England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day May 18, 2012

Strauss hundred brings relief as England take charge

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England 259 for 3 (Strauss 121*, Trott 58) lead West Indies 243 (Chanderpaul 87*, Broad 7-72) by 16 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary

One innings into England's Test summer, Andrew Strauss' authority has been emphatically re-established. That it should take place at Lord's was entirely appropriate because there is something about Lord's that encourages the best in him. He is attuned to its trim and orderly air and after an unrewarding winter that brought his right to the England captaincy into focus he has never valued it more.

Strauss has struggled to establish an air of superiority at the crease over the past two years, and his delight at his fifth Test hundred at Lord's suggested that beneath his placid exterior he had felt the tension. An undemonstrative man, he greeted his rasping square cut against Darren Sammy with a roar of satisfaction. It has never become a debate about his fitness to lead, more a growing concern about his batting state of health. That is no longer up for debate and England are better for it. Whatever else will we talk about?

Lord's is never happier than when imagining that it has sustained an England captain, especially a captain as courteous as Strauss, and the crowd's fondness for him was apparent in their cheers. "Commendable stuff," one could imagine the members muttering as he crashed a cut or stroked a straight drive, a greater than average number for him, proof enough that he was on his mettle.

West Indies, diminished by IPL, were persistent but no better than that and none of their pace bowlers swung the ball despite the same overcast skies under which James Anderson, initially, and later Stuart Broad had been so impressive on the first day. Strauss' edgiest time came as his century neared and Fidel Edwards and Darren Sammy baited him with a succession of wide deliveries. He flirted with a few and was dropped off a no-ball on 95 when Edwards overstepped and the ball went through the hands of Shivnarine Chanderpaul at first slip.

Jonathan Trott, at his most unobtrusive, was a perfect ally for much of the day in a stand of 147 in 52 overs, but Trott departed for 58, surprised by one that seamed from Darren Sammy, when Strauss was 96. That left Kevin Pietersen to introduce a brief celebratory mood, once the hundred was achieved, until he was out cutting at Marlon Samuels. Two deliveries with the second new ball were enough for the umpires - and probably enough for Edwards who had a calf strain - and even though the floodlights were on they called a halt ten minutes early.

Alastair Cook was the only other batsman to fall, dragging Kemar Roach on to his leg stump before lunch as he cut at a ball that was close to him. Roach is West Indies' primary source of top-order wickets and was initially all jingle-jangle as he dashed in with earrings shining and heavy gold necklace swaying, touching 88mph at times, but for much of the day he lacked the dash that had brought him 19 wickets in three Tests against Australia.

England also had to contend with a Test debutant, Shannon Gabriel, an athletic Trinidadian with a strong action. Rarely for England these days, they had no footage of him, leaving Strauss to learn on the hoof. It was a bit like playing for England in days of yore - or sometimes like playing for the West Indies even now. Technically bereft, England coped rather well, which is a relief to know at a time when the financial markets are in such turmoil that everybody in the country might soon have to trade in their iPads and return to subsistence farming.

When he plays at Lord's, Strauss does not just dominate an attack; it is as if he outranks them. He strolls jauntily down the steps with the Lord's pavilion behind him as if leaving an office in the City for a morning meeting. He was beginning an England summer in the customary manner, with a Test at Lord's and it felt fitting. It was strange to recall that had Glamorgan not hit financial difficulties this Test would have taken place in Cardiff.

He is so comfortable in his surroundings that he began his innings as if embarking upon a series of pleasantries. "Good morning, Mr Roach, my name is Strauss. How do you do?" He got off the mark with a thick edge against Fidel Edwards through gully, but an orderly cover drive in Edwards' next over was the first boundary of 19 filed in the out tray. He likes the ball coming on to him and, even though this Lord's pitch was a slow one, the West Indies attack suited him. He was in his element again and, with no spin bowler other than Samuels' occasionals in the West Indies ranks, he knew that the rhythms of the day were not about to change.

Time to reflect upon his unbeaten 31 over lunch was probably not what Strauss needed, given his habit of getting out when set over his fallow two-year period. He made only a single in the first 35 minutes after lunch as the hum of Lord's provided a soundtrack to a somnolent afternoon. Then suddenly his half-century was secured with three boundaries off Sammy: a clip off his pads, a straight drive that left two fielders sprawling and finally a present outside leg stump which he flicked to the long-leg boundary.

Trott was also not about to be rushed. He might have been out twice on 17. West Indies were confident enough about Sammy's lbw appeal to engage in a bout of hand-slapping only for umpire Aleem Dar's decision to be upheld on review. Then, in Sammy's next over, Trott feathered one. Hot Spot and Snicko both showed contact but West Indies' appeal was half-hearted and Trott got away with it.

Stuart Broad, England's darling of the first day, had needed only one ball on the second morning to round up the West Indies innings, so finishing with Test-best figures of 7 for 72. Gabriel had received his first Test cap in a little ceremony before start of play and pushed respectfully forward to his first ball only to nick it to Graeme Swann at second slip.

That left Shivnarine Chanderpaul unbeaten on 87, 13 runs short of what would have been his 26th Test century. Once again he was the stalwart of West Indies innings, batting in a middle-order position where statistics insist he is most productive. He did not face another ball after taking a single from the first ball of the last over on the first day and watched West Indies' last two wickets fall from the non-striker's end. He is unlikely to learn from the experience; he plays in his bubble and at his time of life, if any new thoughts strayed into it, it would burst at the shock.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • SuperSharky on May 21, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Gee wizz guys!!! Love cricket !!! All formats of the game. If you can't follow the Test Series between England and West Indies or if you can't follow the IPL, then I feel sorry for you. If you have to choose between IPL and Test Cricket, then you miss a lot of good cricket. If you love sixes flying over the fence, or wickets that tumble, or you love watching someone that values his wicket, then I have to remind you that all of the above are cricket. It's just cricket. And 3 different formats means only 3 different situations for captains to cope with in cricket. It's just cricket !!!

  • JG2704 on May 20, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176 on (May 20 2012, 03:50 AM GMT) see comms made by paps1889 on (May 18 2012, 10:29 AM GMT)rickp15 on (May 18 2012, 18:19 PM GMT) both made references to IPL or T20 before 5W even mentioned it. That's not to mention those who have constantly been going on about IPL on our threads without any references from others to IPL. Maybe in future you could actually tell some of your fellow countrymen not to bring T20/IPL onto these threads as they have constantly been doing recently and direct your wrath at those who are trying turn our threads into a test cricket vs IPL debate rather than having a go at a fan who is only mentioning IPL in a response to some junk comms. BTW England were awful in Pak but that was one series - 3 tests , 2 of which Eng were on top of before our batsmen flidded up.We then drew in SL - Losing 8/8 - most by inns if not by huge thrashings is surely alot worse

  • mathewjohn2176 on May 20, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    @JG2704, no one is touching anybody's nerve here.Guess the IPL name first brought up by 5 wombats,so ofcourse you may get some reaction from Indians .and then you see few England fans response with insecurity test cricket is proper cricket.I guess everyone know test cricket is real cricket and England fans no need to reiterate in every single post which annoys most of the time.Regarding India recent test performances,they are doing quiet similar what England have been doing outside England in the places of subcontinent.hope it clears .

