The Wisden Trophy - 3rd Test

West Indies v England

Match drawn

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

At last. My fingers are given some degree of respite, as Gayle brings back Edwards. Pace v Shah. Powell, not Edwards - my mistake

50.1

Powell to Shah, no run, Shah is cautious in defence to this pensionably slow delivery outside off

I don't think pensionably is a word, but it is now. I like it.

Two slips in place

50.2

Powell to Shah, no run, a solid forward defence

50.3

Powell to Shah, 1 run, bat twists in his hand here as he tried to drive through cover, the ball squeezing to midwicket

50.4

Powell to Strauss, 1 run, lovely timing and he hits it into the ground, allowing the bowler to parry it to mid-off

50.5

Powell to Shah, FOUR, that's a horrible delivery. A complete waste on this pitch. Short, wide of the off stump and Shah pulled it through midwicket. He could've hit that pretty much anywhere

50.6

Powell to Shah, no run, again his bottom hand comes into play as this ends up at mid-on

End of over 51 (6 runs) England 153/1
OA Shah    18* (24b 3x4)      DBL Powell    6-2-20-0
AJ Strauss    79* (150b 10x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    6-1-17-0

51.1

Hinds to Strauss, no run, artistically defended on the back foot

51.2

Hinds to Strauss, no run, industrially blocked

51.3

Hinds to Strauss, FOUR, shot! Again he uses his feet, dancing down the pitch like it's 2005, and clatters this with a lovely free-flowing drive over long-on

51.4

Hinds to Strauss, 2 runs, ooh outside edge! Hello! That too could've ended up at slip, had there been more than just one

51.5

Hinds to Strauss, no run, solidly forward, defending

51.6

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, sits back in the crease and whips it to leg

End of over 52 (7 runs) England 160/1
AJ Strauss    86* (156b 11x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    7-1-24-0
OA Shah    18* (24b 3x4)      DBL Powell    6-2-20-0

52.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, angled across the left-hander

52.2

Powell to Strauss, FOUR, what a stroke that is. My word. On the face of it, it was a lazy, uninterested pull around the corner but he absolutely nailed it. Monstrous timing

52.3

Powell to Strauss, FOUR, shot of the day for me. That's pure elegance, leaning into this wonderful off-drive for four which scorches past mid-off

That was superbly timed, too. Powell is struggling here

52.4

Powell to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone. Better length, at least

52.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, driven out to cover

Aside from the complete lack of contextual similarity, this match is so far panning out for England much as the Barbados Test in 1994, when they bounced back from 46 all out to reach 171 for 1 on the first day ...

52.6

Powell to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off

End of over 53 (8 runs) England 168/1
AJ Strauss    94* (162b 13x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    7-2-28-0
OA Shah    18* (24b 3x4)      RO Hinds    7-1-24-0

53.1

Hinds to Shah, no run, well played! Great ball from Hinds which spits away from Shah who, with those ridiculously flexible wrists, somehow kept it out

53.2

Hinds to Shah, no run, nudged to leg

53.3

Hinds to Shah, no run, another good ball which forces Shah into a cautious defence on the back foot

53.4

Hinds to Shah, 1 run, flicked around the corner

Strauss six away from a hundred

53.5

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, paddled around the corner where fine-leg scampers around to save some fat runs

53.6

Hinds to Shah, no run, blocked on the front foot

End of over 54 (2 runs) England 170/1
OA Shah    19* (29b 3x4)      RO Hinds    8-1-26-0
AJ Strauss    95* (163b 13x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    7-2-28-0

Okay, Powell continues. Can he improve on his last, poor over?

54.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, angled across the left-handed Strauss who shuffles back before deciding against playing

Blue skies above. Lovely batting conditions

54.2

Powell to Strauss, no run, leans into this drive, clumping it to cover. No power or timing; a defensive nudge

54.3

Powell to Strauss, FOUR, that is a strong, authoritative shot and a powerful pull. That's Strauss in 2004 there, pulling this wider ball through mid-on

One needed for his ton

Powell around the wicket

54.4

Powell to Strauss, 2 runs, he flicks this around the corner for two and immediately roars his delight! He flicks his bat in celebration to the dressing room and that's one of the most important hundreds he will ever make, and one of his more elegant too

54.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

54.6

Powell to Strauss, 1 run, inside edged to the leg side

End of over 55 (7 runs) England 177/1
AJ Strauss    102* (169b 14x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    8-2-35-0
OA Shah    19* (29b 3x4)      RO Hinds    8-1-26-0

An incredible ovation, too. England's fans stood as one. Strauss urgently needed to stamp his authority on this team, and this series, and a hundred was the only way to do it. It's a hugely impressive innings by a very, very steely character

55.1

Hinds to Strauss, no run, outside off and ignored

55.2

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, paddled to deep midwicket

Over the wicket

55.3

Hinds to Shah, 1 run, flicked by Shah to midwicket

55.4

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, walks into a drive to long-on

55.5

Hinds to Shah, no run, flighted on middle. Shah stabs it out

55.6

Hinds to Shah, no run, on leg, defended

End of over 56 (3 runs) England 180/1
OA Shah    20* (32b 3x4)      RO Hinds    9-1-29-0
AJ Strauss    104* (172b 14x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    8-2-35-0

England's last 50 runs have come from just 10 overs. And this pair have now put on 57. It's the run-rate which is really hurting Gayle here. Here's Benn, over the wicket

56.1

Benn to Strauss, no run, too full, too quick, and too wide

56.2

Benn to Strauss, no run, better line on off stump, Strauss clips to short midwicket

56.3

Benn to Strauss, no run, on leg stump, nurdled

56.4

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, gorgeous, effortless drive out to the sweeper on the boundary but only for a single

Benn v Shah. This will be very interesting

56.5

Benn to Shah, 2 runs, outside leg, Shah stabs it down to fine-leg. Plays spin so well, Shah - just jabs his bat and uses the angle and spin of the ball. Lets the ball come to him

56.6

Benn to Shah, 1 run, foot forward to the pitch of the ball, he turns his wrists and steals a single. And the strike

