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Tino rewrites the record books

West Indies took the fight to England in spectacular fashion in the final Test at Edgbaston. Although they have lost the series, the West Indies were out to enjoy themselves, particularly their number 11 batsman Tino Best who hit 95, the highest ever Test score by a number 11.

Putting together a stunning partnership with Denesh Ramdin who made an impressive century, Best made the England bowlers look foolish. He has always been inclined to flamboyance, but for much of his innings he played calmly and sensibly as he helped Ramdin make his 100.

Best has been a popular figure in England ever since Andrew Flintoff told the big-hitter to "mind the windows" after he had blasted a couple of wild shots in a 2004 Test. The Edgbaston crowd were willing him to make a century but he fell just one boundary short of the total. The England captain Andrew Strauss took the catch off the bowling of Graham Onions.

The pitch was flat and unresponsive for much of the morning, and the English bowlers struggled to find any movement. Best, whose main duties in the West Indies team are as a fast bowler, knew it and told England paceman Steve Finn that he was going to bat as long as possible on this pitch because there was no way he fancied bowling on it.

Any lingering hopes England had of winning the rain-affected match were destroyed by the final wicket stand. Now they have to bat smartly and carefully, chasing the West Indies first innings total of 426, to avoid the possibility of what would be an astounding defeat.

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