Bresnan blows Windies away

Tim Bresnan (left)

Tim Bresnan (left)

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Tim Bresnan led England to the brink of a series-clinching victory on day three of the second Investec Test against West Indies.

England initially fell well short of expectations with the bat, losing their last eight wickets for 169 to take what looked a narrow lead of 58 on the first innings. But by stumps the tourists had slumped to 61 for six, Bresnan taking three for 10 after James Anderson and Stuart Broad had both struck with the new ball.

England started the day on 259 for two and were eyeing a run-feast and a total of at least 550. Instead, West Indies defied expectations with two sessions of spirited bowling only for their batsmen to crumble as England's pack of seamers sensed blood. Bresnan, who had earlier made 39 not out, capped a productive day with two wickets in the penultimate over.

Kevin Pietersen made a thrilling 72 on Saturday but added just eight more before Ravi Rampaul nipped one back off the seam to have him lbw. Ian Bell was dropped on 15 but added just seven more before Kemar Roach clattered his front pad with a full and fast delivery.

Roach bombed Jonny Bairstow with short deliveries and the Yorkshireman, playing his second Test, failed the examination by looping one to mid-on after making just four. Matt Prior made a breezy 16 before losing his middle stump and at tea England were six down and still 30 behind.

Strauss - after seven hours at the crease - finally lost his discipline. Darren Sammy hung one outside the off stump and Strauss flashed a catch to Denesh Ramdin, departing for 141. England moved into the lead but Broad gave Shane Shillingford his only wicket before Marlon Samuels' part-time off-breaks did for Graeme Swann and Anderson.

Anderson was quickly back to his day job, sizing up the West Indies' vulnerable opening pair. He needed just one ball at Kieran Powell, pitched up and sending the left-hander's leg stump cartwheeling via the inside edge. Five for one became 14 for two as Anderson undid Adrian Barath with one that came back in to trap him leg before.

The world's number one batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul departed for just seven. Broad was the successful bowler this time, digging one in short and drawing the hook, which sailed straight to Jonathan Trott at fine-leg.

Bresnan then won a clearcut lbw decision to send Bravo back for 22 before accounting for Ramdin, who made six, and the scoreless Kirk Edwards to leave the West Indies just three in front with four wickets left.

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