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England v West Indies: Day two round-up

England have taken control of the third and final Test of the series after a dominant display on day two, posting 369 in the first innings and then reducing the West Indies to 137-6 by stumps.

There were low hopes heading into the day with lots of rain predicted but much to everyone’s delight, we got a full day’s play in at Old Trafford.

Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler began the day at the crease looking to build on their 136-run partnership from the first day of the Test.

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However, the West Indies bowlers had other ideas and both were quickly sent back to the pavilion this morning.

England looked to be stumbling somewhat at 280-8 but a barrage from Stuart Broad helped swing the momentum back in their direction.

We know Broady can be a talented batsman, hence his Test century, but he’s not looked the same player since he was hit nastily by a bouncer on this ground in 2014.

The England seamer came out swinging today and looked the Broad of old – hitting the joint-third fastest 50 by an Englishman in Tests.

His efforts, along with the contributions of Dom Bess and Jimmy Anderson, helped take Joe Root’s men to 369 all out at Lunch.

England’s seamers were right on the mark after the break – with Broad dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite in his first over.

John Campbell counter-attacked well but Jofra Archer did for him before Jimmy Anderson struck either side of Tea to leave the West Indies four down.

Broad took his second not long later, trapping Roston Chase in front and pumping his fists in celebration before the umpire had even raised the finger – leaving the Windies 73-5.

Jason Holder and Jermaine Blackwood began to build a partnership but this time it was Chris Woakes that made the key breakthrough, nipping one back and removing Blackwood’s middle stump.

Shane Dowrich looked very uncomfortable against the short-ball as the light faded in the evening session and at 136-7 the umpires called an early end to the day due to bad light.

England will be hoping for more clear skies tomorrow and a repeat of today’s performance, which was exceptional from Root’s men.

If they get that, they will surely be close to the win and a series victory by the end of the weekend!