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Nottingham Forest 2 Birmingham 2: Harding hits late leveller to maintain unbeaten start

Nottingham Forest 2 Birmingham 2: Harding hits late leveller to maintain unbeaten start

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Nottingham Forest fought back from 2-0 down to preserve their unbeaten start to the npower Championship campaign.

All the goals came in an entertaining second half at the City Ground.

After having the better of the first half, Forest found themselves behind courtesy of goals from Hayden Mullins and Marlon King in the space of three minutes.

Substitute Simon Cox quickly pulled one back for the hosts with a superb effort after 73 minutes before another sub, Dan Harding, levelled things up with four minutes remaining.

On target: Hayden Mullins celebrates hitting the opener

On target: Hayden Mullins celebrates hitting the opener

Match facts

Nottm Forest: Camp, Hutchinson, Halford, Ayala, Collins, McGugan, Gillett (Majewski 80), Guedioura (Harding 74), Reid, Blackstock (Cox 60), Sharp. Subs not used: Darlow, Moussi, Moloney, Coppinger.

Booked: Ayala, Hutchinson, Collins, Cox.

Scorers: Cox 73, Ibanez 86 og.

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis, Caldwell, Ibanez, Murphy, Burke (Redmond 70), Mullins, Spector, Lovenkrands (Elliott 49), King, Lita (Fahey 79). Subs not used: Doyle, Davies, Morrison, Zigic.

Scorers: Mullins 69, King 71.

Referee: Mark Halsey.

Attendance: 22,738.

With Cox only fit enough for the bench following a foot injury sustained while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, fellow summer signing Billy Sharp made his full debut for Forest alongside Dexter Blackstock in attack.

Leroy Lita was handed his Birmingham debut. The striker arrived on loan from Swansea last week and replaced Wade Elliott in the Blues' starting line up.

The hosts started brightly with Blackstock heading over from a corner following some early pressure.

A mistake by Jack Butland almost presented Sharp with his first Forest goal after 13 minutes. Butland spilled Sam Hutchinson's cross but Sharp's shot on the turn was straight at the England goalkeeper.

Butland was more assured soon afterwards when he did well to deal with a superb delivery into the box from Lewis McGugan.

A swift break by Forest should have seen them take the lead midway through the first half but Sharp, McGugan and then Adlene Guedioura could not capitalise after an almighty scramble in the Birmingham box.

After being on the backfoot for much of the opening 30 minutes, Birmingham nearly went ahead against the run of play.

Lita set up striker partner King but Lee Camp was quickly off his line to make a block. It was a brilliant piece of goalkeeping by the Northern Ireland international.

Daniel Ayala then denied King again from the resulting corner.

Frantic afternoon: Birmingham boss Lee Clark shouts instructions from the dugout

Frantic afternoon: Birmingham boss Lee Clark shouts instructions from the dugout

The final chance of the first half saw Andy Reid's free-kick from the edge of the area scooped over the crossbar by Butland five minutes before the break.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark made a change four minutes into the second half with the largely anonymous Peter Lovenkrands making way for Elliott.

Elliott got straight into the action, almost catching out Camp with a long-range shot but the Forest keeper held on to the ball at the second attempt.

Forest continued to get themselves into good positions but first Reid and then Greg Halford saw dangerous balls into the box narrowly elude team mates.

Cox came on after an hour, replacing Blackstock. But it was Birmingham's substitute Elliott that had turned the game in the visitor's favour since his introduction.

And Elliott was involved when the Blues took the lead after 69 minutes. He set up King whose shot was blocked by Hutchinson before Mullins fired a first-time volley into the roof of the net from 15 yards out.

Clark brought on Nathan Redmond for Chris Burke immediately after the goal, and it proved to be another masterstroke by the former Huddersfield manager.

Redmond evaded Halford and Reid down the right and cut the ball back from the byline for King who finished brilliantly from the edge of the area.

However, Forest's sub Cox had his say shortly afterwards. The Republic of Ireland international brought down Hutchinson's long ball forward with a sublime touch but his second touch was even better, brilliantly lobbing Butland to half the host's deficit.

Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll changed his formation to play three at the back as his side chased an equaliser, and it arrived with four minutes remaining.

Halford carried the ball deep into the Birmingham half before putting a deep cross into the box where Harding finished, with the aid of a deflection off Pablo Ibanez, at the far post.

Despite having the momentum the hosts did not push for a winner and had to endure some late Birmingham pressure to hold on for a point.

England v West Indies: Day five, third Test, Edgbaston

LIVE: England v West Indies – the action on day five of the third Test at Edgbaston

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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).

First innings: West Indies 426.

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START DELAYED BY RAIN: ENGLAND TRAIL BY 205 RUNS WITH FIVE FIRST INNINGS WICKETS REMAINING

11.32pm: The light rain is continuing at Edgbaston. I'll bring you any news as soon as we have it but it looks highly unlikely we'll play before lunch.

