|Third Test, Daren Sammy Stadium, St Lucia (day three of 5)|
|England 277 (Stokes 79, Roach 4-48) & 325-4 (Root 111*, Denly 69)|
|West Indies 154 (Wood 5-41, Moeen 4-36)|
|England lead by 448 runs|
Captain Joe Root arrange England’s push for victory with an unbeaten century on day three of the third Test towards West Indies in St Lucia.
Root has struggled in the collection however dug in to make 111 not out and see his aspect shut on 325-4, a lead of 448.
The tourists batted all through the day with Joe Denly making 69 – his maiden Test fifty – and Jos Buttler 56.
England will now doubtless declare on day 4 and try to bowl out West Indies to earn a comfort victory.
When West Indies do bat once more they are going to both want to finish a file fourth-innings run-chase to win the match or bat out what stays of the ultimate two days for a draw.
Root’s aspect dominated the third day, having resumed on 19-0, however there have been additional failures for openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings.
Burns fell to the primary ball of the day for 10 whereas Jennings was bowled by Alzarri Joseph for a scratchy 23.
Root returns to kind
Despite being England’s premier batsman, Root had been unable to forestall his aspect falling to heavy defeats in the primary two Tests as West Indies clinched the collection with a sport to spare.
He had scored simply 55 runs in the earlier 5 innings with a excessive rating of 22 and had not scored a half-century in seven innings – the joint-worst run of his profession.
In this innings, Root batted conservatively to start with, ceaselessly nudging the ball into the leg aspect, earlier than selecting up the tempo to convey up his 16th Test hundred in 189 balls together with his ninth 4.
He celebrated in an understated method and when he punched the air there appeared to be a tinge of frustration that the runs had not come when the collection was alive.
Root got here to the crease at 73-2 after each openers had been dismissed however mixed nicely with Denly in a partnership of 74.
Denly, taking part in in his second Test, batted extra positively than his captain with various superb drives via the off aspect and set for a giant rating till he under-edged a lower off Shannon Gabriel to the wicketkeeper.
While the Kent batsman impressed he was reprieved on 12 when Shimron Hetmyer dropped a regulation catch at first slip and his rating is unlikely to be sufficient to completely safe his place at quantity three in the Ashes collection subsequent summer time.
After Denly was dismissed, Root shared a century stand with Buttler, till the England vice captain was bowled by a wonderful supply by Kemar Roach, and ended the day alongside aspect Ben Stokes, who made an unbeaten 29.
Root’s innings helped England move 300 for the primary time in the collection and they’re now heavy favourites to win what’s their ultimate Test match till 24 July.
Jennings fails once more
While England’s exhibiting in St Lucia appears doubtless to provide them momentum going into the summer time, points stay.
Once once more opener Jennings was out for a disappointing rating to a fast bowler, though on this event he was unfortunate to be bowled off his thigh pad by a free supply from Joseph.
Jennings struggled to attain throughout his knock together with his 23 coming from 99 deliveries at a strike-rate of 23.23.
His fellow opener Burns fell in tame style firstly of the day when he clipped a leg-stump half-volley straight to sq. leg.
It appears unlikely that Jennings will characteristic in the primary Ashes Test subsequent summer time however former England captain Michael Vaughan expects Burns to stay in the workforce.
“England have to find someone who understands what opening the batting is like and he has been opening the batting for Surrey for many years,” Vaughan mentioned on The Cricket Social.
“I anticipate him to get a run of video games however you’d need him to common extra runs.
“He is fortunate he’s in an period the place there will not be many opening batsmen round. He will play towards Ireland and the primary two Ashes Tests.”
England had been additionally helped on day three by West Indies who appeared to lack depth with the collection already received and suffered various accidents.
Within the primary 20 minutes of the day all-rounder Keemo Paul was stretchered off the sector with a thigh pressure which restricted the hosts’ bowling choices whereas Darren Bravo additionally spent the day without work the sector with a hand damage.
When will England declare?
England didn’t improve their attacking intent late in the day with no suggestion that Root would declare and make West Indies face a tough spell with the brand new ball.
At the shut the England captain steered they might even bat longer into day 4.
“We’ll have a take into consideration the declaration tonight, see the way it performs after the curler and decide early on,” Root advised Sky Sports.
“It feels the extra put on you get in this pitch, the faster it turns into so it is perhaps that the extra runs and stress you place them below tomorrow, it’d velocity issues up afterward.”
Former England captain Alastair Cook was not stunned by the choice to bat via day three.
“There are nonetheless two days left in this sport. Why would not you need the additional cushion [of more runs],” Cook advised the Test Match Special Podcast.
“The gamers are in it to play video games of cricket, they aren’t in it to make it thrilling at sure occasions.
“If England get a 500 lead they are going to be extra snug bowling.
“In the dressing room they care about one factor, profitable. They wish to win by a cushty margin. Joe Root needs to win this match to construct momentum and if that occurs on the afternoon of day 5 then so be it.”
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