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    Lunch on Day 3 and it is nearly impossible to see anything other than England ambling to a win and saving some face from this tour.

    Critical moments in the morning session were Hetmyer droppings the simplest of catches off Gabrielís bowling (he was not happy!!) and Keemo Paul having to be stretchered off with what looked a hamstring or a thigh strain after trying to run the ball down in the field.

    Hetmyerís catch would have been the end of Denly early on. As it is, he is now homing in on what will be a hugely confidence-boosting half-century. At the other end Joe Root has the chance to finally put runs on the board, which would be a great relief to him I imagine.
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    Windies 10/2 chasing 485. It seems amazing how often positions can reverse from test match to test match between the same 2 sides, eg. Eng vs Pak last year. (I freely concede this is only my impression and may be bollocks )

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    Windies 10/2 chasing 485. It seems amazing how often positions can reverse from test match to test match between the same 2 sides, eg. Eng vs Pak last year. (I freely concede this is only my impression and may be bollocks )
    Nah, youíre right.

    The difference in pitches can have a huge effect.

    For this match, the Windies were without their captain, who is top of the ICC rankings for all-rounders.

    They then lost his replacement in the bowling line-up to injury.

    Meanwhile England brought in Mark Wood who had an immediate impact, which in retrospect maybe should have been before now. I had actually forgotten he was in the squad - I think he was a late replacement for someone else.

    And I guess the batting finally clicked a bit for England, which was long overdue given their middle order strength, notwithstanding a fired-up Windies attack on hard wickets.

    Iíve been a little disappointed in Shai Hope, but he has years ahead of him. Iíve really taken to Kemal Roach though - clever, nagging bowler with what appears to e a great attitude. Hetmyer is exciting and I look forward to seeing more of him and likewise the keeper Dowrich looks lively.

    Thereís a lot of youth in this Windies side so there is no shortage of potential. It would be good to see that translated into success - good for the Windies but good for Test cricket as well.
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    So it's all over, England got the win they were always going to get after the earlier innings, credit to them for picking themselves back up after the first two Tests.

    Lovely cricket at the end as Roston Chase closed in on a rather unexpected century. He was just short of it when Shannon Gabriel at the other end gave away his wicket. Keemo Paul, who was carrying a quadriceps strain that had kept him out the game since he did it earlier in the match hobbled out to bat with him as last man.

    Paul couldn't run between the wickets so he had to hold down his end to let the ball go back onto Chase, which he did. That allowed Chase to hit the boundary that brought him his ton.

    Not satisfied with that, Paul then faced a barrage from Stokes. Unable to run, he had to leave or go for it, and he hit three boundaries before miscuing and looping it back to Stokes, caught and bowled.

    Stokes displayed a rather distasteful side to his character - having caught the ball and thus dismissed Paul, he viciously hurled it just past him at the stumps. Most bowlers would have just celebrated with their teammates.
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