End of over 57 (4 runs) England 184/1
OA Shah    23* (34b 3x4)      SJ Benn    12-1-35-0
AJ Strauss    105* (176b 14x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    9-1-29-0

57.1

Hinds to Shah, no run, cracked to leg

57.2

Hinds to Shah, no run, opens the face and glides it out to point

57.3

Hinds to Shah, FOUR, right in the block and Shah cannot resist this. There's no one behind the bowler, or the umpire, and he deposits it for four. Strong, confident stroke

57.4

Hinds to Shah, no run, faster this time, and he blocks

57.5

Hinds to Shah, no run, well bowled on off stump

57.6

Hinds to Shah, no run, again, good comeback by Hinds and it's defended

End of over 58 (4 runs) England 188/1
OA Shah    27* (40b 4x4)      RO Hinds    10-1-33-0
AJ Strauss    105* (176b 14x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    12-1-35-0

More spin. I love commentating when spinners are on. It's not at all knackering or arthritic

58.1

Benn to Strauss, no run, outside off, Strauss lunges forward before ignoring it

58.2

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, worked on the full to long-on

Around the wicket to the right-handed Shah

58.3

Benn to Shah, no run, smothers the spin on the front foot

58.4

Benn to Shah, no run, an extravagant leave by Shah! Huge stride down the pitch, then draws his bat inside the line ala Jack Russell

58.5

Benn to Shah, 1 no ball, nudged to leg

No-ball there by Benn, who is absolutely sickened by the decision

58.5

Benn to Shah, no run, Shah is forward and defending. And, also, nodding. He nods a lot

58.6

Benn to Shah, no run, prodded to leg

More nodding and agreeing with himself. He's an enjoyably scatty batsman to watch

End of over 59 (2 runs) England 190/1
OA Shah    27* (45b 4x4)      SJ Benn    13-1-37-0
AJ Strauss    106* (178b 14x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    10-1-33-0

59.1

Hinds to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

59.2

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, shorter, allowing Strauss to cut

59.3

Hinds to Shah, 2 runs, a check-drive and the dodgy, corrugated outfield beats the man at short-extra

59.4

Hinds to Shah, no run, nicely bowled. A very good length forcing the right hander forward

59.5

Hinds to Shah, no run, on middle-and-leg this time, turned to short-leg. No intent behind the stroke

59.6

Hinds to Shah, FOUR, shot! Shah was so quick to pounce on that, half-slapping half-driving it through cover. Inventive cricket

End of over 60 (7 runs) England 197/1
OA Shah    33* (49b 5x4)      RO Hinds    11-1-40-0
AJ Strauss    107* (180b 14x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    13-1-37-0

60.1

Benn to Strauss, FOUR, another four. Runs really flowing here for England. Benn floated it on middle-and-leg, but there's little turn and little bounce. Strauss went down on one knee, thought about proposing, before whacking it over midwicket

60.2

Benn to Strauss, no run, nudged to leg

60.3

Benn to Strauss, no run, an absolute howler by Benn which, for some reason, isn't called a wide despite it being fired two feet down the leg side

60.4

Benn to Strauss, FOUR, I'm afraid this is poor bowling. It's too straight - he's not forcing him to drive through the covers. Strauss heaves him over the vacant deep midwicket region for another fat four

Deep midwicket is now in place

60.5

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, short, again too straight, and Strauss this time clips it off his hip

60.6

Benn to Shah, no run, full toss, defended to mid-on

End of over 61 (9 runs) England 206/1
OA Shah    33* (50b 5x4)      SJ Benn    14-1-46-0
AJ Strauss    116* (185b 16x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    11-1-40-0

Hinds over the wicket

Last over before tea. It's been quite an extended session this - well, only half-an-hour extra, but it's made the difference for England. England are very well placed indeed

61.1

Hinds to Strauss, no run, Strauss blocks

61.2

Hinds to Strauss, no run, head over the ball, Strauss defends

"No way am I hitting these," Strauss is thinking. Perhaps.

61.3

Hinds to Strauss, no run, back in his crease, head over the ball, it's firmly defended

61.4

Hinds to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump - a teaser which Strauss doesn't even think about playing

61.5

Hinds to Strauss, no run, off the back foot, blocked

61.6

Hinds to Strauss, no run, forward and defending

And Strauss guides England to tea. What a day it has been for him and his side so far. he's 116 not-out and as he walks to tea, the vast numbers of England supporters all stand to applaud him. His work is only half done, but already he has put England into a strong position. After the debacle in Jamaica and the sandy farce at North Sound, he urgently needed to assert his authority, and he's done it. Join us in 20 for the post-tea session.

End of over 62 (maiden) England 206/1
AJ Strauss    116* (191b 16x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    12-2-40-0
OA Shah    33* (50b 5x4)      SJ Benn    14-1-46-0

Welcome back, we're ready for the final session of the day. It's Benn to Shah

62.1

Benn to Shah, no run, full length and driven hard into the covers, Chanderpaul fields well

62.2

Benn to Shah, no run, turned off the hip into the leg-side

62.3

Benn to Shah, SIX, bosh, that's a statement! In the slot, and slotted straight over the bowler's head and into the crowd!

Benn took eight wickets at Sabina Park, he's not being allowed to settle

62.4

Benn to Shah, FOUR, swish bang! Straight down the ground, through the line, along the ground. Top biffing

62.5

Benn to Shah, no run, an aggressive forward defence to follow, if that makes sense. Fully forward, but not quite there for the shot

62.6

Benn to Shah, no run, pushed into the off side, and that's an emphatic resumption

End of over 63 (10 runs) England 216/1
OA Shah    43* (56b 6x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    15-1-56-0
AJ Strauss    116* (191b 16x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    12-2-40-0

63.1

Hinds to Strauss, no run, over the wicket, into the rough, and defended

63.2

Hinds to Strauss, no run, a bit of width for the cut, but not quite timed

63.3

Hinds to Strauss, no run, forward and defended

63.4

Hinds to Strauss, FOUR, swung away, and slapped straight over midwicket. That's a cracking strike. England have been plotting at tea, quite clearly

