England`s first century opening partnership for more than two years helped them to 143 for one in reply to the West Indies first innings total of 299 at lunch on the third day of the second Test on Thursday.
England`s top order tumbled cheaply again but the tourists still worked themselves into a commanding position at 116 for three in their second innings, an overall lead of 220, by stumps on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday.
West Indies and England face-off in the first Test of a three-match series on at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Monday, with both sides involved in reconstruction and rehabilitation following a wretched few months.
Jonathan Trott believes his battle against depression has made him stronger and the former bedrock of England`s batting lineup is confident of winning his 50th test cap in Monday`s first test against the West Indies in Antigua.
Jonathan Trott returned to the crease on an overseas tour but lasted only 20 minutes as he scored just six before being dismissed playing for the England Lions against a Gauteng Invitation XI in Soweto on Monday.