England knock fight out of West Indies

England knock fight out of West Indies

The fast-bowler was involved in a long-running verbal battle with Root throughout the day as the England man continued to frustrate his opponents.

It has been a game too far for West Indies. "Language is really influential and it's great Joe Root stepped up to challenge abusive comments".

They were hardly threatened on a flattening pitch against an attack with lost allrounder Keemo Paul during the fourth over of the day.

England's strike bowler continued his onslaught against the home team by sending the exciting Shimron Hetmyer (8) and the experienced Darren Bravo (6) back to the pavilion in quick succession.

He finished unbeaten on 102 off 191 balls with 12 fours and one six embellishing his innings.

West Indies have already won the series after massive victories in the first two Test matches in Barbados and Antigua and are playing this match without regular captain Jason Holder, who is serving a one-match suspension for the failure of his team to maintain the required over-rate in the previous match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Stokes moved on to 79 - his best Test score since he was involved in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017 that resulted in a suspension - but when his mistimed hook off Kemar Roach was brilliantly taken by a diving Shane Dowrich, England unravelled. It reminds me of the wickets that were prepared for us, the West Indians, in the 1970s and '80s.

Root put Gabriel in his place.

Buttler made 56 from 115 balls in a stand of 107 with Root.

Anderson removed opener John Campbell for a first-ball duck, with Moeen Ali taking a high catch at gully.

Bravo was next to go, nicking a lifter from Anderson to Root, and the West Indies was 10-3 and Anderson had 3-5.

Wood soon pocketed the wickets of Shai Hope and Roston Chase with consecutive balls during the 22nd over to mark his return to the global stage with a double-wicket maiden in his first over.

Meanwhile, Chase batted on, through lunch and tea.

Veteran seamer Jimmy Anderson ripped through the West Indies top order to leave the hosts staring at defeat, after England set them a mammoth target on the penultimate day of the third and final Test here Tuesday.

"Make sure you learn from this tour - a five-foot lad isn't going to be as destructive as Stuart Broad with 400 Test matches".