  • A_Vacant_Slip on May 19, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    @siri1234 on (May 19 2012, 10:09 AM GMT) It was only a matter of time before india lost their number 1 ranking. Oh, they lost it in spectacular fashion! Why do you come here and remind us of India failure?

  • JG2704 on May 19, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    @Arnab Banerjee on (May 19 2012, 09:17 AM GMT) Hang on a minute - how many English comms on this thread are self gloating - esp compared to sniping comms from other countries? and this is a thread about Eng or West Indies test cricket and not about any other country or any other format. If you want to talk about IPL or any other country or any other format please navigate the website for that country/tournament etc.

  • yorkshirematt on May 19, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    England are single handedly keeping test cricket alive in India. You know why? Because their fans seem to be fascinated by when England are going to lose no. 1 so therefore more interest in test cricket in the sub continent. The future of test cricket depends on how long we stay there!

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on May 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @Siri1234 - yes , you're quite right , it IS just a matter of time before we loose our number one ranking - OBVIOUSLY !! We might loose this current series and loose it immediately , we might be bettered by South Africa and loose it in a few months or we might win our next , say , 5 series and be good for 1/2/3 years - but it won't last forever and when (not if) that happens we will say 'well played' and no-one - NO-ONE - will be saying , ' huh , you don't DESERVE it ! ' Perhaps you should stop judging other people by your own standards. Oh , and next time you might think to show a bit more respect for the WI team ; not the best squad to tour here , certainly , but packed with young developing players who certainly don't deserve being described a an ' E ' team. Think on , mate...

  • JG2704 on May 19, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @siri1234 on (May 19 2012, 10:09 AM GMT) If this is the WI E team you are indicating that there are currently 44 players who are better than the team they currently have. In fact I challenge you to just put over one current side which would beat this one in test cricket and I look forward to your response

  • Dazako on May 19, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Why isnt Deonarine playing for Windies, He had a solid last series coming in at 6 after Chandepaul at 6 made a start in most innings and scored in at least one 50. Definately their 2nd best bat. He picked up a few wickets too. He should have at least had a chance concidering the rest of their batting.

  • MattyP1979 on May 19, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Well a good fight back here from WI but they still have a mountain to climb, will do well to avoid an innings defeat I think. Eng too good at the moment at least away from the sub-continent. SA v Eng is shaping up to be a fantastic series, should be better than the formality of the Ashes anyway.

  • SuperSharky on May 21, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Gee wizz guys!!! Love cricket !!! All formats of the game. If you can't follow the Test Series between England and West Indies or if you can't follow the IPL, then I feel sorry for you. If you have to choose between IPL and Test Cricket, then you miss a lot of good cricket. If you love sixes flying over the fence, or wickets that tumble, or you love watching someone that values his wicket, then I have to remind you that all of the above are cricket. It's just cricket. And 3 different formats means only 3 different situations for captains to cope with in cricket. It's just cricket !!!

  • JG2704 on May 20, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176 on (May 20 2012, 03:50 AM GMT) see comms made by paps1889 on (May 18 2012, 10:29 AM GMT)rickp15 on (May 18 2012, 18:19 PM GMT) both made references to IPL or T20 before 5W even mentioned it. That's not to mention those who have constantly been going on about IPL on our threads without any references from others to IPL. Maybe in future you could actually tell some of your fellow countrymen not to bring T20/IPL onto these threads as they have constantly been doing recently and direct your wrath at those who are trying turn our threads into a test cricket vs IPL debate rather than having a go at a fan who is only mentioning IPL in a response to some junk comms. BTW England were awful in Pak but that was one series - 3 tests , 2 of which Eng were on top of before our batsmen flidded up.We then drew in SL - Losing 8/8 - most by inns if not by huge thrashings is surely alot worse

  • mathewjohn2176 on May 20, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    @JG2704, no one is touching anybody's nerve here.Guess the IPL name first brought up by 5 wombats,so ofcourse you may get some reaction from Indians .and then you see few England fans response with insecurity test cricket is proper cricket.I guess everyone know test cricket is real cricket and England fans no need to reiterate in every single post which annoys most of the time.Regarding India recent test performances,they are doing quiet similar what England have been doing outside England in the places of subcontinent.hope it clears .

  • A_Vacant_Slip on May 19, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    @siri1234 on (May 19 2012, 10:09 AM GMT) It was only a matter of time before india lost their number 1 ranking. Oh, they lost it in spectacular fashion! Why do you come here and remind us of India failure?

  • JG2704 on May 19, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    @Arnab Banerjee on (May 19 2012, 09:17 AM GMT) Hang on a minute - how many English comms on this thread are self gloating - esp compared to sniping comms from other countries? and this is a thread about Eng or West Indies test cricket and not about any other country or any other format. If you want to talk about IPL or any other country or any other format please navigate the website for that country/tournament etc.

  • yorkshirematt on May 19, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    England are single handedly keeping test cricket alive in India. You know why? Because their fans seem to be fascinated by when England are going to lose no. 1 so therefore more interest in test cricket in the sub continent. The future of test cricket depends on how long we stay there!

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on May 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @Siri1234 - yes , you're quite right , it IS just a matter of time before we loose our number one ranking - OBVIOUSLY !! We might loose this current series and loose it immediately , we might be bettered by South Africa and loose it in a few months or we might win our next , say , 5 series and be good for 1/2/3 years - but it won't last forever and when (not if) that happens we will say 'well played' and no-one - NO-ONE - will be saying , ' huh , you don't DESERVE it ! ' Perhaps you should stop judging other people by your own standards. Oh , and next time you might think to show a bit more respect for the WI team ; not the best squad to tour here , certainly , but packed with young developing players who certainly don't deserve being described a an ' E ' team. Think on , mate...

  • JG2704 on May 19, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @siri1234 on (May 19 2012, 10:09 AM GMT) If this is the WI E team you are indicating that there are currently 44 players who are better than the team they currently have. In fact I challenge you to just put over one current side which would beat this one in test cricket and I look forward to your response

  • Dazako on May 19, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Why isnt Deonarine playing for Windies, He had a solid last series coming in at 6 after Chandepaul at 6 made a start in most innings and scored in at least one 50. Definately their 2nd best bat. He picked up a few wickets too. He should have at least had a chance concidering the rest of their batting.

