricket has to be a form of Stockholm Syndrome.

    Rachel T: My son is learning cricket at school this term. Needless to say I'm not allowing him to watch this Test.

  28. Eng 92-3 (lead by 196)

    A good call from MP Vaughan - as it's going to be Marlon Samuels to bowl his part-time off-spin, inscrutable behind his sunglasses. But his first ball is another freebie, full outside leg stump and Root easily sweeps it for four. England's lead continues to build.

    Today's lunchtime discussion "The Real Jimmy", celebrating James Anderson's 100th Test, is available for another listen on the TMS podcast page.

  29. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The way Sulieman Benn is bowling, I don't know if we'll see him in Grenada. It's too short, there's nothing on it. These two bowlers are releasing all the pressure. Ramdin needs to bowl Taylor and Holder, or if not, Marlon Samuels."

  30. Eng 87-3 (Ballance 30*, Root 18*)

    Root drives Benn through the covers, it's half-stopped and they run two. A more fluent cut shot brings the young Yorkshire right-hander (he's still only 24) four, and there are plenty of free runs to be had at the moment. There are three close fielders but Benn's not really bringing them into the game.

    Joe Root batting
  31. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "West Indies need to get Kemar Roach out of the attack. They need to build pressure, they need to get wickets. He's bowling slowly, he's bowling with nothing on it, there are too many freebies coming Ballance's way."

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

  32. Eng 80-3 (lead by 184)

    This is not good bowling from Roach, spraying it around either side of the wicket as Ballance helps himself to a four through point and another helped down to fine leg. Frustrating for the Windies after all the control Taylor and Holder showed earlier, that Roach and Benn have allowed England to step on the gas - but in a four-man attack, there's no hiding place. Perhaps the Seaweed Man (see earlier) could turn his arm over?

  33. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Marko Koning: England's number four batsman don't even have time for a cup of tea these days. Another top-order collapse. Worrying.

    Thomas Hammond: England are maddening. It would be fascinating to see what goes on behind closed doors in terms of preparation.

  34. Eng 70-3 (Ballance 20*, Root 11*)

    Root moves into double figures, helping Benn for two through square leg. Meanwhile, TMS scorer Andrew Samson reveals that England were seven overs adrift of their target by the time they bowled West Indies out - and they've "no excuse" for that according to Michael Vaughan, considering how long spinner Tredwell bowled.

  35. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Joe Root's arrived at the crease and he wants to look busy against Sulieman Benn. Ballance has been very watchful - he's played and missed at a few, but he's seen off the new ball and he's good at using the width and getting that left hand into play."

  36. Eng 68-3 (lead by 170)

    After that three-over burst from Taylor, it's time for a third spell from Kemar Roach - and having seen off Taylor, Ballance finds the room to cut Roach for four. 44 minutes left of play today.

  37. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Benn won't mind that six too much, because Root's playing across the line. There's always that fine line when you're a spinner between the shot that you want to see the batsman play, and the shot that you want to see the batsman mess up playing."

  38. Drinks break

    Eng 64-3

    Single from Ballance, then a slog-shovel across the line from Root brings him a six over mid-wicket - the fifth maximum of the match. The players have earned another drinks break, the second of this mammoth session, and it looks like umpire Billy Bowden is scampering off for a comfort break.

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    Woolpack Inn York: Has the @ECB_cricket got any clue at all how to select a team? #Clueless.

  40. Eng 57-3 (Taylor 8-4-12-2)

    Taylor v Ballance, round three. The left-hander leaves anything he doesn't have to play, but Taylor's hopes of another maiden are ended when Ballance guides the last ball for a single off his legs - a favoured shot of his.

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    Joshua Edwards: Re 21:00. Geoff Kidd wins his bet. Aussie here in Texas falling off my chair laughing...though I first fell 2 days ago to be fair.

  42. Eng 56-3 (lead by 160)

    Joe Root is off the mark with his 11th delivery, on-driving Benn for three, while Ballance nudges a single off his legs, Jason Holder gives chase and slips over on his posterior while retrieving the ball in a brief moment of comedy. Always looks a little funnier when it happens to such a tall man.

  43. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Chris Jones: Could throw away this whole Test in one bad session here.

