England firmly put themselves in line to reclaim the Wisden Trophy for the last time as they found themselves vastly ahead at the end of the third day of the third Test in Manchester. If West Indies are to win this Test, they will need a reprise of the Headingley miracle from Shai Hope, a monumental version of that.
Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich began their day, aiming to avoid the follow-on more than overtaking England’s 369, trailing by 232 runs. Holder survived a no-ball call off Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope’s diving catch at square leg went for a toss. However, it was not long before Stuart Broad struck to send him back being four short of a half-century.
While the 68-run stand between the captain and Dowrich avoided the follow-on, they had still conceded a monumental lead of 182. Stuart Broad took all four wickets in the morning to take his tally to 497 and leaving West Indies’ stranglehold very loose on their trophy.
Rory Burns and Dom Sibley steadied themselves to a century stand as the tired legs of the West Indians could not inspire quick wickets. While Rahkheem Cornwall bowled some threatening deliveries and Holder reviewed, the tourists were in a pile of trouble. When the skipper finally removed Dom Sibley for 56, Joe Root came in and put glimpses of him coming to form. Root tamed Kemar Roach, who is perhaps West Indies’ best bowler to bring his fifty off only 59 deliveries.
In that same over, the English captain slammed him for three boundaries to make it 14 runs off his over. In the very next over as Rory Burns lost his wicket for 90, the home side declared their innings, giving West Indies to chase 399. In the same over, Root also overtook Michael Atherton’s run tally for England, which was of 7728.
Stuart Broad falls one short of 500 Test wickets as England surge ahead:
The West Indies batting line-up got no mercy from Broad as he removed Campbell in the first over of the fourth innings. Campbell strode himself forward to defend.
However, it took a thick edge to Joe Root at slips, giving him his 498th. West Indies’ first run of their mammoth run-chase came off nightwatchman Roach’s bat.
But he was the 33-year old’s 499th victim as he reached to drive the ball on the fourth stump, resulting in a nick to Buttler. Shai Hope attempted his best to keep the ball from the danger zone and survived some close calls to fight for another day. At 10-2, the visitors can only try as much as possible to avoid the inevitable on the fourth day.