The game looks tantalisingly set at the Ageas Bowl after Day Three, with England trailing by 99 after dismissing the West Indies for 318 in the evening session.

Openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley played and – more importantly – left well in a testing 10 overs before stumps but the Three Lions remained unscathed heading into Day Four.

On one hand, it was glorious to see Test cricket played under blue skies once again but, on the other, the conditions didn’t offer Ben Stokes’ bowlers the sort of help that they had the West Indies on Wednesday and Thursday.

Much of the talk has been about England’s fast bowling unit but it was Dom Bess that struck first, with the skipper taking a good catch to remove Shai Hope.

Stokesy grabbed his first wicket as England captain not long later, trapping Kraigg Brathwaite in front for an impressive 65.

Jimmy Anderson was next into the action getting Shamarh Brooks caught behind before Jamal Blackwood slashed Bessy to extra cover.

The Windies lower order, which by the stats includes their most effective batsmen, continued to frustrate England but when Jimmy trapped Roston Chase in front the momentum really started to swing back the way of the hosts.

It was Stokesy that did the damage in the evening session in a spell that epitomised what makes his such a special cricketer.

A gutsy, gritty, and high-quality spell of bowling, which saw him work until his socks were literally bloody, meant the Windies were dismissed for 318 and the skipper finished with figures of 4-49.

That included the England skipper surpassing 150 Test wickets and with 4000+ runs to his name, he is now in special company.

Sir Ian Botham is the only other Englishman to have achieved the feat, while Sir Gary Sobers is the only player to do it faster.

It was a gutsy and composed display by both Burns and Sibley as well, who survived a difficult 40 minutes before stumps with the Windies bowling attack probing but unable to break their resolve.

It looks as though we’re set for another day of sunshine and blue skies tomorrow, hopefully, that means we can see England bat long and set up a difficult fourth innings chase.

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