LIVE: England v West Indies – the action on day four of the third Test at Edgbaston
11:13 GMT, 10 June 2012
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England v West Indies: Essentials
ENGLAND: Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Graham Onions.
WEST INDIES: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Tino Best.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Tony Hill (NZ).
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115th over: West Indies 366-9 (Ramdin 83, Best 61)
Bresnan continues his spell and the runs continue to flow. Three from that over.
114th over: West Indies 363-9 (Ramdin 82, Best 60)
Ramdin plays a late cut off Swann down to third man for three, before Best helps himself to a single through the off side. A leg bye is added before Best gets a thick edge past Strauss at slip for two. One to fine leg makes it eight from the over – virtually no turn at all for Swann.
113th over: West Indies 355-9 (Ramdin 79, Best 56)
Three singles come easily off Bresnan. There's absolutely nothing in this pitch for the bowlers. That will be drinks and brings to an end a dire hour for England.
112th over: West Indies 352-9 (Ramdin 77, Best 55)
These two are making this look so easy. Ramdin helps himself to a single off Swann before Best swings and misses as the off spinner comes around the wicket. Best is solid in defence. Just one from the over.
111st over: West Indies 351-9 (Ramdin 76, Best 55)
Ramdin clips a quick two down to fine leg. England, it has to be said, have been very poor this morning. He adds one more to same area. Four! Best attempts another leg side heave and the ball again somehow squirts through the covers.
110th over: West Indies 344-9 (Ramdin 73, Best 51)
Best sweeps Swann to square leg for one, before Ramdin clips a single to the same place. Two from the over.
109th over: West Indies 342-9 (Ramdin 72, Best 50)
Strauss throws the ball to Bresnan. Ramdin clips a single into the leg side. Four! Best heaves one into the leg side past mid on to edge one away from his 50. He's got it! Best becomes the first No 11 to score a 50 against England since 1906! He jumps and punches the air and removes his helmet, you'd think he'd scored a ton! But why not celebrate A fine knock.
108th over: West Indies 336-9 (Ramdin 71, Best 45)
Graeme Swann comes in to try and end what has been an irritating little partnership from their point of view. Ramdin sweeps one to fine leg. Shot! Best is showing the full repertoire here now as Swann goes quick, flat and wide and to allow room for the cut. Shot! That cut is even better as Swann goes short and wide again. Nine from the over.
107th over: West Indies 327-9 (Ramdin 70, Best 37)
Drop! Ramdin flashed the cut straight at Pietersen's head but he would have expected to hold on to that. Frustration growing for England and Finn. One more added from the over.
106th over: West Indies 326-9 (Ramdin 69, Best 37)
Four! Best plays another lovely drive on the up down the ground and this is starting to get a little embarrassing for England. Four! Make that very embarrassing… This time a flash through the covers brings up another boundary. Another expensive over.
105th over: West Indies 318-9 (Ramdin 69, Best 29)
Finn continues. The partnership in now worth 33 and Best has 28 of them! Ramdin clips another through the leg side. He's happy to give Best the strike and why not They scamper a quick single and Best will keep the strike.
Simply the Best: West Indies' No 11 evades a bouncer
104th over: West Indies 316-9 (Ramdin 68, Best 28)
Ramdin adds one more to the total. Close! Best gets an edge that sails right between second slip and gully and runs away for four. Unbelievable! The exact same things happens again and Strauss finally brings in a third slip. Best now has his career best and also has the best score for a No 11 against England. Nine from the over but that doesn't tell the tale, you've got to feel for Onions.
103rd over: West Indies 307-9 (Ramdin 67, Best 20)
Finn has Ramdin on strike. Too full from Finn and Ramdin clips two through midwicket. He'll keep the strike with a single to fine leg.
Three apiece: Finn joined Onions and Bresnan on three wickets
102nd over: West Indies 304-9 (Ramdin 64, Best 20)
Shot! Onions offers the drive again and again Best obliges, this time with a sweetly time shot through extra cover. Best is going at more than a run a ball here and the West Indies at six an over off four so far today.
101st over: West Indies 300-9 (Ramdin 64, Best 16)
Shot! Best drives Finn on the up down the ground. He holds the pose for a good 10 seconds, and why not. Four! That one wasn't pretty from Tino – he certainly wasn't aiming to send that leg side heavy through the covers, but they all count. A single to fine leg brings up the 300. Nine from the over.
100th over: West Indies 291-9 (Ramdin 64, Best 7)
There he goes! Best nearly takes off with a huge swing and a miss off Onions, who bowls the second over of the day. That's more like it from Best who times a straight one into the leg side for two. Two more come via a thick edge through gully again. One more is clipped to square leg to make it five from the over.
99th over: West Indies 286-9 (Ramdin 64, Best 2)
Mind the windows, it's Tino Best in next. He gets off the mark with a single into the leg side. Ramdin then flicks one down to fine leg. Best will keep the strike with a thick edge past gully.
Breakthrough: Rampaul heads back to the pavilion
WICKET! Rampaul c Prior b Finn 2
Got him! What a start… Finn served up a half-volley to Ramdin with his first ball of the day but that one was an absolute peach, angling across the left-handed Rampaul and finding the edge. Prior takes a regulation catch. A top order batsmen would have struggled with that delivery, let alone a rabbit.
99th over: West Indies 283-8 (Ramdin 63, Rampaul 2)
Steven Finn will open the bowling on day four for England and has the half-centurion Ramdin on strike. He drives down the ground for three off the first ball.
10.55am: I'm hearing all sorts of different things regarding the weather and more specifically if, or when, rain will arrive. What is for certain is that we will start on time at 11am.
10.45am: Before we get underway here's a couple of gems for you to get stuck into…
Catching practice: England were poor in the field on day three
Peter Hayter's report on day three is here.
And James Anderson talks about being left out of the fourth Test in his exclusive Sportsmail column here.
10.38am: West Indies start the day on 280-8 after making England pay for three dropped catches yesterday. The hosts will be keen to knock over the last two within the first half an hour, with Graham Onions, looking for his fourth wicket, and Steven Finn, looking for his third, both desperate to impress. Tim Bresnan is also looking for his fourth wicket and aiming to keep up his record of winning every Test he has played in so far in his career – he's 13 from 13 at the moment.
10.33am: This one was already a dead rubber before rain washed out the first two days, and with England resting James Anderson and Stuart Broad and Shiv Chanderpaul and Kemar Roach out for the tourists, it felt like that even more so. But on the bright side, both sides have nothing to lose and have free reign to entertain with anything but a draw extremely unlikely.
10.30am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of day four (or is it day two) of the third Test between England and West Indies.
Rain rain go away: After two washed out days there was finally a full day of action at Edgbaston