63.5

Hinds to Strauss, 2 runs, width, and dabbed backward of square

63.6

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, on the hips and nudged for a single. What a rollicking resumption from England

End of over 64 (7 runs) England 223/1
AJ Strauss    123* (197b 17x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    13-2-47-0
OA Shah    43* (56b 6x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    15-1-56-0

"This is how a real No. 3 plays," says Cricinfo's chief dogsbody, Jonathan Hungin, clearly drunk in a pub somewhere, and clearly texting everyone in his address book

64.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, width outside off and no stroke

64.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off stump and no stroke offered

64.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, standing up to drive through the off side, aggressive intent, but straight to the field

64.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, that's a better ball, a late swinging attempted yorker. Strauss digs it out, but he was briefly surprised

64.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, width outside off stump, but no stroke offered

64.6

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off, left alone again

End of over 65 (maiden) England 223/1
AJ Strauss    123* (203b 17x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    7-1-23-0
OA Shah    43* (56b 6x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    13-2-47-0

Ryan Hinds is back, around the wicket to Shah

65.1

Hinds to Shah, no run, forward and defended

65.2

Hinds to Shah, 1 run, worked into the gap, and through they go

65.3

Hinds to Strauss, no run, defended from the crease

65.4

Hinds to Strauss, no run, a couple of steps down the wicket, but defended as an afterthought

65.5

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, width, and cut hard to point

65.6

Hinds to Shah, no run, a bit of extra lift on off stump has Shah removing a glove from his bat handle, but that's safely negotiated

So, England starting positively. Here's Will Luke for a burst

End of over 66 (2 runs) England 225/1
OA Shah    44* (59b 6x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    14-2-49-0
AJ Strauss    124* (206b 17x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    7-1-23-0

Hello all

66.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, blocked off the back foot

66.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, cover-driven without intent or power

66.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, now then - that's a bit worrying. Outside the off stump, on a good length, and it scudded through like a pea roller

66.4

Edwards to Strauss, 4 byes, and again! And four this time! Two absolute grubbers. Edwards is wearing a rueful grin on his face, but they were both wide deliveries...had they been on target, Strauss would've been a goner

66.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, this one carries through nicely to Ramdin

66.6

Edwards to Strauss, no run, nice delivery, just shaping back into the winning left-hander who cautiously defends

End of over 67 (4 runs, maiden) England 229/1
AJ Strauss    124* (212b 17x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    8-2-23-0
OA Shah    44* (59b 6x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    14-2-49-0

67.1

Hinds to Shah, FOUR, shot. Inside out goes Shah, lofting him over extra cover

This is excellent, attacking batting

67.2

Hinds to Shah, no run, better ball on off stump which is defended

67.3

Hinds to Shah, 1 run, slapped out through cover

67.4

Hinds to Strauss, FOUR, Hinds is being milked like a cow with an oversized udder. Too straight, and Strauss just paddles him around the corner

Easy runs at the moment. West Indies aren't able to tie up either end

67.5

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, a lovely late-cut - sign of a man in fine form

67.6

Hinds to Shah, no run, ooh well bowled - just held that one up on Shah who was forced into a defensive prod

End of over 68 (10 runs) England 239/1
OA Shah    49* (63b 7x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    15-2-59-0
AJ Strauss    129* (214b 18x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    8-2-23-0

68.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, short of a length, punched off the back foot

68.2

Edwards to Strauss, 2 runs, down the leg side and a slow, lifeless delivery which he tucks around the corner

68.3

Edwards to Strauss, 2 runs, oh dear. That's pretty poor from Powell, nutmegged by an elegant but not very powerful drive by Strauss

68.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, another strong drive by Strauss to Sarwan, who fields it with a long barrier ... before casting a glance to his team-mate Powell on his left

68.5

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, on middle-and-leg, turned with a flick of the wrists

68.6

Edwards to Shah, no run, firmly punched out to mid-off

End of over 69 (5 runs) England 244/1
OA Shah    49* (64b 7x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    9-2-28-0
AJ Strauss    134* (219b 18x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    15-2-59-0

Brendan Nash into the attack

69.1

Nash to Strauss, no run, just a touch of bounce here, which is a surprise given how small Nash is

69.2

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, busy, industrious run-up and he lands this on middle, Strauss whips to leg

Gus Fraser, if you're reading, your former team-mate Atherton has compared your speed of bowling to Brendan Nash. We're doing the honourable thing and passing this on

69.3

Nash to Shah, no run, left outside off

69.4

Nash to Shah, no run, again he leaves this alone. Touch of shape away

69.5

Nash to Shah, no run, Shah shoulders arms once more

Innocuous pace here

69.6

Nash to Shah, no run, another extravagant leave by Shah to a little dibbly dobbler outside off

End of over 70 (1 run) England 245/1
OA Shah    49* (68b 7x4 1x6)      BP Nash    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    135* (221b 18x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    9-2-28-0

Beautiful conditions out there. Bright blue skies, just the occasional cloud, but it's perfect for batting.

70.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, a shorter delivery which doesn't climb, owing to Edwards' slingy action, and Strauss sways out of the way

Excellent three-second glare there by Edwards. Top-class glaring

70.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, Strauss forward-defends this to cover

70.3

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, a loose, tired-looking hook to a bouncer and he's quite lucky that it fell into no-man's land. Decent delivery from Edwards

70.4

Edwards to Shah, no run, Shah slaps this but, as so often happens, with his heavy bottom hand the bat twists and it's mistimed

70.5

Edwards to Shah, 1 run, pulled from well outside the off stump through midwicket for a single and there's his fifty

It's his second in Tests and he's waited so long for an opportunity to replace the continually underperforming Ian Bell. Granted, this pitch is about as flat as my mother's ironing board, but that's the way it goes. Ian Bell must be absolutely kicking himself

70.6

Edwards to Strauss, 2 runs, clipped to leg

End of over 71 (4 runs) England 249/1
AJ Strauss    138* (225b 18x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    10-2-32-0
OA Shah    50* (70b 7x4 1x6)      BP Nash    1-0-1-0

71.1

Nash to Shah, no run, wide of the off stump. Shah shuffles across and flicks to leg

71.2

Nash to Shah, 1 run, again Shah is walking miles across to the off side before he flicks this to midwicket

Twitter fans, we have a feed up and running. Bit of whimsy, humour, behind the scenes and so on.