  • MattyP1979 on May 19, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Well a good fight back here from WI but they still have a mountain to climb, will do well to avoid an innings defeat I think. Eng too good at the moment at least away from the sub-continent. SA v Eng is shaping up to be a fantastic series, should be better than the formality of the Ashes anyway.

  • JG2704 on May 19, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176 on (May 19 2012, 09:13 AM GMT) Touched a nerve there - intriguing. If folk don't come on our threads and boast about how brilliant IPL is , then I wouldn't even mention India's T20 ranking. And if you read my prev comms I said that it doesn't matter how few or how many T20s India have played , if their win percentage remains the same on 5 T20s or 500 T20s then India would remain 7th. But like you said it's a circus anyway - unlike proper test cricket. BTW how have India been doing in proper test cricket recently?

  • AlbertEinstein on May 19, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    I am expecting England to win this match because obviously its Andrew Strauss who made a hundred not Sachin Tendulker.

  • Min2_cric on May 19, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Yippee....Strauss gone.That must be the turning point of the match.I want West Indies to win big n bring England a little bit down...

  • siri1234 on May 19, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    @england fans -dont be too happy after ur performance against a west indies E team.its just a matter of time be4 u loose ur number 1 rankings

  • Hammond on May 19, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @RandyOz- Yeah a bit like we'll have to put up with watching a sub-par batsman in the ashes next year. A numpty by the name of Ponting. He wouldn't make a Cabramatta XXII..

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Cometh test cricket- cometh the self gloating of the Englishmen. Why do you even bother playing internationally? You guys should only play in county cricket, as you don't believe or think anything but for English cricket is worth anything! PS: Well done Andrew Strauss and that ragamuffin Stuart Broad. Good performances.

  • mathewjohn2176 on May 19, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    @JG2704, why you are so after India t20 rank in many of your recent posts? They don't play many t20's except the domestic T20 IPL .Luckily ranking system introduced now which puts England above compared to other teams who played better around 2009.Anyway T20 is a circus cricket but that is the only t20 word cup England won sadly.

  • SDHM on May 19, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    WillDuff - I think he might just be annoyed because Strauss spent some time in Australia as a youth; if his life had taken a different path, he could be opening the batting for Australia, and lord knows they could use him at the moment :P

  • Bramblefly on May 19, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    RandyOz - Your fear's showing Rozzer. Yesterday, it was that no Englishsman bowled over 140kph. English pacemen still knocked the Windies over for 156 plus Chanderpaul though. Today the old South African canard. I don't see the point in explaining that to you again so I won't bother. Never mind; I'm sure Warner and Clarke will be fantastic against the swinging Duke next year. I predict batting averages even heading into double figures. I'd save the nonsense for the Woolloomooloo bars if I was you. I'm sure you'll get a good audience there but not sure why Cricinfo keeps publishing your drivebys here.

  • creekeetman on May 19, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    @ Humphrey Hollins.... Spot on.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on May 19, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - definitely something wrong with your keyboard , mate ; it obviously left off the word ' money ' after ' even , sorry , EVEN KEVIN PIETERSEN LOVES IPL ' . Yes , Pakistani cricketers are desperate (your word , not mine ) to play in the IPL , and do you know why ? For the money , sorry , MONEY ! THAT is IPL.

  • MattyP1979 on May 19, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Well done Strauss and Eng. Strauss has been performing both as a captain and an opener quite well. An opener's first job is to see off the new ball which by and large he has accomplished. Still nice to see him score big, critics of Eng beware we have very few holes in our side right now.

  • on May 19, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    The IPL is merely a circus for cricketers to make easy money. Indians do not like test cricket at all it seems. It is of course the only real cricket.

  • JG2704 on May 19, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster Obviously you do care about Eng/WI otherwise you wouldn't be looking at these threads , never mind commenting on them. Also quite ironic the amount of Indians we get on our threads considering no one is interested as for "This guy Strauss can ONLY play in English conditions" - guess you've not been reading others comms about where Strauss has scored his centuries , but then don't let the truth get in the way of what you type. You rarely do.PS re India being a batsman's team - does that still apply after the recent hammerings? Also like the "Try something new" comment. How about something new from you like respect for 1.

  • JG2704 on May 19, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (May 19 2012, 04:25 AM GMT) re "IPL IS IN THE 7 TH NUMBER IN THE RICHEST LEAGUES IN WORLD" coincidentally India is the 7th best team in the T20 rankings - just above Ireland.

  • jasonpete on May 19, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Well played Strauss.It will give you more confidence in upcoming summer series.good luck.@ 5wombats,why did you bring up IPL ? You don't care ,so don't bring it here.Look many comments related to IPL are posted by some Indian fans which irritates even more. .@ valavan,Warner made 100 against new Zealand and second with India..With the same pathetic Indian bowling!england also aggravated their batting record last summer and more shockingly not able to win a test series in india for a very very long time.Guess that pathetic bowling is enough for England team in india.

  • on May 19, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    As an Indian who follows and loves Test cricket, I want to make the following comments: 1- West Indies record in Test was as abysmal when Gayle and Bravo were playing as it is now. 2- A century against any team in an achievement and worth cherishing. This is especially true for a struggling captain. 3- England is a better T20 team than India and they invented T20s. I reckon T20 cup and BBL as superior to IPL for preparing talents. 4- England did pathetically in sub-continental conditions but were always speaking and trying of improvements.This showed in the fact that they won the last Test in Sri Lanka. 5- Indian Test team was pathetic against a strong England team and doubly pathetic against an above-average Australia. Their performance actually declined. 6- England did not lose by as heavy margins as India did. 7- Australia beat WI 2-0 in WI and India beat WI 2-0 in India. Both were three match series.

  • WillDuff on May 19, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    I guess there's no point in pointing out to the carping trolls that Strauss grew up in England and learnt his cricket here? No, of course not - they prefer to moan and groan and grumble ignorantly. Guess they just can't deal with England being the No.1 Test nation in the world.

    Cricket is played in all sort of conditions throughout the world. India are utterly rubbish in non-Indian conditions, the Windies struggle on cold seaming pitches, and Australia - ha, Australia - well, they're just plain useless at the moment! Remind me how easily we won the last Ashes on dry pitches in Aus, and how many innings victories there were. Ah, happy memories!

  • jmcilhinney on May 19, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    I wasn't sure how well England were doing until I read RandyOZ comment. The only thing he has to moan about was SA-born players so now I know they're doing well. My commiserations on Ricky Ponting suffering from the Bell effect. It's OK though because you can replace him with that Pakistani fellow, at least until you want him axed again that is.

  • Marcio on May 19, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    ENG well on top here. But one thing the Wi showed recently is that they have agreat fighting spirit. I'm expecting a big day from them today. Expect the game to look a lot tighter by the end of the third day. Let's call it a gut feeling, and mine are usually right.