11.13am: England name their squad for the three-match ODI series against West Indies today. The big question will be who will replace the retiring Kevin Pietersen at the top of the order There are plenty of candidates within the squad already being mooted, such as Ravi Bopara, Craig Kieswetter and Jonny Bairstow, while countless names have been suggested from the county circuit. Who would you select to open with skipper Alastair Cook Email your thoughts…

10.47am: While we wait for the rain to relent, here is some reading for you to get stuck into as Sportsmail reflects an a brilliant day of cricket yesterday…

Paul Newman reports on what he describes as the best day in the series here.

Lawrence Booth reports on Denesh Ramdin's dig at West Indian legend Sir Viv Richards here.

And former England captain Nasser Hussain writes exclusively for Sportsmail here.

10.38am: The covers are firmly on at Edgbaston, but the rain is only light, which means that when or if it stops, we should be able to come on swiftly. What is for certain is that the start is delayed.

10.30am: Good morning and welcome to the final day of what has been a thoroughly absorbing three-match Test series between England and West Indies. The forecast is pretty dreadful, but we're hoping to get some play in today to end the series on a high note.

Under cover: There was light rain in Birmingham in the morning

Under cover: There was light rain in Birmingham in the morning

Key man: Bell put on 100 with Pietersen on day four

Key man: Bell put on 100 with Pietersen on day four

England v West Indies – day three, third Test, Edgbaston

LIVE: England v West Indies – the action on day three of the third Test at Edgbaston

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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, Narsingh Deonarine, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy, Tino Best, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Tony Hill (NZ).

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14th over: West Indies 31-0 (Barath 8, Powell 16)

One from Onions' over. And it's time for drinks. Given the weather, i imagine the players will want a cup of tea/coffee and pour it into their socks to warm up their frozen tootsies.

13th over: West Indies 30-0 (Barath 8, Powell 16)

It's fancy dress day at Edgbaston. Can't stand it myself. I'm no snob, just you put all that effort in, receive a little laugh and then have to spend the rest of the day looking like a plum. Bah hambug, etc. Two singles from Finn's over.

12th over: West Indies 28-0 (Barath 7, Powell 15)

Powell dabs the ball between third slip and gully, Jonny Bairstow gives chase and stops it just shy of the boundary courtesy of an athletic dive… much to the crowd's delight. That's the third three of the morning thus far – proving just how much moisture there is in the outfield.

11th over: West Indies 25-0 (Barath 7, Powell 12)

Edgbaston have shifted 17,000 tickets for today's play, a decent crowd and they are all wrapped up warm against the chilly conditions. A two jumper day. Or jumper and jacket combo required to combat the chilly weather. Not a day to be spent mooching around fine leg trying to keep the blood flowing through your fingers. Powell pushes back down the ground for three.

10th over: West Indies 21-0 (Barath 7, Powell 9)

Review! Graham Onions changes ends and very nearly makes the breakthrough. Brath is beaten by one which nips back in at him. there's a huge appeal but umpire Tony Hill shakes his head. Strauss take it upstairs but the ball is only clipping the top of the off bail. Decision stays with the on-field umpire and England lose a review. The first runs are added in five overs: Four leg byes and two for Barath through midwicket.

9th over: West Indies 15-0 (Barath 5, Powell 9)

First bowling change of the morning. Here comes Steven Finn to bang it into the track, Onions makes way. More talk of how good the bowling track remains. 'The groundstaff were working right through the night', chimes Sir Beef. It's a good start for Finn who keeps Powell back in his crease, watching successive deliveries slide wide of his off stump. Maiden.

8th over: West Indies 15-0 (Barath 5, Powell 9)

There's another six deliveries without a run. Maiden for Bresnan.

7th over: West Indies 15-0 (Barath 5, Powell 9)

Another maiden. Onions looks anguished as – for a split second – he thinks he's trapped Barath lbw. But there was an inside edge. If you have anything you would like to share today, my email address is at the top of the page. Anything you like. Recent test results. Bank account details. S'up to you.

6th over: West Indies 15-0 (Barath 5, Powell 9)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. That's a maiden over for Bresnan.

5th over: West Indies 15-0 (Barath 5, Powell 9)

Dropped! After a rather mundane opening spell, it finally starts to happen for Onions. But Ian Bell can't take the catch at third slip. The delivery pitches on off, jags away enough to take Barath's outside edge… but the chance was shelled. Bell is Jimmy Anderson's replacement in the slip cordon, by the way. Just saying.

Dropped: Bell looks rueful after shelling a decent chance at third slip

Dropped: Bell looks rueful after shelling a decent chance at third slip

4th over: West Indies 14-0 (Barath 4, Powell 9)

Howizaaaaaaaaaaaaat! Bresnan goes on a one-man appeal after he believes Powell has edged behind. The umpire shakes his head, the slip cordon stare at their feet, avoiding eye contact with the bowler. Powell finds his revenge with the following delivery which is thumped back down the ground, through the sluggish outfield for four more.

3rd over: West Indies 10-0 (Barath 4, Powell 5)

Shot! Onions dips one in full on off stump which is punched through mid-off by Powell. Finn sprints into action and just cuts the ball off from going for four. Credit to the West indies who are happy to play their shots in these early exchanges.

