The third day of the Southampton Test between England and West Indies was very exciting, but the visiting side is in a comfortable position at the stumps of the day. While the Caribbean top and middle-order batsmen were much positive, the new English Test captain Ben Stokes brought something to cheer up for the England side in the last session of the day.
West Indies started the third day of this Test match on their overnight score 57/1. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite and no.3-positioned batsman Shai Hope, who remained unbeaten on the last night, set up the 59 runs partnership for the second wicket. While Hope scored 16 runs, Brathwaite added 45 runs on the third day morning and scored 65 runs before losing his wicket.
West Indies’ middle-order wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich scored a crucial fifty
While the West Indies were losing their wickets, Shamarh Brooks (39 runs), Roston Chase (47 runs) and the wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich (61 runs) played the valuable knocks. Also, Chase and Dowrich built up the 81 runs partnership for the sixth wicket, which helped the visitors to manage the 100+ lead at the end of their first innings.
In the third session of day three, West Indies were bowled out for 318 runs. While England scored 204 runs in their first innings, West Indies managed to earn the 114 runs lead.
The 81st England Test captain Ben Stokes, who is leading the English team for the first time, was the best bowler during the visitors’ first innings as he finished with the bowling figures of 14-5-49-4. Also, the experienced pacer James Anderson bagged three wickets (3/62), while the off-spinner Dom Bess (2/51) got two wickets and pacer Mark Wood (1/74) took the only other wicket.
With the second new ball, England managed to take the last five wickets in 22 overs, while the Caribbean team added 83 runs. In this period, Stokes added three wickets in his account.
England finished the day on 15/0
Before the end of the third day, England batted ten overs in the second innings where they managed to score 15/0, and they are still trailing by 99 runs. Opener Rory Burns scored 10 runs while another opener Dom Sibley was not out on five runs.