West Indies vs England news: Three talking points ahead of day four

England will need a flurry of wickets if they are to salvage a winning position on day four of their second Test against the West Indies.

Twin hundreds from Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood have provided the hosts with a strong base as they head into the fourth day of the Barbados Test. 

England took just three wickets on a disappointing third day, as a combination of a flat pitch and batting excellence shut the visitors out for almost 68 overs.

The tourists needed a total of 411 balls to crack the Brathwaite-Blackwood partnership, as part-time spinner Dan Lawrence produced the breakthrough.

The Windies will resume on 288/4 as they look to close down England's 219 run first-innings lead.

Dramatic debut for Saqib

Saqib Mahmood has been named in England's XI for the second Test vs West Indies

Saqib Mahmood would have dreamed about making his debut on a livelier surface than the barren track he found in Bridgetown, but he came agonisingly close to making a memorable introduction.

He had been searching a maiden wicket for 14 overs when he produced a classic yorker to Blackwood, smashing the base of his stumps.

He was the toast of the team until a no-ball signal handed the batter a reprieve and left Saqib still waiting to open his account. He will have added fire in his belly when play resumes as he attempts to make up for lost ground.

Stokes feeling the heat

Ben Stokes, England

Umpire Joel Wilson was moved to intervene on the third evening after Ben Stokes became engaged in a verbal tussle with Blackwood.

He called Stokes and Root over to encourage a calmer approach and it will be interesting to see how the all-rounder copes if England endure another draining day in the field.

Stokes is often at his best when he is bristling and in the battle, so Root will not be keen to dial things down too much. An angry Stokes could even be his best weapon.

Keep your eyes on Jack Leach

Jack Leach had Khawaja dropped on just 28.

England's first-choice spinner has had a positive tour, receiving more obvious backing from his captain and finding a way to bowl long spells without leaking runs.

But he was not able to finish the West Indies off on a pitch offering only slender turn in Antigua and mustered a solitary wicket in an extensive outing on Friday.

England will lean on the Somerset man again as they look to close down the innings and he will need to find a way to bolster his output. More tempting deliveries, a more challenging length and some creative field placings could be required.

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