2nd over: West Indies 7-0 (Barath 4, Powell 2)

And here's Tim Bresnan to join Onions in the attack… but forget the details, Barath starts the over with a stunning flash through cover. Bresnan's first delivery was a touch full and dispatched to the rope in the flash of an eye. Four runs!

1st over: West Indies 3-0 (Barath 0, Powell 2)

'An unpleasant day for cricket. Blustery and very cold', enthuses Michael Atherton. Credit to the 17,000 fans who have paid their money to watch the action today, the chaps at Edgbaston will be happy when we reach the 25 over mark and they will no longer be liable for yet more refunds. graham onions it is who opens the attack, he slides one onto Barath's hips for a leg bye and Powell pushes a couple towards cover.

10.56: Players and officials are making their way out on to the pitch. Looks like we'll have some cricket presently. Hurrah!

10.53: We have – at best – three day's play to look forward to in Birmingham, but Bumble is in bullish mood. 'England have a fantastic chance of winning this, given the conditions'.

10.50: Ticket news from the chaps at Edgbaston: 'Everyone who buys a ticket from today or already had purchased a ticket for day four will receive a complimentary ticket for day five.'

10.48: Andrew Strauss sported a huge grin as he announced England would have a bowl. And why not

The covers have been firmly ensconced over the square for two days, plenty of juice in the track for Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions to swing it. Although Steven Finn may be asked to open the attack. Darren Sammy looked rueful, he says he would have taken the cherry this morning, too.

In a spin: Andrew Strauss wins the toss and elects to bowl

In a spin: Andrew Strauss wins the toss and elects to bowl

10.42: We knew about Jimmy, had an inkling Broad would be rested, too. But look at all those changes in the Windies' team. Four changes in total; debuts for Fudadin and Narine, plus 'Mind the Windows' Tino Best and Narsingh Deonarine are back.

10.35: BREAKING NEWS: England have won the toss and elected to bowl. Two changes to the team: James Anderson and Stuart Broad are out for Graham Onions and Steven Finn.

10.34: It was, in fact, the worst weather to blight a Test match since 1964. No lie. Credit to all the ground staff at Edgbaston that we have a playing surface ready for action.

10.30am: Morning all and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day three of the third Test. An incredible 80mm of rain over the last two days has put the kybosh on the action thus far but I can reveal (drum roll) we will be off and on time this morning. Super.

We're expecting more team changes as the captains allow frontline bowlers and batsmen a rest and hand those on the peripheries a chance.

The bad news which follows the good news of today's weather is that days four and five look just as rank as the opening two. Today could be our only chance to force a result!

Let's enjoy it while we can. News of the toss is imminent and the action will be underway from 11am.

Saturated: Edgbaston was rain-soaked once more on day two

Saturated: Edgbaston was rain-soaked once more on day two

Saturated: Edgbaston was rain-soaked once more on day two

LIVE: England v West Indies – day two, third Test, Edgbaston

LIVE: England v West Indies – all the action on day two of the third Test at Edgbaston

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Stay up to date with all the action on day two of the third Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action unfolds at Edgbaston while our brilliant team of writers will update with their insights from the ground. Email your thoughts to [email protected]

England v West Indies: Essentials

England (probable): Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn.

West Indies (probable): Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Shane Shillingford, Ravi Rampaul, Shannon Gabriel.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Tony Hill (NZ).

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*START DELAYED BY RAIN*

12.03pm: Some covers are on, others are off, the rain is spitting and the groundsman and his team are still busy scurrying around the outfield using all the tools and machines at their disposal to try and quicken the drying of the outfield. We definitely won't get any play before lunch, and probably won't before tea. Keep those fingers crossed.

11.32am: Still no news on when or if we will get underway, but rest assured the groundstaff are working tirelessly against the conditions. They worked through the night and stayed at the ground overnight. Let's hope they get some reward for their hard work.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Twitter: 'Can't sit in room any longer.. I'm coming to the ground to organise a signing session for all the spectators that have come in today!!'

10.40am: Right, so we're told that we'll need at least two hours of dry weather for the outfield to drain sufficiently to allow play to start. Unfortunately though, the showers – while not heavy – have been pretty persistent all morning. The best case scenario would be if we were to get under way at 1pm after an early lunch, but, I have to emphasise, that is the best case scenario.

10.27am: I will bring you all the latest weather news from Edgbaston as soon as I get it, but until then, why not catch up on some reading…

Graham Gooch tells Lawrence Booth that England batsman Jonny Bairstow will come good in his third Test here.

And read how Nick Knight may have reopened his row with Kevin Pietersen here.

10.18am: So we're still awaiting the team news from the England camp then, as they stick to their policy of naming their side at the toss which – nearly 24 hours after it was scheduled – still hasn't taken place. We know that James Anderson is definitely not playing as he is not in England's 12-man squad, and we're waiting to see if fellow quick Stuart Broad will be rested too. Steven Finn is expected to get he nod ahead of Graham Onions for Anderson's place, while both will start should Broad too be rested. For the tourists, Shiv Chanderpaul – who has had a scan on a side strain – is a doubt, while we wait to see if Shannon Gabriel, Fidel Edwards or Sunil Narine will be brought in to replace the injured Kemar Roach.