71.3

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, another easy run, just dropped out to midwicket

71.4

Nash to Shah, no run, well, well wide of Shah's off stump. No need for him to play at that

71.5

Nash to Shah, no run, again left alone. No swing on offer for Nash

Drop us an email if you have anything interesting to say.

71.6

Nash to Shah, no run, slapped to mid-off

Right, that's it from me for a bit. Here's Andrew Miller, sometimes known as Windy to his friends, for a brief 40-minute burst. Cheers Wilbur. Here's Edwards

End of over 72 (2 runs) England 251/1
OA Shah    51* (75b 7x4 1x6)      BP Nash    2-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    139* (226b 18x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    10-2-32-0

72.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, full-toss outside off, stroked into the covers

72.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, on the back foot, pushed into the covers

Round the wicket now

72.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, a bouncer, Strauss flinches but that sails clean over his head

72.4

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, wow, that was close. Short again, and Strauss under-edges his pull inches past off stump. There was a click as the ball hit the turf, and for a moment I thought he'd played on

72.5

Edwards to Shah, no run, banged in short, and Shah ducks comfortably enough

72.6

Edwards to Shah, 1 run, short, swung away off the hip, Shah keeps the strike and England march on

What might have happened if this was actually the second Test, and England hadn't had two ridiculous days to shed their 51-all-out baggage? We'll never now know

End of over 73 (2 runs) England 253/1
OA Shah    52* (77b 7x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    11-2-34-0
AJ Strauss    140* (230b 18x4 1x6)      BP Nash    2-0-3-0

73.1

Nash to Shah, no run, too wide, Shah chases but doesn't make contact

73.2

Nash to Shah, no run, across to that wide off stump line in a pre-meditated stride, but pushed straight into the covers

73.3

Nash to Shah, no run, more width, Shah is doing his best not to get frustrated

73.4

Nash to Shah, no run, left alone outside off stump

73.5

Nash to Shah, no run, still plugging away on an unreachable line. It's effective but not very pretty

73.6

Nash to Shah, no run, that one is close enough to block, and tails in a touch from outside off as well. A maiden over

End of over 74 (maiden) England 253/1
OA Shah    52* (83b 7x4 1x6)      BP Nash    3-1-3-0
AJ Strauss    140* (230b 18x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    11-2-34-0

74.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, wide outside off from round the wicket. A steady period of consolidation, let's call this

Ed has something to say. "I have to say," he says, "Bell has had more chances than Prince Phillip's PR advisor - what a lovely sight to see Shah go past fifty."

74.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, well wide of off stump - almost wide enough to be called a wide in fact. But in the end, it's not quite wide enough, but still too wide to tempt a stroke. Wide, basically

74.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, short, and ducked

74.4

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, faster and straighter, and a grateful Strauss pulls coolly behind square

Grateful to have a five-ounce lump of leather hurled at one's head. Funny old game

74.5

Edwards to Shah, no run, short, and a touch of uneven bounce as Shah leaves alone outside off stump

74.6

Edwards to Shah, no run, full and straight and a massive appeal, but that was conceivably sneaking down leg. At least Windies have got one past the bat

Hawkeye says that was taking the middle of leg stump ... Harper might have given that had he been Mr Referral man, as he was scheduled to be. But ... etc ...

End of over 75 (1 run) England 254/1
OA Shah    52* (85b 7x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    12-2-35-0
AJ Strauss    141* (234b 18x4 1x6)      BP Nash    3-1-3-0

75.1

Nash to Strauss, no run, defended solidly

75.2

Nash to Strauss, no run, on off stump, and driven straight back to the bowler

75.3

Nash to Strauss, no run, forward and defended into the covers

75.4

Nash to Strauss, no run, shorter and swished at, but Strauss can't connect properly

75.5

Nash to Strauss, FOUR, he's connected this time, but very nearly holes out to midwicket! Sarwan was the man, not Benn alas, and that clears his leap by a foot

75.6

Nash to Strauss, FOUR, short again and that's poor bowling. Strauss is into position in a flash and pulling hard behind square leg

End of over 76 (8 runs) England 262/1
AJ Strauss    149* (240b 20x4 1x6)      BP Nash    4-1-11-0
OA Shah    52* (85b 7x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    12-2-35-0

Nothing much doing for the part-timers, so Gayle whistles up his big gun. Here's Mr Sabina, it's Jerome Taylor

76.1

Taylor to Shah, no run, full and straight, and defended

76.2

Taylor to Shah, no run, outside off, and Shah shoulders arms

76.3

Taylor to Shah, no run, short and a foot wide of off stump. Shah isn't tempted and through the ball goes

76.4

Taylor to Shah, no run, a whirl of the arms, and defended on off stump

76.5

Taylor to Shah, no run, back of a length but probing the top of off. Shah defends with a shuffle into line

76.6

Taylor to Shah, no run, another uneventful over ticks by. England have no obligation to rush, but West Indies urgently need a breakthrough

End of over 77 (maiden) England 262/1
OA Shah    52* (91b 7x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    11-2-25-0
AJ Strauss    149* (240b 20x4 1x6)      BP Nash    4-1-11-0

77.1

Nash to Strauss, no run, outside off and keeps low again. I wonder if that's the infamous centre circle coming into play?

Strauss needs a single for his 150 ... his best is 177 against New Zealand at Napier in March

77.2

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, that'll do, a dink into the leg-side, and that's a coolly acknowledged ton-and-a-half

77.3

Nash to Shah, no run, a big step across the crease and defended into the covers

77.4

Nash to Shah, no run, outside off stump again, defended resolutely

77.5

Nash to Shah, FOUR, sweet. A compact drive, straight down the ground. He's waited patiently for that

77.6

Nash to Shah, no run, outside off, no stroke this time. Another over notched up

End of over 78 (5 runs) England 267/1
OA Shah    56* (95b 8x4 1x6)      BP Nash    5-1-16-0
AJ Strauss    150* (242b 20x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    11-2-25-0

78.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, outside off again, left alone

78.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, wide again but Strauss is seeing it well enough to have a thrash. Cover intercepts though

78.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, defended on off stump

78.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, driven into the covers

Neil Brasier, our unexpectedly present ads-type colleague, has just bought us some cookies. What a gent. He's clearly feeling guilty about his imminent all-expenses jolly to the USA. But cheers all the same!

