Wed, 17 Jul 2019

Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England's batting line-up has done little to ease the criticism they have faced for their entire tour of the Caribbean, losing three wickets since lunch to be 114 for 4 at tea on the first day of the third Test against West Indies in St Lucia.

Yes, they managed to negotiate a tricky period either side of lunch, thanks largely to opener Rory Burns' steady 29 off 103 balls, but then they lost 2 for 0 in six deliveries, thanks largely to some unplayable bowling from young allrounder Keemo Paul in just his third Test.

Before lunch, Paul had claimed the wicket of under-pressure opener Keaton Jennings to send England to the break at 46-1 with Burns not out 27 and Joe Denly having survived a late scare.

Resuming unbeaten on 4, Denly began to look as though he might settle, though not always comfortably. His fully outstretched waft at a wide Kemar Roach delivery went to the boundary but brought back memories of his dismissal on debut in Antigua, a toe-ended cut shot that was caught behind.

But Denly and Burns dug in, albeit slowly, with Burns adding just two runs in the space of six overs after lunch as Denly built his innings.

Then Paul struck. Replacing suspended captain Jason Holder in the West Indies' team, 20-year-old Paul trapped Burns lbw, but it took a review to secure the dismissal. After the batsman was adjudged not out, the DRS showed the ball was clearly hitting middle stump and England were 69-2.

Just six balls later and without a run being added, Shannon Gabriel was rewarded for some hard toil when he had Denly out lbw.

From there it fell into the experienced hands of Joe Root and Jos Buttler to steer a recovery. But Root's soft dismissal, nicking an Alzarri Joseph short ball to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, ended any hopes of that. It was the third time in a row Joseph had accounted for Root, who has scored 4, 22, 7, 7, and 15 in this series.

Holding an unassailable 2-0 series lead, West Indies won the toss and sent England in, no doubt hoping to pile more pressure on the tourists' under-fire batting line-up.

Jennings returned to the top of the order after being axed for the second Test, with Denly moving down to No.3.

After a sedate opening by both sides in which the only real excitement came as Kemar Roach tempted a thick edge off Jennings which dropped just short of John Campbell in the slips, rain stopped play for half an hour.

At the resumption, Roach and Jennings were the protagonists again as the match threatened to spring to life on a pitch offering far less spice than in Antigua. Roach made a hearty appeal for lbw with Jennings on just three but, presumably having heard two noises, the rest of the West Indies side were not as enthused. Replays suggested that the ball hit the front and back pads, however, and not the bat, and would have gone on to clip leg stump.

Two balls later, Jennings edged Roach straight to third slip, but Roston Chase spilled a regulation catch and the ball raced away to the boundary.

Jennings had exhausted his chances by the time Paul came into the attack immediately after drinks. With his first delivery, Paul had Jennings out to a tame catch by Darren Bravo at first slip, the batsman having scored just eight runs in a less-than-convincing innings to put England at 30-1.

Denly overcame a tense moment amid a big appeal for caught behind off the bowling of Gabriel in the last over before lunch. When the batsman was adjudged not out, West Indies called a review, which revealed that while the ball had struck Denly on the glove, he had taken his hand off the bat and was therefore not out.

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