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James Gheerbrant and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    So we'll leave it there. Alastair Cook may not have ended that long wait for a hundred, but the even longer delay for an England victory overseas looks in a good shape to be cut short. See you tomorrow.

  2. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The West Indies toiled, it was difficult for them. Gabriel gave everything and was spirited but poor Bishoo has bowled 41 overs already. That's too much for a young kid. He stuck at it well but Roach and Holder showed no penetration, they wouldn't worry my mum."

  3. Post update

    And that is the situation - England 74 ahead with four first-innings wickets remaining. A match-winning position? We'll go a long way to answering that question tomorrow.

  4. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a declaration job tomorrow - Cook can tell them to crack on, get as many as they can, a lead of 150, but I don't think he needs too many. When West Indies have to go in and bat for four sessions, they will think they can get past England and that's when they'll play shots to get out. It's not hard to knock off 100 on the last day."

  5. Post update

    But Root remains, in the company of the exciting Jos Buttler. It will be their job tomorrow to survive the early going, then extend England's lead as far and as quickly as possible. The tourists will need as much time as possible to bowl the Windies out on a placid pitch.

  6. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Marlon Samuels

    "The Samuels salute to Stokes was all right because it is banter and fun; it has happened throughout history. It is the personal abuse that has to stop. That is not punishable - it was funny. It is the nasty things that the ICC have to get rid off, not this sort of thing."

  7. Post update

    Moeen Ali looked for a single when the ball had hardly left the pitch and was run out, then Ben Stokes arrived to resume his duel with Marlon Samuels. It did not end well for the Durham all-rounder. A Bishoo long hop held on the boundary, Samuels saluting the batsman as he trudged off. One of the great send-offs and the moment of the day.

  8. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I know teams don't like changing their batting line-up, but I would have sent Jos Buttler in ahead of Moeen. He would have had an hour, and he could have taken 10 or 15 balls to get going and the scoreboard would have rocketed along after that. I don't see how the left-hander Stokes gets in above Buttler - it's a stereotype that batsmen and all-rounders come in before the keeper but this lad is different, he's got special talent. He should bat higher."

  9. Post update

    Root was undeterred, going through to his sixth Test ton and first overseas. At the other end, though, all sorts of fun and games unfolded.

  10. Post update

    Root added the ooomph, sparking partner Gary Ballance into life too. Runs flowed either side of tea, both men strong on the cut, Root happy to get on the pull. Centuries were for the taking, but Ballance was undone by Marlon Samuels' slowest ball of the day.

  11. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Joe Root leaves the field

    "The best batting came from Root, he created momentum when he came in with good batting. He was not looking to smash fours, he was busy for ones and twos and put the fielders under pressure. He played wonderfully and he has found his niche at five. He really did not put a foot wrong today."

  12. Post update

    All eyes were on Cook in the afternoon, looking for that first ton in almost two years. It wasn't to be, chopping on for 76, with Ian Bell doing the same. England stuttering. Enter Joe Root.

  13. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Both Trott and Cook were on for a hundred, but they batted nicely and it takes a lot of pressure off for them. They'll be very happy. Gary Ballance was safe, steady and he's a great leaver of the ball. He didn't rush - he never does, but he's a part opener at three. He knows his areas where he can score and he's a safe number three."

  14. Post update

    Cook's progress and that of new opening partner Jonathan Trott was painstaking in the morning session, stifled by some accurate West Indian bowling. In the end, Trott was undone by the leg-spin of Devendra Bishoo, edging to gully after making a half-century in his second match back in the side.

  15. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "From England's point of view it was an ideal day. In the sun, they batted well and they have scored at a quicker rate than West Indies. I think Cook and Trott played nicely last night and today. The way they both played, with a straight bat, on a low slow surface was very good."

  16. Post update

    Could it have been better for England? Perhaps, but they have still added 299 in the day. They may well have liked to have seen Alastair Cook notch three figures, but the wait for that elusive century goes on.

  17. Email

    Praveen: I hope Stokes learns that you don't need to be abusive to get wickets. That send off sounds hilarious.

  18. Player reaction

    England centurion Joe Root, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's a nice feeling but we need to kick on tomorrow. There is plenty of batting left in that dressing room and hopefully we can get a big score. The more I make over 100 the better, it will help us to win things. I feel good, my movements are good and you have to cash in because blips happen in a career."

  19. Post update

    Joe Root leaves the field

    Root leads the players off, raising his bat to acknowledge the applause of some sunburned England fans. His sixth Test hundred added impetus to the England innings when it was needed in the afternoon session. If he and Buttler bat for half an hour in the morning, they will be given a licence to entertain.

  20. Final scorecard

    England 373-6 (124 overs) - lead by 74

    Batsmen: Root 118 (165 balls, 13 fours, two sixes), Buttler 4 (17)

    Fall of wickets: 125-1 (Trott 59), 159-2 (Cook 76), 164-3 (Bell 1), 329-4 (Ballance 77), 335-5 (Moeen 0), 364-6 (Stokes 8)

    Bowling figures: Roach 24-4-77-0, Gabriel 19-3-60-2, Holder 18-6-49-0, Bishoo 40-10-121-2, Samuels 21-4-38-1, Blackwood 1-0-14-0.

