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Live Reporting

James Gheerbrant and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Right, it's time to bid you farewell. A magnificent effort from England, not many would have expected them to pull out a result this morning but a brilliant individual session from James Anderson turned the tide. There was also a first overseas century for Joe Root, who is rapidly emerging as a star of this England team.

    Can England get their first away Test series win since India in 2012? We'll be back with you on Friday at 14:30 BST for the third Test in Barbados - join us then to find out.

  2. Match summary

    England won by nine wickets

    West Indies 1st innings: 299 (Samuels 103, Broad 4-61)

    England 1st innings: 460 (Root 182, Bishoo 4-177)

    West Indies 2nd innings: 307 (Brathwaite 116, Anderson 4-43)

    England 2nd innings: 144-1 (Ballance 81, Cook 59)

    Full match scorecard

  3. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Some of these players played in the World Cup and got panned for their performances. They know they are better Test side, but it still hurts you if you play badly. Whether it's one-day cricket or Tests, you're and England player and England cricket is under the cosh. There's that relief and hopefully they go to Barbados on top of the world and, in the nicest sporting way, crush West Indies."

  4. England in West Indies

    First Test, Antigua: Match drawn

    Second Test, Grenada: England won by nine wickets

    Third Test, Barbados: 1-5 May (15:00 BST)

  5. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Jonathan Trott

    "If I was saying anything to Jonathan Trott it would be his batting isn't what it was of old. He's on the move before the bowler bowls and that's not good. You're supposed to be still so your eyes are focusing. He's moving and playing across the line which is a recipe for disaster against the new ball with tougher tests to come.

    "If he is going to open for England he's going to have to sort that. My gut feeling is the selectors look at his record in the past, are short of opener, and with the captain under a little bit of pressure because Trott's a banker because he's played Test cricket. They will go with him again in Barbados - his main examination will come in England this summer."

  6. Captains' reaction

    England captain Alastair Cook: "It was a slow wicket, so to get 20 wickets was a great tribute to our attitude and character. It's all about putting the ball in the right area - credit to Jimmy, what an outstanding spell that was. I can't fault the lads at all today. The way Joe Root played, him and Gary Ballance are taking run-making to a new level and it's great to see. It's been a lot of hard work and we've got our rewards today."

    England celebrate
  7. Captains' reaction

    West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin: "We fought hard but that one session where we lost six wickets really cost us the Test match. That spell from James Anderson this morning really took it away from us. Brathwaite batted well but it would be good if he could have gone on. It's hard to take - four days of hard cricket and we lost it all in one session. England had the conditions in their favour. Jason Holder has a slight injury but hopefully he can be back for Barbados."

  8. Man of the match

    Joe Root

    England batsman Joe Root is named man of the match.

    He says: "It feels a lot better having the win behind us. The way we've applied ourselves over the five days has been great, we've been ruthless and it gives is impetus for the summer. There's so many positives for s to take and we're all champing at the bit to get out there in Barbados.

    "I remember the feeling of being left out and I never want to have that feeling again so whenever I get the chance I try to be greedy and aspire to get big scores."

  9. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    James Anderson

    "It was a terrific effort by James Anderson. England needed two wickets with the new ball and got three. The one Anderson got Braithwaite with was an absolute rip snorter. He's a crackerjack bowler. After that he bowled one or two more and it got West Indies on the back foot. He got Marlon Samuels and then Shiv Chanderpaul, who is batting for his career now. After West Indies got three down they played some really poor cricket when they were trying to save the game."

  10. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sunday Times cricket correspondent Simon Wilde: That must rank as one of England's best wins of recent times and Anderson's morning session as one of the best by any England player.

  11. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Cooper: Well, well, well, didn't see that coming at the start of play, just shows how much one good session can change a game.

    Rachel T: That is an early birthday present for me. England bossed it all day long, great for Cook to see it through.

  12. Post update

    Alastair Cook uproots a stump and salutes the England balcony, fist clenched. The skipper looks like he's derived a huge amount of personal satisfaction from seeing that one through to the close.

    It didn't look likely for England this morning, but one good/bad session can turn a Test match. West Indies collapsed this morning in the face of a superb spell of fast bowling by James Anderson. The door was prised ajar, and Cook and Gary Ballance strolled through it.

    Alastair Cook
  13. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "You can see from the celebrations this win means a lot to England's players. I suspect they will enjoy this evening - it's been a hard-fought victory and they are probably the ones you enjoy most."

