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Live Reporting

Matthew Henry and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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    That is all from us today.

    The majestic Jimmy Anderson has swung this game in England's favour with a brilliant spell with the second new ball.

    West Indies have let a good position slip.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 13:30 GMT. See you then.

    James Anderson
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    Been stuck at work today? Missed some of the action?

    Head over here for our report of the day's play.

    It has all the details of Jimmy Anderson's brilliant late spell, West Indies collapse, England's controversial selections and their bowlers' performance.

    James Anderson
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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Barbados

    Tomorrow, I'm looking forward to seeing what this ground is famous for - West Indian fast bowlers hurtling in with the new ball.

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    James Anderson, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a tough day. It was a good toss to win. We think it will have been the best day bat but a few balls bounced. The pitch might have dented early on.

    "From our point of view it was about patience, hanging in, keeping the run-rate low and taking our chances. That is what we did. We knew the second new ball would give us opportunities to get two or three wickets which is what we did.

    "We stuck in well all day. It is not a quick pitch where you can rattle through them on a slow pitch. You have got to hang in there."

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    Sam Hunt: Great end to the day for England after toiling for the most part - would probably say it was their day now. Spinners looked ordinary, but Anderson showed why he remains one of the best with a new ball.

    Suhel Ahmed: What a spell of bowling by the greatest fast bowler in Test cricket history!

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    More from James Anderson: "Stokes is a great player to have in the team - with bat, ball and in the field he can affect the game.

    "I thought it was going to be another quiet game for me at tea. There's encouragement for us so, no matter how flat the wicket is, if you have lateral movement that encourages you.

    "The Dukes ball swings and stays hard for a long period of time. I was still getting swing in 70 overs. That's unusual."

  7. Anderson in one word


    Phil Robinson: Immortal

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner in Barbados

    Jimmy Anderson is a marvel. At 36, he's better than he's ever been. He's reeled off 24 overs and looked fresh as a daisy.

    Without him, Joe Root would have felt naked out there. He and Stokes were outstanding.

  9. 'Back in the game'

    BBC Test Match Special

    James Anderson on the TMS podcast: "It was a fairly attritional day, we had to stick at it. We did that well. All the guys hung in there. We knew the second new ball would be key. We chipped away and it was a good little spell that put us back in the game.

    "We think today might be the best day to bat, though we don't know how it react to the heavy roller. Hopefully it will flatten for us.

    "I think it will spin as the game goes on. We would have batted first. It was a tough day for the spinners, but they stuck at their task well. Adil controlled the game when he bowled."

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Barbados

    I think they got it wrong on Broad. Also, why Rashid ahead of Leach? I thought Leach outbowled Rashid in Sri Lanka. When you aren't sure about a pitch, don't you pick the tidier bowler?

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner in Barbados

    With one day gone, it looks a poor decision to leave Broad out. However, the real sages reserve judgement until the end of the game. Curran looked like a wasted selection. You'd think that Broad would have hit the wicket hard - his reputation has been further enhanced by not being in the side.

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    Stokes' performance does suggest England might have made a mistake with their team selection, however.

    His height, pace and bounce has been far more effective than swing bowler Sam Curran or England's spinners.

    That would suggest Stuart Broad would have been a handful. He was left out for Curran when England chose to select two spinners.

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    A lot of credit must also go to Ben Stokes.

    He has taken three wickets today on a lifeless pitch. He offered pace and aggression, something England would have been lacking without him.

    He took three wickets in five balls in the afternoon session when Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope were going well.

    He also came back at the end of the day with the wicket of Kemar Roach.

    Ben Stokes
  14. Anderson in one word


    Jo Owen: Sublime.

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    West Indies must be disappointed with how they have let the day slip away.

    Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Shimron Hetmyer have all scored 40 or more.

    They have fallen from 240-4 to 264-8.

    West Indies
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    Dr James Pope: Anderson and Stokes have been bowling on a different pitch. 43.2-14-80-7, a brilliant return and spun the match on its head from 125-1 to 264-8! Jimmy still showing his brilliance!

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    Graham Onions

    Former England bowler on The Cricket Social

    That was England's day. West Indies have shown what we already know, but England have got everything in their armoury to undo them.

    Jimmy Anderson
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    SMS Message: Great effort this from England. To lose the toss, see the opposition get a decent score developing and then produce an end of day effort like this is exemplary. Good sign for the tour and this coming year. from Tattz in Bentley Heath
    Tattz in Bentley Heath
  19. 'Anderson was heroic'

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Barbados

    That was great fun towards the end. It looked like the second new ball had more than the first. We all think that Broad should have played. Curran was innocuous today - from a third seamer you need a bit more of a contribution. James Anderson was heroic.