England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord's, 3rd day May 19, 2012

Strauss' morning blues

ESPNcricinfo presents plays of the day from the third day at Lord's as England stay in control

Stat of the day

Andrew Strauss will have slept well last night after a long-awaited century ensured his form would not be a focus of attention for a while to come. However, he could not continue very far with his innings when he was caught behind having added just one to his overnight score although it needed the DRS to give the verdict. In a way Strauss' early departure was not a surprise because he has been there a few times before. It was the sixth occasion he had begun the day with a hundred under his belt but managed to add fewer than six to his total the next day. Maybe he's just not a morning person?

Celebration of the day

A first Test wicket is a moment to savour and getting it at the Home of Cricket only adds to the feeling. Shannon Gabriel had waited 17 overs to open his account when he seamed one back between Matt Prior's flat-foot drive. He responded by heading off towards extra cover in celebration, quickly followed by his team-mates who were soon mobbing him. West Indies have many problems, but this was a moment of pure joy for a young cricketer.

Trap of the day

In the first innings it was Adrian Barath who undid his hard work with a loose shot and second time around it was Kieran Powell. England did not try to hide their plan from Powell with Strauss pushing Ian Bell out to deep square-leg. Stuart Broad then did his job by producing a well-directed short delivery and instead of sensing danger and bailing out, Powell played a limp pull which resulted in a top edge straight to Bell. Both of Powell's dismissals in this match have given him a lesson in Test cricket.

Direct hit of the day

Before the match Jonny Bairstow was asked about the challenge of swapping the wicketkeeping gloves for the outfield and said it was not a problem; he had done plenty of fielding in his time. Indeed, he has impressed in both one-day internationals and Twenty20s with his speed across the ground and strong arm. He was given a chance to show his credentials when Darren Bravo played a square drive but declined the run only to see Kirk Edwards half way up the pitch. Bairstow took aim and hit the non-striker's stumps with Edwards nowhere near getting back in to make his first significant impact in Test cricket.

Misjudgement of the day

It has not been the happiest Test for Bravo. Graeme Swann has made tormenting left-handers a pastime and it did not take long to work him over. He nearly removed him in his first over when a thick edge went wide of slip and he probed away from the Nursery End with some enticing footmarks to target. Then, in a beautiful piece of variation, he sent down his arm ball which, with the aid of the slope, drifted back into Bravo but the batsman had not picked it and shouldered arms. A second later he heard the ball clip the off stump.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on May 20, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    I don't think that there's any doubt that, for whatever reason, WI bowled better on day 3 than day 2. The England batsmen still looked dangerous and scored runs at a reasonable pace but WI were able to take wickets at fairly regular intervals. Maybe the England batsmen were lulled into a false sense of security by the relatively ineffectual bowling of the day before and should have been a little more circumspect. They may have scored more slowly but may have ended up with a bigger lead. Only time will tell but I suspect that, without rain, those 155 runs will be enough. Some people may point to their fourth innings collapse against Pakistan but that was in very different conditions against very different bowling. The likelihood of WI batting through day 4 is relatively small so England will have at least a full day to score likely 250 at most and probably closer to 150.

  • John on May 20, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    This day was fairly even, with WI doing well in the morning, England winning the afternoon session and then WI hanging on grimly at the end of the day. That makes 2 days out of three which I feel were pretty even, but England, because they took day 2 decisively, are on top. A couple of quick wickets tomorrow and the game is England's; if Chander and Samuels can hang on till lunch, there might be some life in the match yet. Anyway, WI have never stopped trying, which is what Sammy has brought to the team.

  • Johnathon on May 19, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    A bit random, but nowhere else to post this: What ever happened to cricinfo's fantasy cricket? Those were the days when people actively used cricinfo and spent more time

  • Salman on May 19, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Strauss began pretty much in the morning yesterday. I guess he is a morning guy...

  • Luke on May 19, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    misjudgement of the day shoud be "DOH! of the day"! <G>

  • John on May 19, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    When I first saw it I thought that Bravo was the man run out and felt instant sympathy for a man run out twice in a match through little to no fault of his own. I then realised that it was in fact Bravo who had stranded Edwards in just as bad, if not worse, circumstances as his own dismissal in the first innings. In this case it was Bravo's call and he called "yes" and started running, only to send Edwards back when it was far too late. Unlike Chanderpaul in the first innings though, he wasn't able to go on and make a good score to at least partially make up for it. Two of the top three WI batsmen out bowled without offering a shot in this game. That's a big problem when there are plenty of other ways to get out already. Some good fighting spirit shown by WI with both ball and bat but I just can't see it being enough without some help from the weather.

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