What a day of Test cricket!
The first Test of England’s three-match series against the West Indies is thrillingly poised after Day 4 at the Ageas Bowl.
England are 284-4 and lead by 170 ahead of the final day of the Test tomorrow.
After seeing out a difficult 10 overs yesterday evening, Rory Burns and Dom Sibley made an impressive start to proceedings on Day 4 – putting on a partnership of 72 before the former was caught off Roston Chase eight short of his 50.
Sibley would make his half-century – his first on English soil – but fell a few balls later after nicking one down the legside.
Kent men Zak Crawley and Joe Denly continued the hard work done by England’s openers to help Chris Silverwood’s side retake the lead.
Denly became Chase’s second victim moments after the Three Lions brought their 150 up.
That saw the skipper, Ben Stokes, come to the crease and he appeared to carry the momentum from yesterday’s impressive bowling display with him.
Ohhhh @benstokes38 that is 😍
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Stokesy showcased just what an impressive driver of the ball he has become, playing three or four absolute peaches as England began to build a lead.
At the other end, Crawley continued his high-tempo and sparkling display – bringing up his first 50 on home turf in just 80 balls.
Stokesy and Crawley’s partnership, which was brought to an end one short of 100, was the sort batting display that really would have got the Barmy Army bouncing and looked to be putting England into the driving seat.
However, the Windies bowling attack, led by their captain, seized back some control late in the day. Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, and Ollie Pope were all unable to keep the tourists’ pace attack out.
Jofra Archer and Mark Wood remain unbeaten for England, with Jimmy Anderson still yet to bat, and will be looking to try and push the hosts’ lead past 200.
It looks set to be a thriller of a final day.