    West Indies 299 all out - Samuels 103, Broad 4-61

    Full scorecard

  21. Close of play

    Eng 373-6

    And that is that. Jos Buttler covers up the final over of the day, delivered by the show-stealing Marlon Samuels. Comedy salutes aside, it has been England's day, mainly thanks to an unbeaten century from Joe Root. He has taken his country to 373-6, a lead of 74. Tomorrow, they will push for victory.

  22. Email

    Tom in Stoke: Interesting how prior to this match, England's top order was under scrutiny, whilst the middle order was heavily praised. Today's scorecard reads quite the opposite, funny old game eh?

  23. Eng 372-6 (Bishoo 41-10-124-2)

    Bishoo with his final over of a day that has involved a lot of work. Still the soundtrack comes from the band - they will sleep well tonight, too. Buttler looks to hit through the off side as Root, who has swapped his helmet for a cap, watches on. Last over coming up.

  24. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    John Warrington: Just imagine if Stokes gets Samuels in the second innings.

    Gareth Rees: I am the only one that thinks sledging doesn't show a competitive instinct, it just makes you look and sound a bit childish?

    S. P. Cooper: England should have an almighty swing now and declare overnight. Be brave; go for the win!

  25. Eng 369-6 (Root 116, Buttler 2)

    As usual at this time, the sun has dipped behind the stands, meaning that the whole ground is shrouded in shadow. Still the send-off king Marlon, throwing himself a catch and moving fielders here and there. I wonder how keen Ben Stokes is to bowl at him in the second innings. I wonder what he might say to him if he gets him out? Also, did the rest of the England team find that as funny as the rest of us? They might have been trying to contain their laughter as Stokes, who has had some anger issues in the past, returned to the dressing room.

  26. Email

    David Jacobs in London: A truly immature shot from Stokes and a truly immature reaction from Samuels.

  27. Eng 368-6 (3 overs remain)

    The Samuels send-off gets better every time I see it. Better than any verbal volley he could have come up with. I wonder if Stokes will be waiting for him on the car park later on. Anyway, back to the action, where England have lost their momentum somewhat. Is the plan now to play for the close? They will want Root and Buttler there in the morning for a push of the accelerator.

  28. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Thomas Bonser: Solid banter from Marlon Samuels saluting Ben Stokes off the pitch pretty sure the guys fielding in a pair of Ray Bans as well.

    Matthew Warne: Best thing I've seen on a cricket field in yonks Marlon Samuels - Daddy Cool.

    Greg: Lovely send off by Samuels after he was abused so much when he batted.

  29. Eng 365-6 (lead by 66)

    Have you ever known a better send-off than that? Replays show how Samuels stood statuesque, like a marine, holding the pose as Stokes was forced to march past. For his part, Stokes had a word, but resisted the urge to wrap his bat around Samuels' neck. Jos Buttler the new man, the unusual sight of a badgeless helmet on his head. Samuels now has the ball, Root taking a single. Four overs left in the day.

  30. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a poor dismissal and Samuels ran 15 yards to give Stokes a send-off. I think he did quite well not to do anything untoward in return. I am quite shocked England have not sent in a nightwatchman and Buttler has been sent out."

  31. WICKET - Stokes c Blackwood b Bishoo 8 (Eng 364-6)

    Ben Stokes

    This is absolutely extraordinary. Ben Stokes has completely fallen on his sword, pulling a Devendra Bishoo long hop straight down the throat of Jermaine Blackwood on the leg-side boundary. If that's not bad enough for the England all-rounder, Marlon Samuels pulls out of the greatest sends-off I have ever seen. He runs 15 yards, waits on the line that Stokes must pass to get to the pavilion and silently salutes. Very, very funny.

  32. Eng 364-5 (6 overs remain)

    In all of the kerfuffle at the other end, Joe Root has ticked along, this time nudging the single that gives the people what they want, more of Marlon v Ben. "Yeah Marly, yeah Marly," is that chat from behind when Stokes fails to line up the offie. "One-trick Charlie, here." Stokes is doing his best to give Samuels some leather, but can't free his arms. In the end, he gets a single thanks to an overthrow.

  33. Text 81111

    James in Kent: Why curse Cook and Root with captaincy? Why not pick a good captain instead? How many runs do good field placings save and how many wickets the right tactics buy? A good captain need only be average in stats if you take this on board, but instead England insist on converting great players into poor scorers and still end up with mediocre captains.

  34. Eng 361-5 (Root 112, Stokes 6)

    "Catch iiiittttt," is the cry as Ben Stokes miscues a pull shot off Bishoo. It lands safely on the leg side and Stokes gets away with one. In the stands, various parties are happening in the evening sunshine. The locals tap the beat, while the Barmy Army tell us that they are "mental and mad". Stokes continues to line Bishoo up over the leg side, but he's barely getting the ball off track. Maybe play for the close, Ben?

  35. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's interesting between Stokes and Samuels because Stokes will want to smash Samuels for six to tell him to shut up and that is exactly what the bowler will want. It is a real battle of wills."

  36. Eng 357-5 (lead by 58)

    Jos Buttler, padded up as the next man in, waits with his chin on his hands as Marlon Samuels growls an appeal against Ben Stokes. Not out, a run taken, bringing the two together at the non-striker's end. Words. "I say Marlon old chap, us falling out is rather silly. Why don't you let me buy you a cold beverage after play?"

