England's Mark Stoneman, right, is congratulated by Joe Root after reaching his half century against West Indies.
England's Mark Stoneman, right, is congratulated by Joe Root after reaching his half century against West Indies. Nigel French

England rally led by Root and Stoneman

ENGLAND has fought back into contention in the second Test against West Indies at Headlingly thanks to Mark Stoneman and skipper Joe Root.

Stoneman made 52 - his first Test half-century - with Root finishing on 45 not out as the hosts ended day three on 3-171 - a lead of two runs.

Root and Dawad Malan dug in for a 77-run partnership after England fell to 3-94 in reply to the Windies' first innings total of 427.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder removed England opener Alastair Cook for 23 after he and Stoneman put on 58 for the first wicket.

Holder then had Tom Westley caught behind for eight.

When the impressive Shannon Gabriel clattered Stoneman's off stump after the opener had played diligently for 52, England still trailed by 75 runs.

Earlier James Anderson took wickets with the first two balls of the day after the West Indies resumed on 5-329.

Anderson had centurion Shai Hope caught behind and with his next delivery he removed Shane Dowrich.

Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers as his two wickets gave him the 23rd five-wicket haul of his career to take his test wicket tally to 497.



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