    John S Kirkup: This cricket team. Dear me. Get a grip.

    Richard Branch: So England's top-order batsmen are working hard to ensure there's a result from this Test.

  44. Eng 52-3

    The Taylor-Ballance duel continues, the Jamaican goes round the wicket to the Zimbabwean-Harrovian-Yorkshireman, there are a couple of wafts outside off stump but it's a maiden over. Taylor has an excellent 2-11 from seven.

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    Alice Stainer: That Bell run-out takes the biscuit. What on earth is going on? England don't look like serious professionals but a jittery mess.

  46. Scorecard update

    England 52-3 (20 overs) - lead by 156 runs

    Batsmen: Ballance 13*, Root 0*

    Fall of wickets: 15-1 (Trott 4), 20-2 (Cook 13), 52-3 (Bell 11)

    Bowling figures: Taylor 6-3-11-2, Roach 7-1-18-0, Holder 5-2-14-0, Benn 2-1-4-0,

    First innings: England 399; West Indies 295: Blackwood 112*, Tredwell 4-47

    Full scorecard

    Gary Ballance
  47. Eng 52-3 (Taylor 6-3-11-2)

    West Indies look to put the frighteners on England by recalling Jerome Taylor to the attack. Ballance is stout in defence, biding his time. His last five international innings in all formats before today were 10, 10, 10, 6, and 10 - he's now unbeaten on 13. Maiden over.

  48. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a massive mess-up. You can't really blame Gary Ballance - Ian Bell made a mistake and before he knew it, he was gone. He has just made one of those boo-boos at the wrong time."

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

  49. Eng 52-3

    Not for the first time in this game, Joe Root comes to the crease with England in a spot of bother. He sees out the over.

  50. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ian Bell is normally a very good runner. He just aimlessly went jogging down the pitch, then suddenly realised it was too late. I just can't understand what he was thinking, other than thought square-leg was deep square-leg. Bell had given up the ghost."

  51. WICKET

    Bell run out (sub Bishoo/Ramdin) 11 (Eng 52-3)

    Bell turns Benn off his legs and goes walkabout, he's sent back, the ball is thrown back sharply from short fine leg by sub fielder Devendra Bishoo and he's run out by yards... Ballance, who came a couple of yards down the pitch, has his head in his hands.

    With Ramdin seemingly only taking the bails off at the second attempt, there's even a question: if Bell had dived, might he have made his ground? England are "net" 156-3.


    Ian Bell
  52. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Pockett: The laptop didn't say the ball was going to swing like this!

  53. Eng 52-2 (lead by 156)

    Holder to continue - Bell guides a single off his legs, then feverishly signals to the dressing-room, pointing at his helmet. Ballance punch-drives a three past third man, or is that four? The fielder's knee appeared to be touching the rope when he pushed the ball back so that's four. Bell gets a drink between overs, and it's been a long day for the dancing girls on the boundary but they're still going.

  54. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Phil Lang: Are England the only team with a tail at the top and bottom of the order?

  55. Eng 47-2 (Ballance 9*, Bell 10*)

    After 16 overs of right-arm seam, time for some left-arm spin from big, bad Sulieman Benn, who didn't bowl well in the first innings but has contributed today with a couple of entertaining swipes at number 11, and a good catch at gully to remove Cook. But it's bowling where he's supposed to contribute - Ballance helps himself to an easy four off his hip, guiding the ball between the keeper and leg slip.

  56. Post update

    Antigua & Barbuda prime minister Gaston Browne on TMS: "Cricket connects us in the West Indies, we also have common traditions. and origins. Fundamentally we're the same people. We're all Caribbeans."

  57. Eng 43-2 (lead by 147)

    Holder has been gun-barrel straight so far, but even his radar slips for once when he bangs in a bouncer to Ballance which disappears for five wides. A leg bye rotates the strike for the first time for a while, Bell pushes a leisurely two through the covers and is that leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo on as a sub fielder?

    England's lead is 147. A good score in snooker, eminently beatable in cricket.

  58. Post update

    Could this be a shock family reunion on TMS?

    Sir Viv Richards to PM Gaston Browne: "I'm hearing from the family that we could be related."

    Gaston Browne: "My maternal grandfather was a Richards."

