England frustrated by Windies
Tino Best and Denesh Ramdin stunned England with an astonishing, record-breaking last-wicket stand as West Indies wrested the initiative at Edgbaston.
Best (95) hit the highest score by a number 11 in Test history, and Ramdin (107no) completed the second hundred of his career, as they put on 143 together on day four.
In a mesmerising and hugely entertaining morning session, the West Indies raced from 280 for eight to 426 all out before England replied with a teatime 111 for three.
Andrew Strauss' world number ones simply had no answer to Best's much-improved batting as he and Ramdin lit up this previously rain-ravaged third Investec Test.
Fast bowler Best, back in Test cricket with a point to prove after a three-year absence, hammered England morale with an unheralded display of clean striking - and measured defence when necessary.
His carefree approach and significant skill entirely belied his batting position, and brought him 14 fours and a six from 112 balls.
Ramdin had clearly taken criticism from West Indies great Viv Richards to heart, and on reaching his century dug into his pocket to unfurl a hand-written message which read 'Yeah Viv Talk Nah'.
A result still looks an unlikely though, even after the West Indies pace attack shared out three early English wickets.
Ravi Rampaul had Alastair Cook lbw pushing forward, Jonathan Trott edged Darren Sammy down on to off-stump, and Best added to his unexpected batting gains when Strauss cut the second ball of his second spell high to slip where Darren Bravo held a very good catch.
An unbroken half-century stand between Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell then restored calm and hinted strongly at a rain-affected draw after all some time on Monday - more so after Adrian Barath reprieved England's number five, putting him down on 20 at short-leg off Sunil Narine.