Mark Wood takes three wickets as England fight back in third test

Annette Crawford
February 12, 2019

Why, Douglas Jardine must have been salivating in his grave.

This is just one of many questions for an England management and selection panel that seem to be making things up as they go along, bereft of any intelligent or coherent strategy, but this was not a day for sticking the knife in too much, but rather one for marvelling at Wood's blood-curdling work.

Captain Joe Root set up England's push for victory with an unbeaten century on day three of the third Test against West Indies in St Lucia.

It was all triggered by an atrocious shot from Kraigg Brathwaite, the stand-in captain for the banned Jason Holder, the former Yorkshire player skying spinner Moeen Ali to Anderson at cow corner in a needless and brainless act of aggression.

But Stokes and Buttler came together for an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 124 as two of England's traditionally aggressive batsmen, perhaps in light of recent criticism of the side's approach, reined in their natural game to guide their team to a strong position.

His opening deliveries, some of which reached 90 miles per hour, troubled Shai Hope and so it was no surprise to see him slice to Burns at gully, the same fielder then hanging to another chance to send Roston Chase back for a golden duck.

But a fiery Wood grabbed his first five-wicket haul in Tests and Ali snagged four wickets to rout the Windies for 154 and give England a sizeable lead.

England Fast bowler Mark Wood picked up three quick wickets to put West Indies on the ropes, 74 for five at tea on day two of the third test in St Lucia on Sunday.

Incredibly, this is only his 51st first-class match - he debuted in 2011 - and how he would dearly love an extended run in the team.

England made two changes.

Moeen took 4-36, while Stuart Broad chipped in with a wicket, as well as a magnificent one-handed catch at long-off.

That was the trigger for the slide and a reinvigorated Roach quickly got involved by dismissing Stokes for the innings top score of 79 when the attacking left-hander miscued an attempted pull and wicketkeeper Dowrich sprinted 30 metres to backward square-leg in clinging on to a superb diving catch.

Root's side dominated the third day, having resumed on 19-0, but there were further failures for openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings. Butler did not add to his overnight score, and the dismissal ended a 125-run partnership with Ben Stokes that had allowed England to climb out of an early hole.

England lead by 142, red-hot favourites to claim a consolation win.

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