Windies look to pile on the pressure

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Nkrumah Bonner says the West Indies will look to extend their lead to 100 when play resumes on day four of the opening Test after his grinding display gave his side the edge against England (Match Betting – Draw 8/11, West Indies 7/4, England 13/2).

On a pitch described by England interim coach Paul Collingwood as “docile”, the tourists’ new-look attack had to retain their discipline with wickets hard to come by in Antigua.

Their most frustrating period was a 30-over stand between Bonner and number nine Kemar Roach, a period that contributed to the former’s score of 123 from 355 balls.

He was eventually caught by Ben Foakes off the bowling of Dan Lawrence in the third to last over of the day.

Veerasammy Permaul (26) and Jayden Seales (0) will resume on day four with the Windies at 373-9, holding a lead of 62 runs and intent on extending their lead to three figures.

To make matters worse for England, they look to have lost Mark Wood for the remainder of the Test and potentially beyond due to an elbow injury.

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Bonner’s defiance was undoubtedly the headline of the third day at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, as he deservedly made his second Test century in 10 appearances, with his previous 100 also having come on this ground.

The 33-year-old’s knock has left the hosts in a decent position and while the draw looks the most likely outcome, he says his team will now try and force the issue by piling further pressure on England in Friday’s opening session.

“It means a lot for me. Looking back at my stats before this series I had not scored major runs in the Caribbean, so am very happy I stepped forward,” he told BT Sport.

“It’s a good venue, a good pitch to bat on. Tomorrow we want to bat an hour, get a lead of 100 to put pressure on the English batters.”

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