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By Myles Hodgson, PA Sport Cricket Correspondent

Monty Panesar has revealed how a tea-time team talk inspired England to take control of the third npower Test and put themselves in sight of victory over West Indies.

The tourists were well positioned at 153 for three on the second day in reply to England's 370 and on course to provide the first competitive match of the series.

But the loss of six wickets for 13 runs in only 44 balls ensured West Indies conceded a major 141-run first innings deficit and England will resume this morning 175 runs ahead on 34 for one and in control of the match.

Left-arm spinner Panesar did most of the damage, claiming four for 50, while left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom grabbed three for 45 having responded to a team meeting with coach Peter Moores and bowling coach Allan Donald during the tea interval.

"They did bat positively and at tea we sat down as a group and said that we needed to show a bit more aggression and more intent as a bowling unit," revealed Panesar.

"It was good to see that we did that and as a team we showed that and the impact we had on their innings.

"They were looking to be positive, which is something as a spinner you're going to come up against.

"There are people who try and hit you out of your rhythm and that's when you rely on the experienced players coming up to you and getting you to relax and concentrate on your rhythm."

Panesar revealed that bowling to explosive players like Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist during the winter, who hammered the joint-quickest Test century in history at Perth against England off only 57 balls, had been a major help to him during this series.

"It is something that as a young spinner that I'm learning," he admitted.

"The experience of bowling to people like Gilchrist during the winter is good to have because you're always going to get batsmen who look to go after you."

While Panesar finished the second day on a high, the tourists were again crestfallen having thrown away their hopes of gaining an advantage and now face a long three days ahead trying to save the game and prevent England claiming a series triumph.

Coach David Moore conceded: "It was very disappointing. We had worked pretty hard to get us into a good position and I thought there was some very poor shots played.

"It led to a situation where we went from a very good position around about tea-time to a very poor position and bowling again on the same day."

He added: "I'm not overly angry, I am just very disappointed because we bowled so well.

"It's the first time we have taken 10 wickets in a Test match over here, our plan to bring in Fidel Edwards for more firepower had worked and Sammy bowled well on Test debut."


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