May 27 2012
England were forced to redraw their game-plan for the second Investec Test as the West Indies took four wickets on the third morning at Trent Bridge.
Having closed on 259 for two on Saturday night with Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen in total control, England were eyeing up a total of more than 550 on what was expected to be a day for batsmen.
But Strauss, who reached lunch 125 not out, lost Pietersen (80), Ian Bell (22), Jonny Bairstow (four) and Matt Prior (16) as the tourists fought hard in the field to leave their hosts 340 for six.
Pietersen, 72 not out overnight, had been in scintillating form on Saturday evening and he appeared eager on day three. But his bright start was cut short when Ravi Rampaul nipped one back off the seam and rapped him on the pads. Aleem Dar raised his finger, with Pietersen's use of DRS doing him no favours.
Bell's first runs came with a classy cut for four off Rampaul and he then used his feet to deposit the spinner to the long-on boundary.
He had a life on 15 when he nicked Shillingford only for Denesh Ramdin to spill the catch.
The Windies gratefully accepted the new ball at the start of the 81st over and Kemar Roach made good use of it, going full and fast to Bell and crashing into the front pad. Dar rejected the appeal but was overturned on review to make it 300 for four.
At 70 behind there was still serious work ahead of Bairstow, who was struck in the chest first up and almost fell second ball when he gloved a fierce Roach bouncer just short of gully.
The Yorkshireman, playing his second Test, managed four singles but it was no surprise when Roach dismissed him with another short one, Bairstow caught at mid-on off an ungainly leading edge.
Matt Prior looked more at ease, pulling Rampaul through mid-wicket for two and four and middling Roach down the ground. Strauss was looking safe but lost his fourth partner of the day when Prior prodded at Darren Sammy and deflected the ball into middle stump. At the break England were still 30 adrift and bereft of momentum.