    Alastair Cook and team-mate Gary Ballance celebrate
  14. Final scorecard

    England 144-1 (41.1 overs) won by nine wickets

    Not out batsmen: Cook 59, Ballance 81

    Fall of wickets: 2-1 (Trott 0)

    Bowling figures: Roach 7-1-18-0, Gabriel 7-3-20-1, Holder 1.4-0-11-0, Samuels 12.3-0-54-0, Bishoo 8-0-32-0, Brathwaite 5-1-9-0

    West Indies 2nd innings: 307 all out (Brathwaite 116; Anderson 4-43)

    First innings: West Indies 299; England 464

    Match scorecard

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  15. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant from England! It look like a bore draw, but Jimmy Anderson changed it around with a match-winning performance. They played superbly today and I'm pleased as punch for them."

  16. Champagne moment

    England beat West Indies by 9 wickets

    That's it! Gary Ballance, who has batted superbly for the second time in this match, cuts Marlon Samuels behind square for four and England can celebrate.

    That is England's first away Test win since they beat India in Kolkata in December 2012. It's been a long time coming...

  17. Eng 140-1

    Gary Ballance takes England within three...

  18. Eng 137-1 (Cook 59, Ballance 74)

    The end is nigh. Gary Ballance bludgeons Marlon Samuels over the rope at midwicket. England one blow away...

  19. Eng 130-1 (target 143)

    Denesh Ramdin might just have stumbled on something here. Kraigg Brathwaite has really troubled Alastair Cook in his spell - this time Ramdin nearly stumps him when he overbalances attempting a sweep. Cook responds by pulling for four through midwicket.

  20. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a great day for England. Eight wickets for just under 100 runs and then chase down 140 - as simple as that. If you offered England the option of not having three quarters of their match fee for this scenario they'd have probably all taken it"

  21. Dropped catch

    Eng 126-1

    Devon Smith - playing the first ever Test match by a Grenadan on Grenadan soil - has had an absolute shocker. Two cheap dismissals and some butterfingered work in the slips. The latest episode in his personal horror show is a drop off a thick edge from Gary Ballance off Marlon Samuels. Samuels laughs it off, which for a man with only 38 Test wickets, is charitable.

  22. Eng 126-1 (Cook 55, Ballance 67)

    Going through the motions now. The game is up. Brathwaite hasn't given too many freebies - a single is all England muster of his latest over.

  23. Eng 125-1 (target 143)

    Trying to stop these England batsmen with the part-time spin of Marlon Samuels - Test strike rate in excess of 100 - is like trying to stop a steamroller with a pop-gun. Ballance shaves a further three runs off the rapidly dwindling deficit.

  24. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I hope this gives England confidence to go and win in four days in Barbados. There's been a lot of stress for the players after the World Cup. I know it's a different game but England as a team would have felt it. I hope the players raise their game even further than this and win really well."

  25. Eng 122-1

    Brathwaite continues. Ballance sweeps for a single.

  26. How's stat?

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Gary Ballance is the third fastest player to a 1,000 runs for England. It's taken him just 17 innings.

    "Herbert Sutcliffe took 12 and Len Hutton 16 but he's ahead of Wally Hammond (18), Andrew Strauss (19) and David Gower (20) among others."

    Gary Ballance
  27. Eng 121-1 (Cook 55, Ballance 62)

    I don't think we're going to see Bishoo again - he's being patched up on the boundary rope as Samuels continues to send down some tweak. Ballance sweeps to go 1,000 Test runs, then Cook cuts Samuels streakily over the slips for four.

  28. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Keenos: So Gary Ballance or Joe Root, which one should make way for KP?

  29. Eng 116-1 (target 143)

    West Indies have given this up, you sense, and have turned to a bit of experimentation now - part-time offie Kraigg Brathwaite gets a bowl. It's not a bad set at all - the second ball absolutely does Cook, lucky not to get a feather behind. A maiden.

  30. 50 for Cook

    Eng 116-1

    The skipper knocks Marlon Samuels to mid-off and now it's his turn to raise his bat for fifty, his fifth half-century in eight innings. England on Easy Street now.

  31. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Gary Ballance doesn't have a huge range of shots but he knows his game and his limitations. He's mentally strong and is a good player. It's very hard to shake him from his comfort zone."

