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- Jan 3, 2018
- Sheffield, England
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Sublime 150* from Joe Root puts England in total control of 2nd testEngland’s captain put his team in a seemingly unassailable position with the bat before once again spinning his way into the wickets before close
England appear to have all but sealed victory in the 2nd test of the three-match series against the West Indies after another dominant day.
Root made a quick-fire 150 not out from 198 balls before declaring on 292-6, leaving the hosts with a mammoth 479 runs needed to avoid losing the series with room to spare.
West Indies once again folded under the late-day floodlights, as they did in the 1st test, to close on 53-3 heading into day four.
England began proceedings on 43-1 and lost both batters relatively quickly to find themselves at 71-3.
That brought Ollie Pope to the crease with Root, and the pair built steadily for the remainder of the morning session.
As the temperatures rose with the midday sun, Pope departed shortly after lunch but his 37 from 70 balls helped build a fourth wicket partnership of 93 off 146 that formed the bulk of England’s work with the bat.
That left Root to forge on alone, bringing his 24th test century up just before tea as the tourists began to put their foot on the accelerator ahead of a likely declaration
The call came around half an hour after the interval, but not before Root inside edged Kemar Roach (17-6-1-68) to fine leg to bring up his 150, an unfitting way to close what had been a stunning knock.
Roston Chase was the pick of the West Indies bowlers, his six overs produced two wickets for 16 runs as Jason Holder (15-5-2-46) also bowled well when thrown the ball.
Chase’s spin cameo for the hosts would provide an ominous warning to the final 90 minutes of proceedings, though Kraigg Brathwaite’s side did start brightly in the fourth innings.
The West Indies captain and fellow opener Kieran Powell navigated the first 16 overs with ease, putting together a 48-run stand until the last 20 minutes of the day.
Root would bring himself on with devastating effect as the man with the golden arm got Brathwaite for 20 before Nkrumah Bonner and then Chase followed, both for ducks, inside three balls.
With the forecast predicting no chance of interruption for the next two days, the hosts remain 425 behind with seven wickets remaining and looking powerless to prevent England from going 2-0 up with one game to play.
England captain Joe Root said:
“It’s nice to take wickets, and I think after the 1st test some of the lads were saying I was getting picked as a specialists bowler, not doing that much with the bat!
“Fortunately I’ve been able to get a few people to keep quiet with today’s knock and taking some late wickets in reply was the icing on the cake. We know what we need to do tomorrow and what we need to do to keep building as a team, and that's what we'll continue to focus on."