England dominating 3rd test in lost series vs West Indies

Ben Foakes

Ben Foakes

Surely not even Harold Larwood in his pomp was much quicker than that, if at all.

During the course of eight overs either side of tea Wood almost, but not quite, changed the entire outlook of English cricket, which has gone from bright and sunny in Sri Lanka before Christmas to dark and gloomy in the West Indies.

By contrast, England are seeking to avoid their first whitewash in a series against the West Indies since 1986 and have made two changes from the team thrashed by ten wickets a week earlier.

However it was the introduction of Wood, who came on as the fourth bowler in the England armoury, which had the greatest impact on an eventful day.

The hosts had actually advanced threateningly to 57-0, John Campbell twice lofting James Anderson for four over the top and once off his hip for six over mid-wicket, before a sudden, shocking English-style collapse.

Wood also captured two wickets in successive balls.

The 29-year-old fast bowler admitted the dark times were "really bad" as he battled ankle injuries but his 5 for 41 to ruin West Indies' chances of overhauling England's first-innings total of 277 was a welcome reward for him and perhaps a message to the doubters.

But a fiery Wood grabbed his first five-wicket haul in Tests and Ali snagged four wickets to rout the Windies for 154 and give England a sizeable lead.

Whether Wood can produce such form in the Ashes this summer depends, to a large extent, on whether he can manage to stay on the field.

Incredibly, this is only his 51st first-class match - he debuted in 2011 - and how he would dearly love an extended run in the team.

Dowrich eventually fell lbw to Stuart Broad, who then took a brilliant one-handed catch from over his head after Joseph launched Moeen into the sky.

Joe Root and Shannon Gabriel have collided on-field over what's believed to be a homophobic slur.

Joseph also dismissed Stokes caught and bowled on 52 in the 70th over but long after Stokes left the pitch he was summoned back when video showed Joseph no-balled.

Root's side dominated the third day, having resumed on 19-0, but there were further failures for openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings.

Wicketless on the first day when an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 124 between Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes lifted the tourists to 231 for four, Kemar Roach stole the spotlight in scything through the middle and lower order to finish with figures of four for 48.

England lead by 142, red-hot favourites to claim a consolation win.