78.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, short, and well ducked

78.6

Taylor to Strauss, FOUR, full, in the slot, and driven superbly through the covers. He is cooking on gas now

And that is drinks. And how West Indies need them. Here's a freshly cookied-up Will Luke to take you to the close

End of over 79 (4 runs) England 271/1
AJ Strauss    154* (248b 21x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    12-2-29-0
OA Shah    56* (95b 8x4 1x6)      BP Nash    5-1-16-0

Nash to continue. Brendan, not Dion (he was a fine bowler, wasn't he?)

"Lot of criticism of Bell yet he was a bit of a hero scoring 199 last summer," says William Green. "Seems to me that Cook, Collingwood, or Bell could have been dropped for Shah, for exactly the same reasons-goos starts low conversion rate. If anything Bell has better potential and 'looks' more assured."

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening to you all...whichever corner of the planet you might be lurking from in front of your laptop.

79.1

Nash to Shah, no run, on middle stump, Shah clouts it back to him

79.2

Nash to Shah, no run, prepares to absolutely murder this to cover but can only find mid-off. Gave it a fair old thwacking though

79.3

Nash to Shah, no run, good ball, cutting back into the right hander who defends

79.4

Nash to Shah, 1 run, cleverly played. He shuffled across to the off side, went back and pushed it off the back foot defensively before scampering through for a single.

79.5

Nash to Strauss, no run, firmly behind this on the back foot

79.6

Nash to Strauss, FOUR, ooh close! So close to inside-edging that onto his leg-stump. That was mighty close; I reckon it just shaved the stumps, too. You could hear a noise from the stump mic

End of over 80 (5 runs) England 276/1
AJ Strauss    158* (250b 22x4 1x6)      BP Nash    6-1-21-0
OA Shah    57* (99b 8x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    12-2-29-0

Taylor to continue

80.1

Taylor to Shah, OUT, a mix-up here and it's curtains for Shah! He came forward, dropping it out to cover and set off immediately but there was no communication with Strauss, and despite a dive, he was miles short

OA Shah run out 57 (141m 100b 8x4 1x6) SR: 57.00

Calamity Jane - what a horrible way to go. Hapless running I'm afraid. Shah just assumed Strauss would run - there didn't seem to be an actual call by him.

Taylor to Pietersen. Remember what happened in Jamaica?

80.2

Taylor to Pietersen, 1 run, and he goes for the big, swinging yorker but Pietersen's off the mark with a clip off his toes

80.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, a bouncer which is evaded easily

80.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, angled out to the off side

80.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, decent pace, but a touch wide and comfortably left alone

80.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, driven out to point

End of over 81 (1 run) England 277/2
AJ Strauss    158* (254b 22x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    13-2-30-0
KP Pietersen    1* (1b)      BP Nash    6-1-21-0

By the way, the new ball's available but has yet to be taken by Gayle. Which is curious, to say the absolute least. So it'll be Nash to continue, which also rather odd. But anyway, nothing we can do

81.1

Nash to Pietersen, no run, on middle-and-off, Pietersen shuffles across and tries to whip this to leg

81.2

Nash to Pietersen, no run, again, another whip to leg but he can't time it. That was remarkably slow, that delivery

Perhaps this is the ploy, then...Gayle to "frustrate" KP with this dibbly dobblers

81.3

Nash to Pietersen, no run, ignored outside off. Angled across him

81.4

Nash to Pietersen, no run, stands tall and punches this off the back foot

81.5

Nash to Pietersen, no run, cautiously defended

81.6

Nash to Pietersen, no run, and again it's wide of the off stump and left alone

End of over 82 (maiden) England 277/2
KP Pietersen    1* (7b)      BP Nash    7-2-21-0
AJ Strauss    158* (254b 22x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    13-2-30-0

82.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, short of a length, Strauss mis-times this pull to mid-on

82.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, good delivery on (or thereabouts) off stump, to which Strauss defends carefully on the tips of his toes

82.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, too wide. Much too wide

82.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, a slight hint of swing into Strauss who shapes a lovely off-drive

82.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, caution is the word of the hour, and Strauss is very watchful behind this off-stump delivery

82.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, blocked once more

End of over 83 (maiden) England 277/2
AJ Strauss    158* (260b 22x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    14-3-30-0
KP Pietersen    1* (7b)      BP Nash    7-2-21-0

No new ball yet. Benn with the old, scuffed cherry

83.1

Benn to Pietersen, no run, with no feet movement, Pietersen pokes this out to the off side

83.2

Benn to Pietersen, no run, lunges forward and pokes this to leg

83.3

Benn to Pietersen, no run, well bowled. Good pace, on middle stump and Pietersen's right behind it

83.4

Benn to Pietersen, no run, a teaser, wide of the off stump, but KP will not be teased or tempted

83.5

Benn to Pietersen, no run, in the slot, clunked to mid-on

83.6

Benn to Pietersen, no run, flicked to short midwicket

End of over 84 (maiden) England 277/2
KP Pietersen    1* (13b)      SJ Benn    16-2-56-0
AJ Strauss    158* (260b 22x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    14-3-30-0

84.1

Taylor to Strauss, FOUR, well, bit of luck here. A flay outside off and it took the toe end of the bat, scudding along the ground to third man. Strauss smiles. Taylor glares

84.2

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, a single in the offing as Strauss drops this out to cover

84.3

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen marches across the crease and shoulders arms

He's an extraordinary character, Pietersen. After playing that, he marched away and had a chat with himself. He's such a huge figure at the crease, it's almost as though he can't bare to look at the scummy bowlers

84.4

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, down the leg side and he loses his balance while trying to Flamingo Flick © ® TM him through midwicket

84.5

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, outside off, but again Pietersen will not be lured. It can't be long, though, surely?