  59. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Geoff Kidd: Bet any Aussies watching this are falling off their stools with laughter. #shambles.

  60. Eng 35-2 (Ballance 5*, Bell 8*)

    Roach raises his arm, half in appeal, half in frustration as Bell plays and misses and the ball is well taken by skipper Ramdin crouching to his right. But the Warwickshire man then profits with a slash just over point for four. We still have another 28 overs left - realistically, another 95 minutes of play, in which they'll struggle to get 28 in. With the current lot struggling to bowl 90, I wonder how the incoming ECB chairman might incentivise the players to bowl 105 in a day for his planned four-day Tests?

  61. Post update

    Sir Viv Richards

    Ex-West Indies captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This was a great opportunity for the West Indies to bounce back, and to have gotten those two early wickets does send a message that it's game on."

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

  62. Eng 31-2 (lead by 135)

    While Aggers and the PM chat about the value of Antigua's investment in Test cricket, the game resumes with Holder going round the wicket to Ballance, who knocks a two off his legs.

  63. Post update

    Antigua & Barbuda PM Gaston Browne on TMS: "It's untenable that we don't have one [Antiguan] person in the West Indies team now. We need to change that, encourage the youth to get involved in cricket, and find the next generation of Sir Vivs."

    Gaston Browne and Sir Viv Richards
  64. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    E Mistry: What has happened to England, no joy in watching/listening anymore. Less fight than a wet lettuce.

    Tristan Watson: Someone take Cook out this England setup now before he ruins his career any further. Enough is enough, he is spent.

  65. Post update

    Antigua & Barbuda PM Gaston Browne on TMS: "We had to pay half a million US dollars to the West Indies Cricket Board to stage this game. But with all the tourists here, we feel we get a good return - we had in excess of 10,000 people here on the first day, and 5-6,000 today. We're subsidising the game so more people are here."

  66. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    To Antigua PM Gaston Browne:

    "Do you have the power to deport people? There's a candidate behind me, Mr Boycott."

    Gaston Browne and Jonathan Agnew
  67. Drinks break

    Eng 29-2

    Ian Bell, at least, seems pretty confident in the knowledge of where his off stump is, leaving a lot of deliveries from Roach in Geoffrey's beloved corridor of uncertainty. Another maiden earns England a drinks break.

    As well as Sir Viv, TMS have now been joined by Antigua & Barbuda's Prime Minister, Gaston Browne.

  68. Eng 29-2 (lead by 133)

    With another 31 overs left to bowl today after this one (albeit in less than two hours - they can't go beyond 22:30 BST), what would you think England's target would be? 250 ahead by the close with an eye on a pre-tea declaration tomorrow? For now, it's just about recovering from those early wickets. An accurate maiden over to Ballance means Holder is yet to concede a run.

  69. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm amazed they've taken Taylor out of the attack. Bell is the key wicket. He might not get in the same rhythm when he comes back."

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

  70. Eng 25-2 (Ballance 3*, Bell 4*)

    After a hostile and accurate spell of 2-11 from five overs, Taylor is off - to England's relief, and Michael Vaughan's surprise - and Roach has had a change of ends. Bell is off the mark from his 12th delivery as he smacks a loose delivery through the covers for four. England lead by 133.

  71. Eng 25-2 (lead by 129)

    West Indies make their first bowling change and turn to the tall Jason Holder, the third prong of their three-pronged seam attack who supported Jermaine Blackwood well with the bat earlier today. Holder keeps it tight, Ballance hangs his bat out and comes within a whisker of getting a nick as the ball ends up in the hands of first slip. Maiden.

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    Cricket writer Daniel Brigham on Twitter: Only three century opening partnerships since Strauss retired. All between Cook and... Compton.

    I wonder what the people who seemed keen to hound Compton out of the England team in 2013 make of that stat?

  73. Eng 25-2 (Taylor 5-2-11-2)

    "You can't chop and change after one game," muses Michael Vaughan - but Ian Bell will know only too well that it doesn't always happen like that, having been dropped after the first Test of the 2009 series in the Caribbean after England's Jerome Taylor-inspired 51 all out calamity in Jamaica. Owais Shah was the man brought in, but he only lasted the rest of that series before being replaced at three by Ravi Bopara.

