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England recovered after losing three early wickets to reach 221-5 at the close of day four in the third cricket Test. West Indies, boosted by a record-breaking performance from Tino Best, lead by 205 runs.
England’s Kevin Pietersen was caught for 78 after putting on 137 with Ian Bell, who now has 76 at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Nightwatchman Steve Finn has yet to score. Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott each scored 17, while Alastair Cook made 4 as England stumbled on 49-3.
After Pietersen’s dismissal, Jonny Bairstow was bowled by Best for 18.
England has already clinched the three-match series by winning the first two Tests, so keeping its place atop the world rankings. The first two days of the match were washed out and it appears to be heading for a draw.
Earlier, Best made the highest score by a number 11 in Test history as he and Denesh Ramdin put together a stand of 143, the highest final-wicket partnership in West Indies history, to reach 426 all out. Ramdin finished on 107 not out.
Best scored 95, surpassing the 75 made by India’s Zaheer Khan against Bangladesh in December 2004. Best’s previous highest Test score was 27.
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