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England’s top three have mixed fortunes in making Ashes case | Ali Martin

Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings and Joe Denly fail to stake claim on a more traditional day of Test cricket

After the giddying excitement of the second day in St Lucia, one that produced 16 wickets and was headlined by an electric burst of genuine fast bowling from Mark Wood, came a slightly less helter-skelter third.

The DJ in the party stand tried to rouse the audience with an assortment of thorax-thumping tunes. But for much of the action this felt out of kilter, with Test cricket’s more natural rhythms to the fore as England tightened their grip on a game that is leaving a huge sense of “what if” regarding the two that came before.

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