England captain, Joe Root found his touch to reach 111 not out after disappointing scores of 4 and 22 in Barbados followed by knocks of 7, 7, and 15.

These scores saw Root’s average dropped below 50 for the first time since 2014.

However, the England skipper punched the air after he brought up his 16th Test hundred with a four thumped down the ground off Alzarri Joseph.

He put on a century stand with Jos Buttler, who scored back-to-back fifties for the match, racking up a second-innings 56 off 115 balls before he was bowled by Kemar Roach, a delivery that went straight through the batsman, who couldn’t help but offer a look of admiration.

Denly, playing just his fourth Test innings, capitalised after being dropped by Shimron Hetmyer at third slip off the bowling of a livid Shannon Gabriel when he was on 12 to deliver an otherwise composed 69 – until his dismissal midway through the second session.

England 277 and 325 for 4 (Root 111*, Stokes 29*) lead West Indies 154 (Campbell 41, Wood 5-41, Moeen 4-36) by 448 runs


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