  37. Eng 353-5 (Root 108, Stokes 2)

    All of today's overs were supposed to be bowled by 22:15, but with nine to go after this, we'll be over-running. Leggie Bishoo in the lengthening shadows, Joe Root's slog sweep going straight up but landing safely at long-on. They run a couple, Root having to do it without his bat, which has been dropped on the pitch. There's always something comical about a batsman running without his bat. Part baseballer, part Michelin man.

  38. Post update

    Joe Root stats graphic
  39. Eng 349-5 (lead by 50)

    That double-wicket blow may prevent England from reaching a lead of 100 by the close. The chances are they will have spin all the way, played out against the backdrop of Marlon v Ben. That battle resumes as two larger ladies shakes their hips in the stands. Good rhythm. Stokes looks for the reverse sweep, missing, but no danger. Scoring has slowed.

  40. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    David: The next decade of Ashes series will all be about Root and Smith, both long term captains and will both break plenty of records.

    Jarieth Eaton: Joe Root is one special talent. Brilliant knock! Long may it continue!

    Jeffrey Yeung: Great 100 from Root, I wonder if he can keep this form up if he had to open and the captaincy on his shoulders. Too soon? Probably.

  41. Eng 347-5 (Root 103, Stokes 1)

    Ah, Hillel, in all of the action, I was unable to mention a fact I've been told about jaffa oranges. Apparently, they have no seeds, Is that correct? Devendra Bishoo switches ends, the Windies might be looking to whip through the 12 overs that remain in this day. Compared to what is going on at the other end, it's all rather sedate.

  42. Email

    Hillel: It is unknown exactly where the term Jaffa originates from. It has connotations with the Hebrew word for beautiful. Jaffa oranges are also considered the best type of orange, and it is thought from there the word originates: just like a Jaffa orange, an unplayable delivery attracts wondrous gasps from spectators.

  43. Eng 345-5 (lead by 46)

    Lots and lots going on out there, the match has sprung to life in this final session. Ballance bowled, Mooen running himself out, Joe Root's ton and now Marlon Samuels bowling to his mate Ben Stokes. Fielding off his own bowling, Samuels whips the ball back in the direction of Stokes, who caught it and threw it back to the bowler. Brilliant. Don't take your eyes off this one.

  44. Scorecard update

    England 344-5 (111 overs) - lead by 45

    Batsmen: Root 101 (126 balls, 13 fours, two sixes), Stokes 0 (0)

    Fall of wickets: 125-1 (Trott 59), 159-2 (Cook 76), 164-3 (Bell 1), 329-4 (Ballance 77), 335-5 (Moeen 0)

    Bowling figures: Roach 24-4-77-0, Gabriel 19-3-60-2, Holder 18-6-49-0, Bishoo 35-9-108-1, Samuels 14-4-25-1, Blackwood 1-0-14-0.

    West Indies 299 all out - Samuels 103, Broad 4-61

    Full scorecard

  45. Post update

    Tony Cozier

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Nothing has troubled Root, he has played a number of handsome shots and in the circumstances he came in to - when Cook and Trott had just fallen - he completely altered the situation with how quickly he has played. He has dictated to the West Indies bowlers how he would play."

  46. 100 for Joe Root

    Eng 343-5

    Joe Root celebrates

    There it is! A cut for four brings Joe Root his sixth Test century and first outside of England. It's also a century against the fifth different opponent he has played against. From 125 balls, it is the fastest of the Yorkshireman's Test tons. It's been a knock that has added impetus to this England innings, full of cuts, pulls and on drives. He celebrated with a punch of the air, like a man with a bigger score in mind.

  47. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Joe Root is a very energetic runner and it is almost as if Moeen Ali has come in and wanted to copy Root. It sounds harsh on Moeen but I am glad Root did not run because if he had been the one to get out then there would have been two new batsmen at the crease on zero."

  48. Eng 339-5

    The replays don't make it look any better for Moeen. He worked the ball on the leg side, but it barely got the width of a pitch away. The fielder was quickly on it, with Moeen having to drag himself of as Ramdin broke the stumps. Ben Stokes has put some trousers on to get out to the middle, while Joe Root has late cut Kemar Roach for four to go to 96...

  49. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There is no doubt at all in the previous run-out case that it was Root's fault, but this time this was all his fault. Root was saying no and there was no run there. It is sad having come all the way from England and after bowling on that pitch you would have wanted a bat."

  50. WICKET

    Moeen run out 0 (Eng 335-5)

    Moeen Ali

    What in the world is going on here? Moeen Ali, that is absolutely village. On his return to the side, Moeen has run himself out, looking for a single that was never on and sent back by Joe Root to not even be in the picture. Marlon Samuels, the bowler, celebrates again, as if that was his doing. It wasn't, it was very poor from Moeen, who has not had a good game.

  51. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ayelet H Lushkov: Jaffa oranges (21:27) were considered the best kind of oranges.

  52. Close!

    Eng 330-4

    I wonder if Gary Ballance was undone by the lack of pace. It's hard to describe just how slow the delivery was. The speed was down at 46mph, sluggish enough for Ballance to play about three strokes before the ball actually reached him. Jeremy Snape used to bowl the moon ball - it was one of those. What does this do for England's progress? All of Moeen, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler get on with it. Mind you, Moeen would have been on his way back had a throw from the covers hit the stumps.