  • 5wombats on May 19, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    @landl47 on (May 19 2012, 04:32 AM GMT). As ever - nicely put. Looks like some of the indians who claim; "Nobody in India cares about English cricket" aren't quite telling it how it is. The evidence of all their comments here on this England V West Indies Test forum is that in fact, they do, deep down, have a real warm glow for England and English Test cricket. Pleasing to see.

  • heathrf1974 on May 19, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I don't understand some the negative comments by some Indian fans regarding English cricket. Even the best side they've ever had has underperformed with the talent they have. India's overall away record is shameful.

  • veerakannadiga on May 19, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    WI are rebuilding, there will come a time in the near future when they will dominate the Cricket arena. Anyways, as for the present, well played Strauss. England are blessed to have a captain like him.

  • Valavan on May 19, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    @rahulcricket, IPL,IPL,IPL. who cares of it. None.these IPL stories can be listened by someone who doesnt know to play cricket.but not true cricket lovers. Real format is Tests. cricinfo please publish.

  • Valavan on May 19, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    @RandyOz haha, you dont forget where did David warner make his centuries, ricky ponting and Cowan, all against pathetic indian bowlers back in Australia, In WI, all these three looked like tamed cats, please make a good squad for 2013 ashes, else Aussies top 3 will face similar treament like WI top 3, (Walking Wickets). cricinfo please publish

  • HadleeCrowe on May 19, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    pretty nasty last coupla lines Mr Hopps... Not a chanders fan I take it...???

  • YorkshirePudding on May 19, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, like soccer, there doesnt have to be a definative winner, otherwise a the 'draw' result wouldnt exist, and there would be a way of deciding a match, (bowl off, 1 over most runs). As for T20 being more exicting, hmmm, personally I find it a bit boring seeing mediocre bowlers getting smacked around for short boundry after boundry.

  • landl47 on May 19, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    I'd like to point out, not too rudely I hope, that no-one cares about the IPL except 1) Indians and 2) foreign players who are helping themselves to Indian money. I've been to look at the IPL forums and no-one is there saying how much better test cricket is, basically because we all know it and don't need to say it on IPL forums. For some reason Indian fans seem to need to justify the IPL in forums which are nothing to do with it. It's an artificial league, playing a very simple form of the game that most of us played in school and the quality can be judged by the number of retired players who are no longer good enough for top-class cricket but good enough for the IPL. It's mindless slogging, defensive bowling with no fielders round the bat and the teams are a bunch of players bought by the highest bidder. If you like it, fine, but say so on the forums available for the purpose. No-one interested in real cricket cares.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 19, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    @5WOMBATS . YES I KNOW IPL . 1.2 BILLION INDIAN PEOPLE KNOW IPL , SOME SL , BANGLA FANS ALSO WATCH IPL . EVERY YEAR BILLIONS OF PEOPLE WATCH IPL . BILLION OF DOLLARS IS GENERATED THORUGH IPL . IPL IS IN THE 7 TH NUMBER IN THE RICHEST LEAGUES IN WORLD . MOST PEOPLE LOVES IPL , EVEN KEVIN PIETERSEN LOVES IPL . PLAYERS FROM PAKISTAN DEPERATELY WANTS TO PLAY IN IPL . THIS IS IPL .

  • rahulcricket007 on May 19, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    @PAUL POWER . YET ENGLAND CAN'T WIN ANY OF THOSE MATCHES . THIS SHOWS INDIA IS A BATTING TEAM . @LEGSTER . AVERAGING 42 IS NOT CONSIDERD GOOD FOR A TOP ORDER BATSMEN . EVEN BRAD HADDIN AVERAGES 38 BUT NO BODY LIKES HIS BATTING .

  • Lmaotsetung on May 19, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    I see lots of Indians are still butt hurt from last summer and feel the need to come in and throw in their biased 2 cents! Don't you guys have some circus called the IPL you need to go comment on instead of just "wait til they come to India next winter...blah...blah...blah?"

  • on May 19, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. Strauss has 3 hundreds in SA, 3 in WI, 3 in IND, 1 in AUS and 1 in NZ. 11 away hundreds and 9 at home. Whilst 5 of his tons have been scored at Lords, the other 4 have come at Old Trafford, The Oval and Headingley. So he plays better away than he does at home. He has to be a very good player to do that because for most players it would be the other way around.

  • BravoBravo on May 19, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Congrats to Mr. Strauss for a well deserved century. Somehow, my gut feeling tells me that this match will be a close and thrilling one. WI has to put extra effortin their second innings. It seems like KP is still under the bad influence of IPL, IPL: the semi skilled, meaningless circus of cricket. I wonder why these IPL fans are doing here criticizing Mr. Strauss. Are'nt they supposed to be watching their own pathetic circus, or they came back here to rekindle their memories of whitewashes.

  • TheLight on May 19, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    @Davgood..........Michael Holding is speaking the truth and should be commended for it. What is wrong with expsoing the fork tongued nature and actions of the WICB? He was only speaking then truth and quoting from a newspaper advertisement which the WICB posted. The majority of West Indians feel the same way except for a few insular small islanders who do not are about anything except themselves. I applaud Mr. holding for being strong enough to speak the truth.

  • RandyOZ on May 19, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    Once again, only the South Africans perform in the United XI. Not there there are many englishmen in the top 5 anyway! This hundred by Strauss is known as the 'Bell effect', ie: can only perform at home when there is no pressure. What a shame we will probably have to put up with watching this sub-par batsman again in the Ashes. Wouldn't make the Woolomolloo XI.

  • Front_Foot_Lunge on May 19, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Glad to finally see all the fair weather English fans out and about. Where have you guys been in the series in UAE and Sri Lanka?

  • Front_Foot_Lunge on May 19, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Enjoy the century Strauss cos it'll be the last for a while, especially when the next series is against your countrymen.

  • ElBeeDubya on May 19, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    After a few series of failures, Strauss scores a century at a STRIKE RATE BELOW FIFTY against a WEAKENED, UNBALANCED and ILL-PREPARED team with only one experienced (but inconsistent) Test class bowler AT HOME. As Bill would say to Ted, EXCELLENT!

  • aracer on May 19, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    To all those suggesting this was easy for Strauss because WI are a weak team - they may be weak, but that's more down to their batting than their bowling, this was actually a pretty decent attack (only made to look poor by the quality of England's - who have actually performed consistently all winter). Bares no comparison to the Bangladesh one Sachin got his landmark against (in a ODI). Almost certainly a better attack than India or SL last summer who he struggled against (not even a 50 in 4 innings at this Lords place where supposedly he finds it easy). So this is proof of a return to form - or maybe it never really went away and he's just been a bit unlucky. @JG2704 - I wouldn't get too concerned about the loss of KP just yet. For certain he could have blown WI away, but none of those coming in below him hang around all that much, with several of them capable of doing almost as good a job of dominating the bowling when needed. Not that it really is right now with 3 days still to go.

