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Stuart Broad produces whirlwind spell to give England hope of victory vs West Indies

Stuart Broad took his chance back in the side and led the charge that will give England a shot at levelling the series on the final day.

It remains a tall order for England to rapidly collect the runs they need before putting the Windies back into bat once again and taking all ten wickets, but after dismissing them for 287 they have got a puncher's chance.

And having sent Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler out to open the batting and get on with things they finished the day 37-2, a lead of 219 with Stokes still there to have a morning thrash.

There was evidence of the pitch misbehaving, especially with the newer ball that kept low at times, which should suit both Broad and Chris Woakes as England's tallest bowlers.

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Woakes actually finished with the mathematically more impressive figures of 3-42 when he closed the innings by bowling Shannon Gabriel, but it was Broad's 3-66 that turned the game.

Operating from the James Anderson End, the England legend did his old mate proud with three wickets for one run after removing Shamarh Brooks lbw for 68.

He dealt with Ageas Bowl heroes Jermaine Blackwood and Shane Dowrich for a pair of ducks to move the game on just when it looked like it was drifting away.

Brooks had looked particularly good for his 68 before Broad struck, and as he charged in, if you listened carefully you could almost hear the chant blowing on the wind.

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Under normal circumstances, into the afternoon and with his legs and arms pumping, it would have been inevitable...“He's big, he's bad, he's better than his dad, Stuart Broad! Stuart Broad!”

Broad even tried to gee up an imaginary crowd at the top of his mark. He was having fun and taking wickets, now up to 488 in his stunning career.

Returning to the side after suffering the angry ignominy of being dropped, Broad wanted to prove a point and he was doing so in the heat of the battle where he does his best work.

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It is the same for Stokes who bowled an energy sapping spell of 11 overs, mainly full of short stuff that ended up accounting for Kraigg Brathwaite for 75.

When he left the field a little later holding his abdominal area, fear quickly spread amongst those watching on. Was it an abdominal strain or worst still a side strain? No. Just a spot of indigestion requiring a natural solution.

Earlier in the day and for the first time in Test history a permitted unnatural solution was applied to the ball after Dominic Sibley admitted to inadvertently using saliva which meant the umpires sanitised it with a 70 percent moist alcohol wipe.

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