The score: England 277 and 325/4 (Root 111*, Denly 69, Buttler 56) lead West Indies 154 by 448 runs with six wickets in hand
Bloody hell, England are going to win this one. They’re actually going to win it.
Rory Burns got out to the very first ball of the day, stopping the Barmy Army’s Jerusalem in its tracks. We enjoyed that, if we’re honest.
In many ways the day’s crucial moment came when Keemo Paul injured himself chasing a Joe Denly cover-drive. With West Indies a bowler down and struggling to replicate the intensity they showed when the series was still alive, England set about turning a very strong position into an impregnable one.
Denly’s 69 is his highest Test score and first half-century.
Joe Root still looked short of his best, but still plenty good enough to grind his way to 111* by stumps.
It’s his 16th Test century and third in the last seven Tests.
Before this run he’d gone 15 Tests without a century.
Root is now joint 15th on England’s all-time Test centuries list alongside Herbert Sutcliffe, Graham Thorpe and Michael Atherton. He’s left Alec Stewart and Jack Hobbs trailing in his wake
If Root can make it to 135 not out before declaring (or running out of partners which, let’s face it, can’t be ruled out) he’ll nudge his Test average back up to 50.
Thanks to Root, Denly and Buttler, the seven highest individual scores in the last two Tests have been made by England players. Darren Bravo’s 50 in West Indies’ first innings in Antigua is eighth.
Root – whose banterous ODI shirt number is 66 – spent one whole ball on 6666 Test runs just after reaching his century.
England can collapse in ODIs as well, then.
There was a time when chasing a target like 360 seemed an impossible task. Steve Pearson recalls England’s five best run chases in ODIs
Does Mark Wood crack the top seven fastest balls of all time? (Spoiler alert, he definitely doesn’t)….
2019 starts with so much hope. Like a Stokes over to Brathwaite, don’t let this be a wasted opportunity.
Centuries from Jason Roy and Joe Root helped England complete their highest one-day run chase.
As it turns out, you can learn much about cricket while someone has got their hands down your pants…
When you think about it, there’s nothing quite like a cricketing batting collapse…
With Dhawan, of course, the most obvious expression of his enjoyment comes with the bat.