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And now Buttler is getting into his zone as well. The boundaries are flowing and the scorecard is certainly moving now after that watchful first session. The pair have added 70 and Windies will be desperately looking to end this partnership.
Stokes on the move
One streaky boundary followed by three proper boundaries - Stokes's highlights so far post Tea. He is already the top scorer for England in this innings now and perhaps, this is the right way to go. Don't be surprised if England continue to remain positive.
Stokes has been adjudged not out by the umpire and the Windies challenge the call. There is no bat involved but it's only clipping and Stokes survives. Relief for England.
Tea - 114/4
Great session for the Windies. They have picked up three key wickets and with the surface offering plenty of bounce, they will be eyeing more in the final session.
England were finally stitching a decent partnership with Buttler and Root looking confident but now it's been broken. Root will be kicking himself. This was short and wide and he went for the cut, only to get a thin edge through to the keeper. Windies get another wicket before the Tea break.
Plumb that was but Denly decides to take a review with him back to the pavilion. This jagged back in to rap the batsman plumb in front. Gabriel gets a wicket.
Missing Holder? I don't think so. Paul is making an impact. He has now removed both the openers either side of the lunch break. A full delivery that moves slightly away to rap the batsman on his pads and the umpire gives not out. Windies waste little time in reviewing the decision and they are spot on. There is no inside edge. The decision has to be reversed. Root is the new man in.
Shannon Gabriel is unlucky. He bowled one on an awkward length and line to the batsman and Denly tries to just fend it away. The keeper collects the ball and is convinced it came off the glove. The review is taken. There is glove but the batsman had taken the glove off the handle just in the nick of time and hence that is not out. Wow! That's not something you see often. Lunch is taken. England are 46/1.
What a waste!
He was given a couple of reprieves, he made a watchful start batting on 8 off 42 balls and now he is a goner! Keemo Paul comes into the bowling attack and strikes first ball. It was a gently loosener full outside off and Jennings edges it to slip while attempting a drive. Denly is in at number 3.
Drinks break - England 30/0
Well, maybe this is the luck he needs to be make a case for himself. After making a return to the XI, Jennings gets two reprieves in the 10th over of the game. First, the umpire turns down a leg-before-wicket appeal which would have been overturned had the Windies appealed and then Chase drops a straightforward chance at third slip. Roach is the unlucky bowler.
Relief for everyone as play is underway once again after a 30-minute break.
Rain stops play
The players are heading back. Rain was expected to play spoilsport and it has arrived now just 31 balls into the game.
Can't please everyone
Toss - Windies opt to bowl
They want to put pressure on the England batting lineup very early in the Test match. And the in-form Keemo Paul is directly drafted into the playing XI in Jason Holder's absence. England have made an interesting change by bringing back Mark Wood for this contest. He last played a Test against Pakistan last year at Lord's. With Jennings making a return, Denly is expected to bat three with Bairstow moving back to his preferred spot at 5. Moeen is slotted to come in at 8.
Windies (Playing XI): Kraigg Brathwaite(c), John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Shane Dowrich(w), Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel
England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Not many gave Windies a sniff when this tour began. England were on a high after demolishing Sri Lanka late last year in their own backyard and Windies haven't been on a great run anyway. The hosts did put up some pretty good performances in home soil last year against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh but they were still expected to be swatted aside by the visitors. Two Tests later, the series is already decided with the Windies leading 2-0. Not only did the Windies manage to win, they managed to absolutely decimate England winning inside three days. The first one was won by 381 runs and the second was a 10-wicket win.
The visitors have been demoralised by the margin of the losses. They have issues at the top to address and with an Ashes series looming in six months, they would certainly want to put those two losses behind and pull one back. Keaton Jennings has been called back after getting dropped just for the previous Test. How much has he improved in this period? Ben Foakes will feel unlucky to have fetched the axe.
For the home side, skipper Jason Holder will miss out. He has been suspended for this game as a result of a slow over-rate offence from the previous game that ended in three days. Yes, you read that right. Keemo Paul has been drafted into the squad. It will be interesting to see who replaces Holder. The pitch is expected to be batting friendly so England will definitely be relieved with that. Can the Windies complete a historic 'blackwash'? Or will England make it 1-2? Welcome to the live blog for the opening day's play of this third and final Test match.
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