  53. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "People do not like changing batting orders but I feel like this was the time for Buttler to come in. If he gets out then he gets out but if he gets in then he would be busy and he would play shots like Root, just bigger ones."

  54. Eng 329-4 (Samuels 13-4-20-1)

    Yep, Ballance dragged that on to his leg stump from a line that began outside off stump. Hello, I've never seen this before. Samuels bowled Ballance, then turned to give non-striker Root a bit of chat. Still some needle between Samuels and England. Moeen Ali is the new man, keeping his spot at number six.

  55. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    Gary Ballance is bowled out

    "It is probably the slowest ball we have had in this Test. What a horrible death. He will not want to see that again. It was like a grenade being lobbed up."

  56. WICKET

    Ballance b Samuels 77 (Eng 329-3)

    Gary Ballance

    Where did that come from? Gary Ballance has been completely bamboozled by a Marlon Samuels moon ball. Tossed miles high, so slow that is was almost going backwards, Ballance went to biff it through the covers and has drowned in honey. He loses his timbers, perhaps via an inside edge. It's an extraordinary way to go after playing so well.

  57. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jon Ferguson: With the General Election just round the corner, why stop at England Cricket Captain?! Joe Root for PM!

    Ross Bentley: These two are going to score a helluva lot of runs for England in the long run.

    Buford Spangler: I'm praying to all the gods of cricket that if we lose a wicket before the close we don't send in a nightwatchman.

  58. Eng 328-3 (Ballance 77, Root 85)

    Excellent question, Steve. Any ideas? "Really close Kemar, really close," says umpire Oxenford, indicating to the returning Roach that he is close to over-stepping and giving away a no-ball. Round the wicket to Ballance, whose bat must be looking as wide as a barn door. What can the Windies do to dislodge one of this pair? Dynamite? An accurate, if unthreatening, maiden.

  59. Text 81111

    Luke in Lincoln: I hope Root and Ballance both enjoy all this praise while it lasts, they've got bags of talent, and will probably score a bucket load of runs and centuries. With all fine players, they'll go through same bad form and get ripped to shreds by the England fans for it. Remind you of anyone?

    Matilda: What do we think England's plan should be right now? And what do we think the plan is?

    Steve in Reading: Why is an unplayable ball called a Jaffa?

  60. Eng 328-3 (lead by 29)

    Have some of that. Root with the old step and fetch it, planting a foot in the direction of Bishoo and slog-sweeping towards a cow corner that is bathed in sunshine. He's winning the race to a ton. For how long will this Yorkshire pair be the mainstay of the England middle-order?

  61. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I do not think these two players will have a rush of blood and get out rashly, not with 100s on the way. I think the key will come tomorrow - and when Cook will make the choice to declare.

    "The thought will come do we dangle the carrot a bit, not getting too much a lead and then put them in? Maybe the West Indies will make a few more mistakes that way. Alastair is usually a careful, conservative captain so he will probably want a big lead but then if the West Indies batsman know they can only draw the match they will just block on this pitch."

  62. Eng 318-3 (Ballance 76, Root 76)

    No drinks break for the band, they went right through the interval and continue as Jason Holder resumes the attack. Pictures show the collection of men beating and banging various things, including one huge man playing a tiny cow bell. Slightly incongruous. Left-hander Ballance, 63 runs short of reaching 1,000 in his first 10 Tests, faces up, with shadows creeping from the stand at deep extra cover. A maiden.

  63. Email

    Andy: This hitting the space bar between deliveries on the DRS malarkey (20:59), I could do that. What's the money like?

  64. Drinks break

    Eng 318-3

    I'm told that there are a few complaints about the date at the top of this live text. It refers to the date the match started not the current date. Still the whirring Bishoo, swept for one by Ballance. Root, wearing a modified helmet that protects the back of his head, takes one of his own. Time for a drink. In theory, there are 20 overs left in the day.

    Root and Ballance
  65. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The West Indies do not look like they are interested right now. I have no advice I could give them at all at the moment. What you cannot do is just go through the motions which is what they are doing right now. They do not look like they have clear plans at the moment."

  66. Eng 314-3 (lead by 16)

    If there is control coming from Bishoo's end, then it has just been wasted by a long hop from Jason Holder. Joe Root cuts to the boundary, leading the Barmies to sing "four more to the Eng-ger-land". I think they've been on the rum - much, much more lively today. Nick, texting 81111, has asked where 'cow corner' is. It's on the leg-side boundary, between deep mid-wicket and long-on. If there's any more questions, we'll do our best to answer them. If we can't, we'll let the readers have a go.

  67. Eng 304-3 (Ballance 70, Root 69)

    "These two are rubbish, bring back KP or blood some youngsters!" That's an email I've just seen in the TMS inbox. I think it may have been sent to be deliberately provocative. Another email points out that England are playing at St George's, on St George's Day. Have we already touched on that? If so, apologies. Devendra Bishoo, improving as his spell develops, goes for only one from his set.