  • on May 19, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    The reason Rampaul isn't playing is because he has a slight niggle/ injury. I think when that happened they should have went with Shillingford. That said england didnt particularly run away with the game, they are only scoring minutely faster than west indies. WI just need to consistently create chances. We shall see if they do better with the new ball in the morning

  • yorkshirematt on May 18, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    @Cpt Meanster If you're not interested in test cricket or England v WI why do you feel the need to comment on a test match between England and WI? Back to the main topic and it's good to see Strauss get runs again. Nobody really believed he shoud be dropped and I suspected he'd get runs backin his favoured conditions

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 18, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    @Paul.Power: Well India do have a weak bowling attack. Many Indians have gotten over our poor bowling attack. We have always been a batsman's team. You are only stating the obvious. Try something new. How about Strauss's failures against SL, Pak and even Bangladesh ?!

  • on May 18, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    This 1 century in 50 innings was a red herring anyway, in that time (since July 2009 at lords when he hit a glorious 161 on day 1 of the 2nd test vs Australia before Hilfenhaus castled him 2nd ball on day 2) he's hit a 154 vs Bangladesh, 126? vs Pakistan and 158 vs India in ODI's, to suggest he can't bat anymore was idiocy, what's more Strauss has never looked out of form apart from early 2011 against SL's left armers he's just not kicked on from starts and not had the luck when he has.

  • Lmaotsetung on May 18, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Strauss got a century against a decent bowling attack. The WI were 5 mph to 6 mph faster than Broad and Anderson just lack the skill of the Eng duo to "consistently" trouble the batsmen.

  • Carpathian on May 18, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: Strauss has more centuries away than at home.

  • creekeetman on May 18, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    @ capt meanster, the word "test" should've given you a clue as to what cricket is really about.

  • Davgood on May 18, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    I heard Micheal Holding with his horrible tirade and his criticism of the WICBC,this was quite embarrassing to me as a West Indian, I am quite sure that the English Commetators( ex cricketers) will be laughing all the way to the clubhouse at this silly west indian who is doing nothing to uplift the current West Indian team but seems to be gaining some form of satisfaction by entertaining his masters.That look that Holding was getting from Llyod was not admiration, no no it was sheer entertainment( look at this clown )

  • Legster on May 18, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    What piffle, Cpt.Meanster. Strauss averages 42 away has 11 centuries and 8 fifties away from home from 39 games. At home he's averages 41 and a bit (less than he averages away) and has 9 centuries and 19 fifties from 56 games. But don't let facts get in the way of blind assertions, ey?

  • 2.14istherunrate on May 18, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    @Indiaforever- Don't you think WI are a little bit more authentic opponents than BD?? They are streets above in my estimation, if not planets.

  • Paul.Power on May 18, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster: "This guy Strauss" does have three centuries in India, y'know. Of course, I guess India doesn't have as good a bowling attack as Pakistan or Sri Lanka...

  • JG2704 on May 18, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    @glance_to_leg on (May 18 2012, 20:52 PM GMT) I think there are far more lucrative sports for athletes with great physiques to take up so I'm afraid you may be in for a long wait

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 18, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    This guy Strauss can ONLY play in English conditions. If that is OKAY with some of you English fans then it's perfectly OKAY for Asian batsmen to thrive in their own conditions. Very few players can play well around the world like a few Australians of the 90s and 2000s, the WI batsmen of the 70s and 80s etc. England have always been good in this format. It's no surprise. But test cricket is BORING. 5 precious days wasted over meaningless hitting and bowling of a round red ball. T20 cricket ? alright I will jump right in. 3 hours of breathtaking run scoring with a GUARANTEED winner. Isn't that what the sport of cricket was meant to do ? scoring runs and having a winner ?

  • JG2704 on May 18, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @bigwonder on (May 18 2012, 12:29 PM GMT) Your comms get more and more far fetched. If IPL is a yardstick then Jadeja is the best T20 player in the world and besides as JM pointed out SB wasn't actually rejected. Is"Flat Track Bully" is the best you can do?

  • JG2704 on May 18, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    @bigwonder on (May 18 2012, 20:11 PM GMT) so you're on our threads , trying to belittle anything England ever do and you're accusing someone else of sour grapes?

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 18, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    BORING test cricket !! England should easily put away a beleaguered WI side. England will play boring test cricket with their eyes closed. @5wombats: Eng vs WI ? Do I care ? NO ! you being an England fan DON'T have to care about IPL. Nobody in India cares about English cricket. Besides, even the most ardent test cricket fan wouldn't have been eagerly waiting for this series to start. What are you on about ?

  • 5wombats on May 18, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @bigwonder on (May 18 2012, 20:11 PM GMT) we haven't got a clue what you are talking about. All we remember about Sehwag was the big talk, and then the King Pair. Most people would remember that though! Why? Does any of this bother you? Let it go - afterall it didn't count because it wasn't in india, right?

  • Indiaforever on May 18, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Just for everyone saying why is Rampaul not playing, its because he is injured, he wasn't dropped. The WI should rearrange the batting order even though I cant see it happening, but Powell and Edwards should not be 2 and 3 because when you have bowlers like Anderson and Broad in form they have no chance.

  • on May 18, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    More proof that Sammy has no freaking idea what he's doing as captain. If you are going for pace should you pick your best? What else does Rampaul have to do to sow that he's right up there with Roach as the lead pacers? And Powell scores a century so he gets picked and immediately proceeds to prove just how clueless he is in test matches. England did not pick the guy who scored a century in the lIons team but one whom they thought was a better batter. Why could Edwards not have opened and Deonarine play so as to both strengthen the batting and provide a more viable spin option that Samuels?

  • JG2704 on May 18, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Very pleased with today's progress. WI could have hung around for a bit so to finish their inns so quickly was decent. Delighted for Strauss and no one's kidding themselves that this is SA or anything like that but it is a large psychological step and hopefully our popular captain can go on from here. Disappointed KP got out as he could have taken the game totally out of reach but I now feel that rain is our biggest threat

  • Indiaforever on May 18, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    So Strauss scored a century against a WI attack not in form and then Sachin scored his 100th century against Bangladesh and he got criticism from the world about why he didnt get it before and Strauss gets it against WI and no criticism for him? I am not going against Strauss, i actually like him but it seems a bit unfair.