10.10am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the second (or is it first) day of the third Test between England and West Indies from Edgbaston. The forecast today isn't looking too clever, but we can be optimistic that we won't have a complete washout as we did yesterday.

It's a wash-out! There was no play at Edbaston on Thursday due to heavy rain

It's a wash-out! There was no play at Edbaston on Thursday due to heavy rain

LIVE: England v West Indies – day one, third Test, Edgbaston

LIVE: England v West Indies – all the action on day one of the third Test at Edgbaston

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Stay up to date with all the action on day one of the third Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action unfolds at Edgbaston while our brilliant team of writers will update with their insights from the ground. Email your thoughts to [email protected]

England v West Indies: Essentials

England (probable): Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn.

West Indies (probable): Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Shane Shillingford, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Tony Hill (NZ).

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11.55am: Rain falling. Covers back on. End of the world nigh again. It's going to be one of those days.

11.50am: Nick Knight is strongly backing Kevin Pietersen's decision to quit ODIs on Sky right now. Building bridges

11.40am: A promising scene developing over the shoulder of Messrs Hussain, Gower and Atherton in the Sky Sports studio. Just the main pitch covers are on now and it looks noticably brighter. This-is-England grey as opposed to end-of-the-world grey, mind.

11.25am: Still no plans for an inspection announced – and the prospect of a first-day washout, given predictions of more significant rain, are obvious.

A reminder that England lead the series 2-0, and have therefore already won the Wisden Trophy, with just this final match to play.

11.10am: Plenty of reading from Sportsmail's fine team of cricket writers to keep you going while we wait for news of play at Edgbaston this morning.

Cricket correspondent Paul Newman reports on Andrew Strauss's attempts to maintain team spirit despite the fuss over Kevin Pietersen's one-day-international retirement and Jimmy Anderson's enforced rest from this Test match.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain argues that England are spot on to rest Anderson… and that they should do the same to Stuart Broad too.

And Mr Newman also questions why England are playing Australia in the 50-over format in the middle of a full summer of Test matches.

10.55am: Hello, what's this The rain appears to have subsided, a couple of covers are coming off and the super-soppers are mopping up the outfield. The groundstaff are preparing the field for play, so we have hope. But then, as John Cleese once said, I can take the despair… it's the hope I can't stand.'

10.45am: So, what chances of play are there this morning The forecast had been for light drizzle with sunny spells later. Max temp: 14C. Gusts of 21mph. But that all looks rather optimistic at the moment. The Met Office is predicting heavy rain, with a balmy break this afternoon for simply heavy showers. Here's the gloomy outlook from Michael Fish's pals.

10.35am: The
toss has been delayed. No news on when it will actually take place yet.
Full covers are on at the ground and the outfield is wet. Don't you
just love the British summer

10.30am:
Morning. I'm afraid that the soggy spring has turned into a sodden
summer. (Yes I said sodden. Not that other similar word, tempting as it
was). And it's dark, dank and damp at Edgbaston this morning. Play will
not start on time at 11am

Raindrops keep falling on my head: A spectator shelters from the rain at a soggy Edgbaston

Raindrops keep falling on my head: A spectator shelters from the rain at a soggy Edgbaston

Why does it always rain on me Tim Bresnan sums up the mood in Birmingham on Thursday morning

Why does it always rain on me Tim Bresnan sums up the mood in Birmingham on Thursday morning

Chris Gayle recalled by West Indies

Gayle back from the wilderness after Windies recall batsman for England one-dayers

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The West Indies have recalled former
captain Chris Gayle after a 14-month absence to take part in the one-day
series against England later this month.

Gayle has returned to the squad after
his dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board led to the 32-year-old
opener missing over a year of international cricket.

Back in the fold: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle

Back in the fold: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle

He returns for the three-match series with England which begins on June 16 and is line to play his first game for his country since they lost to Pakistan in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in March 2011.

WEST INDIES SQUAD

Darren Sammy
(captain)
Dwayne Bravo (vice-captain)
Tino Best
Darren Bravo
Johnson
Charles
Fidel Edwards
Chris Gayle
Sunil Narine
Kieron Pollard
Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Ravi Rampaul
Andre Russell
Marlon
Samuels
Lendl Simmons
Dwayne Smith.

Gayle criticised the board and current coach Ottis Gibson after being left out of a one-day series against Pakistan a month later.

But meetings between Gayle and the WICB earlier this year have smoothed the path for his return.

Clyde Butts, chairman of the selection panel, said: 'Chris is a player of proven quality and we are looking forward to him adding this dimension to the side and his contributions as a senior member of the squad.'

Gayle joins a squad captained by Test skipper Darren Sammy who has Dwayne Bravo as his vice-captain.

Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Dwayne Smith are also named in the squad and opener Lendl Simmons is included.

There is also a place for spinner Sunil Narine who made a major impression during the recent Indian Premier League.

Openers Adrian Barath and Kieron Powell, who have struggled in the
first two Tests in the series against England, have been left out.

Test wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin comes in to replace Carlton Baugh.

