Joe Root's 16th test century has put England firmly in control of the third test against the West Indies in St Lucia, with the visitors reaching close on day three at 325 for 4 a lead of 448 runs. Root who previously had a best score of 22 in 5 innings so far in the series, reached stumps at 111 while Ben Stokes is unbeaten on 29.
The England captain found good support first in Joe Denly who made 59 as they added 74 runs for the third wicket following the dismissal of Keaton Jennings 23 and Rory Burns 10. Root and Jos Butler who made 56 also shared in a 107 fourth wicket stand before putting on 71 so far with Stokes.
It was a tough day for the Winides bowlers with Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Keemo Paul and Alzzari Joseph all getting a wicket each. Meanwhile, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has confirmed that all-rounder Keemo Paul has suffered a right quadricep muscle injury and may be a doubt when the Winides take the field for their second term at bat.
Paul had to be stretchered from the field early on the third day, leaving the Winides a bowler short. The incident occurred in the fourth over of the morning, when Paul set off in pursuit of a Joe Denly cover-drive off Shannon Gabriel. After initially sprinting at full tilt, Paul pulled up suddenly ten metres from the rope, and fell to the ground as soon as he had left the field of play.
He continued to receive treatment behind the boundary as play continued, before being wheeled away and was replaced by the substitute fielder, Jomel Warrican.
West Indies announced soon afterwards that Paul had suffered a right quadriceps strain, and later said he had been sent for scans, along with Darren Bravo, who did not take to the field all day after injuring his finger earlier in the match.