14th over: England 37-1 (Jennings 8, Denly 12) Denly clips a fine drive through cover, and Paul sets off after it. He seems certain to catch it before it reaches the rope, but suddenly he slows down, ball and player slowly reach the boundary, and Paul collapses on the other side. That’s clearly muscle-knack of some description, and that will surely be the end of his Test. Then Gabriel jags one into Denly, who fends it straight to third slip where Hetmyer drops an absolute sitter!
13th over: England 33-1 (Jennings 8, Denly 8) Denly gets a single off the fifth ball of the over, and has eight from 10 balls. Jennings has eight from 47.
12th over: England 32-1 (Jennings 8, Denly 7) Shannon Gabriel’s first ball of the day is significantly less impressive than Paul’s, flung wildly down the leg side for five wides. Then a misfield allows England to scamper a couple more freebies. Jennings faces the final three deliveries without playing a shot.
11th over: England 24-1 (Jennings 8, Denly 4) Denly nicks his first ball past the cordon for four, after Burns surrenders his wicket needlessly to an unthreatening opener from Keemo Paul. “A second day with England on top?” muses Guy Hornsby. “Sri Lanka feels like a decade ago. But also, there’s plenty left in this Test given England’s performances so far. I’m sure we could easily disintegrate this morning then watch as Windies cruise past a 250 lead.”
WICKET! Burns c Joseph b Paul 10 (England 19-1)
Well that didn’t take long. Burns falls to the first ball of the day, slapping it straight to square leg!
The players are out and ready for action. Let’s see what the new day has in store…
For the first time in this series England were able to sleep well, savouring a dominant position in a Test match. They lead by 142 runs with all 10 second-innings wickets remaining, Keaton Jennings is still not out having faced 40 balls, making this already longer than 17 of his 32 Test innings, and they are just 13 runs away from enjoying a lead larger than West Indies’ first-innings total. Though they won’t want their bowling chops to be tested again today, when the time comes they look capable of taking wickets, for at least as long as Mark Wood is slinging down 94mph firecrackers rather than nursing an injury in the physio room. It is all, in short, extremely if belatedly promising. Here’s some pre-action reading, with play due to get under way at 2pm GMT. Every day of this series has been enjoyable and memorable; let’s hope for another!