Talks: coach Ottis Gibson

Talks: coach Ottis Gibson

Butts added: 'We are now beginning to move into the next phase of the development of the team as we continue to build our ODI side as we continue to plan for the 2015 World Cup.

'A number of players who we have been exposed to international cricket and who, by their recent performances, have shown that they can play roles in the team have been retained.

'There is, what we believe, is a balanced combination of young rising players like Sunil Narine in the bowling department and Johnson Charles in the top order of the batting in addition to the well known seasoned internationals.'

West Indies need some old heads in their young side: Nasser Hussain

West Indies must find room in young side for a few old hands

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22:05 GMT, 28 May 2012

West Indies have played much better cricket and pushed England much harder than India, who arrived here last year as the No 1 team in the world.

For all the talk about India’s batting superstars, West Indies have already managed to provide a much tougher test for the England attack.

Darren Sammy’s side are well drilled and have shown a lot of character, fight and discipline with so many star names missing and they did it again on Monday to make England wait for their win.

Plenty of character: Darren Sammy has a good team but needs some older heads

Plenty of character: Darren Sammy has a good team but needs some older heads

They are very professional but what they just need now is to be sprinkled with a bit of stardust because they can’t keep on collapsing to something like 40 for four and expect to win.

It’s all well having 11 committed young players but every team needs its older heads, and just as I wanted Mike Atherton and Alec Stewart in my England side, it could well be that West Indies need to bring back one or two of those on the outside.

Return Chris Gayle would be an asset if he buys into what the West Indies are doing

Return Chris Gayle would be an asset if he buys into what the West Indies are doing

Their results were hardly better when Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan were in the side and there were times when they did not seem committed, but it is all about man-management and the way Sammy and coach Ottis Gibson handle them.

People always told me what Andy Caddick and Phil Tufnell couldn’t do when I became England captain but I was more concerned with what they could do. Sammy and Gibson need to think now about what the missing players could bring to their side.

If Gayle, or whoever, returns they will have to buy into what this West Indies side are doing but, again, that is a challenge for the captain and coach. And if they come back but won’t comply then it would be a case of thank you and goodbye.

Marlon Samuels is the classic example of what West Indies can achieve. He’s been around since 2000 and has always been talented but now the penny has dropped that he needs to make the most of that natural talent.

The penny has dropped: Marlon Samuels is an example of a player who has improved

The penny has dropped: Marlon Samuels is an example of a player who has improved

I spoke to Marlon at the team hotel the other night and told him to keep going. He said, ‘I’ve been through too much and missed too much cricket not to keep going now.’

Yes, he’s a bit eccentric and kept on chatting to England players again yesterday but, apart from maybe Jimmy Anderson, I think England like him. We need characters in this game, not clones.

England, meanwhile, have been thoroughly professional again here at Trent Bridge from the captain all the way down. They are turning every home Test ground into something of a fortress and it will take a very good side to beat them in home conditions.

England v West Indies: Day four, second Test, Trent Bridge, live

LIVE: England v West Indies – the action on day four of the second Test as it happens

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11:03 GMT, 28 May 2012

Stay up to date with all the action on day four of the second Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action unfolds at Trent Bridge while our brilliant team of writers will update with their insights from the ground. Email your thoughts to [email protected]

England v West Indies: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Shane Shillingford, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Asad Rauf.

First innings: West Indies 370, England 428.

Click here for a full scorecard

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41st over: West Indies 110-6 (Samuels 36, Sammy 25)

Broad continues with Samuels on strike. This partnership is beginning to frustrate England. Close! Broad beats Samuels' edge by whiskers. it's a maiden and that will be drinks. A good hour for the West Indies who have added 49 runs to their lead without losing a wicket.

40th over: West Indies 110-6 (Samuels 36, Sammy 25)

Bresnan comes back into the attack. Close! He serves up a short ball first up and the ball loops up off Sammy's glove and lands just a few feet short of gully. Shot! Width on offer and Sammy hammers a cut behind square for four. He then flicks a single to the leg-side sweeper. Three runs added as Cook does brilliantly to cut off another exquisite Samuels cover drive at the rope.

39th over: West Indies 102-6 (Samuels 33, Sammy 20)

Broad continues his spell with Sammy on strike. he pushes a single into the off side after surviving a couple of nasty short balls from Broad. Shot! Samuels plays a textbook cover drive as Broad slightly over-pitches. That brings up the 100 for West Indies.

38th over: West Indies 97-6 (Samuels 29, Sammy 19)

Some confusion between the wickets as Samuels' drive is cut off by Cook at mid off – they really should have run a single there. One is added wide of Trott at mid on next ball though. Close! The confusion continues as Samuels is nearly run out by Bairstow. Shot! Samuels opens the face of the bat to produce a lovely square drive and make it six from the over.

37th over: West Indies 91-6 (Samuels 24, Sammy 18)

Broad now into his second over and there's some signs of uneven bounce out there. Samuels clips a single to square leg. Sammy does well to keep out one that stays low. Just one from the over.

36th over: West Indies 90-6 (Samuels 23, Sammy 18)

Samuels keeps the scoreboard ticking over with another single. Four! Another boundary for Sammy this time courtesy of a thick edge wide of the slips down to third man.