  32. 50 for Ballance

    Eng 111-1

    Gary Ballance goes to his fifty and brings up the 100 partnership with a remarkable shot, a bended-knee slap in front of square on the off-side. The Yorkshireman, brimming with the confidence of a man averaging 66 in Test cricket, piles on the punishment with a cheeky uppercut over the slip cordon. England breaking into a canter as the finish line looms.

    Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance
  33. Scorecard update

    England 101-1 (30 overs) - target 143 (from maximum of 59 overs)

    Batsmen: Cook 49 (95 balls, six fours), Ballance 48 (83 balls, five fours, one six)

    Fall of wickets: 2-1 (Trott 0)

    Bowling figures: Roach 7-1-18-0, Gabriel 6-3-10-1, Holder 1.4-0-11-0, Samuels 7.2-0-30-0, Bishoo 8-0-32-0

    West Indies 2nd innings: 307 all out (Brathwaite 116; Anderson 4-43)

    First innings: West Indies 299; England 464

    Match scorecard

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  34. Eng 101-1 (Cook 49, Ballance 48)

    It's like an episode of General Hospital in the West Indies camp at the moment. Jerome Taylor has a shoulder injury, Jason Holder has ankle ligament damage and now it looks like spinner Devendra Bishoo has a problem with his finger. Real selection problems for Phil Simmons ahead of the Barbados Test.

    Gary Ballance, a man who does tend to mix nuggety defence with occasional spurts of aggression, reduces the deficit by lofting Marlon Samuels back over his head for a clean-as-a-whistle six and then cutting him for four behind point.

    Gary Ballance
  35. Eng 90-1 (target 143)

    Gabriel keeps pounding in, he's bowled with good pace and endeavour in this match but he hasn't really carried the same threat as the absent Jerome Taylor. Cook blocks out another maiden.

  36. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Your best bowlers find a bit extra when you need it. They can't always do it - they couldn't in the last Test match - but they have here. James Anderson really bent his back to get wickets this morning."

  37. Eng 90-1

    Marlon Samuels replaces Devendra Bishoo as the spin option. Short leg has been removed, much to the relief of sub fielder Shai Hope and his dentist - the ball was coming at him at head height for a while there. Cook plays the latest of cuts, tickling Samuels down to the third man boundary for four.

  38. Post update

    Tony Cozier

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The West Indies players have got to make an effort. That's been a problem that as soon as things go against them it shows and their shoulders slump."

  39. Eng 84-1 (Gabriel 5-2-10-1)

    Thank you Stephan. Watching Alastair Cook advance towards this target is like watching a tractor driving down a single-track country road: it's slow, it's not stylish, sometimes you wish it would just hurry up a bit so we could all get to the pub quicker, but my god, come hell or high water it's going to keep plodding on towards its destination. The captain, in no rush whatsoever, plays out a maiden from Shannon Gabriel.

    Alastair Cook
  40. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alex Ewing: Great to see Cook finally getting some runs. Great role model, showing how self belief, perseverance and hard work pays off.

  41. Eng 84-1 (Cook 44, Ballance 36)

    Bishoo's cock-wristed leg-breaks, landing on the stumps and spinning towards these batsmen. Bit of encouragement from behind the bat, plenty of noise from the band. Ooofff, that's a bad un, a long hop, only pulled for one by Cook. And a full toss, swept for four by Ballance. England moving ever so slightly quicker. Here's James Gheerbrant to see you to the end of the match.

  42. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook is tone deaf. He's an awful singer. Whether once your voice breaks it's completely different I don't know, but he can't sing for toffee. He can still play the saxophone but he refuses to sing now.

    "It's between Stuart Broad and Cookie for the worst singer in the team. Not that any of us was much better but we weren't scholars when we were younger."

  43. Eng 78-1 (target 143)

    The Windies have to stick with Roach. With Jason Holder off the pitch, the only options are Shannon Gabriel and Marlon Samuels. Roach actually improves, his off-stump line keeping Alastair Cook watchful. I say keeping Cook watchful, but Cook is seldom anything else. A maiden.

  44. Eng 78-1 (Cook 43, Ballance 31)

    Cook again on the sweep to Bishoo, some very good work done at short fine leg prevents a boundary. I'll be honest, there isn't a great deal happening. The threat with the ball is minimal, the chase conservative. Still, England can very please with the day they've had. They won't mind how long the pursuit takes, so long as it is completed.