    Bell's second coming was later in 2009 when injury to Kevin Pietersen earned Bell a mid-Ashes recall, and when lack of form prompted Bopara to be dropped, his place went to the uncapped... Jonathan Trott. How things change. Something to ponder as Bell survives a maiden from Taylor.

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    Mark: Cook's technical flaw remains and shows no sign of being rectified. Every bowler knows to pitch it up around off stump.

    Adam Tillsley: Cook out cheaply again. Surely this can't go on much longer? He's so out of form it's incredible...

  75. Scorecard update

    England 25-2 (8 overs) - lead by 129 runs

    Batsmen: Ballance 3*, Bell 0*

    Fall of wickets: 15-1 (Trott 4), 20-2 (Cook 13)

    Bowling figures: Taylor 4-1-11-2, Roach 4-0-10-0

    First innings: England 399; West Indies 295: Blackwood 112*, Tredwell 4-47

    Full scorecard

  76. Eng 25-2 (lead by 129)

    West Indies' body language show their tails are up, there's a spring in their step - an overstep in Roach's case as he bowls a no-ball to Ballance, and then frustration as the left-hander fences and misses at the last ball of the over.

  77. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Thomas Huysinga: There's a Dutch saying that goes 'a donkey never steps on the same stone twice'. Not quite sure what that makes Alastair Cook.

    Football Fragmento: Vaughan says on TMS that Cook looks great. Next ball he's out. Commentator's Curse or what.

  78. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Of Jerome Taylor's 108 Test wickets, 19 of them have been the opposition captain. It's the highest percentage (17.59%) of any bowler in Test history."

  79. Close!

    Eng 24-2

    New batsman Ian Bell shows the full face of a back-foot defensive shot to Taylor as the ball whizzes by first ball, then one nips back, nearly cuts him in half and keeper Ramdin can't hold on as it disappears to the boundary. It's signalled as leg byes though, so can't be put down as a chance, but was mighty close.

  80. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "His foot movement was good, he just prodded at the ball. It was the first ball Taylor bowled round the wicket, and that's the angle that causes Cook problems. Taylor's getting it as full as he can, it's not safe bowling but he draws the drive."

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

  81. WICKET

    Cook c Benn b Taylor 13 (Eng 20-2)

    A tentative checked drive does for Alastair Cook as he edges Taylor to gully and is caught by big Sulieman Benn. Not a start to the innings that either Cook or Trott will remember fondly - the knives will be out for both of them now.

    In England's favour, they are "net" 124-2. Ballance managed to open his account with a three through mid-wicket before Cook fell.


    Alastair Cook
  82. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kevin Baker: What a delivery by Taylor. World class. Not much Trott could do.

    James Gutteridge: Can we just admit Trott is no opener and give Lyth the chance he deserves?

    Will Morrall: Send Trott home. He's not even close to being the same player. Moeen's back too - no brainer.

  83. Eng 17-1 (lead by 121)

    Gary Ballance is the new batsman, walking to the middle while the West Indians celebrate. For now he's the non-striker as Cook sizes up Roach, who runs up in the manner of the former star sprinter Michael Johnson (with his head well back) but is nowhere near as quick,,, Cook adds a couple to his score.

  84. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's on the move, which is not great. But I think he was playing towards mid-on, which he always does. It's not great against the new ball. I don't think he's an opener. If I was Adam Lyth, I'd have a good sleep tonight and go to the nets early tomorrow morning."

  85. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It wasn't one solid movement, it was a walking shot, playing towards mid-off. He was squared up, the outswing has done for him again."

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

  86. WICKET

    Trott c Ramdin b Taylor 4 (Eng 15-1)

    Oh, no - Trott edges to the keeper for the second time in this match, trying to work a swinging delivery from outside off stump to leg. I can hear the knives being sharpened already.


    Jonathan Trott
  87. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's difficult to create pressure when there are only a couple of really good bowlers. Cook is used to the ball going across him: the that gives him the most trouble is the one that just holds."

  88. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "You can feel Cook trying to get forward rather than across the crease. Taylor is just finding a little bit of movement at the moment."

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

  89. Eng 15-0

    Cook is not quite entirely fluent yet, inside-edging Taylor onto his pad, while he's slightly off-balance (as opposed to being off-Ballance) as he hoicks him through mid-wicket for four. A single takes him to 11.

