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England v West Indies – listen to The Cricket Social
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Third Test, day four, St Lucia; Scorecard

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Summary

  1. Gabriel warned over language on day three after clash with Root
  2. England begin day four with a lead of 448

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By Matthew Henry

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  1. Post update

    Simon Mann

    The Cricket Social

    England are on the charge.

  2. Eng 345-4

    Root 114, Stokes 40

    Ben Stokes is in one-day mode. He shifts his front foot out of the way and tries to heave the ball to the boundary. Sadly he picks out the fielder.

    Not this time. There are no fielders in the stands. This one is whacked a long way over the leg side.

    This could be fun.

    Ben Stokes

    Copyright: Reuters

  3. Declaration speculation

    #bbccricket

    Russell Moore: The forecast still says its going to be 28 degrees in St Lucia. I’m no Test bowler but the last thing I’d want to do as a seamer is spend the middle of the day charging in that heat. Let them bat for a while first.

  4. Eng 334-4

    I think we can safely say England have enough runs. Gabriel’s first delivery has some extra bounce and thuds into Shane Dowrich’s gloves.

    The West Indies field is spread far and wide. There isn’t much opportunity to chat. There’s one slip, who is standing where you would normally see third slip. There are a couple of others dotted in the infield. The rest are spread far and wide in the deep.

    Ben Stokes

    Copyright: Reuters

  5. Post update

    Shannon Gabriel is going to charge in yet again this morning.

  6. Today’s Cricket Social team

    • Simon
      Mann
    • Andy
      Zaltzman
    • Kevin
      Howells
    • Ebony
      Rainford Brent
    • Stephan
      Shemilt
    • Matthew
      Hoggard
    • Ben
      Cajee
  7. Eng 332-4

    Stokes may have just clobbered a boundary but Kemar Roach reminds us that this is not a flat pitch. A short-ish ball from the West Indian leaps up and moves away nastily. Joe Root doesn’t really get near it and is giggling away to himself after seeing the ball do so much.

    I bet he wouldn’t be laughing if his team weren’t 455 ahead!

    Joe Root

    Copyright: Reuters

  8. SMS Message: May I remind all England fans calling for an early declaration that this is the last Test innings Messrs Root, Stokes, Bairstow & Ali will have before The Ashes other than the game vs Ireland? The series is lost – let them bat as long as they can – it’s a free net! from Tom Shaw, London

    May I remind all England fans calling for an early declaration that this is the last Test innings Messrs Root, Stokes, Bairstow & Ali will have before The Ashes other than the game vs Ireland? The series is lost – let them bat as long as they can – it’s a free net!

  9. Eng 330-4

    Well Ben Stokes has made it pretty clear England are going to get on with this.

    He cuts his first ball hard, straight to a fielder.

    He steps down the pitch and bashes his second over the bowler’s head for four.

  10. Post update

    Adam Mountford

    Radio 5 live in St Lucia

    No update so far on the West Indies’ injured players.

    Coach Richard Pybus suggested to me last night that the
    finger injury suffered by Darren Bravo shouldn’t be an issue, but he wasn’t as
    confident about Keemo Paul who suffered a nasty looking quadricep muscle
    injury.

    There was no sign of Paul in the warm-up sessions this
    morning.

    I asked Pybus if he expected him to bat in the second
    innings and he said “Let’s see”.

  11. Kemar Roach starts us off and Joe Root adds a single straight away from the first delivery.

  12. Post update

    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on The Cricket Social

    If it is a homophobic comment, he (Gabriel) has crossed the line. The players know that. You know the responsibility when you represent your country but we are all humans. He’s said something which – we think – is totally unacceptable and unfortunately he must be punished for it.

  13. Post update

    Play will be getting under way any minute now.

    Joe Root and Ben Stokes are walking to the crease in bright sunshine.

    England are batting on.

    Joe Root and Ben Stokes walk to the middle

    Copyright: Getty Images

  14. Post update

    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on The Cricket Social

    Whatever has been said, it’s not great. There’s no way I can defend it – and I want to stress I am not defending it – but he (Gabriel) might have said it and instantly regretted it.

    You are trying to hard to win a game for your country and sometimes emotions can get the better of you.

    It’s an interesting conversation – should stump mics be turned off so it doesn’t become the talking point? It’s taken everything away from Joe Root’s very fine hundred.

    (Race and sexuality) is a no-go area, there is no excuse for that kind of comment.

  15. Post update

    Shannon Gabriel and Joe Root

    Copyright: Reuters

    Many of you will have already seen this story.

    West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was warned by the umpires yesterday for the language he used following an incident with Joe Root.

    TV footage shared on social media appeared to show Root responding to a comment from Gabriel by saying: “There is nothing wrong with being gay.”

    The original comment by Gabriel was not picked up and Root refused to explain after play exactly what was said.

    Read more here

  16. Post update

    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on The Cricket Social

    I would expect England to win today. If West Indies manage to take it into tomorrow, it’s a good effort on their part really. From the moment they won the toss and bowled first, they gave England the advantage in this game.

  17. Post update

    You can listen to today’s Cricket Social by clicking the audio icon at the top of this page.

  18. Post update

    England’s James Anderson, speaking to Sky Sports about the prospect of the declaration: “We have talked about it. There are still two days to go and we want to make sure we bat West Indies out of the game but we know we have to give ourselves a chance to bowl them out.

    “It is not the worst pitch. There are no signs of it doing a huge amount. The new ball in each innings has done something. With the captain at the crease he will want to get his average as high as possible.

    “We know we will have to be patient at times. It will not be a walkover for us. It will be hard.”

  19. Post update

    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on The Cricket Social

    I’d imagine England will bat for 30 or 45 mins, maybe
    another 10 overs and then unleash the bowlers who have had some rest.

    They’ll be desperate to finish the series with a victory,
    possibly completed today.

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    I think I’d be batting on until around half an hour before lunch and then having a short burst at West Indies before the interval.

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