    Alastair Cook
  45. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Tom Seebold: (Re: 20:21) Surely Notting Hill Carnival was lifted straight from Grenada, rather than the opposite!

  46. Eng 73-1 (70 to win)

    Give credit to the Windies, they aren't throwing the towel in. Their fielding since tea has been good, with another athletic stop preventing a Cook cut shot reaching the boundary. Having said that, Kemar Roach is dropping short all too often, allowing Ballance another cut shot for a couple. England just about keeping on top of the required rate...

  47. Eng 70-1 (target 143)

    I'm hearing that Jason Holder has ligament damage to his ankle, but isn't definitely out of the third Test. I once did my ankle falling down the stairs at my mum's house. I wanted to cry. Cook gets away with a top-edge sweep that lands beyond short fin leg, with Bishoo again over-stepping. Please, please, please tell me how a leg-spinner bowls front-foot no-balls. Baffling.

  48. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Just a mention for Radio 5 live sports extra on Sunday. They will have live commentary from 10:55 BST on Yorkshire v Warwickshire, while commentary from all the other County Championship games will be online and the BBC Sport app.

  49. Eng 68-1 (75 to win)

    Kemar Roach to take up the post-tea attack, shuffling in from round the wicket. Off-stump line to Ballance, who is happy to wait for a short ball that he steers behind square for a couple. You feel this pair will nudge, rather than sprint towards the target. They musn't have plans for this evening. If England do celebrate in Grenada, they won't be short of music. This whole Test has been played to a band lifted straight from Notting Hill Carnival.

    Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance
  50. Eng 66-1 (target 143)

    Devendra Bishoo with the ball, three men huddled around Alastair Cook's bat. With the ball turning into this pair of left-handers, the leg-side is packed. Slightly gloomy, or, at least, a lack of sunshine, as Cook looks to show some intent. Clips, sweeps and swipes, but the ball not going very far. A no-ball (criminal from a spinner), is the only run from the set.

  51. Post update

    The players are back out for the final session of the match, Gary Ballance striding ahead of Alastair Cook. England need 78 runs for a 1-0 lead and a first overseas win since 2012.

  52. Post update

    Another look at the shot Jonathan Trott played does it no favours, either.

  53. Post update

    Just looking at some replays of that Jason Holder injury. Like Geoffrey said, he'll be OK, but seeing someone roll their ankle just makes me feel a bit funny.

  54. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Adam Wheeler: If England win, obvious choice for MoM is Root. Jimmy has a strong case as his bowling spell and fielding changed the match.

  55. Email

    MJ: Enough of this debate - Lyth for Trott as it should have been from the first - Plunkett for Stokes and Rashid for Jordan - Cook, Lyth, Ballance, Bell, Root, Buttler, Moeen, Rashid, Plunkett, Broad, Anderson - the best team available today.

  56. Post update

    Time for me to leave the controls. When play resumes, Stephan Shemilt will be back in charge...

  57. Tea scorecard

    England 65-1 (19 overs) - target 143 (from maximum of 59 overs)

    Batsmen: Cook 37, Ballance 26

    Fall of wickets: 2-1 (Trott 0)

    Bowling figures: Roach 4-0-13-0, Gabriel 4-1-10-1, Holder 1.4-0-11-0, Samuels 5.2-0-13-0, Bishoo 4-0-18-0

    West Indies 2nd innings: 307 all out (Brathwaite 116; Anderson 4-43)

    First innings: West Indies 299; England 464

    Match scorecard

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  58. Tea interval

    Eng 65-1 (partnership 63)

    Cook and Ballance calmly knock Samuels for three singles, and that is the end of another very satisfactory session as they coast towards victory.

  59. Eng 62-1

    Ballance drives Bishoo through cover for three. England are looking untroubled on this docile wicket, the spinners causing no great alarms.

  60. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ian B: Wow Test cricket, sit down in pub after day at races and all but dead rubber converted to facile win, astonishing.

  61. Eng 58-1 (Cook 34, Ballance 22)

    This is comfortable for England at the moment. Cook and Ballance rotate for a couple of singles off Samuels.

  62. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "West Indies need a miracle to beat England when you look at the team sheets. They can't beat England. I'd have gone into the dressing room before the first Test and said 'Come on we can beat this lot'.

    "You don't want false confidence but you have to be realistic. If I was playing that's how I would be thinking. I'm not trying to be nasty but you need that confidence."