84.6

Taylor to Pietersen, 2 runs, a full-toss turned to midwicket with a wristy flick

End of over 85 (7 runs) England 284/2
KP Pietersen    3* (17b)      JE Taylor    15-3-37-0
AJ Strauss    163* (262b 23x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    16-2-56-0

85.1

Benn to Strauss, no run, "Bowling Benny" is the applauded cry from Ramdin as Strauss defends this sharply turning ball outside off

85.2

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, whipped off his hip

85.3

Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, tossed up, way, way above Pietersen's eye line, but also way outside his leg stump

Aborts his run-up for the second time. Third time lucky...

Benn in trouble here. He's limping quite badly. He does have knee problems - he was limping a bit during his marathon spell in Jamaica.

85.4

Benn to Strauss, no run, pushed off the back foot

85.5

Benn to Strauss, no run, square driven to Smith's left at point, who is athletic and swift to prevent the single

85.6

Benn to Strauss, FOUR, bosh! That'll do. A gift from Benn, Strauss skips down the pitch, opens himself up and hits him inside out for four through cover. Twang

End of over 86 (6 runs) England 290/2
AJ Strauss    168* (267b 24x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    17-2-62-0
KP Pietersen    4* (18b)      JE Taylor    15-3-37-0

Powell's back into the attack

Benn is going off I'm afraid. Not sure if it was his knee or ankle. He sidles past the England players on the steps of the balcony, who hardly offer much encouragement (predictably...these are sportsmen, after all).

86.1

Powell to Pietersen, no run, a touch short and wide

Still no new ball. Seems a bit of a waste this, unless Gayle's just going to wait until the morning and try the new nut then.

86.2

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, bangs this in and gets nothing in return. Pietersen rocks back and pulls it commandingly along the ground but straight to deep midwicket

KP drops an f bomb in disgust at only getting a single for such a marvellous shot

86.3

Powell to Strauss, no run, cuts back into him and he defends

Around the wicket

86.4

Powell to Strauss, no run, a scudder! A pea-roller but wide of the stumps

86.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, good line, but Strauss just hides his bat behind the line

86.6

Powell to Strauss, no run, blocked to mid-off

End of over 87 (1 run) England 291/2
AJ Strauss    168* (271b 24x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    9-2-36-0
KP Pietersen    5* (20b)      SJ Benn    17-2-62-0

Edwards mistimes his jump and pulls out. Trying again now...

It's all become a bit sleepy and soporific out there. The light's becoming mellow, with the shadows lengthening. Perfect time for photography, if that's your bag (it is mine). Or a beer. Or a glass of red. Anyway - we have news, and the news is that the new ball has been taken. At last.

87.1

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, that's whacked him! Pietersen didn't pick that up at all. "I didn't see it" he said to Strauss. A bouncer, he just didn't see it and turned his back, the ball whacking him on the front arm

The difficulty is half the pitch is in shadow, the other in sun. Very tricky to bat in

87.2

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, wide of the off stump

Two slips, gully. This light could cause huge problems

87.3

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 no ball, that pitched in the sun, and Pietersen jumped back nervously in defence - hopping backwards to try and make sure he got in line, which he did

87.3

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, fuller (pitching in the shadows) and Pietersen plays that more comfortably, defending it

87.4

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, flicked from outside off, but midwicket is short

Well, he's about 5ft 11in. Etc etc. Some light Butlins-style humour for you there. I'm here all week

87.5

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, well wide, swinging away

87.6

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, steals the strike with a push out to cover

End of over 88 (2 runs) England 293/2
KP Pietersen    6* (27b)      FH Edwards    13-2-37-0
AJ Strauss    168* (271b 24x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    9-2-36-0

So then. Here's Powell

88.1

Powell to Pietersen, no run, this comes out all wrong - wideish full toss which did swing in the air a little. Clumped to mid-off

88.2

Powell to Pietersen, no run, full on the off stump, Pietersen confidently and crisply drives this to mid-off who threatens to wing down the stumps

88.3

Powell to Pietersen, no run, good, tight delivery on the off stump. Pietersen presents the most solid of backward defensives

88.4

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length and irritatingly straight. It's another easy single, tucked off his hip

Powell has the heart of a lion, but the consistency of undercooked porridge

88.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, miles too wide again. Ramdin takes it in front of first slip

88.6

Powell to Strauss, 1 run, on middle-and-leg, flicked to leg

End of over 89 (2 runs) England 295/2
AJ Strauss    169* (273b 24x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    10-2-38-0
KP Pietersen    7* (31b)      FH Edwards    13-2-37-0

89.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, Strauss, well back in his crease, waits and waits before blocking off the back foot

89.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, a tempter just outside off which is left alone. Good line and length though

89.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, Strauss has thrown the kitchen sink at that and the result? A big, round nought. The man at cover was in the way

89.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, steps forward before shouldering arms

89.5

Edwards to Strauss, OUT, got him! Strauss departs to a lazy, slightly tired stroke to a quicker bouncer. Banged in on middle-and-leg, he went to hook and it looped meekly as Edwards scooped an easy return catch

AJ Strauss c & b Edwards 169 (346m 278b 24x4 1x6) SR: 60.79

What a time to lose your wicket. One ball left in the day's play - we think.

Anderson in

89.6

Edwards to Anderson, 1 run, nudged around the corner

End of over 90 (1 run) England 296/3
JM Anderson    1* (1b)      FH Edwards    14-2-38-1
KP Pietersen    7* (31b)      DBL Powell    10-2-38-0

Slightly confused. We've had 90 overs, so...I'm not sure why we're continuing. But continuing we are. Anderson on strike

90.1

Powell to Anderson, 2 runs, beautiful stroke by the nightwatchman, punching this elegantly off the back foot

People wandering behind the bowler's arm. Short delay.

90.2

Powell to Anderson, no run, edged short of Ramdin! Fine ball, drawing Anderson into a loose drive and it falls tantalisingly short of Ramdin's outstretched left hand

Can Anderson survive until the close?