35th over: West Indies 85-6 (Samuels 22, Sammy 14)

Stuart Broad comes into the attack as England's first change. Sammy is able to guide two down to third man. A good, hostile start from Broad though who is spot on with his line immediately.

Toiling away: Anderson struggles in the heat at Trent Bridge

Toiling away: Anderson struggles in the heat at Trent Bridge

34th over: West Indies 83-6 (Samuels 22, Sammy 12)

Anderson into his fourth over of the day. Four! Anderson strays on to leg stump and Samuels flicks him through midwicket.

33rd over: West Indies 79-6 (Samuels 18, Sammy 12)

Shot! Too full from Bresnan and Sammy drives him through extra cover. One more is added with a defensive prod into the off side. Samuels clips to fine leg off his hips for a single.

32nd over: West Indies 73-6 (Samuels 17, Sammy 7)

Sammy clips Anderson into the leg side for two runs. A single makes it three from the over. The West Indian pair are weathering the storm well so far.

Old mates: Kevin Pietersen (left) shares a joke with Shane Warne out in the middle

Old mates: Kevin Pietersen (left) shares a joke with Shane Warne out in the middle

31st over: West Indies 70-6 (Samuels 17, Sammy 4)

Two runs added as Sammy punches through the covers off the back foot. That should have been three but Sammy was too busy admiring his shot as Bairstow chased it down on the boundary. He then clips a single through midwicket.

30th over: West Indies 67-6 (Samuels 17, Sammy 1)

Anderson continues. It's been a good start from these two bowlers. Close! Anderson squares Samuels up and beats his outside edge by millimetres – he did well to even get near that one. Another maiden.

29th over: West Indies 67-6 (Samuels 17, Sammy 1)

Bresnan into his second over of the day. Appeal! Not out. Bresnan gets extravagant movement back into Samuels but it struck the right-hander outside the line and was going just over the top – leg bye added.

Small crowd: Fans were clearly not optimistic of a full day's cricket

Small crowd: Fans were clearly not optimistic of a full day's cricket

28th over: West Indies 66-6 (Samuels 17, Sammy 1)

James Anderson to bowl the second over of the day. Close! Anderson beats Sammy's edge with a beautiful outswinger. It's a maiden.

27th over: West Indies 66-6 (Samuels 17, Sammy 1)

Tim Bresnan will open the bowling on day four for England – he took three vital wickets late last night. Sammy gets off the mark first ball with a dab into the off side. Shot! Leg-stump half-volley from Bresnan and Samuels gives it the treatment with a well-timed flick through square leg.

WEST INDIES LEAD BY 3 RUNS WITH 4 WICKETS REMAINING

10.55am: So, England will be hoping to wrap up victory today, and perhaps even this morning. But Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy hit 223 runs between them in the first innings and are more than capable of frustrating Andrew Strauss' side. Once this partnership is broken, however, you feel it will just be a matter of time.

Steaming in: Bresnan bowls the first over of the day

Steaming in: Bresnan bowls the first over of the day

10.45am: Here's some reading for you to get stuck into before we get underway…

Paul Newman's report on day three is here.

David Lloyd's alternative take on proceedings on day three is here.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain shares his thought here.

And Lawrence Booth's match zone is here.

10.30am: Good morning folks, welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage from day four of the second test between England and the West Indies.

From the hosts' point of view, they hope it will be the final day as they aim to take the last four West Indies' wickets and go on (hopefully) a short run chase.

Tormentor-in-chief: Bresnan took three wickets late on day three

Tormentor-in-chief: Bresnan took three wickets late on day three

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England v West Indies: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Shane Shillingford, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Asad Rauf.

First innings: West Indies 370

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84th over: England 302-4 (Strauss 113, Bairstow 1)

Rampaul continues his spell.

83rd over: England 302-4 (Strauss 113, Bairstow 1)

Bairstow again looks uncomfortable with the short ball from Roach, but he gets off the mark with a defensive prod. Strauss cuts a single to the man on the point boundary. There's a clear plan to bowl short to Bairstow, but he copes well with it this time from the hostile Roach.

82nd over: England 300-4 (Strauss 112, Bairstow 0)

Rampaul will share the new ball. It's a maiden and that will be drinks – a good hour for the West Indies but England remain in the driving seat.

81st over: England 300-4 (Strauss 112, Bairstow 0)

Jonny Bairstow is the new man in. Close! Brilliant bowling from Roach as he gets one to rear up on the young Yorkshireman – but the ball lands safely short of the slips after looping up off the glove.

WICKET! Bell lbw b Roach 22

The new ball strikes for the West Indies. Not for the first time in this Test Asad Rauf sees a decision of his overturned. The only question was whether the ball struck him in line but the replay shows it comfortably did. The ball would have clattered int Bell's leg stump, half way up.

81st over: England 300-3 (Strauss 112, Bell 22)

Sammy takes the new ball and gives it to Kemar Roach. It will be interesting to see if continues to struggle with no-balls today – twice he had Cook out to no-balls yesterday. Strauss tucks a single to bring up the 300 for England. Huge appeal! Not out. They're reviewing it…

80th over: England 299-3 (Strauss 111, Bell 22)

The new ball is due after this Shillingford over. Strauss paddles a single to fine leg to move on to Nelson. Just one from the over.