  • landl47 on May 18, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    It's entirely appropriate that Strauss would make an important century at Lord's. He made a hundred on debut at Lord's, he became the first England captain since 1934 to win against the Aussies at Lord's (in a game in which he made a magnificent 161) and he's now made 5 of his 9 home centuries at Lord's. Great effort. England are in a good position here and unless the weather intervenes it's going to be an uphill battle for the WI the rest of the way. @rickp15: you seem to have strayed into the wrong forum here. This is where we discuss cricket. There are other forums for those who don't understand or appreciate cricket and want to talk about the IPL. @jonesytoo: spot on (and funny, as usual). Gayle, Sarwan and Nash were in the WI side in England in 2009 which lost both tests, one by 10 wickets and the other by an innnings. England had 8 of today's players in their side, including all the bowlers from this game, so those guys made not the slightest difference.

  • glance_to_leg on May 18, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    A great shame that Gayle is not playing, especially given his current form. I grew up as an England supporter in awe of great West Indian sides. I take little pleasure from seeing an attack which looks like a decent county one, being dealt with efficiently by a much stronger English team. I hope one day we shall see a WI side with the likes of Ambrose and Walsh, Garner and Holding, Roberts and Marshall, Patterson and Croft, Boyce and Holder, Sobers, why even Baptiste and Clarke ... I should love to see the West Indies at full strength again.

  • JG2704 on May 18, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    @Nampally - Pollard - seriously? Have you seen his stats or are you just talking from what you've seen in IPL? Even in ODIs and T20s (which he specialises in) he averages 26 and 15 so what's he going to do in a format which he is unlikely to be suited to? Gayle scored single figures in his last test inns and averages around 41/42.I'm guessing he hasn't played any of the longer fmt of the game for a while. Do you really think he'd slip from conditions in IPL in the T20 fmt to English conditions where he'd have to hang in there straight away? His mindset would be T20ised.Sarwan might have done well , Nash's average isn't brilliant.And do you really think Gayle/Narine would want to play 5 days of hard attritional cricket for significantly less money than a few hours in the IPL where they are lorded to high heaven? Re Gabrial - he was/is an unknown qty. I guess you waited to see how effective he looked before passing your hindsight comms rather than criticise his selection yesterday.

  • sheila_4 on May 18, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    @jonesytoo - ah yes, a real kicking, like the one England handed out to the woeful Aussies on their home turf in the last ashes series. Three innings defeats. Yep. That's what I call a real kicking!!

  • bumsonseats on May 18, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    chrisu the jonesytoo is not the jonesy2 who talks rubbish on every forum. if you read the comment u might have reasoned what he was getting at

  • 5wombats on May 18, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    @chrisu on (May 18 2012, 19:57 PM GMT) - relax mate; @joneseytoo is having a poke at the other @jonesy2 - who is sure to be here making a fool of himself at some stage.... @YorkshirePudding - dead right - don't know what that other guy is on about; Lords was full today, just like it normally is. BTW - what is IPL? Does anyone know? Does anyone care?

  • sheila_4 on May 18, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    England certainly showing why they're the number ONE test team in the world.

  • JG2704 on May 18, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Reading into Stark62's comment - Who knows how Shillingford would have bowled on here or Narine or if it was Narine's choice or WI's choice he's not included. If Narine made himself unavailable there's little WI could do and he is totally unproven at test level. This might sound like a silly idea but Swann was very ineffective in 1st inns. I'm not sure if Lords is the sort of pitch which becomes good for spinners on the last day or so but I even wonder if Eng could have really gone for the jugular and made a tactical change by bringing Finn (on his home ground) in for Swann - just as a one off. It's just a thought and not even a suggestion- I'd rather have gone for Finn and Swann and minused a batsman. But still things seem tickety boo at the moment even if we have had the better of the conditions in which to bowl in. Then again we're only number 1 which we don't deserve because we play all our games at home and always win the toss etc etc

  • Mervo on May 18, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    England are Lions at home. With three of their top four being South African born , they are a cohesive unit.. LOng time between drinks for Strauss but he deserves it.

  • JG2704 on May 18, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    @rickp15 on (May 18 2012, 18:19 PM GMT) So basically you've just navigated your way through this specialist cricket site , to this specialist thread , to say about how boring this match is , people with lonely lives. What does it actually say about you ?

  • bigwonder on May 18, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    @5wombats, you are finally back on with your sour grape comments. I believe you are contrasting your own comments when India was in England. Remember Shewag? and you had said exact same words.

  • wrenx on May 18, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Not sure what the big deal is. Strauss hits a century at LORDS against the WEST INDIES B-team? Is this really supposed to erase his abysmal batting for the previous 2 years? Add that to the fact that he was out about a dozen time in the UAE, even if the scorebooks show 6 dismissals, and we start to see how fortunate he is to have even his pitiful record.

  • YorkshirePudding on May 18, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    @allblue, dont worry they're currently lining up Bell for the chopping block, besides they'll be happy to point out this was 'only' against the West Indies.

  • chrisu on May 18, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    As usual I am not sure what jonesytoo is on about. How can England be a team with 'paper thin talent' when they always have players in the top ten of the averages? Nowadays the only place it seems you will regularly see an Australian cricketer is in an Indian courtroom.

  • YorkshirePudding on May 18, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    @rickp15, I dont know what test you're talking about but the stands at lords are about 99% full, so atleast in the UK T20 isnt supporting test cricket. Maybe the SC groundsmen need some lessons on preparing tracks that dont yield 1400/13 aggregates and inflate batsmens averages (SRT/Dravid excluded).

  • on May 18, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Chanderpaul had been really selfish in the recent past, I did not understand his logic of exposing the tailenders to face bowlers like Broad and Anderson.....

  • 2.14istherunrate on May 18, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Lords v west Indies really was always a good bet as the venue for Strauss' resurgence and he duly delivered. As far as anywhere in spirit and outcome from UAE, with no spinner in sight to torment him-not that i am unduly worried by him playing spin,viz 2 100's v india at Chennai- and loads of wine glasses and bottles on view, Strauss was in his comfort zone playing all pace except for Mr SuperLollipop man who takes his scalps at 75 apiece. He played diligently and circumspectly though still managed 18 4's.The only real disturbance to near perfect day came when KP edged the above Samuels just as he threatened to visit something unholy upon the West Indians.That was sad!!!

  • sephotrig on May 18, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    have to say I love the bitterness of some comments on here from @isildur_elendilson and alisheikh, Strauss has scored 11 of his 20 test centuries away from home, so your both wrong and he averages more away from home.

  • 5wombats on May 18, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    @the_blue_android on (May 18 2012, 18:05 PM GMT) "smell the soil of England" eh? - yeah, right. So, tell us - how does this explain the 3 Test match hundreds Strauss has scored in his 10 Innings in india? Also the 3 test match hundreds he has scored in South Africa? And the 3 Test match hundreds he has scored in the West Indies? And the brilliant hundred he scored in Australia in 2010. The fact is that Andrew Strauss has scored more hundreds away from home (11) than he has in England (9). The only "smell" here is of indian sour grapes. All the facts are here - all you have to do is look them up on cricinfo and you can be much better informed.

