England reduced West Indies to 61-6 at close of play on day three of the second cricket Test to take control as it seeks a series win to retain No. 1 status.
West Indies holds a 3-run lead with only four wickets in hand in its second innings at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, a stadium where the tourists are unbeaten in eight previous Test matches.
“It puts us in a really good position but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” England’s Tim Bresnan, who took three late wickets, told Sky Sports.
England won the first Test by five wickets at Lord’s. The hosts need to win the three-match series to stay atop the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings ahead of South Africa. England will host South Africa in a best-of-three contest in July and August.
James Anderson removed West Indies openers Adrian Barath and Kieran Powell within the opening five overs before Stuart Broad dismissed top-ranked Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was caught when he hooked a short ball to Jonathan Trott.
Bresnan then took his three wickets to leave West Indies reeling. Marlon Samuels is 13 not out, with captain Darren Sammy yet to face a ball.
Earlier, England made 428 in its first innings with captain Andrew Strauss finishing as top-scorer on 141. Kevin Pietersen hit 80 runs and Bresnan was 39 not out.
England had started the day on 259-2 but added only eight runs before Pietersen was out leg before wicket. Four more wickets tumbled before Bresnan and Broad shared a 53-run partnership to take their team past the West Indies’ first innings total of 370.
West Indies hasn’t won an away Test in a country other than bottom-ranked Bangladesh since winning in South Africa in December 2007.