The score. Oh god, the score. England 77 & 56/0 need another 572 (lol) runs to beat West Indies 289 and 415/6d (Holder 202*, Dowrich 116*) with 10 wickets in hand.
Jason Holder is a magnificent man.
Holder’s unbeaten 202 is the third Test double-hundred scored from number eight. It is the highest score ever made by a number eight in a Test where a team managed to get bowled out for 77.
Holder’s 229-ball effort was the second fastest West Indies Test double-century. Absolutely no prizes on offer for identifying the proud owner of the 221-ball double that sits top of that list.
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Holder and Dowrich’s unbroken 295 is the third highest seventh-wicket stand in Tests, and the highest since 1955.
Holder’s eight sixes is also a West Indian record.
Dowrich is the first batsman in the history of the game to not pick Joe Root’s comically telegraphed leg-break. He was absolutely stone-dead plumb lbw but sadly for England Chris Gaffaney was the second man in history to be confused by cricket’s least disguised variation. A crucial moment? No.
England’s nominal target of 628 is the highest target West Indies have ever set in Test cricket.
This is the 24th full day’s Test cricket without a single wicket – the 10th to feature 300+ runs.
Fair play to Burns and Jennings. Not the day’s big story, but fair play.
Stokes will lead the XI in the absence of regular captain Joe Root, who will be on paternity leave.
The 22-year-old is bidding for a Test debut against England.
The West Indies all-rounder could only make five in their second intra-squad match.
The star all-rounder will take charge for the opening Test against the West Indies.
Holder was dismissed for only five off 13 balls.
All-rounder will step in next week with Root missing the match to attend the birth of his second child.
The all-rounder left home county Yorkshire earlier this month.