West Indies vs England 3rd Test Day 2: Wood’s five-for puts England in control

Mark Wood five wickets West Indies England 3rd Test Day 2 St Lucia cricket

Mark Wood finished with figures of 5-41 off 8.2 overs

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Mark Wood took a superb five-wicket haul to help England gain the upper hand over the West Indies on the second day of the third Test in St Lucia.

Starting off the day on 231/4, England only added one run to their overnight score before Jos Buttler was clean bowled by Shannon Gabriel for 67, which came off 127 balls and included nine boundaries.

Ben Stokes, who started the day on 62, ended up making a 175-ball 79 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Kemar Roach.

Once Stokes was gone, Roach carved through England’s lower order. This led to the tourists going from 256/6 at the time of Stokes’ dismissal to being bowled out for 277.

Roach was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Keemo Paul chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Trailing by 277 runs, the West Indies got off to a good start as stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell amassed a 57-run partnership before Brathwaite was removed by Moeen Ali for 12 runs.

Moeen struck again the very next ball as he trapped Campbell lbw for 41.

Wood then dismissed Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer and Darren Bravo in quick succession to leave the West Indies reeling at 79/6.

Paul only managed to score nine runs before he was stumped by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Moeen.

Shane Dowrich and Roach added 41 runs to the score before Dowrich was given out lbw off the bowling of Stuart Broad for 38.

With Joseph and Gabriel falling soon after, the West Indies were skittled out for 154, which gave England a 123-run lead.

Wood was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Moeen took four and Broad claimed one.

With a 123-run lead in hand, England openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings forged an unbeaten 19-run partnership in the 10 overs they faced before stumps was called.

Burns finished on 10, while Jennings remained undefeated on eight, which came off 40 balls and included a solitary boundary.

England ended day two on 19/0 and will continue batting on Monday at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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