79th over: England 298-3 (Strauss 110, Bell 22)

Bell is on strike to Sammy. It's a maiden.

78th over: England 298-3 (Strauss 110, Bell 22)

Four! Shocking fielding from Chanderpaul down at fine leg from Bell's sweep. That should have been only two but Shiv completely misses the ball attempting the pick-up. That will add to Shillingford's frustration after Ramdin's drop in his last over. More ironic applause as Shiv successful fields the next ball to restrict Bell to a single. Strauss cuts a single to midwicket before Bell punches one down the ground.

Trudging back: Pietersen walks before the review is completed

Trudging back: Pietersen walks before the review is completed

77th over: England 290-3 (Strauss 109, Bell 16)

There's a ripple of ironic applause as Strauss cuts a single to take his score today to seven – the most runs he's added resuming an unbeaten century overnight. Bells pulls a single to fine leg to make it two from Sammy's over.

76th over: England 288-3 (Strauss 108, Bell 15)

Close! One keeps low on Bell and he feathers and edge that Ramdin just can't cling on to. Two singles from Shillingford's over.

75th over: England 286-3 (Strauss 107, Bell 14)

Sammy brings himself into the attack to give Rampaul a rest. Bell continues his quick start with another single to fine leg. Strauss tries to cut but can't get it away. He's never scored more than six runs after resuming unbeaten – he's added five today.

Kicking on: Strauss started day three on 102

Kicking on: Strauss started day three on 102

74th over: England 285-3 (Strauss 107, Bell 13)

Shot! Bell launches Shillingford for a one-bounce four to midwicket. He then sweeps a single down to fine leg.

73rd over: England 280-3 (Strauss 107, Bell 8)

Shot! Bell gets off the mark with his favourite cut shot off Rampaul. He then times a drive beautifully through the covers – but it only yields three runs after some fine fielding on the rope. Strauss works a single into the leg side before Bell clips one of his own to midwicket.

72nd over: England 271-3 (Strauss 106, Bell 0)

Strauss is on strike for the first time today. Four! Too straight from Shillingford and Strauss clips him precisely through square leg.

71st over: England 267-3 (Strauss 102, Bell 0)

Ian Bell is the new man in, fresh off the back of two 50s in the first Test. Wicket maiden – fine bowling from Rampaul.

Breakthrough: Rampaul celebrates taking Pietersen's wicket

Breakthrough: Rampaul celebrates taking Pietersen's wicket

WICKET! Pietersen lbw b Rampaul 80

They're reviewing it… Out! Pietersen was never confident with that review. HawkEye shows it was just clipping his leg stump so the decision stays with the umpire. A fine inswinging delivery from Rampaul and there was nothing the big man could do about it.

70th over: England 267-2 (Strauss 102, Pietersen 80)

Shillingford comes into the attack to bowl his off spin and give the seamers a rest ahead of the new ball. Four! Pietersen sweeps crisply down to fine leg. Two more are then whipped through midwicket. He keeps the strike again with a single to midwicket.

69th over: England 260-2 (Strauss 102, Pietersen 73)

Ravi Rampaul – the pick of the West Indies bowlers yesterday – will start proceedings. Pietersen is on strike. He leaves the first five outside off before whipping a single to fine leg to keep the strike.

No cigar: Pietersen fell 20 runs short of his century

No cigar: Pietersen fell 20 runs short of his century

10.55am: England start day three trailing by 111 runs, but with eight wickets still intact. Captain Andrew Strauss will be looking to kick on after scoring his second century in two matches yesterday. He has a poor record resuming unbeaten overnight and added just two runs to his total doing so at Lord's last week. Kevin Pietersen meanwhile is closing in on his ton thanks to a typically exciting and innovative innings yesterday – he resumes on 72.

10.46am: Here's some essential reading for you before we get under way at 11am…

Sam Peters' report on day two is here.

And James Anderson's exclusive Sportsmail column is here.

10.40am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of day three of the second Test between England and the West Indies at Trent Bridge.

Unbeaten: Strauss (left) and Pietersen (right) resume on day three looking to build a big lead

Unbeaten: Strauss (left) and Pietersen (right) resume on day three looking to build a big lead

England v West Indies: Day two, second Test, Trent Bridge, live

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Stay up to date with all the action on day two of the second Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action unfolds at Trent Bridge while our brilliant team of writers will update with their insights from the ground. Email your thoughts to [email protected]

England v West Indies: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Shane Shillingford, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Asad Rauf.

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102nd over: West Indies 340-7 (Samuels 116, Roach 0)

Broad continues – surely it's time for Swann though. England are into the tail now – can Roach help Samuels guide their side up past 400

101st over: West Indies 340-7 (Samuels 116, Roach 0)

Bresnan wheels away and nearly finds a crucial breakthough as Sammy chops down and inside edges just short of Prior. Sammy then rubs it in by crashing past point for four.