  • Lmaotsetung on May 18, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Just an FYI to the ignorants out there...Strauss' last international century in any format was against Indian at WC2011 IN THE SUBCONTINENT. His last test century was in Brisbane and last I check that's in AUSTRALIA. So before you come in with "can only play in home condition...blah...blah...blah", at least educate yourself with the right info. Doesn't take that much to do a simple search :-)

  • hhillbumper on May 18, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    god this bowling attack looks thin.Yet they troubled the Aussies? Good to see Strauss back to form though you wonder who the media will turn on next.Maybe cook? he hasn't scored a ton for a while

  • Nampally on May 18, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    WI made a big mistake by including an unknown guy - Gabrial!.Playing in England requires experience of the local conditions. Why was a good spinner like Shillingford excluded from Xi, Knowing that Bishoo & Narine, the 2 top WI spinners, are not even oin the squad.No wonder the WI team sits at the bottom of all major cricketing Nations. This team will look totally different with 7 excluded guys in the squad - Gayle, Bravo, Pollard, Narine, Bishoo, Sarvan & Nash. In absence of the stars, WI will always look like minnows. England's big score & Broads' 7 Wkt. haul proves it. If WI wants to be a world class again, they need to pick their First team. Allienating their Stars to IPL & continued exclusion of Gayle on prejudicial grounds means their best World class batsman is missing.A century by Gayle would have also assited Chanderpal getting his Ton!

  • alisheikh on May 18, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    @ Strauss... he can only score century in his home series.. outside he can't even score 50 runs... !

  • Stark62 on May 18, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    The English have weakness against spin bowling and what do the Windies do? They play 4 seamers (counting Sammy)!!

    They would have had a better chance to win against Aus, had they played 2 spinners but they opted for one and now they don't even pick one.

    Also, why wasn't Narine selected? Yes, his playing IPL but he may have opted to play for the Windies, if given the opportunity.

  • tjsimonsen on May 18, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    @ Fifthman: I believe you are right. Although if it happens it isn't going to be the most convoluted hat trick in test cricket. I think that Merv Hughes once took a hat trick spread over 3 overs and two innings! @Emdadullah Mamun: Agree 100%. I watched a little IPL on TV the other day: quite fun, rather like a mix between a circus and a town fair - and way to Americanised IMO. Fun to watch once, but tests I can watch every day. At work I'd generally have Cricinfo's live scorecard open on the computer (minimized at the bottom of the screen so it doesn't disturbe too much - but I can still check the score) whenever there's a test going on regardles of who plays. I would never do that for IPL or any other 20/20. Still, you can't blame the player for trying to cash in and secure their future.

  • Erebus26 on May 18, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    It was a workmanlike performance from England. They'll aim to do the same tomorrow - accumulate the runs and keep the Windies frustrated in the field. The Windies bowlers toiled honestly but the pitch offered them nothing. I think Sammy has to take some blame for this - I think he misread the pitch yesterday and picked four pacemen. As the pitch will only get drier I think playing Shillingford would've been essential. Even if he hadn't taken many wickets he would've helped contain the English batsmen and given his pace bowlers a rest. Instead it's been left to Samuels who is only a part-time offie. They missed Ravi too because of his ability to shape and swing the ball but Gabriel has done ok on his test debut so far.

  • on May 18, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    A great talent is always a great talent--even when caught in a slump-- as Andy Strauss has shown us today! Congrats on an authoritative, clinical innings at the home of cricket!

    As for Chanders---it was not a good idea to expose Fidel yesterday after facing the first ball of the day's final over...it might have cost him a ton.

    England are now in a commanding position to win, barring weather intervention or a dramatic push back by the Windies!

  • rickp15 on May 18, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    @Over_rated_shakib and Emdadullah Mamun.... wish i can i agree with you. I just turned the TV off from bordom today. I find this test match is so boringggggg. No wonder the stands are not full anymore and TV ratings are poor. You people need to get a Life, watching a boring test match for a whole day, just tell's me that you have a lonely life. T20 cricket is the best! watched both in the stands and TV and is supporting this load of boring Test Cricket. Time cut the line and put down this Test cricket for good.

  • the_blue_android on May 18, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    The man comes back to 'form' as soon as he smells the soil of England :)

  • jonesytoo on May 18, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    It's a good job for the Windies that they're playing a team with paper thin talent or else this could've been a real kicking. Obviously if Chris Gayle were playing England would be in big trouble as he's always made a massive difference in the past being on the losing side in only 10 of the 12 Tests he's played in England.

  • Selfishkar on May 18, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Andrew Strauss is a home-track bully like Mahela Jayawardane.

  • allblue on May 18, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    On behalf of all England supporters may I take this opportunity to pass on our deep and sincere condolences to all members of the press and assorted media on the very sad occasion of Andrew Strauss passing a hundred in a Test match. This must have come as a very bitter blow to you all, as you will now have to go away and make up stories about another player being in crisis to fill up air-time and pages in the weeks and months ahead. At least it is some consolation to you all that you got fantastic mileage out of this non-story, but nonetheless our hearts go out to you all at this, what must be, a very difficult time.

  • on May 18, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    The West Indies real spinners are sorely missed from this line up: Bishoo and Narine. And of course, the West Indies big hitters, Gayle and Pollard, would have give Chanders and Bravo some much needed support. Us fan have to keep on saying this until someone upstairs gets the message.

  • isildur_elendilson on May 18, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    LION @ HOME...ANDREW STRAUSS!!

  • jmcilhinney on May 18, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    I really hope that that's not a significant injury for Edwards. The last thing anyone wants to see is WI lose a strike bowler at this stage.

  • Rally_Windies on May 18, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    well WICB should rue not picking Rampaul, and not forcing someone to open to give Faudin or Deonarine to play in place of one of the openers .......

    Chanderpaul is an excellent opener ....

    but does the WI batting have enough depth to consolidate if Chanders get out in a new ball barrage?

    It seems to me, Powell's job is to face 100 deliveries and dull the ball for Bravo and Edwards to score some runs......

  • jmcilhinney on May 18, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    This game seems to be going the way some predicted it would and better, from an England perspective, than I expected. WI were bowled out relatively quickly for what has now been confirmed as a below-par score and England are piling on the runs. The wicket of Pietersen, who was beginning to look ominous, would console WI somewhat but there's still great potential for a 250-300 lead here. In fairness to WI they had a rather poor preparation for this series so hopefully they will become more competitive as this game and series progress. It may be a little condescending to say but there has been no lack of effort on their part but effort alone will not get you home. There has been noticeably little movement from all of the bowlers so it will be interesting to see whether the England bowlers can move the ball again in the second innings. Finally, well done Andrew Strauss. A fairly fluent innings that should keep the wolves from the door for a while. Hopefully it's a sign of things to come.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on May 18, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Anyone poking Strauss in the eye now have to eat word. Condition perfect for swing bowling but WI not swinging ball. Why? Because England bowlers much better than WI bowlers. Lucky for India that they didn't play England in May last year - otherwise it would be much worse for India and it was bad enough. West Indies show that they are better than India in condition like this.

