Test Cricket, it’s a Funny Old Game. After 10 days of purgatory, England were determined to force a result here – and quickly set about getting skittled for double figures. If the slump to 90-8 felt grimly familiar for the tourists, what came next was almost unprecedented. Not since 1885 have the batsmen at 10 and 11 topped the run charts in a Test innings, but Jack Leach and Saqib Mahmood did just that, with a rearguard recovery as remarkable as the collapse that preceded it.
After that veritable cricketing carnival, the hosts will head out to bat today with the aim of building a match-winning lead. The Windies begin 204 runs behind, an entirely modest deficit that is double what it really should have been. If England’s beleaguered bowlers can chip away at that sense of missed opportunity, a Test and series that felt lost on Thursday may look winnable. Or the hosts may cruise into the distance. Either day, it should at least be fun finding out. Play starts at 2pm (GMT), 10am in Grenada.