WICKET!!! Sammy c Pietersen b Bresnan 106

But the big man can't resist hacking at a short ball and only succeeds in holing out at deep midwicket. A superb innings ends in suitably cavalier style.

100th over: West Indies 336-6 (Samuels 116, Sammy 102)

Another four leg byes keeps the Windies' total ticking along nicely, Broad this time straying onto the pads. The Trent Bridge crowd breaks into a polite (if a little grudging) round of applause as this pair's 200 partnership comes up – what a stand.

99th over: West Indies 331-6 (Samuels 116, Sammy 102)

Tim Bresnan gets his first bowl of the day as Anderson is handed what looks like a much-needed rest. The burly Yorshireman gives away four leg byes to start as the ball angles down leg and flies fine down to the ropes off Samuels' thigh pad.

98th over: West Indies 326-6 (Samuels 115, Sammy 102)

Bit more grunt from Broad – a yorker is well dug out by Sammy. One more for Samuels on the leg side.

97th over: West Indies 325-6 (Samuels 114, Sammy 102)

Signs that Samuels is getting to Anderson again. The batsman edges one through the slips for four then plays and misses, Anderson gives him a glare and tries to utter something… but words fail him and he simply turns and trudges back to his mark.

Umpire Dar steps in and has a word at the end of the over – he didn't seem to like the exchange. There didn't seem to be anything too hostile, but Dar isn't having any of it.

96th over: West Indies 320-6 (Samuels 109, Sammy 102)

Hundred for Sammy!

Oh, you lucky boy! The nervous nineties get to Sammy who has a wild slash outside off stump. The ball flies over the slips for four. Next up a horribly mistimed flick through midwicket is edged just past the outstretched hand of Bairstow at backward point and disappears to the third man boundary. But he's made his own luck, and the West Indies captain breaks into a huge smile, kisses the badge on his helmet and raises his arms to the sky to celebrate his first Test ton.

95th over: West Indies 312-6 (Samuels 109, Sammy 94)

Shot! Sammy punches Anderson crisply through the covers for the first four of the day. Into the nervous nineties he goes. This is his highest Test score already. In fact, he has only ever scored two centuries – one for the Windward Islands and one in English club cricket!

94th over: West Indies 307-6 (Samuels 109, Sammy 89)

Still a distinct lack of pace or hostility from Broad and Anderson, pace down at 80mph. Surely England need someone to stand up, steam in and shake this pair up. Sammy and Samuels both continue on their merry way with a couple of easy singles.

93rd over: West Indies 305-6 (Samuels 108, Sammy 88)

Anderson, it turns out, didn't bowl a single ball in warming up this morning. Worrying signs for England Those eagle-eyed Sky cameras caught him necking a couple of pills too. Feeling the effects of back-to-back Tests, perhaps – he's spent a sizable chunk of the last week steaming in to Samuels, Sammy, Chanderpaul and co. Sammy's defences are nearly breached, the ball chopped down into the pitch and back towards his stumps, but the big St Lucian survives. Maiden.

On the attack: James Anderson opened the bowling on the second day

On the attack: James Anderson opened the bowling on the second day

92nd over: West Indies 305-6 (Samuels 108, Sammy 88)

Stuart Broad joins Anderson in the attack and, like Anderson, a little down on pace. Samuels remains watchful and plays out a maiden.

91st over: West Indies 305-6 (Samuels 108, Sammy 88)

Anderson's on target straight away around off stump but that pitch is doing nothing. Samuels gets in right behind the ball with impenetrable defence, before nicking a single to start the day's scoring. Slow from the Lancashire man though – down at around 80mph.

Guard of honour: England's team run out for the start of the second day at Trent Bridge

Guard of honour: England's team run out for the start of the second day at Trent Bridge

10.59: Anderson to resume the attack…

10.55: The familiar strains of England's anthem, Jerusalem, ring out across the sun-drenched ground, we're ready for action.

10.50: It was a long, hard slog under the baking hot sun for England's bowlers yesterday – Jimmy Anderson getting particularly hot under the collar in his rivalry with Samuels.

Click here to read Sportsmail's cricket correspondent Paul Newman's report on the first day's play at Trent Bridge.

And Mr Newman has broken an exclusive story on another row bubbling away, between Kevin Pietersen and Sky Sports commentator Nick Knight. They've held clear the air talks after their recent spat. read the full story here.

10.40: Sir Beefy has been down checking out the pitch at Trent Bridge, and reckons that there could be a bit more turn on offer for Graeme Swann today with a few cracks opening up. But it remains a very flat track, and batsmen will be hard to shift should they decide to dig in.

10.30: The sun is shining, the weather is sweet…

It's day two of the second Test between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge, and the conditions are more Antigua than England. Perfect for batting and, you have to suggest, perfect for West Indies to push their overnight score of 304-6 on past 400 and put scoreboard pressure on England.

Friday belonged to Windies captain Darren Sammy, who remains unbeaten on 88, and Marlon Samuels, who made up for his near miss at Lord's with a defiant and at times brilliant 107 not out. Those two will resume their stand at 11.00.


Half century: Marlon Samuels is ticking along nicely