  63. Eng 56-1 (target 143)

    Ballance whacks Bishoo through midwicket for four. On the boundary edge, Windies bowling coach Curtly Ambrose is going absolutely postal.

  64. Dropped catch

    Eng 48-1

    Ooh, West Indies can't afford that. Gary Ballance gets a thick edge trying to late-cut Samuels and Devon Smith shells it at slip! He juggled it three or four times like a man desperately groping for a bar of soap. With less than 100 runs to play with, that's unforgivable.

  65. Eng 46-1 (Bishoo 2-0-6-0)

    This hasn't been a good match to be under the helmet at short leg - with Moeen Ali, Marlon Samuels and Devendra Bishoo all susceptible to dropping the ball a bit short. Jermaine Blackwood is the latest man to narrowly avoid decapitation when Bishoo sends down a half-tracker and Ballance gets his chunky forearms through a lusty pull shot.

  66. Email

    Tim in London: I simply don't understand the Trott selection. He's 34 now, and surely past his best. Why would you pick him as an opener instead of trying to find a player who can be there for at least 4-5 years?

  67. Eng 41-1 (target 143)

    Just when this run chase was in danger of becoming about as interesting as weatherproofing the garden fence, Ballance takes a liking to Samuels - who bowled him in the first innings - and strikes him meatily to the boundary at cow corner for a one-bounce four. That's more like it.

  68. Email

    Jon Clay: When did England last win a Test match by batting rather than bowling to victory? It seems like a while since we have chased down a target but hopefully this will be a successful evening!

  69. Eng 36-1 (Cook 26, Ballance 9)

    Now, time for leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who will have a huge role to play for the West Indies. He begins well, landing the ball on a good length and getting some grip off the track. England advancing in singles at the moment - Ballance knocks one to square leg.

  70. Eng 35-1

    Marlon Samuels, who completed Jason Holder's last over, rattled through a rapid over of off-spin, at the cost of one run.

  71. Scorecard update

    England 34-1 (10 overs) - target 143 (59 overs maximum)

    Batsmen: Cook 26, Ballance 7

    Fall of wickets: 2-1 (Trott 0)

    Bowling figures: Roach 4-0-13-0, Gabriel 4-1-10-1, Holder 1.4-0-11-0, Samuels 0.2-0-0-0

    West Indies 2nd innings: 307 all out (Brathwaite 116; Anderson 4-43)

    First innings: West Indies 299; England 464

    Match scorecard

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  72. Eng 34-1 (target 143)

    Alastair Cook at his best has such a placid temperament at the crease: he blocks and blocks and when Roach gets a little straight he simply flicks him down to fine leg with the entirely untroubled ease of a grazing heifer flicking away a pesky fly with its tail.

    England are going nicely here, and Cook has now surpassed the Test runs tally of the great Viv Richards. Some achievement that.

  73. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Holder has hurt himself badly. Everyone was watching the pull shot. I didn't see what happened, but he's gone down and hardly moved. The umpire was straight over him. He fell on the base of his spine, which isn't good. It was a heavy fall and didn't look good.

    "He'll be OK, because it's not life-threatening. Whether he'll be OK to play in the next Test is a different matter."

  74. Ouch!

    This isn't what anyone wants to see - Gary Ballance cracks Jason Holder to the midwicket boundary and the bowler crumples to the turf in his follow-through with an audible yelp. He looks in real distress, and a replay reveals the reason why - he seemed to turn an ankle in one of the footholes and come down with his full weight on it.

    Holder is having lengthy treatment, and unfortunately it looks as though the stretcher has been summoned to ferry him from the pitch,. Let's hope he's not too badly injured. Amidst all that, scarcely noticed, there was a dropped catch - the ball bursting Marlon Samuels' hands at short midwicket as it cracked off Ballance's bat.

  75. Eng 25-1 (Cook 21, Ballance 3)

    Alastair Cook looks in nice touch here - when Gabriel strays a bit leg-sidish, the skipper simply flicks him off his toes down to the fine leg boundary.

  76. Email

    Rick Sanderson: Is it not a slightly odd decision to take a player who is coming back from a stress related illness and play him, not only in an unfamiliar role, but perhaps the most stressful position in the batting line up? No wonder Michael Vaughan describes him as looking a bit panicky in all four innings!

