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

Sammy's missed wicket

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second day between England and West Indies at Lord's

Quick wicket of the day

The previous evening Stuart Broad had said how England must not let the last West Indies wicket wag this morning and he was true to his word. Intent on not wasting a loosener to Shannon Gabriel, the No. 11 making his Test debut, he made a delivery climb from a good length to take the outside and the catch was easily taken at second slip. It gave Broad a career-best seventh wicket and England the briefest possible stay in the field.

Premature celebration of the day

Jonathan Trott was on 17 when Darren Sammy had a huge appeal for lbw turned down and opted to use the DRS. Replays showed it was mighty close but only hitting the outside of leg stump, so it was 'umpire's call' and Trott survived. However, while watching the big screen Fidel Edwards thought otherwise and when he saw the graphics started to high-five Sammy before realising the bad news and slowly walking back to his fielding position.

Non-review of the day

How West Indies will be wishing they had used another review against Trott. He had not added to his score when Sammy seamed one close to the outside edge but it only resulted in a half-hearted appeal from bowler and wicketkeeper with, seemingly, no thought given to using the DRS. However, the stump microphone had immediately picked up a wooden sound and then came the Hot Spot replay which showed a small, but clear, white mark on the outside edge - but by then it was too late.

No-ball of the day

Fidel Edwards struggled to keep his foot behind the front line against England Lions at Northampton and it twice cost him wickets, so it was not a surprise when the problem came back to bite him again. Running in against Andrew Strauss, on 95, he drew a loose drive that flew to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at first slip. He put down the chance but that did not matter because Aleem Dar had his arm out-stretched.

Landmark of the day

With his 17th boundary, a back-cut off Sammy, Strauss reached his 20th Test century, his first since December 2010 and his second in 51 Test innings. Those are the bare facts, but the emotion in Strauss' celebration showed how much it really meant. He pumped his fists and then, after almost being suffocated by Kevin Pietersen's bear-hug, raised his bat around the ground again as the standing ovation refused to die down, with the bowler even having to wait before bowling the next delivery.

Dismissive shot of the day

Strauss played many fine shots while Trott's cover-driving was a pleasure to watch, but nothing stood out quite like Pietersen's on-drive against Kemar Roach in the 71st over. It was a full delivery just outside off stump which Pietersen whipped through a straight mid-on with a flick of his wrists. It was a stroke full of authority and confidence, with a hint of arrogance thrown in. Three things that make Pietersen such a dangerous batsman.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on May 19, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    @5wombats on (May 18 2012, 21:16 PM GMT) Truth doesn't come into it with these guys. It's a vogue to call our players green top bullies or home town bullies etc - CaptMeanster was posting the same on another thread , even after it was pointed out to others on the same thread that Strauss is not what he is accused of. And don't forget how insignificant English cricket is to these guys

  • Martin on May 18, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    @bigwonder. Rubbish. Strauss has scored more centuries away (11) than he has in England (9) and his average away from home is higher than it is in England (and he didn't play in Bangladesh). Being indian - you should know that Andrew Strauss has played 10 Test match Innings in india and he has scored hundreds in 3 of them. That's a hundred for every 3 times he goes to the crease in india. This is strong evidence that Strauss likes to play on the easy batsman friendly wickets in india. We know you'll enjoy watching him batting in india later this year. Get used to it, you'll be watching for hours and hours. As for Broad - player of the series against india last Summer and 13 wickets @20 in the UAE V Pakistan; start getting your excuses ready. He likes flat dry pitches and he especially likes indian batsmen; 3 at a time.

  • John on May 18, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Trott's non-dismissal, together with that of Chanderpaul yesterday, shows yet again that ALL decisions should be made by the three umpires without the need for players to guess whether or not to review. If all decisions were made in the same way as run-outs and stumpings are currently made, both those incorrect not-outs wouldn't have happened, the best possible decision would be made EVERY time and the game would be totally controlled by the umpires, as it should be. It's so straightforward I have no idea why there's even a debate about it.

  • John on May 18, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Just goes to show...pace isn't everything. Same overhead conditions, same pitch granted a little drier, WI bowlers much faster than Broad and Anderson yet can't trouble English batsmen like Anderson did yesterday morning.

  • Big on May 18, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    @Andrew, you can say about Pietersen since he had a good confidence building opportunities at IPL. Then again, we have seen Strauss and Broad perform better mainly in their home conditions.

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