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ESPNcricinfo presents plays of the day of the opening day of the series at Lord's
May 17, 2012
Presentation of the day
Geoffrey Boycott is very close to the Bairstow family so it was a poignant moment to see him in the England team huddle shortly before 10.30am presenting Jonny Bairstow with his first Test cap. This has been a ceremony performed for a while by England when a new player is capped with a former cricketer addressing the squad. Boycott spoke to the group, which included all the backroom staff, for nearly five minutes before passed the cherished cap to England's 652nd Test cricketer.
Set-up of the day
England's Player of the Year gave an example of why he earned that accolade earlier this week. James Anderson with the new ball at Lord's in May is a potent combination and he was at the top of his game. The way he worked over Kieran Powell was masterful. Four awayswingers scooted past off stump as Powell shouldered arms then, on cue, Anderson sent down the inswinger. The key was how late it moved and by the time Powell was bringing his bat down the ball was hitting the stumps.
No-ball of the day
During Stuart Broad's previous Test at Galle he had no-ball problems and they resurfaced again here although one was only spotted when the DRS was brought in to check an lbw appeal against Adrian Barath. It meant the review became worthless (the on-field not-out would not have been overturned in any event) and, in a way, the no-ball worked in England's favour. Under the latest playing conditions for DRS it did not cost them a review and with the seventh ball of the over Broad removed Barath for certain when he drove to gully.
Juggle of the day
Barath's wicket was not without a heart-in-mouth moment for England. Anderson is a wonderful all-round fielder, especially considering he is a fast bowler, but the thick-edged drive by Barath was parried at gully and looked as though it would evade his grasp. However, Anderson retained his composure - and his balance - long enough to hold the rebound, much to the delight of his team-mates.
Mix-up of the day
It was widely predicted that Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo would hold the key to West Indies' batting and they were together shortly after lunch. However, the stand did not last long. Chanderpaul swept a ball to short fine-leg and Bravo set off for a single, only for Chanderpaul to barely move out of his crease. Before he knew it Bravo was level at the striker's end, but Chanderpaul tapped his bat back in fractionally before Bravo crossed the crease. Even when Matt Prior produced a terrible throw to Graeme Swann, as England did their best to mess up the chance, there was no way back for Bravo.
Review of the day
Chanderpaul was given out padding up in the second innings against England Lions last week. It almost happened again. Facing Anderson he misread the line from around the wicket and did not offer a shot. After a prolonged appeal, Marais Erasmus raised his finger and Anderson launched into celebration. Chanderpaul briefly asked Marlon Samuels, the non-striker, what to do - although Samuels did not appear too aware - before opting for the DRS which proved the ball was missing off stump.
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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