  77. Eng 20-1

    Young Jason Holder, taller and skinnier than the other West Indian seamers, is into the attack. He really announced himself with a starring performance in the first Test, but he's come back down to earth with a bump in Grenada - no wickets so far in the match and just 24 runs. Cook pulls him through midwicket serenely for four.

  78. Email

    Andy: I have to preach in the Methodist Church in St Georges, Grenada tomorrow morning. As an England fan how many cricketing illustrations would it be right and proper to use in my message to the congregation?

  79. Eng 14-1 (target 143)


    Shannon Gabriel, a rivulet of perspiration inching down his forehead, gets Gary Ballance swaying with a couple of effortful short balls. Ballance, eschewing any unnecessary risks, plays out a maiden.

  80. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Thomas Hammond: I think all England fans want Trott to come back and succeed. But on the evidence we've seen, surely Lyth gets a chance?

    Mark: Regardless of result of this game I would change Lyth for Trott & Rashid for either Stokes or Jordan.

    Paul Roberts: I think it's fair to say that the all too conservative Trott experiment has failed.

  81. Eng 14-1 (Cook 11, Ballance 3)

    West Indies can't let up here - they need to keep taking wickets to keep themselves in this match. One good England partnership and this game is as good as over. Cook continues to eat away at the meagre total with a punchy four through the covers.

  82. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "If England desperately want Trott in the side then they might switch him and Ballance. I wouldn't do that, though. Going from opening to three is a nice one. I did it because of the captaincy, to have some time between fielding and going out to bat. I hated batting four. But, going from three to two is different. It's a different mentality."

  83. Eng 10-1 (Gabriel 2-0-5-1)

    What will Adam Lyth be thinking up on the England balcony? Could his time be about to come? Ballance clips two to long leg.

  84. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Darren Davies: Terrible attempt by Trott! No confidence at all! I wouldn't play him in third Test!

    Neil Peter: Adam Lyth get ready for next week.

    Paul Barker: Trott is not an opening batsman. If he is to continue for England surely he should be at 3 or 4.

  85. Eng 7-1

    Don't panic yet, England fans - plenty of batting to come on that card, much of it of the 'bang in form' variety. Still, not the start that England wanted. This match has had more drag-ons than a Chinese New Year's parade. Cook adds two with a cut past point.

  86. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I was all for Trott coming back in. I thought risking him at the top of the order was worth it. But, after seeing four innings, he's not an opener. He has to bat in the middle order and, if that spot isn't available, he has to wait. People say the difference between three and opening is a small step, but it's totally different. For him, it seems he would be better off going where he has batted all his career."

    Jonathan Trott
  87. Eng 4-1 (target 143)

    Gary Ballance is the new man, he's off the mark with a single to mid-off. What a reassuring sight the Yorkshire number three has become for England fans in his short Test career - although, if we're being picky, we'd prefer not to see him quite so early as we have been.

  88. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's another drag-on on this wicket. You have to say that Trott's foot movement and head were all over the place in those three balls. I don't know what it is with him at the start of the innings, but it looks like he's panicking. You have to be in a controlled state, trust your game. He was all over the place."

  89. WICKET

    Trott b Gabriel 0 (Eng 2-1)


    Gone this time! Trott tries to cut one too close to his body and gets the fatal under-edge. Timbers everywhere, not the first time we've seen that mode of dismissal in this match. Jonathan Trott's unconvincing return to Test cricket continues, West Indies have a lifeline.

  90. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "He got into a right old pickle as far as the footwork was concerned. He was right across, we could see leg stump."

  91. Not out

    Going over. Jonathan Trott breathes a massive sigh of relief - that was a pretty rotten shot, truth be told.

  92. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "They have to review this, given the situation. It's straight, but a question of height."

  93. Umpire review

    Shannon Gabriel hits Jonathan Trott on the pad first ball. Umpire says no, but the Windies want another look at this. Height the issue, we think...

  94. Email

    Dick: Feel strangely uninspired seeing Cook and Trott coming to the crease in what has been a mesmerising Test…

  95. Eng 2-0 (Cook 2, Trott 0)

    Who knows, if England start really smashing it about, we might even catch the end of Casualty. Result. Kemar Roach takes the new ball for West Indies. Cap'n Cook opens his account with a couple worked into the leg side.

  96. Post update

    Right, the roller has pootled its way off and we're ready to go. With any luck we'll all be out of here in time for Match of the Day...

