STUMPS: So bad light stops play and England end the day on 258/4 with Pope not out on 91 and Buttler on 56. The day celarly belonged to England after they were reduced to 122/4.
Pope is getting close to his ton and he has close to five overs to get there. But he won't be in a hurry to go there and play out these last few overs rather safely. England are 254/4.
FIFTY FOR BUTTLER: After good 10 Tests, Buttler has brought up his first fifty and he has worked mighty hard for it. This is his 16th in Tests. England are consolidating their position at 246/4.
One for the future
Pope's footwork v spin is balletic. So quick to come down or push back. It's encouraging that's he's come down the track 30 times in Tests & never hit a boundary from those balls. Instead he's scored off 50% of them. Aggressive footwork, proactive shot-selection. #ENGvWI— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) July 24, 2020
England showing total dominanace here as 100 partnership comes up between Buttler and Pope. West Indies are just waiting for the second new ball here. England are 224/4.
Apart from Pope, Buttler seems to be playing a little gem here. He started out slowly but has upped the ante in this session. He is attacking the spinners now, and Pope seems to have taken a backseat. England are 216/4.
Roston Chase has usually managed to produce wickets for Windies when in need, and they are in dire need at the moment. England are going strength to strength at the moment and the score moves to 210/4.
SIX, SIX: Now Buttler joins the party and smashes two sixes off Cornwall. This is excellent batting by the duo as the score goes past 200 for England. It's 204/4.
So Pope has changed the entire complexion of how the match stands at the moment. In this session England haven't lost a wicket and are certainly on top at the moment. England are 191/4.
Pope is showing signs of aggression here. He has raced away to 60 from just 87 balls. England are recovering from regular loss of wickets. Windies need wickets here. England are 188/4.
FOUR: And Pope hits another four off Holder and he gets to his fifty. Well played, Pope. He has taken England to a safe position. But the work is only half-done by the young man. England are 173/4.
FOUR, FOUR: Pope has found his rhythm and is finding the fence quite regularly now. He has raced away to 47 and is looking in fine nick. England are upping the ante and are 168/4.
POPE SURVIVES: Pope manages to sky a ball off Gabriel, but the ball finally falls short of Chase. This is good bowling by the West Indies. It's 147/4.
FOUR: Buttler is playing a completely different game here and has scored 3 from 27. What he needs is some quick runs. He finally gets a four down the ground. England are 142/4.
It would only be fair to say that England are struggling at the moment. Buttler really needs to fire here for England and has been under scanner in this series. England are 134/4.
And final session of the day gets underway. Holder starts the proceedings here. Pope has been batting well here and needs to covert his start into a big innings here, and that's what his team needs. England are 131/4.
Kemar Roach to finish things off in the afternoon session. West Indies' bowlers have been right on the money here in the first couple of sessions of this Test. Asked plenty of questions off the batsmen and have been rewarded with four big wickets. Buttler and Pope take England to Tea with the score at 131/4.
Buttler and Pope are looking to keep themselves busy and keep the score board moving. England move along to 128/4 after 51 overs.
WI will surely have noted down Buttler's weaknesses.
Since the start of 2019, Jos Buttler averages just 8.14 against the nip-backer. #ENGvWI— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 24, 2020
Jos Buttler is out in the middle now with Pope and this is the last recognised batting pair technically for England. The likes of Woakes, Bess and Broad can all bat as can Archer and Anderson. But England need this duo to kick on from here.
OUT! Brilliant brilliant catch at slip by Cornwall means Rory Burns has to walk back for 57. Burns went to cut Chase but the edge flew to Cornwall who made no mistake. England are 122/4.
West Indies have brought on Roston Chase, who's quite enjoyed this tour so far. Starts off with a one-run over as England move to 120/3. Shannon Gabriel returns to the attack from the other end. Holder would ideally love another wicket now.
Cornwall tosses it up to Ollie Pope who's put it away swiftly. Cornwall's attacking Burns with two catching close on the leg side but the left hander punts it away for a couple to covers. England move along to 113/3.
Gabriel has kept it tight ever since he has comeback on to the field after a small niggle. He would like most of his deliveries to Pope, since he is relatively new to the crease. England are 109/3.
