The Wisden Trophy - 3rd Test

West Indies v England

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

0.3

Taylor to Cook, 2 runs, good line and length again, and defended into the leg side. Cook is safely off the mark as well

0.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, more width this time, fizzed through to the keeper, well wide of off stump

0.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, full and straight, and defended back down the pitch

0.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, wide outside off stump, and that's the end of the first over. This match has already survived six-tenths of the length of the last one, and the signs so far are good

England 3/0   AN Cook 2* (4b)

2.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers

2.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off, and Cook plays late and unconvincingly at that one. A bit tentative still

2.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, better leave, wider of off stump and left alone

2.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, short and nasty - Cook didn't know what had happened to that one as he turned his back on a ball that he thought was going to get big on him, but in the end stuck in the pitch and fizzed past his shoulder

2.5

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, the first unfortunate bobble on the outfield gifts Cook a single past a blameless gully

England 12/0   AN Cook 3* (9b)

3.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, ripper, short, and zipped back with a roll of the fingers, over Cook's middle stump. There is life in this pitch, but no-one's quite sure what type yet

3.2

Edwards to Cook, 2 runs, full and on the toes, and clipped away well

3.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, banged in short, and Cook hops onto his toes to defend

3.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, width outside off stump and scoots through. This pitch is looking two-paced already. Which is not a criticism incidentally. I love two-paced pitches. Result wickets are the future of Test cricket

3.5

Edwards to Cook, 1 run, on the pads again, and clipped away again. Freebie runs for Cook, who hasn't yet convinced when the ball's been on the off side

England 15/0   AN Cook 6* (14b)

4.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off, left alone

4.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, width again, and Cook shoulders arms

4.3

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, a thumping pull shot, that's Cook's most confident stroke in weeks, and there's no stopping that as it hurtles through midwicket

4.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, defended out to point, and no run this time

4.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, full length, nipping off the seam a fraction, and defended into the covers

4.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off and left alone, and that's over red rover

England 19/0   AN Cook 10* (20b 1x4)

5.4

Powell to Cook, 1 run, again nudged off the back foot and they scamper a single

England 25/0   AN Cook 11* (21b 1x4)

6.1

Taylor to Cook, 2 runs, calmly patted through midwicket and they jog through for easy runs

6.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, too wide from Taylor, who walks back to his mark deep in thought, his head bowed

6.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, too wide again from Taylor and again Cook can leave this alone comfortably

6.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, nice idea here, going for the yorker, but it's slightly off target and Cook squeezes this out ... though it takes the outside edge, pea-rolling to second slip

6.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, a touch of inswing into Cook here and a better, more accurate line from Taylor

6.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, a real waste, miles wide of the off stump

England 27/0   AN Cook 13* (27b 1x4)

8.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off - too wide, again, from Taylor

8.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, good length - not full enough to drive - but it's comfortably wide and easily left alone

8.3

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, dropped out to cover - oh, and that's really well run by England. They are looking urgent, industrious and up for the challenge

England 28/0   AN Cook 14* (30b 1x4)

9.1

Powell to Cook, no run, good ball on middle-and-off, with just a hint of swing back into the left-hander. Cook is forward and defending

9.2

Powell to Cook, no run, angled out to the off side

9.3

Powell to Cook, no run, dropped short and wide outside off and it's left alone

9.4

Powell to Cook, no run, good line and length but it's left alone on length. Well left it was, too

9.5

Powell to Cook, no run, slightly fuller, prodded out to cover

9.6

Powell to Cook, no run, good, tight line once more and it's defended cautiously with a roar of "nnnno!"

England 36/0   AN Cook 14* (36b 1x4)

11.1

Powell to Cook, no run, shapes back into Cook who awkwardly defends on the back foot, dropping it down by his feet

11.2

Powell to Cook, 2 runs, another four. No - two. Short and wide, it sat up at almost shoulder-height and Cook lashed it off the back foot

11.3

Powell to Cook, no run, left alone by Cook

11.4

Powell to Cook, no run, shaping back into Cook who's defending on the back foot

11.5

Powell to Cook, no run, blocked off the back foot

11.6

Powell to Cook, no run, confidently forward onto the front foot, Cook barn-doors this solidly

England 42/0   AN Cook 16* (42b 1x4)

12.4

Gayle to Cook, no run, Cook pads this away and it goes through to Ramdin

12.5

Gayle to Cook, no run, nudged to leg

12.6

Gayle to Cook, FOUR, cut hard - and that's four more. Well, that seemed to take Nash by surprise at backward point. He didn't move quick enough and the dive was in vain, as was the chase by another fielder

England 47/0   AN Cook 20* (45b 2x4)

13.3

Powell to Cook, 1 run, full, but outside off stump, and it's dug out to cover for a hastily-run single. Top running, that

England 49/0   AN Cook 21* (46b 2x4)