    Gary Ballance
  68. Scorecard update

    England 303-3 (101 overs) - lead by 4

    Not out batsmen: Ballance 70 (163), Root 68 (95)

    Fall of wicket: 125-1 (Trott 59), 159-2 (Cook 76), 164-3 (Bell 1)

    Bowling figures: Roach 21-3-67-0, Gabriel 19-3-60-2, Holder 16-3-38-0, Bishoo 32-9-94-1, Samuels 12-4-19-0, Blackwood 1-0-14-0.

    West Indies 299 all out - Samuels 103, Broad 4-61

    Full scorecard

  69. Eng 303-3 (lead by 4)

    I'm fascinated by this revelation of DRS glitches - how often do they happen? Is there a whole world, perhaps being played out in a caravan on the car park, that we're not aware of? There's a rare sight, the ball going past the outside edge. And again. Holder bowling well to Ballance. It's glorious in Grenada, the sort of weather that travelling England fans have paid a a lot of money for. The sunshine has given the Barmy trumpeter energy he hasn't had for much of the Test - there's more blowing of the horn that at any other point in the match.

  70. Text 81111

    Rob in London: RE: DRS glitches - I recall being told by a friend who worked for Hawkeye in the pre-DRS days (circa 2005 Ashes) that when they weren't able to show a Hawkeye replay of a contentious decision, it was usually because the technician in the van outside had forgotten to hit the spacebar to reset the system in between deliveries.

  71. Eng 303-3 (100 overs)

    The Barmies give it another blast of Jerusalem - I thought that was the exclusive preserve of the start of play? Still Bishoo, with catchers around the bat slowly deserting him, three singles taken. England's progress is entirely untroubled - there's runs to be had, boys.

  72. Post update

    Tony Cozier

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It looks as if Ramdin is tired as well, I looked for the leg bye call and it didn't come. He just did not move at all."

  73. Eng 300-3 (lead by 1)

    Jason Holder, perhaps underused with only 14 overs in the innings, is summoned to try to stop the tide. The athletic all-rounder finds a decent length, keeping this pair honest as the shadows just start to elongate.

    On the England balcony, darts-loving Alastair Cook and James Anderson lean back. England's leading Test wicket-taker and the soon-to-be leading runscorer. Would they get into an all-time XI? Ben Stokes sits nearby, he's wearing a thigh pad, but no trousers. Airy. When keeper Ramdin accidentally gets his feet nailed to the floor, four byes take England into the lead.

  74. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Matt King: England need to risk it and declare ASAP, try and bowl West Indies out, or it ends in another draw.

    Adam Tillsley: Apologies if I put mockers on him, but how good is Joe Root! Captain material?

    Shannon McKee: If Joe Root doesn't become England's all-time leading runs scorer, something will have gone badly wrong, England's best batsman.

  75. Eng 295-3 (46 runs from last 10 overs)

    Bishoo as the sun momentarily ducks behind a cloud, serving a floaty, loopy leg-break that Root eases through the covers for a couple. Shannon Gabriel, fielding at mid-on, gets the ball and give it some of the most forceful shining I have ever seen, as if trying to coax something magic from it. If a genie appeared, what would Denesh Ramdin's three wishes be? "I'll have Ambrose, Walsh and Marshall please."

  76. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Gabriel looks as if he is shot and there is not much support around so Ramdin will be searching for an option. You do not want to be seeing Blackwood again, especially if you are a West Indies fan."

    Shannon Gabriel
  77. Eng 292-3 (Ballance 66, Root 65)

    Gary Ballance has so many red marks on the blade of his bat, it's hard to see any wood. It's the bat of a man that has spent a long time facing the bowling machine. A cricket-playing friend of mine once saw a perfectly good bat crack because his wife used it to hammer nails into the wall. He was completely heartbroken. Divorce papers have been filed for less. Still the hulking Gabriel, over the wicket to Root, round the wicket to Ballance. Singles taken.

  78. Eng 289-3 (10 behind)

    Devendra Bishoo, who bowled a marathon 22-over spell earlier on, is back on and clearly a bit stiff, serving up some all sorts. A long hop to Root, pulled for six. Leg stump to Ballance, swept for four. Another long hop to Ballance, cut for four. England now rattling along, tucking into the buffet served up by Bishoo. Before long, they will be into the lead. The plan of batting only once in this match could well come to fruition.

  79. Text 81111

    Giles in Essex: Root for captain? He has the skill to be one of England's greatest batsmen - please don't ruin him with the burdens of captaincy a la Cook.

    Graham Cartwright: Imagine how far in front we would be in this game if we had Lyth and Lees opening.

    Scott in Manchester: Gabriel good, but not angelic. Joe taking Root at the crease. Ballance in equilibrium. England 100 ahead by the close.

  80. Eng 272-3 (partnership 109)

    Whoever is playing the drums in Grenada has got some stamina, the tapping of the steel has been going on for most of the day and shows no sign of stopping. It sounds great from here, but probably isn't the most restful thing if you're sitting next to them. Shannon Gabriel, two wickets earlier on, hasn't learnt much, banging the ball in halfway down to Root. 1. There's more life in a tramp's vest than this pitch. 2. Joe Root has been on the pull all day. Helped for four, Root's fifth leg-side boundary.

  81. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "If you give Ballance a little bit of width he will not miss out. He strikes me as a back foot player but he drives very well."

