West Indies vs England 3rd Test Day 3: Root’s century extends England’s lead to 448

Joe Root 111 not out West Indies England 3rd Test Day 3 St Lucia cricket

Joe Root scored his 16th Test century

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England captain Joe Root struck an unbeaten 111 to help his side push their lead to 448 against the West Indies on the third day of the third Test in St Lucia.

Starting off the day on 19/0, England got off to the worst possible start as opener Rory Burns was caught by Alzarri Joseph at square leg off the bowling of Keemo Paul on the first ball of the day.

Joe Denly and Keaton Jennings made up for the loss of Burns with a 54-run partnership before Jennings was clean bowled by Joseph for 23.

Denly and Root added 74 runs to the score, during which Denly brought up his half-century, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel for 69, which came off 99 balls and included 11 boundaries.

Root and Jos Buttler kept the runs flowing with a 107-run stand, during which both batsmen registered their fifties, before Buttler was cleaned up by Kemar Roach for 56, which came off 115 balls and included five boundaries.

England continued to dominate with the bat late in the day as Root and Ben Stokes amassed an unbeaten 71-run partnership, during which Root recorded his hundred, before stumps was called.

Root finished on 111, which came off 209 balls and included nine boundaries, while Stokes remained undefeated on 29, which came off 59 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Roach, Gabriel, Paul and Joseph claimed one wicket each.

England ended day three on 325/4 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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