90.3

Powell to Anderson, no run, wasted, wide of the off stump

90.4

Powell to Anderson, no run, a fast bouncer, but easily evaded

Two balls left

"Anderson now has equalled the career record for innings without a duck," notes William Green. Indeed so.

90.5

Powell to Anderson, no run, shuffles back, carefully, and ignores it

90.6

Powell to Anderson, no run, nudged to leg

End of over 91 (2 runs) England 298/3
JM Anderson    3* (7b)      DBL Powell    11-2-40-0
KP Pietersen    7* (31b)      FH Edwards    14-2-38-1

Bob Willis will be in seventh heaven at the moment. Not only have we managed 90 overs, but we might even squeeze in 92. Bob loves his overs. This will almost certainly be the last of the day though

91.1

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, very full on the off stump and Pietersen digs this out with excellent timing. They only take a single, obviously, as Anderson's there to protect Pietersen ... however daft that seems

Short-leg coming in for Anderson

91.2

Edwards to Anderson, no run, too wide and comfortably left alone

91.3

Edwards to Anderson, no run, another bouncer which Anderson evades with ease. Edwards stares him down, his tongue peeking cheekily out of the right-hand-side of his mouth. A grin - or perhaps it's just wind - appears across his face. Anderson stares him down, choosing not to smile or enter into conversation

And they move on.

91.4

Edwards to Anderson, no run, fended off his hip

91.5

Edwards to Anderson, no run, on the off stump, it's squeezed out

Edwards is again staring him down. Anderson, remarkably for someone so placid and quiet, is joining in the stare. These two don't get on, I feel

Last ball

91.6

Edwards to Anderson, 1 no ball, quick bouncer angled down into the gully

And it's a no-ball. I bet that'll please Anderson no end. 300 up for England

91.6

Edwards to Anderson, 1 wide, a massively short bounced...and too short. It's called a wide

91.6

Edwards to Anderson, no run, a swing and a miss outside off

Close And that's the end of the day's play. Anderson finally has a laugh and a chuckle after getting all wound up at Edwards, and they head off - it's comfortably been England's day. Strauss will no doubt be furious at falling just before the close, but his 169 was an innings of authority and tenacity which has put England into a powerful position. That's it from us, and thanks for joining us today. From me, Will Luke, along with Andrew Miller, do join us again tomorrow.

End of over 92 (3 runs) England 301/3
JM Anderson    3* (13b)      FH Edwards    15-2-41-1
KP Pietersen    8* (32b)      DBL Powell    11-2-40-0

9.55am Everything ready to rumble, and to take you through the first hour it will be Andrew Miller. Thanks Martin. Jerome Taylor is armed with the new ball, only five overs old. Pietersen on strike

9.45am The pitch is still as hard as a rock and should be fast but offering little relief for the bowlers.

"Looking at the way that the ball did sometimes misbehave alarmingly yesterday, you get the impression that if a bowler were to bowl the right length and line at a good pace he could run through a side," emails Mark Kidger.

9.35am Andrew McGlashan reports that it's a "lovely sunny day here, both teams limbering up. Crowd slowly filling up." Assume he means the ground unless he is referring to beer intake.

9.15am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the second day's play from the Recreation Ground.

Amid all the delight of being back at the Rec, there's no hiding the reality that the old place has been (shamefully) allowed to fall into disrepair. One reader has emailed to say as she put her feet up on a seat in front of her, the whole row crashed to the ground, a result of rotten wood holding them in place. Just imagine what could have been done with 10% of the cash spent on the white elephant at North Sound.

92.1

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, a bit of a floaty loosener. Full length and straight enough, stroked out to cover

92.2

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, decent line and length but no great hostility just yet. Comfortably pushed to cover

92.3

Taylor to Pietersen, FOUR, that's a lovely stroke. On the spot for the drive again, and just pushed a fraction straighter, and there's no-one to cut that off. Totally unhurried, which is not how things were in the evening shadows last night

92.4

Taylor to Pietersen, 2 runs, tapped, easy as you like, into the leg side

92.5

Taylor to Pietersen, 1 run, fuller length, clipped to midwicket where a fumble gifts an extra run

92.6

Taylor to Anderson, no run, outside off stump and left alone

End of over 93 (7 runs) England 308/3
JM Anderson    3* (14b)      JE Taylor    16-3-44-0
KP Pietersen    15* (37b 1x4)      FH Edwards    15-2-41-1

It's Fidel Edwards, who was working up a head of steam yesterday evening

93.1

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, on the spot, outside off and defended with ease

93.2

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, on the pads, flicked firmly to fine leg. A pretty flat start from West Indies, to be honest. Pietersen is looking ominously composed already

93.3

Edwards to Anderson, 1 run, slightly shorter and Anderson hops across his crease to clip his first run of the day to square leg. A bit of a slip and he nearly puts his heel into his stumps

93.4

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, short, and thumped, straight at square leg who parries it. Chanderpaul is the man, and that bounced inches in front of the fielder. Rolled his wrists just in time

93.5

Edwards to Anderson, OUT, that's the spot. The first wicket goes down as Edwards gets his line right, and Anderson pushes limply outside off. A simple catch for Ramdin, and that will perk the fielders up

JM Anderson c †Ramdin b Edwards 4 (21m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Disappointing way to go for Anderson, who - incidentally - still hasn't made a Test duck in nearly six years since his debut in 2003.

Paul Collingwood is the new man

93.6

Edwards to Collingwood, 1 run, so close! Collingwood didn't know anything about that, a tentative back-foot defensive shot gets big on him, and an edge balloons over the slips and out to no-man's land at third man

Was I saying West Indies were looking flat? That's three near-misses in three balls now ... funny old game

End of over 94 (4 runs) England 312/4
PD Collingwood    1* (1b)      FH Edwards    16-2-45-2
KP Pietersen    17* (40b 1x4)      JE Taylor    16-3-44-0

94.1

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, probing length outside off, a comfortable push into the covers

So far, it is Edwards' skiddy lines that are causing the problems. Taylor is looking a bit up-and-down

94.2

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, outside off, no stroke offered

94.3

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, in the slot for the drive, but fielded comfortably at mid-off

94.4

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, width outside off again, and still no stroke offered

More on Anderson. "So far, 45 innings in his career and no duck!" says Andre from Paris. "Better than Ponting, Dravid, Sobers or Ponsford." I should know better than to trust a French cricket statistician without cross-referencing, but that sounds about right

94.5

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, good grief that looked close, nips back off the seam, strikes him fractionally outside the line. Otherwise that was plumb

94.6

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, short, and ducked with ease. Unlike most of his innings so far ...