  82. Eng 268-3 (Ballance 55, Root 52)

    Joe Root squeezes a single on the leg side off Roach to bring up the 100 partnership, bringing trumpet and rhythmic clapping from the Barmy Army. TV cameras focus and a blonde, female member of the Army, proving once and for all that ladies are allowed in. When Roach serves Ballance a long half-volley, the Yorkshire batsman gobbles up with a screaming cover drive.

  83. 50 for Gary Ballance

    Eng 263-3

    Gary Ballance celebrates by holding his bat aloft

    With yours truly still reeling from the revelation that DRS pops in and out, Gary Ballance cuts Shannon Gabriel for four to move to a fourth Test half-century, to go with four hundreds. He's only in his 10th match, an average in excess of 60. I didn't think he'd cut it at three - shows what a judge I am. What's that I here? "DRS is back on lads". All is right with the world, but still so many questions unanswered.

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    Joshua Smith: Yorkshire going along nicely against the West Indies now with Root and Ballance.

  85. Eng 253-3 (46 behind)

    There's an excellent beat going on in the background - steel band, if I'm not mistaken. Hello, what's happened here? I'm certain I've just heard an umpire say "DRS is down again". Has the technology fallen over? Does that mean there are no reviews for the time being? How often does this happen? How livid would you be if you couldn't overturn an incorrect decision? It was the resignation in the umpire's voice, as if this happens all the time, but we viewers never know.

  86. Email

    Joe McLusky: Has everyone forgotten what it takes to win a Test? We're not much behind, loads of wickets in hand, big hitters due out next, stack of time left, good English bowlers, average opposition batsmen. Give the guys a chance, this is as positive as it needs to be.

  87. Eng 253-3

    They players are back out, accompanied by the sound of a man with the horn. Joe Root flexes his shoulders, Gary Ballance plays a few shadow shots. Kemar Roach has the ball.

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    What do we think England need to do in this evening session? More of the same? Hit the throttle? How many should they be ahead by the time they draw stumps tonight?

  89. Post update

    There was a time that an England batsman in the West Indies was there merely for target practice, a body to hang around before being put out of his misery. "Where exactly did it hit you, Mike?" How times change. This evening is a very good time to be an Englishman in Grenada.

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    Irvin Flaherty: Why didn't we take a B side to the Windies? All their best players are playing IPL and have no interest in Test matches.

  91. Post update

    On that note, it's time for me to bid you adieu, and welcome back into the hotseat for the evening session Stephan Shemilt...

  92. The new Sobers?

    Joe Root bats

    Here's one for you. In the last 12 months, in Test cricket, Joe Root is averaging 97 with the bat and 26 with the ball.

    One word for those numbers: godly.

  93. Text 81111

    Jack Dorff in London: If England can put another 150-200 runs on the board I have a feeling that the West Indies will struggle in this Test.

  94. Post update

    So, another fine session for England. They lost Alastair Cook - still searching for that 26th Test century and Ian Bell in quick succession - but thereafter Joe Root and Gary Ballance batted excellently to draw the sting from the West Indies attack. England are in a very strong position at tea on the third day in this Test - the only question is, will they have enough time to force a victory?

  95. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought the West Indies did quite well but around 30-45 minutes ago they lost the plot and too many runs were leaked in a spurt. They are going to have to regroup again. It is not going to be easy in the sun with a modest attack against two very good batsman. If England keep on with this scoring they will get close to 350 and if Stokes and Buttler get in there could be a few more."

  96. Tea interval

    Gary Ballance and Joe Root leave the field

    ...It's time for tea.

  97. Not out

    More frustration for the West Indies. DRS shows the ball only clipping the bails, so Ballance survives, and on that bombshell...

  98. Umpire review

    Shannon Gabriel pleads with the umpire to give an LBW when he hits Ballance on the pad. Umpire says no, Denesh Ramdin calls for a review...

  99. 50 for Root

    Eng 251-3

    Joe Root batting

    Joe Root reaches his sixth consecutive score of 50 plus in Tests with a single punched down the ground. What a dependable, integral player he has become for England. He has never scored an away century or won an away match in his Test career - will he be ticking either of those aims off his to-do list before the week is out?

  100. Eng 250-3

    Ballance's determination in this innings has been admirable but he hasn't quite found the timing that has come so easily to Joe Root. Root dabs the first ball of Gabriel's over to point, but Ballance can't get the rest of the over away.

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    Lewis James: Will be flabbergasted is Root isn't our next captain. Young, talented, and has all the right answers outside of the game.

    Martin Smith: As a Spurs fan, Joe Root brings the same kind of excitement that Gareth Bale used to bring. If cricket had a transfer market?

  102. Eng 249-3 (Roach 18-2-61-0)

    Kemar Roach takes the cherry from the other end. On the England balcony, Alastair Cook spreads his arms in relaxed pose - England are coasting here. Roach continues to bowl too wide and it's far too easy for Gary Ballance to step in and cream through the off side for four.

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    Adrian Anderson: I cant see anything other than another draw in this Test. The cricket has been that negative from both sides. Neither are playing like they want to win. England will have to bat at all day tomorrow and part of Saturday to put on a decent total defend. Then West Indies will play for the draw.

  104. Eng 244-3 (Ballance 43, Root 48)

    Umpire Bruce Oxenford holds up the new ball

    Finally, sanity prevails and Denesh Ramdin calls for the new nut. Shannon Gabriel is going to wang it down. New ball, old ball, it doesn't matter to Joe Root, who continues his serene progress towards a third half-century of the series with a punchy cut for four.

