Leeds - England captain Joe Root threatened to make the West
Indies pay dearly for giving him another reprieve in the second Test at
Headingley after rival skipper Jason Holder starred with both bat and ball.
England were 171 for three in their second innings at stumps
on Sunday's third day, a lead of two runs, after the tourists had posted an
impressive first-innings total of 427.
Root, dropped on 10, was 45 not out, with Dawid Malan
unbeaten on 21.
Their unbroken stand was so far worth 77 runs.
Pace-bowling all-rounder Holder, who had earlier made a
valuable 43, captured the key wicket of Alastair Cook and then removed Tom
Westley on his way to stumps figures of two for 44 in 17 overs.
"The position we're in is pretty decent," Holder
told Sky Sports.
"The first hour tomorrow is crucial.
"We can't let Root get into his flow and we have to
hold our chances."
England, facing a large first-innings deficit of 169 runs,
saw Cook and Mark Stoneman, who along with fellow batsmen Westley and Malan is
looking to cement his Test place ahead of the upcoming Ashes tour of Australia,
Stoneman did, however, hit three fours off as many balls
from Kemar Roach.
But the more defensive Cook fell for 23 to end a stand of 58
as Holder, maintaining a probing line, eventually found the left-hander's
outside edge and had him caught behind.
Westley should have been run out for six after a mix-up with
He failed to cash in though, falling for eight when caught
behind driving loosely at Holder.
But Stoneman, hit on the left hand by Holder on 35,
completed a maiden Test fifty in his third innings at this level.
The 30-year-old left-hander was bowled soon afterwards,
however, for 52 by an excellent delivery Shannon Gabriel delivery that pitched in
line and hit off stump, with England then 94 for three.
"Trying to bend my hand in the glove, I thought
something's not right - I was worried and fearing the worst," said
"But the physio got it straight back in and I was good
"There's something there for the bowlers and it was a
case of grinding it out."
Malan had a lucky break on four when the West Indies opted
against reviewing a rejected caught behind appeal off Gabriel, although
technology indicated a thin edge.
While the West Indies' batting and bowling has improved
markedly this match, their fielding remains fallible.
For the second time in the match they dropped Root early in
his innings when he fended at the luckless Roach only for Kyle Hope to floor
the gully chance.
Root, dropped on eight en route to 59 in England's
first-innings 258, followed up Sunday with several fours.
But when he missed a legside clip off Holder on 35, he was
given out lbw.
Root, however, reviewed immediately and was spared when replays
indicated the ball was missing leg stump.
Holder was again unfortunate when his lbw appeal against
left-hander Malan was rejected by umpire S Ravi, with a review showing it was
West Indies' innings represented a remarkable turnaround
given they had been dismissed for just 168 and 137 during an innings and
209-run defeat at Edgbaston last week in the first of this three-Test series.
They resumed on 329 for five, a lead of 71, only for James
Anderson to then take two wickets in two balls as Shai Hope was caught behind
for his overnight 147 to end a brilliant maiden Test century, with Shane
Dowrich held by second slip Root.
Anderson led the attack with five for 76 in 29 overs and is
now a mere three wickets away from becoming the first England bowler to take
500 in Tests.
But Holder survived Anderson's hat-trick ball and, in
partnership with Jermaine Blackwood, who made 49, he frustrated England in an
eighth-wicket stand of 75.