  90. Eng 10-0 (lead by 114)

    No rain yet, but the floodlights are on as Trott steps well across his stumps to work Roach for two - almost like the way Hashim Amla played England at The Oval three years ago, stepping across to the off side each time to bring lbw out of the equation.

  91. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ben Hoare: Trott and Cook to get a century each with a stand of 225/230. It'll happen.

    David: Moeen Ali has scored one Test hundred in 10 innings, never scored a 50. Why is he a guaranteed pick?

  92. Moeen added to England Test squad

    If you didn't hear earlier, all-rounder Moeen Ali has been added to the England squad for the final two Tests in the West Indies.

    The 27-year-old left-handed batsman and off-spinner was not included in the original 16-man party because of a side stain suffered during the World Cup.

    However, he made 62 and four on his comeback in Worcestershire's season-opening County Championship defeat by Yorkshire this week.

    The England and Wales Cricket Board said Moeen will join up with the squad in Grenada on Saturday, before the second Test begins on 21 April.

  93. Eng 8-0

    While we all reach for the Laws of Cricket, Cook safely negotiates a maiden from Taylor, while Geoffrey has a bit of a moan about Adam Lyth and Liam Plunkettt not being in the England side.

    Here's a worry - Aggers has spotted some ground staff by the boundary "dressed like North Sea trawlermen". Is there rain on the way?

  94. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "The ball is dead when it rests in the wicketkeeper's gloves. It shouldn't have been dead there."

    Here's Law 23 from the MCC website.

    Law 23.1 (a) (i) The ball becomes dead when it is finally settled in the hands of the wicketkeeper or of the bowler.

    23.1 (b) The ball shall be considered to be dead when it is clear to the bowler's end umpire that the fielding side and both batsmen at the wicket have ceased to regard it as in play.

    23.2 Whether the ball is finally settled or not is a matter for the umpire alone to decide.

  95. Eng 8-0 (Cook 6*, Trott 2*)

    Kemar Roach takes the second over, banging a freebie down the leg side which Captain Cook helps on its way for four. Windies captain Denesh Ramdin responds immediately by sending one of his five-man slip cordon into the covers. Then there's an odd moment when a wild throw to the keeper sails past the slips and goes to the boundary, but after a discussion between the umpires, the ball is deemed to be "dead" so no extra runs are added.

    Aggers on TMS thinks it wasn't "dead" and England have been robbed of four overthrows - and I agree. At what point did the ball become dead there, umpire Billy Bowden?

  96. Eng 3-0 (lead by 107)

    Cook clips a single off Jerome Taylor's first ball, bringing Trott on strike. On a pair. And he plays and misses outside off stump... not one for the purists, that. But an easy flick to long leg for two gets Trott - playing his 50th Test, lest we forget - off the mark. Relief all round.

  97. Email

    Gary Brooks: To be frank, even though I'm an England fan, the best thing all round might be a sound thrashing of England in this series. Then we might get real change at the top, a new coach and then pick players on form with some bottle.

  98. Post update

    Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott to open for England - starting on a "net" total of 104-0.

  99. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "What England won't need here is two or three out-of-form batsmen trying to cling on like limpets, desperately trying to play themselves back into form."

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

  100. Post update

    Thanks, James. Strap yourselves in and get your sandwiches to hand for a long final session - we still have 43 overs to cram in today.

  101. Post update

    Time for me to hand you back to Mark Mitchener for the evening session...

  102. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    West Indies opener Chris Gayle: That's my boy Jermaine Blackwood, 1st Test hundred, many more to come! #WellDone #112NotOut

    Gayle was unable to play in this series because of a persistent back injury - but is playing in the Indian Premier League instead.

  103. The spin debate

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    Mike Bell: Is Simon Kerrigan not even on the selection spectrum? Shane Watson thumped a few shots off him in one spell, but is that it?

    Si Lomas: Ali in for Trott to open, he'll play aggressively, Rashid in for Tredwell... you then have two spinners who spin ball opposite ways.

    James Cowe: Would you necessarily drop Tredwell for Ali? Broad, Jordan or Stokes could easily be replaced based on their performances. Tredwell somehow reminds me of an Ashley Giles spinner. Does a job, keeps an end. Gets mocked by many.