  • Min2_cric on May 18, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    England really deserves to be at the no.1 position in test rankings.There bowlers have been great.Just take a look how Jimmy Anderson swings the bowl.Its great to see ! ! ! I Love watching England in test matches rather than watching IPL....

  • Shan156 on May 18, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    England's score today at tea puts their bowling on the first day in perspective. This is not a poor WI attack by any means. Roach, Edwards, and Sammy are a good trio but the wicket has little in it for the bowlers. So, England bowlers' effort in dismissing Windies for 243 is a very good one.

  • Fifthman on May 18, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Unless I'm mistaken, Broad is on a hat-trick when he bowls next in the WI 2nd innings. It will be a mighty strange one if he gets it - spread over 3 days at least; Day 1 - Fidel Edwards (last ball of the day), Day 2 Gabriel (first ball of the day, Day 3 or 4... ?

  • zenboomerang on May 18, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    As a Oz fan through Strauss's "blue" patch I am glad that he has laughed off some of the English whingers... Hoping this is his golden summer & leaves at the peak of his cricketing skills when he wants to.. Ahhh, don't you love the sceptics... lol...

  • jmcilhinney on May 18, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    The WI bowlers have woken from their slumber. They haven't been bad up to now but generally not especially threatening but the England batsmen are now looking under fire from both ends with near misses and now Trott's dismissal. Good to see a fight back but they still have some batting to get through.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on May 18, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Good West Indies getting pummel! Why Ramphal not playing..dem bring in dis lil boy Gabriel at Lords..what a bunch of Joker! West Indies will get destroy!!!

  • landl47 on May 18, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    At this point (mid-afternoon), the WI attack looks less penetrative here than against Australia, probably partly the conditions and partly the quality of the batting. Gabriel is tall and strong and gets some bounce, but he doesn't get much movement either in the air or off the ground. On a fast hard wicket he'd be a handful, but here he hasn't troubled the batsmen much. He's also a big heavy man and I'm guessing that he'll be pretty tired by the last session. Edwards has looked ordinary, Roach has had a few moments and Sammy has probably bowled as well as anyone, but it's noticeable how few balls are beating the bat compared with yesterday. I don't want to jinx him, but Strauss has played well and looked in no difficulty.

  • Over_rated_shakib on May 18, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    @Emdadullah Mamun: Second you mate..!!! Test Cricket is awesome..!! Can watch Test matches whole day..

  • jmcilhinney on May 18, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    OK, Trott just looked troubled by Sammy.

  • jmcilhinney on May 18, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    It's still relatively early days but the course of this England innings so far indicates that they did fairly well with the ball. A few fools disingenuously claimed that England were doing poorly but there doesn't actually appear to be nearly as much help for the fast bowlers in this pitch as one might have expected given the recent weather. As result, restricting WI to under 250 and essentially bowling them out in a day was fairly good. Many have suggested that the WI bowlers could be a handful but the England batsmen have looked relatively untroubled so far. They've also been scoring at a rate significantly above WI with Cook and Trott considered plodders and Strauss considered out of form. WI need something to change soon or they could be staring down the barrel of big first innings deficit.

  • Trickstar on May 18, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @paps1889 He was picked up by Kings XI Punjab but he got injured in SL and has only just started to bowling again a few weeks ago.

  • satish619chandar on May 18, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @paps1889 : Broad is in KXIP team actually. He was injured and couldn't play in initial stages of IPL..

  • SDHM on May 18, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    paps1889 - he had a contract with Kings XI I think, but he was injured yet again. He was last year too, so he's missed two seasons through injury now.

  • on May 18, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    IPL shud be banned for the glory of test cricket!!

  • on May 18, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    sammy needs to back himself for this match...he may lack the pace but is a genuine swing bowler who can exploiit the conditions verywell.

  • paps1889 on May 18, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Sturart Broad should have been picked by any IPL Team.. He has been bowling really well for past one year and also surprised to see West Indies playing without Sunil Narine

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  • paps1889 on May 18, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Sturart Broad should have been picked by any IPL Team.. He has been bowling really well for past one year and also surprised to see West Indies playing without Sunil Narine

  • on May 18, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    sammy needs to back himself for this match...he may lack the pace but is a genuine swing bowler who can exploiit the conditions verywell.

  • on May 18, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    IPL shud be banned for the glory of test cricket!!

  • SDHM on May 18, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    paps1889 - he had a contract with Kings XI I think, but he was injured yet again. He was last year too, so he's missed two seasons through injury now.

  • satish619chandar on May 18, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @paps1889 : Broad is in KXIP team actually. He was injured and couldn't play in initial stages of IPL..

  • Trickstar on May 18, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @paps1889 He was picked up by Kings XI Punjab but he got injured in SL and has only just started to bowling again a few weeks ago.

  • jmcilhinney on May 18, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    It's still relatively early days but the course of this England innings so far indicates that they did fairly well with the ball. A few fools disingenuously claimed that England were doing poorly but there doesn't actually appear to be nearly as much help for the fast bowlers in this pitch as one might have expected given the recent weather. As result, restricting WI to under 250 and essentially bowling them out in a day was fairly good. Many have suggested that the WI bowlers could be a handful but the England batsmen have looked relatively untroubled so far. They've also been scoring at a rate significantly above WI with Cook and Trott considered plodders and Strauss considered out of form. WI need something to change soon or they could be staring down the barrel of big first innings deficit.

  • jmcilhinney on May 18, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    OK, Trott just looked troubled by Sammy.

  • Over_rated_shakib on May 18, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    @Emdadullah Mamun: Second you mate..!!! Test Cricket is awesome..!! Can watch Test matches whole day..

  • landl47 on May 18, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    At this point (mid-afternoon), the WI attack looks less penetrative here than against Australia, probably partly the conditions and partly the quality of the batting. Gabriel is tall and strong and gets some bounce, but he doesn't get much movement either in the air or off the ground. On a fast hard wicket he'd be a handful, but here he hasn't troubled the batsmen much. He's also a big heavy man and I'm guessing that he'll be pretty tired by the last session. Edwards has looked ordinary, Roach has had a few moments and Sammy has probably bowled as well as anyone, but it's noticeable how few balls are beating the bat compared with yesterday. I don't want to jinx him, but Strauss has played well and looked in no difficulty.