14.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, full, fired in on middle-and-leg

14.2

Gayle to Cook, no run, Cook reaches for this, turning it to short leg

14.3

Gayle to Cook, no run, ignored outside off

14.4

Gayle to Cook, no run, well wide. Much too wide

14.5

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, an elegant cover drive to Taylor who's snoozing at cover

England 54/0   AN Cook 22* (51b 2x4)

15.1

Benn to Cook, no run, on middle-and-leg, Cook is back in his crease and turning it to short leg

15.2

Benn to Cook, no run, the arm ball, but Cook is wise to it and defends

15.3

Benn to Cook, no run, tossed up on the off stump. Cook smothers

15.4

Benn to Cook, no run, turned with a wristy flick just short of a deepish short leg

15.5

Benn to Cook, no run, ooh slightly quicker. Cook's back and defending on the back foot

15.6

Benn to Cook, no run, flicked to mid-on to complete a maiden

England 54/0   AN Cook 22* (57b 2x4)

17.1

Benn to Cook, no run, lovely drift in the air, Cook comes forward and flicks it to leg

17.2

Benn to Cook, no run, Cook lunges forward, squeezing it out to cover

17.3

Benn to Cook, no run, only a hint of spin back into the left-hander who, again, comes forward and squeezes it out

17.4

Benn to Cook, no run, fuller and quicker on leg stump, but Cook sees it and clips to square leg

17.5

Benn to Cook, no run, holds its line just outside the off stump. Nicely bowled by Benn

17.6

Benn to Cook, 2 runs, very elegantly driven by Cook indeed, getting his head right over the ball and cover-driving it. Not for four, though

England 58/0   AN Cook 24* (63b 2x4)

18.4

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, big stride and defended into the leg side

18.6

Gayle to Cook, no run, forward and pushed into the covers. Nothing much on offer for spin or seam as yet

England 61/0   AN Cook 25* (65b 2x4)

19.3

Benn to Cook, 1 run, sharp running picks up a single from a dab into the off side

England 63/0   AN Cook 26* (66b 2x4)

20.1

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, on the hips and tickled away

England 66/0   AN Cook 27* (67b 2x4)

21.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, a change of ends for Edwards and that's vicious. Climbing into the gloves and Cook does well to keep that down.

21.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, slingy again, short of a length but not getting up this time. Defended with a hop off the back foot

21.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, hopping back and across, and fended into the gully. Spicier stuff from Edwards now, but still a very defensive field. A short leg might be handy for a start

21.4

Edwards to Cook, 1 no ball, good pace again, but an overstep

21.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, lifter on off stump, fenced into the gully with an open face and a hop

21.5

Edwards to Cook, no run, good line and length again, and good pace. Cook defends

21.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers off the back foot

England 67/0   AN Cook 27* (74b 2x4)

22.3

Benn to Cook, no run

22.4

Benn to Cook, 1 run, clipped into the leg side and a swift single

England 69/0   AN Cook 28* (76b 2x4)

23.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, slingy action, pitches leg and skids onto the middle of the bat, and clipped to midwicket

23.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, width outside off stump, and no stroke offered

23.3

Edwards to Cook, FOUR, short and pulled hard, but just short of square leg. It didn't get hold of that properly at all, but it's runs

23.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, fuller length, angled across the left-hander, and no stroke offered

23.5

Edwards to Cook, no run, fully forward, and defended

23.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, leg-stump line, hint of nip off the seam, and clipped to square leg

England 73/0   AN Cook 32* (82b 3x4)

24.5

Benn to Cook, no run, clipped to midwicket

24.6

Benn to Cook, no run, worked out to the leg-side again

England 74/0   AN Cook 32* (84b 3x4)

25.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off stump and left alone again

25.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, round the wicket, and defended back down the wicket

25.5

Edwards to Cook, FOUR, too short, and met superbly by a flashing blade. Cook saw that clean and early, and cut it hard in front of point for a lovely boundary

25.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off stump, and Cook contemplates a drive but thinks better of it

England 79/0   AN Cook 36* (88b 4x4)

26.2

Benn to Cook, no run, better length, much fuller, and defended

26.3

Benn to Cook, 1 run, clipped off the hip, a bit of decent spin there, but too short again

England 81/0   AN Cook 37* (90b 4x4)

27.1

Edwards to Cook, no run

27.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, width outside off stump, and no stroke offered. That one really died after pitching

27.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, forward and defended

27.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, pad and bat together, pushed back down the pitch

27.5

Edwards to Cook, 2 runs, on the legs and clipped away through midwicket. That's been a real bread-and-butter shot for both batsmen today, which suggests that West Indies' lines have been all wrong

27.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, better line this time, tighter to the stumps, and left alone

England 89/0   AN Cook 39* (96b 4x4)

29.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off, no stroke, end of over