  104. Cracking cheese, Tredders!

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    Joe Baker: Did they base Wallace from Wallace and Gromit on James Tredwell? Spitting image.

    Wallace and Gromit
  105. The spin debate

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Who's the better off-spinner - Moeen Ali or James Tredwell?

    "Moeen. You look at what he's done in his short Test career so far, if he's fit you get him in the team. Look at who are the best five bowlers to win in Grenada - if you go with four seamers and one spinner, do you bring in Moeen for Tredwell? Harsh - but yes. If Moeen and Stokes are going to bat six and seven, Buttler at eight, then Jordan, Tredwell or Rashid, then Broad and Anderson. It'd be interesting to see who they left out if they went down to three seamers. By not playing Rashid this week, it's telling me they don't trust him, even though he won Yorkshire the title. The rumours are they're not impressed with him. If he isn't in their plans for the next two games, they should send him home. Same goes for one of the seamers, as long as they're covered for Barbados."

  106. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "You know what you're going to get with James Tredwell, but I think England are missing a trick by not having a look at Adil Rashid. I hope they don't bring back Moeen Ali in order to go with two off-spinners. Maybe two spinners is the way, but two off-spinners isn't the way."

  107. Tea interval

    Tea has been taken before England begin their second innings...

    James Anderson leaves the field for tea
  108. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "What England can't afford to do is to be 30-3 like they were in the first innings, as at 50-5 West Indies are back in it. They need to score, but not recklessly - West Indies only have a four-man attack and Sulieman Benn needs to bowl better than he did in the first innings."

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

  109. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Pete: Jimmy is superb but let's not forget Beefy had the small matter of 5,200 runs also!

    Peter Collins: Perfect, time for our batsmen to go out and smash their way to a couple of hundred. Blistering start needed. Oh wait...

    Chris Jones: West Indies throwing away all their hard work today in one over.

  110. Post update

    So, a strong afternoon session from England, who were able to run through the tail pretty quickly once they winkled out Jason Holder. James Tredwell had been expected to play second fiddle to England's seamers but he was the star performer, picking up four wickets with good ol' fashioned flight and guile.

    Jermaine Blackwood played an excellent, gritty innings, often reining in his natural attacking instincts, to drag West Indies up to nearly 300, but that first-innings deficit of 104 runs puts England firmly in the box seat.

  111. End-of-innings scorecard

    West Indies 295 all out (113 overs) - trail by 104 runs

    Blackwood 112*, Chanderpaul 46; Tredwell 4-47

    Fall of wickets: 19-1 (Smith 11), 42-2 (Bravo 10), 89-3 (Samuels 33), 99-4 (Brathwaite 39), 192-5 (Chanderpaul 46), 227-6 (Ramdin 9), 276-7 (Holder 16), 292-8 (Roach 5), 292-9 (Taylor 0), 295 all out (Benn 2)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 23-9-67-2, Broad 22-2-67-2, Jordan 23-8-46-1, Stokes 19-3-64-0, Tredwell 26-12-47-4

    England 399: Bell 143, Root 83, Stokes 79; Roach 4-94

    West Indies won toss

    Full scorecard

    Jermaine Blackwood
  112. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "A wonderful innings from Blackwood - he set his stall out with that second ball when he hit it for six. Stuart Broad gave him a working-over with the short stuff, he came through that and chose the right balls to attack. But to get those last two wickets so quickly is a big bonus for England - they're in the box seat to go out, bat well and give West Indies four or four-and-a-half sessions to survive the match."

  113. WICKET

    Benn c Root b Anderson 2 (WI 295 all out)

    It's all over, and as we suspected Jermaine Blackwood is left high and dry. Sulieman Benn's brief innings ends when he tries to flick Anderson into the leg side but the ball bobbles up tamely and is claimed by Joe Root at short leg.


  114. WI 292-9

    Sulieman Benn is the new batsman. Jermaine Blackwood is in danger of being left stranded like a shipwreck survivor on a tropical island.

  115. Post update

    Tony Cozier

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Jerome Taylor is from the same parish in Jamaica as Jermaine Blackwood. You wouldn't think it after that run-out."

