Root falls as England stumble to tea

Rex Christensen
February 13, 2019

An altercation between the pair took place on the third day of the third Test in St Lucia on Monday.

Though West Indies have already clinched the series by winning the first two Tests, England will take comfort from being in great position to salvage a victory in the finale.

Root scored an unbeaten century as England piled up a 448-run lead at stumps on day three.

The England skipper had struggled with his team, scoring 55 runs in his previous five innings in this series, before hitting form at the Darren Sammy Stadium.

But he made amends by notching up his 16th Test century with a classic drive through mid-off for four, albeit off a generous full toss from Alzarri Joseph. Campbell's opening partner, Kraigg Brathwaite, seems doomed to suffer yet another defeat as stand-in captain and offered little resistance himself to Anderson when he prodded indecisively at a full-length delivery and Ben Stokes held the catch at second slip.

Root did not want to read too much into his recent low scores, especially since a couple of those dismissals had been to virtually unplayable deliveries.

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"You have to be realistic sometimes". "The more players, fans, clubs and organisations that stand up for equality in sport, the sooner we kick discrimination out and make sport everyone's game", she added.

Though the series is lost, he said the match was far from being irrelevant.

"I think it should stay on the field".

Burns (10) and Jennings (8) then negotiated the final 10 overs of the day without much drama - though the former nearly edged to first slip in the final over - to raise hopes of a consolation victory for England. "When you get a wicket in your first over the adrenaline starts pumping". It now could be 2-1 and a hundred in your last Test innings of the winter in Test cricket. "To come out the other side and be able to say you're not out at the end of the day is really pleasing".

Stokes went eight overs later for 79, caught when he mistimed a pull shot, and after Moeen (13) and Jonny Bairstow (two) went cheaply, West Indies quickly mopped up the tail, picking up the final four wickets for seven runs.

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

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