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    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Joe Root has made the highest score in a Test for 29% of his games. It's the second highest percentage of all time behind only Donald Bradman."

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "You can't see Cook and Trott thinking 'we'll bang them off in 25 overs, lads', but you do want to make a statement. It's important for West Indies they don't roll over."

  99. Post update

    Can anything stop England's remorseless charge to victory? Well yes, briefly - they've had problems firing up the roller in Grenada, which means that there will be a brief delay before England begin their chase. Goodness knows why they need the roller on a pitch that's already flatter than one of the tables at the Crucible, but there you go...

  100. Email

    John S: No-one's thinking what I'm thinking are they? No? Ok, good. It's just that I've watched a lot of England games in my 49 years…..

  101. Post update

    So, a very good day's work in the field for England - started by an inspired spell of new-ball bowling from James Anderson and finished by some canny tweak from Moeen Ali, with some terrific fielding along the way.

    England look set to finally break their streak of overseas frustration with a first away Test win since Kolkata in December 2012. Can West Indies possibly stop them? Well, their hopes surely depend on removing Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott early. As for the England openers, they'd love some red ink...

  102. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Gregory Mumford: It would be great to see still Cook there as England get over the line and their first win of the series...

  103. End of innings scorecard

    West Indies 2nd innings: 307 all out (112 overs)

    England need 143 to win (59 overs remaining)

    Fall of wickets: 3-1 (Smith 2), 145-2 (Bravo 69), 224-3 (Brathwaite 116), 238-4 (Chanderpaul 7), 239-5 (Samuels 37), 257-6 (Blackwood 10), 260-7 (Holder 2), 282-8 (Roach 8), 307-9 (Ramdin 28), 307-10 (Gabriel 0)

    Not out batsman: Bishoo 15

    Bowling figures: Anderson 22-7-43-4, Broad 21-2-71-1, Moeen 24-9-51-3, Jordan 21-6-69-1, Stokes 8-0-34-0, Root 15-7-26-0

    1st innings: West Indies 299; England 464

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    Tony Cozier

    BBC Test Match Special

    "143 needed. It's not a difficult task in conditions now well-suited for batting. They are poised to go 1-0 up in this series."

  105. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It has been James Anderson's morning. Moeen Ali mopped up the tail, he's bowled well today. On the bus today, I was the only one who predicted an England victory. I'm smug."

  106. WICKET

    Gabriel lbw b Moeen 0 (WI 307 all out)


    Yep, no doubt about it. The last-wicket partnership that so frustrated England in the first innings is ended within two deliveries. Brilliant comeback from Moeen, who has bowled well this morning after a difficult match with the ball. England race off the field, while it's a much slower, more mournful trudge for Gabriel and Bishoo - they have plenty of work to do to prevent an England victory...

  107. Umpire review

    Moeen's done it again! He pins Shannon Gabriel in front of the timbers with a regulation off-break, and the umpire has no hesitation in givng him out. Gabriel reviews, more in hope than expectation surely...

  108. WICKET

    Ramdin lbw b Moeen 28 (WI 307-9)


    The DRS shows the ball pitching in line and hitting middle stump halfway up. It looked to me like a bit of a lucky break for Moeen: the ball slipped out a lot fuller than he intended, but it worked a treat - Ramdin played around it and it hit him stone dead.

  109. Umpire review

    Moeen has hit Ramdin on the toecap with a full and straight delivery. The finger goes up, but Ramdin wants a second opinion...

  110. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alastair Milburn: The greatest session I ever saw was the second of the 4th day of the 3rd Test v Aussies at word - Botham.

  111. WI 307-8 (lead by 142)

    They call Grenada the Spice Island, and Alastair Cook has been well and truly nutmegged here. Broad finds Bishoo's outside edge with a probing angle from around the wicket but ball drops short of the slips and scuttles through the captain's splayed legs and away to the boundary. Shades of David Luiz against Luis Suarez there.

    Bishoo, who showed in the first innings that he can bat, picks up four more with a lovely upright drive through extra cover.