End of over 95 (maiden) England 312/4
PD Collingwood    1* (7b)      JE Taylor    17-4-44-0
KP Pietersen    17* (40b 1x4)      FH Edwards    16-2-45-2

95.1

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, back-foot drive from Pietersen, pretty expansive, though why he's going back to that length is a mystery. Concerns about the pitch?

95.2

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, more comfortable defence this time

95.3

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, width, tempting width, and Pietersen's eyes light up, he's onto the back foot, and thrashing wildly outside off. That's the shot of filth I'd play in the nets. And sure enough he makes no contact

95.4

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, better this time, hopping back and across and flicking into the leg side. Still a little bit jumpy. He was far happier against Taylor

95.5

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, outside off, short once again, and left alone through to the keeper

95.6

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, fuller and straighter, attacking the stumps, Collingwood plays a hurried clip into the leg side, and that's the end of a hostile over

End of over 96 (1 run) England 313/4
PD Collingwood    1* (9b)      FH Edwards    17-2-46-2
KP Pietersen    18* (44b 1x4)      JE Taylor    17-4-44-0

96.1

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, full face of the blade, defended to extra cover

96.2

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, a hint of nip off the seam, Pietersen squeezes the ball out to midwicket with a loud "no!"

96.3

Taylor to Pietersen, 1 run, tip-and-run, had to hurry as mid-on swooped but that was a quick call and instant response. Good running

96.4

Taylor to Collingwood, FOUR, lovely strike, Collingwood's best of the morning, a full push down the ground and a handy bobble helps it hop over the flailing mid-on. Fast outfield, and full value for shots

96.5

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, there's that low bounce again. I wonder if that hit the football line. I suspect it did

Replays suggest it was fairly adjacent to the line ...

96.6

Taylor to Collingwood, FOUR, no awkward bounce there, just a lovely pull shot, plenty time to get into line, a full whirl of the wrists, and that over will help settle Collingwood's nerves

End of over 97 (9 runs) England 322/4
PD Collingwood    9* (12b 2x4)      JE Taylor    18-4-53-0
KP Pietersen    19* (47b 1x4)      FH Edwards    17-2-46-2

97.1

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, real pace from Edwards, Pietersen uses his height to get behind the ball, but still didn't quite keep it down. No-one fielding close in on the off side, however, and that's perfectly safe

97.2

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, cracking delivery, Pietersen is hanging back in his crease and pushing loosely outside off once again. It was too wide to justify a stroke, but the pace has KP rattled at present

97.3

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, better shot, shorter and straighter, and Pietersen is a jack-in-the-box as he pops onto his toes and rides the ball into the leg-side

Real fire from Edwards now

97.4

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, that's a fantastic nut. Short, venomous and straight at the visor. An approving roar rings out from the stands as Collingwood flaps his gloves in front of his face and somehow keeps the ball down

97.5

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, good thinking. Much fuller, and a good line outside off. Collingwood did well not to flinch a desperate drive at that one

97.6

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, on the pads to finish, and worked to square leg. A great over

Now then, what does Gayle do now? Edwards is on fire, but Taylor has been lacklustre so far. Time for a change, I'd have thought.

I wonder what Harmison has made of this morning's session.

End of over 98 (1 run) England 323/4
PD Collingwood    9* (15b 2x4)      FH Edwards    18-2-47-2
KP Pietersen    20* (50b 1x4)      JE Taylor    18-4-53-0

Sure enough, it's a change. Here's Daren Powell

98.1

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, loosener on the pads, worked to midwicket. Lots of space out there

98.2

Powell to Collingwood, FOUR, short, and too wide, and that's coolly cut away behind point. Three fine strokes, a drive, a pull and now a cut. He's up and running

98.3

Powell to Collingwood, no run, fuller length and a respectful defensive push back down the wicket

98.4

Powell to Collingwood, no run, full again, and Collingwood can't quite make full contact with his drive

98.5

Powell to Collingwood, FOUR, banged in short again, and Collingwood swings another boundary over his shoulder and away to fine leg. Valuable runs

98.6

Powell to Collingwood, no run, up in the slot, and driven out to midwicket

"Jesus, look at that," says a startled David Thomson. "Pietersen, four games more than Collingwood, 1200 more runs. Someone tell me why we persist with such a mediocre batsmen because he's apparently "nuggety". Chanderpaul is a true nugget, Collingwood's been living on this outdated stereotype of a tough Northern lad for far too long." Harsh, David, harsh. Not everyone can bat like KP

End of over 99 (9 runs) England 332/4
PD Collingwood    17* (20b 4x4)      DBL Powell    12-2-49-0
KP Pietersen    21* (51b 1x4)      FH Edwards    18-2-47-2

99.1

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, width outside off, Pietersen contemplates a cut, but leaves alone in the end

99.2

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, good off stump line, defended to midwicket with an angled bat

99.3

Edwards to Pietersen, FOUR, flogged. That's the KP we know and gawp at. Short again, but Pietersen is quickly into position and pulls majestically in front of square

99.4

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, Harrier Jump Jet lift from that one. Pietersen briefly thinks of a second pull in consecutive balls, but instantly reconsiders as the ball scoots over his shoulder. Ramdin does well to gather

99.5

Edwards to Pietersen, 2 runs, dropped! There's the chance! It was a full-toss, and Pietersen was completely caught unawares. Pushed tentatively off the back foot, but Edwards in his followthrough couldn't steady himself

99.6

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, outside off and safely through to the keeper

Another venomous over from Edwards who deserves better for his efforts

End of over 100 (6 runs) England 338/4
KP Pietersen    27* (57b 2x4)      FH Edwards    19-2-53-2
PD Collingwood    17* (20b 4x4)      DBL Powell    12-2-49-0
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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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