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Joe Root leads the way as England batsmen finally come to the party

• England 277 & 325-4; West Indies 154
• Joe Root 111*, Joe Denly 69

This was how it was supposed to be throughout the series, with the prime of English batsmanship clinically consolidating and then tormenting the West Indies bowlers. Yet as the tourists built up a formidable lead in the afternoon sunshine this all seemed a very minor consolation.

Obviously this little glut of runs was better than another English capitulation and it was mildly reassuring to see the captain digging in before purring to his 16th Test century on a surface that still possesses a few demons. But the destination of the Wisden Trophy has long been decided. This was no time for any triumphalism.

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