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

  116. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Crazy stuff from Jerome Taylor, he didn't even wait for the third umpire. Now it's Tredwell's chance to take five as the last man is a crazy left-hander who hacks across the line - Sulieman Benn."

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

  117. WICKET

    Taylor run out (Broad) 0 (WI 292-9)

    Well now, that is careless. Jerome Taylor squirts one backward of point and sets of without looking, and Stuart Broad swoops on it like a hawk and rattles the timbers with a sharp throw. West Indies folding like a deckchair in a stiff gale.


  118. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Five catches for Jos Buttler, which is the first time he's done that in a Test innings - he's just the second keeper to take five in an innings against West Indies after Jack Russell in 1990."

  119. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Well bowled, James Tredwell - it was pushed through quicker, Roach tried to defend, it was well taken by Buttler and Tredwell is doing exactly what he should do - easily the pick of the bowlers. He's got two opportunities left to get his first Test five-for."

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  120. WICKET

    Roach c Buttler b Tredwell 5 (WI 292-8)

    He'll have an honest try, they said. He won't let anybody down, they said. Well, James Tredwell is doing a bit better than that - he's leading the England attack here. He picks up his fourth wicket with one that skids straight on and takes the edge of Kemar Roach.


    Kemar Roach is caught
  121. Scorecard update

    West Indies 292-7 (111 overs) - trail by 112 runs

    Batsmen: Blackwood 111*, Roach 8*

    Fall of wickets: 19-1 (Smith 11), 42-2 (Bravo 10), 89-3 (Samuels 33), 99-4 (Brathwaite 39), 192-5 (Chanderpaul 46), 227-6 (Ramdin 9), 276-7 (Holder 16)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 22-9-64-1, Broad 22-2-67-2, Jordan 23-8-46-1, Stokes 19-3-64-0, Tredwell 25-11-47-3

    England 399: Bell 143, Root 83, Stokes 79; Roach 4-94

    West Indies won toss

    Full scorecard

    Seaweed Man
  122. WI 292-7 (Blackwood 111*, Roach 5*)

    Blackwood plays a lovely shot through extra cover but only gets one for it as Ben Stokes, who has an arm like a medieval trebuchet, sweeps round on the off side. No-one will reel the next one in though as Blackwood smears one through mid-wicket for four.

  123. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "As a spin bowler, if you've got three wickets of three top-order batsmen, then if you can convince the captain to let you bowl at the tail-enders, that's your bread and butter."

  124. Email

    Julian, Surrey: Once Jimmy is done, surely the stage is set for Cook to chase down Gooch's 8,900 runs record? 460-odd needed could coincide nicely with the third Ashes Test?

  125. WI 286-7

    Roach is bedding in here. He plays out his second successive maiden off Tredwell.

  126. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Terry Mahoney: Bringing Jimmy back to have a go at the tail with the record in sight. Good captaincy (for once).

  127. WI 286-7 (Blackwood 106*, Roach 4*)

    Blackwood, whose concetration still looks solid out there, nudges a couple of twos from Anderson's latest over.

  128. WI 282-7

    Tredwell continues and he almost has a fourth wicket, sliding one across Kemar Roach and enticing a wild swing which, luckily for the West Indian, connects with nothing but fresh air.

  129. Tredwell or Rashid?

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    Tom Audsley: Is Rashid ever going to be given a chance? He has been outstanding for Yorkshire. Ali joining up will put him further back.

    Jack Tecwyn: Fair play to Tredders. He's held up an end & got three wickets. I thought Rashid should have played. But I am a Yorkshireman!

    James Cowe: Tredwell won't be a decent off-spinner till he bowls a few or gets a few catches behind in one innings.

  130. WI 282-7 (Blackwood 102*, Roach 4*)

    Chris Jordan is finally hooked, and James Anderson gets a bowl. Jordan's rest is rudely interrupted though when Blackwood immediately skies one on the off-side and Jordan has to get his piston-like thighs pumping to try and chase it down, but it lands tantalisingly safe.

  131. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen Ali could replace James Tredwell in this team. But what if Tredwell gets eight or nine wickets in this game and wins it for England, you could have an England spinner who can't get in his own County Championship team keeping out the established spinner."

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