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England's Moeen Ali and Mark Wood rock Windies in third Test

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Cary Erickson | 12 February, 2019, 16:55

The incident in question took place at the end of the 44th over, when Gabriel was bowling to Joe Root and Joe Denly, with England well set on 138 for two in their second innings.

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With England having already lost the three-match series, Wood was recalled for his first Test appearance since May 2018 and made up for lost time with a devastating spell that included a pair of wickets in his first over.

With a 123-run lead in hand, England openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings forged an unbeaten 19-run partnership in the 10 overs they faced before stumps was called.

After Denly was dismissed, Root shared a century stand with Buttler, until the England vice captain was bowled by an excellent delivery by Kemar Roach, and ended the day along side Ben Stokes, who made an unbeaten 29.

Stokes went eight overs later for 79, caught when he mistimed a pull shot, and after Ali (13) and Jonny Bairstow (two) went cheaply, West Indies quickly mopped up the tail, picking up the final four wickets for seven runs.

Fresh from reducing England to 277 all out, the West Indies innings began with a familiar template, John Campbell swinging from the hip and Kraigg Brathwaite dropping anchor.

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Anderson eventually played a part in the first wicket, though as the fielder, flying around from cow corner after Brathwaite (12) had launched Moeen into the air.

Wood was not the only England bowler on a hat-trick in the middle session.

Wood, brought into the team for the first time this series, offered England genuine pace of more than 90 miles-per-hour (145 kph), and he had an immediate impact, causing West Indies all sorts of problems from his very first ball.

Wood then had Shimron Hetmyer (8) caught by Joe Root at slip on the stroke of tea as Windies headed in on 74-5, to trail by 203 runs.

Moeen took 4-36, while Stuart Broad chipped in with a wicket, as well as a magnificent one-handed catch at long-off.

That left both Moeen and Wood on four wickets each, and it was the latter who would finish with five as he rattled Gabriel's stumps.