England 93/0   AN Cook 39* (97b 4x4)

30.3

Benn to Cook, 1 run, on the pads and worked to midwicket. Cook is slip-streaming his skipper well now

England 95/0   AN Cook 40* (98b 4x4)

31.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off and nipping away, defended from the crease

31.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, fully into line, and defended off the back foot

31.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off, and defended into the leg side

31.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off and no stroke offered

31.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, defended solidly

31.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, on the pads, and worked into the leg-side. West Indies really haven't bowled well to the left-handers today. I guess they didn't see too much of them at Sabina Park

England 95/0   AN Cook 40* (104b 4x4)

32.2

Benn to Cook, no run, slightly squared up, and defended into the off side

32.3

Benn to Cook, no run, draws Cook forward and earns a "good stuff Benny" from behind the stumps

32.4

Benn to Cook, no run, tight lines again

32.5

Benn to Cook, no run, oh my God, what's that not hitting?! Cook goes down to sweep, gets in a complete tangle, and that looks plumb to the naked eye. Harper disagrees, and there are no referrals

32.6

Benn to Cook, no run, replays suggest that last one was taking the bails on leg stump. On reflection, a decent decision, to be fair

England 96/0   AN Cook 40* (109b 4x4)

34.1

Benn to Cook, no run, fishing outside off. Good line from Benn, and a touch of turn. He's still looking the likeliest of West Indies' bowlers

34.2

Benn to Cook, no run, tucked to square leg

34.3

Benn to Cook, 1 run, swung away to the leg-side, a bit of a loose stroke, but he got enough bat on it in the end

England 98/0   AN Cook 41* (112b 4x4)

35.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, on the off stump, it's angled away out to the off side

35.2

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, on his legs, he tucks it down to fine leg with a wristy whip

England 105/0   AN Cook 42* (114b 4x4)

36.1

Benn to Cook, no run, well played by Cook, hanging back in his crease and playing it late with soft hands. That was one which held its line

36.2

Benn to Cook, FOUR, monstrous heave-ho over midwicket - cor, he's played that well. Touch too short from Benn, so Cook went down on one knee and smudged him powerfully over the leg side

36.3

Benn to Cook, 1 run, calmly glided out to the off side

England 110/0   AN Cook 47* (117b 5x4)

37.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward, patiently, but lets this one by

37.2

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, on his legs, Cook shuffles across to the off side before turning this off his hip down to fine leg

England 111/0   AN Cook 48* (119b 5x4)

38.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, pumped back to his left and he dances across and gets a hand to it

38.2

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, wrong line, easily nudged to midwicket

England 112/0   AN Cook 49* (121b 5x4)

39.1

Hinds to Cook, no run, sharpish turn, and turned around the corner

39.2

Hinds to Cook, no run, on middle-and-off, defended

39.3

Hinds to Cook, 1 run, nudged to square leg and there's Cook's half-century. There were calls by many that he should be dropped for this Test, and he's responded very impressively indeed. Albeit on a pancake-flat pitch, but still - good innings

39.5

Hinds to Cook, 1 run, flicked to leg for another single

England 119/0   AN Cook 51* (125b 5x4)

40.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, short, wide, cut hard but straight to point

40.2

Gayle to Cook, no run, flatter and on off-stump

40.3

Gayle to Cook, no run, flighted this time, but Cook crisply drives to mid-off

40.4

Gayle to Cook, no run, driven once more to cover

40.5

Gayle to Cook, no run, pumped to cover

40.6

Gayle to Cook, no run, good ball to end a tight maiden, on middle and turning a touch

England 119/0   AN Cook 51* (131b 5x4)

41.3

Hinds to Cook, 1 run, lunges forward and clips it smartly to mid-on. Very well run. Just tip-and-run cricket here

41.6

Hinds to Cook, no run, blocked once more

England 122/0   AN Cook 52* (133b 5x4)

42.2

Gayle to Cook, OUT, superb catch by Smith at slip! That's top class. Short and wide, Cook rocks back to cut but doesn't get hold of it and the ball flies low to Smith's right. The ball hits the wrists of his two hands as he leans forward, and scoops it up off his shoelaces to take a seriously slick catch

AN Cook c Smith b Gayle 52 (158m 134b 5x4 0x6) SR: 38.80

England 123/1   AN Cook 52 (134b 5x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
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Feb 19, 2009

Fidel Edwards and Daren Powell guided their side to a memorable draw, West Indies v England, 3rd Test, 5th day, Antigua, February 19, 2009

Fidel Edwards and Daren Powell guided their side to a memorable draw

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Feb 19, 2009

Daren Powell was the unlikely hero with the bat for the West Indies, West Indies v England, 3rd Test, 5th day, Antigua, February 19, 2009

Daren Powell was the unlikely hero with the bat for the West Indies

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