  112. Scorecard update

    West Indies 2nd innings: 299-8 (110 overs) - lead by 134 runs

    Batsmen: Ramdin 28, Bishoo 7

    Fall of wickets: 3-1 (Smith 2), 145-2 (Bravo 69), 224-3 (Brathwaite 116), 238-4 (Chanderpaul 7), 239-5 (Samuels 37), 257-6 (Blackwood 10), 260-7 (Holder 2), 282-8 (Roach 8)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 22-7-43-4, Broad 20-2-63-1, Moeen 23-8-51-1, Jordan 21-6-69-1, Stokes 8-0-34-0, Root 15-7-26-0

    1st innings: West Indies 299; England 464

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  113. WI 299-8 (Moeen 23-8-51-1)

    Still no real alarms after lunch for this pair - Ramdin milks Ali for a comfortable single. Surely not long before we see Jimmy again?

  114. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "West Indies got 299 in the first innings in different conditions, when the ball was swinging around. It's has been flatter this time, so they will be so disappointed this time to be 297-8."

  115. WI 297-8 (Ramdin 27, Bishoo 6)

    Nothing wrong with borrowing your wife's email, Granville: better that than your wife's perfume, or pink Capri pants. Stuart Broad hasn't quite got it right after lunch and he takes the pressure off the batsmen with a couple of ropey leg-side deliveries.

  116. Email

    Granville, from Yorkshire on his wife's email: I think the reason many Yorkshire fans are upset by the Rashid situation is that we see so many parallels with the treatment of Jonny Bairstow in New Zealand, where he played no cricket for the entire tour, was dropped into the last Test where he predictably failed, and was immediately cast aside. We can see the exact same scenario developing in the West Indies.

  117. WI 296-8

    An entire committee of England fielders around the bat for Devendra Bishoo. Moeen lets him off the hook with two byes down the leg side.

  118. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's looped past short leg. I don't know what's happening with the running in this game, but that would have been out. With the way Anderson has been going, I can't believe he's missed."

  119. WI 294-8 (Broad 19-2-62-1)

    Devendra Bishoo's got a decent selection of bats for a number 10 - he busts his first blade when Broad smashes one into the splice, but sub fielder Carlos Brathwaite trots on with two spares. The next ball, Bishoo fends one just beyond the diving reach of Root at short leg - and Anderson, who is putting out fires all over the place, just misses with a sharp run-out attempt. Would have been gone...

  120. Email

    Ian: The future does not look bright for Ben Stokes: Alistair Cook has a tendency to freeze out bowlers during games, the most notable example being Simon Kerrigan. It is like being selected for a game and then de-selected half way through. It must be tremendously demoralising to be on the pitch but to know you are not part of the team, especially when the pack mentality means that many of your so-called team mates will smell the whiff of failure and exclusion and give you a wide berth.

  121. WI 289-8 (lead by 124)

    Alastair Cook has left the man of the moment Jimmy Anderson to graze in the outfield for the moment - instead it's going to be Moeen Ali from the other end. His first ball is a real beauty, pushed on with the arm and sliding past Bishoo's outside edge. Bishoo gets off the mark with a single to cover.

  122. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sim: One session of cricket I can think to rival Jimmy Anderson this morning was Devon Malcolm England v South Africa 1994 at the Oval.

  123. WI 288-8 (Ramdin 26, Bishoo 0)


    Windies skipper Denesh Ramdin looks like he's still going to try a few shots here - he cracks the first ball after the resumption to cover, where it's well fielded. He gets one away between point and cover for the first runs of the afternoon session.

  124. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "What a morning session with Jimmy Anderson ball in hand, catches and run-outs. He produced and how England needed it. That new-ball spell was up there with the best. Try and copy that - good luck trying to do it - if you're a young bowler out there."

  125. Post update

    Right, lunch is done and the players are back out. Denesh Ramdin - on whom much surely depends - and Devendra Bishoo are at the crease, and Stuart Broad has the nut in his hand...

  126. Post update


    James Anderson was like a one-man wrecking ball in that opening session, smashing his way through the West Indies middle order. Four wickets, a spectacular run-out and a catch. Surely that has to be one of the great individual performances in a session of Test cricket? I can't think of many to rival it.

  127. Post update

    Thank you Stephan. Here at BBC Sport Towers the office has been resonating to the sound of groans and gasps as the football season run-in takes more twists and turns than a liquorice factory, but this Test match appears to moving swiftly in one direction only.

    Yes, after four tough and at times topsy-turvy days, an England victory looks practically inevitable. Can anyone, or anything, stop their charge towards a first away Test win since 2012? We shall see...

  128. Post update

    Right, the lunch break is almost done, England's charge for victory is almost ready to resume. James Gheerbrant is here to talk you through it.