  105. Email

    Will in Herts: I'm sorry but all this constant chat about KP is nonsense. I don't care that he may have been unfairly sacked I would not have him in our team at the minute. A middle order of Bell, Root, Moeen, Stokes and Butler is hugely exciting and I would not drop any of them for KP. Similarly, the top 3 of Cook, Trott/Lyth, Ballance is a solid start and something that we need.

  106. Eng 238-3

    Is Denesh Ramdin ready to go back to his big guns? Nope, he's going to try the water pistol. He calls on Jermaine Blackwood to bowl some part-time off-spin. His first ball is a half-tracker and Gary Ballance launches it over the fence at midwicket. Root then gets in on the act with a dab past point for four. That could be the end of that particular experiment...

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    OptaJim: 13.2 - Joe Root has left alone 13.2% of deliveries in his innings to date, lowest percentage of any top order batsman in the Test. Busy.

  108. Eng 224-3 (Ballance 34, Root 37)

    I may regret this rather audacious statement, but for all his accuracy, it feels like Marlon Samuels - Test strike rate cresting 100 - could bowl all day without taking a wicket. He trundles through another unthreatening over, at the cost of three singles.

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    Paul Collins: Run rate might not be high but in Ballance and especially Root, we have got two batsman in that could raise it higher later on.

    Carl Carritt: Statistics are a funny thing. Root's Test average is 52, Trott's 45.

    Chris Hartley: I'm confused, a 125 opening stand is a great platform, why are people complaining?

  110. Eng 221-3

    Root, who has faced 47 balls, is now just two runs behind Ballance, who has faced 95. He's batted far more smoothly than the other England players, a slick of cream on a rather heavy treacle sponge of an innings. Two leg byes bring up the 50 partnership, before Root overhauls Ballance with a powerful pull in front of square for four.

  111. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Joe Root

    "Root is a lovely player. He does not look to get fours and sixes but yet he still does. If he gets in he is busy and he is a perfect player at number five."

  112. Eng 213-3 (Samuels 11-4-16-0)

    Samuels continues. What's Denesh Ramdin's thinking here? Perhaps he reckons that the older ball will be harder to score off for England. But runs continue, if not to flow, then at least to trickle steadily - Root picks up three with a beautifully-placed flick into the leg side.

  113. Post update

    Tony Cozier

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Root has got to 27 very quickly, he's played very well. He looks like a player who will get thousands of runs for England and he is being spoken of as a future captain."

  114. Eng 209-3 (Ballance 31, Root 27)

    Joe Root

    Still the new ball remains in the box. Joe Root is still looking to be positive, even as this innings drags slightly - he cuffs Holder behind point for four, but he's furious with himself when he misses out on the next ball, punching his bat in disgust.

  115. Email

    Matt: People complaining about the run rate? 3 an over from now will give us a lead of 30-40 by close. Bash things around a bit on day 4 and we're potentially 200-250 in the lead mid-afternoon/tea. Then see if we can take 10 wickets. Honestly, there's plenty of time left in this game, Test cricket has been played this way for decades and it seems if people are just complaining for the sake of complaining now.

  116. Eng 205-3

    The new ball is available, but West Indies aren't taking it yet - Samuels continues. Root and Ballance creep further towards the West Indies total with a couple of singles.

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    Stephen Price: Perception a funny thing - Root's career strike rate is the same as Trott's at 47.

    Paul Jarvis: Why do the media hound Alastair Cook? He's hardly likely to play any better, is he. He's scoring 50s, but not 100s. Big Deal!

  118. Eng 203-3 (Holder 12-4-27-0)

    Jason Holder replaces Bishoo for what could be the last over before the new ball. The West Indies have rather lost the zest that they had earlier in this session when those two wickets fell, blunted by a dogged, redoubtable stand from Root and Ballance. Holder shows the frustration in the Windies ranks by hurling the ball back in Joe Root's direction from a forward push.

  119. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Joe Root and Gary Ballance

    "It was around this time yesterday when Broad had a really good spell. This is a very important time for the West Indies, they cannot allow this England pair to take the game away from there."

  120. Eng 203-3 (Ballance 30, Root 22)

    That was Bishoo's 22nd over on the trot - mammoth spell for the leggie. Samuels is milked for a couple of singles.

  121. Eng 201-3

    The West Indies bowlers are in a bit of a holding pattern here, but Joe Root is alive to the situation. He's not missing out on a short ball from Denesh Ramdin, snapping quickly into position and strong-arming him through midwicket. Bishoo is flagging and when he overpitches this time Root puts him away again, whipping it off his toes through mid-on for another four.

  122. Eng 191-3 (Samuels 8-4-8-0)

    Marlon Samuels is going to have a dart for the West Indies before the new ball. He had a few run-ins with the England fielders during his century innings. He finds the footmarks immediately, but Ballance drops his hands and smothers well. A maiden.

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    Matt Genner: For goodness sake, how are people still banging on about KP? He's yesterdays news. Get over it and move on! Support the team!

    Sam Hollis: In years to come this Test will be the example they show of the death of Test cricket. Dull, slow, neither team wanting to win.

