Player of the Match
Player of the Match

And with the fall of that wicket, England have declared, no messing about, 36 runs added in 25 minutes or so, and Root is ready to crack on and try to win this Test. West Indies' notional target is a distant 485, or surviving almost six sessions - though the forecast bad weather might give them a hand.

Allan Morris: "Oh poor Stokes! Couldn't they have let him get to his 50 at least? Flummoxed." It's like Athers declaring on Hick 1994-95 all over again

"I guess we will find out in 5 minutes!" hoots Tony, on the subject of quickies on the beach. "Hope the bowlers get a bucket full of wickets before lunch ;) "

Gabriel to Root, OUT, full toss, scooped to the leg side - and taken by Hetmyer diving forward at midwicket! Root's fun is over, and his average will stay just a tick under 50 for now, too. Gabriel gets the wicket, though it was far from his best ball, and Root takes the applause as he walks off

JE Root c Hetmyer b Gabriel 122 (317m 225b 10x4 0x6) SR: 54.22

Gabriel to Stokes, 1 run, short of a length and pulled away for one through square leg

Tony: "Are England's bowlers still at the beach or preparing to put the white on and bowl? Obviously Stokes is here, Root to open the bowling with his slowies." I think they're done building sandcastles and ready to knock a few over

105 | 9 Runs | ENG: 360/4

  • JE Root122 (224b)
  • BA Stokes47 (74b)
  • AS Joseph16-2-72-1
  • ST Gabriel23-1-94-1

"Rather depressing that a reaction to an alleged slur is being perceived as a smokescreen to a disappointing tour, rather than being discussed as the issue that it clearly is." Indeed, Graham Campbell. And I think that's a pretty good final word on the subject

Joseph to Root, 2 runs, pitched up and clipped neatly off the toes, they run well for a second
Joseph to Root, no run, ooh, hello, tries to get cute again... Goes for a reverse scoopy rampy thing, fails to get bat on ball and nearly gets bowled in the process. Root chides himself for the shot choice
Joseph to Stokes, 1 run, slung down full outside off stump, 132kph/81mph and Stokes can't get under it, bunted through mid-off for one more
Joseph to Root, 1 run, goes back and across and dabs this behind point
Joseph to Stokes, 1 run, round the wicket again, full outside off this time, Stokes swats it through cover
Joseph to Stokes, FOUR runs, length ball, slugged over midwicket and away for four! Welcome to the Fun House, Alzarri. It's a whole lot of fun, prizes to be won

Alzarri Joseph replaces Roach

104 | 6 Runs | ENG: 351/4

  • JE Root119 (221b)
  • BA Stokes41 (71b)
  • ST Gabriel23-1-94-1
  • KAJ Roach18-6-45-1
Gabriel to Root, FOUR runs, pitched up outside off, Root drills imperiously through the covers, the sweeper isn't going to cut that off

"Have you ever known a player to read your commentary? I'd find it pretty satisfying back at the hotel reading your description of me smashing it all over the park." Not that they tell us, Bolton. Although I have known Mike Atherton to read (and reply to) something I'd written

Gabriel to Root, no run, pitched up down the leg side, Dowrich has to skedaddle across
Gabriel to Root, no run, fun and games here... Root turns front on early, looking to ramp this over his shoulder, Gabriel's a bit quick for that treatment, though, and he fails to connect. Gabriel's views go unrecorded (for now)
Gabriel to Stokes, 1 run, back of a length, Stokes whirls around and twonks it through square leg to the boundary rider

"Good Morning. What unbeaten score would Root need here to take his average above 50 again?" Pretty sure it's something like 137 not out, Edward Little

Gabriel to Root, 1 run, pitched up, touching 90mph and Root gets a scrap of bat on it for one to fine leg

Just one wide-ish slip in now

Gabriel to Root, no run, banged in, 143kph/89mph and tucked away

West Indies 4th innings Partnerships

1st5KC BrathwaiteJD Campbell
2nd5KC BrathwaiteSD Hope
3rd0DM BravoSD Hope
4th21RL ChaseSD Hope
5th45RL ChaseSO Hetmyer
6th34RL ChaseSO Dowrich
7th46KAJ RoachRL Chase
8th56RL ChaseAS Joseph
9th24RL ChaseST Gabriel
10th16RL ChaseKMA Paul