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ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second day between England and West Indies at Lord's
May 18, 2012
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 ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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