FIFTY FOR BURNS: Another fifty for Rory Burns, his seventh in career. He has been the wall for England in this match. He is the key wicket here as England are 104/3.
Roach is bowling with a lot of sting. Pope has been hit on the helmet and will have a small concussion test. He has been using a lot more bouncers. That's the over and England are 99/3.
Ollie Pope is in the middle now with Burns. Cornwall rolls over a maiden as West Indies look for another wicket. Eng are 93/3.
OUT! That's a huge wicket for West Indies. Ben Stokes is cleaned bowled as he has let Roach in through the gap between bat and pad! Stokes gone for 20 and England are 92/3.
Four! Another short one from Roach right after that but Stokes gets a hold of the hook and finds the boundary. He's definitely okay!
England vs West Indies 3rd Test Day 1 latest updates: STUMPS: So bad light stops play and England end the day on 258/4 with Pope not out on 91 and Buttler on 56. The day celarly belonged to England after they were reduced to 122/4.
England vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test Preview:
England 1, West Indies 1. Two Tests in, this is the scoreline of the first international series post the COVID-19 break. Perhaps fittingly, this might well be the scoreline at the end of the third Test in Manchester, starting Friday (July 24), too. Reason: rain is expected to play a big part in the deciding Test at the Old Trafford.
West Indies won the first Test in Southampton by four wickets, chasing 200 in a tightly fought final day. England bounced back in the second game, winning by 113 runs on the back of Ben Stokes’ heroics.
England will believe the first Test was an abberation and they’ve got the momentum going into the third game. Their batting floundered in Southampton, with batsmen showing patchy form. It was perhaps understandable given the extensive break they were coming from.
The mistakes seem to be corrected in Manchester, with Stokes leading the way. He scored contrasting knocks of 176 and 78, while Dom Sibley made a patient and crucial 120 at the top of the innings to set the base. Joe Root contributed only in 20s in each innings, but his presence will make England feel stronger.
West Indies have a knack of being unpredictable. They were top class in Southampton but couldn’t maintain the same consistency – with bat or ball – in the next game. They might have even missed a trick in opting to bowl first on a flat track. It’s the visitors who have plenty to ponder going into the last match. They have history to make too: West Indies last won in England in 1988.
WHAT: England vs West Indies 3rd Test
WHEN: July 24-28, 10am GMT, 3.30pm IST
WHERE: Old Trafford, Manchester
TELECAST: Sony Network
LIVE STREAMING: Sony Liv
England Team News
England are unlikely to make changes to their batting department, although Jos Buttler hasn’t been in form. There could be a few changes in the bowling unit though. They’ve got Jofra Archer back in the mix after the pacer was left out in the second Test due to the bio-secure breach. Picking three pacers from a pool of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Mark Wood will be their toughest challenge.
Possible Playing XI:
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
West Indies Team News
“John Campbell and Shai Hope’s form is something that we have to discuss over the next couple of days, and make a decision as to which direction we go there. They haven’t fired, so we’ve got to take that into consideration.”
West Indies coach Phil Simmons had this to say when asked about the form of Hope and Campbell, which means there could be a few changes in the batting department. Campbell has made only 52 runs across four innings while Hope has 57 to his name. The bowling line-up, though, is unlikely to be changed.
Possible Playing XI:
Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope/Joshua Da Silva, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich(w), Jason Holder(c), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Head-to- Head Record – Last 5 Matches
West Indies 3, England 2
To watch out for
Ben Stokes: The captain of England in the first Test, Stokes showed he could play according to situation in the next. His 176 in the first innings took 356 balls, while his 78* in the second came off just 57 balls. He picked up three wickets to go with it as well.
England coach Chris Silverwood said they could consider resting Stokes but that’s unlikely to happen with the series in the line. Stokes will once again be the man to watch out for.
“Yes, I’m concerned. He’s gone four innings without a score, in contrast to how he played over the last five, six months in the other formats. I am concerned about his form, and we’ll be sitting down and chatting about that over the next couple of days” – West Indies coach Simmons on Hope’s form.
“We’ve got to put out the strongest attack out that’s available to us. It’s very difficult to keep everybody happy all the time. But if you do things for the right reason, I think there’s an understanding there. It’s about being very honest and open with what we are trying to do and why” – England coach Silverwood on picking the right bowling unit.