  124. Drinks break

    Eng 191-3 (Ballance 29, Root 11)

    In fact Bishoo continues. He's an accurate bowler, with a high, curving trajectory and a subtle change of pace. He hasn't troubled Ballance so far though, who works a single to midwicket. Time for drinks.

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    Richard: I wish people would stop moaning about the slow run rate. Starting slowly and not losing wickets gives you the foundation to accelerate later on without being under score board pressure. If for example you go three an over for 50 overs and then 6 an over for 10 overs it leaves you with 210 on the board after 60, an overall run rate of 3.5 which is very much acceptable. Lose wickets early and then the middle order are immediately under pressure. If you want to see quick scoring and boundaries, go and watch IPL.

  126. Eng 190-3

    This has been a curious series so far for Kemar Roach - he came into it ranked in the ICC's top 10 Test bowlers, but we've seen him carry little threat and often bowl defensively.

    That seems to be the order of the day at the moment, with Roach content to lob it down wide of the off stump. In fairness, when he does get a little straighter, Root clips him sweetly off his legs for four. West Indies waiting for the new ball at the moment, you feel - it's five overs away.

  127. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I am not surprised with the number of boundaries going up on the last few overs since Joe Root has come in. He often raises the scoring rate and it also gets his partner to go after more poor balls too."

  128. Eng 186-3 (Bishoo 27-9-61-1)

    For a while this England innings was congealing like a blob of egg yolk on a crisp white shirt-front, but Gary Ballance is just beginning to raise the tempo here. Bishoo just gives one a bit too much air, allowing Ballance to get the pitch and drive sweetly off his toes for four. It looks like that could be the end of Bishoo for the time being.

  129. Email

    Lewis in Epsom: I'm sorry but England bat so negatively. There is a certain individual waiting at Surrey who would be ideal in this situation. Cook, Trott are not what we need at the top of the order. Is Cook a better player as captain? I think not! We need KP for the Ashes if we are going to want momentum!

  130. Eng 180-3 (Ballance 22, Root 7)

    Gary Ballance batting

    Sturdy, dependable, ruddy-cheeked Gary Ballance strikes me as the ideal man for a mini-crisis - the sort of man you could rely on to mend a tractor, or fix a leaky pub roof. He continues the repair job on this England innings with a lovely, flowing cover drive for four off Kemar Roach.

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    Owen's Breakfast: Is it just perception, or do English batsmen play onto their own stumps more than others? Was wondering even before Bell went.

    John M Butt: Cook has done his job as did Trott. They saw of the new ball and set a good platform. Give them a rest they have done well.

    Francis Keepfer: I was there when Cook scored his last century...starting to think it might be my fault. Would anyone like to fly me to Grenada?

  132. Eng 175-3

    England haven't been put off playing square of the wicket by those dismissals - in fact it's been their most productive scoring area in the past few overs. Root picks up another boundary with a cut-shot through point.

  133. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It must be unique for the England team to actually be in St George's on St George's Day."

  134. Eng 171-3 (Roach 14-2-57-0)

    Roach has just begun a touch too wide in this spell, and he is punished for his inaccuracy when Ballance cuts powerfully through point for four.

  135. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a return to the old Cook today. He was leaving the ball well until he got out. It is normally a sign of a slow, low pitch when you have players chopping on which we have here."

  136. Eng 167-3 (Ballance 13, Root 2)

    Joe Root, who won't have faced a lot of leg-spin in his nascent international career, is in watchful mood against Bishoo - he plays out a cautious maiden.

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    Dan Goodman: Cook averages 52 in his last five Tests. I'll leave that with you.

    Alex Beetles: Did Alastair Cook survive while I rushed home from work? No. No he did not.

    Jack Allum: This is why the scoring is too negative - we lose wickets any way and have not got many runs on board.

  138. Eng 167-3

    Shannon Gabriel gets a rest after that penetrating spell and the cherry is handed to Kemar Roach. Can he replicate his fellow seamer's success on a wicket that is slower than an hour discussing sofa patterns with your mother-in-law? He begins with a tidy over that sees Root add just one run to the total.

  139. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The West Indies have been on top since lunch, this is what they will have spoken about in the dressing room and if they get another wicket soon they will feel like that are right back in this match."

  140. Eng 166-3 (Bishoo 24-8-51-1)

    Bishoo spinning the ball handily here, getting more revs than a well-attended clergical convention. Ballance plays out a watchful maiden from the Guyanese twirler.

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    RedAllOver: 220 all out anyone?

    Matt Temple: Here comes our collapse.

    Lou Osman: Go to make a cup of tea 2 wickets fall. Apologies, I won't leave the room again.

  142. Eng 166-3 (Ballance 13, Root 2)

    Is this an opening for West Indies? A couple more wickets here and they could really be in business.

    The new man is Joe Root, who chopped on twice in Antigua. He can't say he's not been warned. You have to choose your cross-bat shots judiciously on this wicket - and that's a good one from Root, laying into a really wide ball from Gabriel and flaying it for two courtesy of a misfield from Bishoo.

  143. Post update

    Tony Cozier

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The West Indies have come back well after lunch. Some people would have questioned Shannon Gabriel coming on but he has done well. It will do his confidence some good. He is not a regular member of the squad - he is only in because of Taylor's injury - but he has got two wickets and batted really well yesterday."

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