West Indies tour of England and Ireland, 2007 / Commentary

The Wisden Trophy - 1st Test

England v West Indies

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

11.25am West Indies are in a huddle next to the pavilion railings, the umpires are walking sedately to the middle and a big cheer as the opening batsmen head out. The summer is about to start. Lunch is still at 1.00pm as the caterers already have the potatoes boiling ... so a shortened session. Andrew Strauss to take the first ball from Daren Powell at the Pavilion End.

11.20am Now here's a thing. England have named two 12th men today - one is the MCC's Lee Hodgson, the other is Eoin Morgan of Ireland. Now, he's a current Ireland international and yet he could field for another country. It's happened before but not recently. And next Tuesday he will be playing for Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup final against Canada.

Your commentators today will be Martin Williamson, Jenny Thompson and Will Luke.

11.10am The covers are coming off and West Indies' bowlers are out practising their bowling. We could be within minutes of starting.

Toby Smith emails: "What's all this matey namechecking? You're mentioning the Test Match Special 50th anniversary, and the BBC are talking about rumours on Cricinfo. All very cosy and friendly. You're supposed to be rivals! Let's have a little more antipathy please..." We're all a big happy family really.

If you're twiddling your thumbs, why not crank up your grey matter - yes, folks, it's the return of the caption competition

10.55am The covers are still there but the rain has almost stopped. It's more moisture in the atmosphere, and that is highlighted by the fact that Jenny's hair has gone stair-rod straight.

While we watch the umpires amble around looking earnestly towrads the heavens, send us your feedback on anything that you want to get off your chest.

Kev Bennett emails. "I have found a error while playing Slogout. Vaughan ran a quick single without causing himself an injury - although he was bowled next ball he faced as the boss was coming!" You just can't get the staff ...

10.40am The covers trundle back on as the drizzle returns ... so they won't start on time in 20 minutes ... it's just like the World Cup final but without the lousy organisation. Meanwhile, it's the 50th anniversary of the start of the BBC's Test Match Special ... check out Paul Coupar's excellent feature and our Cricinfo XI of the best commentators.

Two colleagues - Coupar and Hugh Chevalier - are currently on a charity walk to raise money for the Laurie Engel fund. Laurie was the teenage son of Matthew Engel who died from cancer in 2005. The fund will help pay for a six-bed extension to the Birmingham Children's Hospital, where Laurie was treated for a particularly aggressive cancer. It's a really worthwhile cause and if you would like to help the pair please click here.

10.30am Andrew Strauss tosses and Ramnaresh Sarwan calls heads ... correctly. He sticks England in "because of the conditions" which is hardly surprising. The pitch has tinges of green and this looks to be a seamers' paradise. "We'd have been keen to have a bowl," admits Strauss, adding that the first half-hour will be crucial as after that the wicket "tends to flatten out".

As expected. Andrew Flintoff misses out and James Anderson has been sent home, so it's three seamers and Monty Panesar. Owais Shah makes his home debut batting at No. 3. "There's a challenge there for us," Strauss continues. "If we play the sort of cricket we know we can we can make good use of the wicket first up ... we've decided to go for Monty as over the course of the five days we think he can add to this match. We're happy with the three seamers we've got."

England1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Owais Shah, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Liam Plunkett, 9 Steve Harmison, 10 Matthew Hoggard, 11 Monty Panesar.

West Indies1 Chris Gayle, 2 Daren Ganga, 3 Devon Smith, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan (capt), 5 Shiv Chanderpaul, 6 Runako Morton, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Dinesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Daren Powell, 10 Corey Collymore, 11 Jerome Taylor.

10.25am Peter Moores giving catching practice at the moment. As Andrew Strauss said yesterday, it's still a bit surreal not having Duncan Fletcher out there in the build-up to an English Test.

10.10am We are told that play will start on time in 50 minutes, which underlines how good the covering at Lord's is and how well the outfield drains, as it rained heavily overnight and has rained in London every day for the last fortnight.

The teams are warming up but there is no sign of Flintoff, which would suggest that he misses out and Owais Shah makes his home debut. "He's out, as far as I can tell, though no official confirmation yet," chips in Andrew Miller from the Nursery End.

10.05am The covers are slowly being removed and it's looking brighter behind the pavilion, which is where the weather is coming from. It might get sunnier later but the cloud will stay for some time, and that, allied to humidity and a Duke ball which favours swing, means that it will be a seamers' paradise.

James Anderson is heading back up the M6 to Lancashire which means that Monty Panesar seems set to play. Andrew Flintoff's fitness test will take place in the next few minutes.

9.55am Andrew Flintoff's fitness test is on hold because of the rain. As Andrew Miller, safe and warm in the media centre, says: "No point ... this cloud could sit in all day, and he might be right as rain by tomorrow morning."

9.40am Bad news ... the weathermen were too optimistic. Light drizzle has started falling and the covers have been rushed back into service. Someone soggy under an umbrella doing a TV report at the pavilion end and a smattering of punters shelter from the wet. While you wait, check out Slogout, the new online cricket game from Cricinfo. Plug over ...

9.05am The covers are all off and the groundstaff are mopping up remaining moisture on the outfield and mowing at the same time. The cloud is low and leaden - swing bowlers could get the ball to move sideways under these conditions - and we are getting reports that it's raining in the suburbs. David Graveney has confirmed that if Flintoff cannot make the match as a bowler, he won't play.

The first spectators are now pouring in - they've been queuing since about 6am as members do not get allocated seats - it's first come, first served - so prime spots in the pavilion are there for taking if you can get up early enough.

8.05am Rumours are rife that Andrew Flintoff will sit out today's match after failing to recover from his ankle injury. What is sure is that he will not play as a specialist batsman ... either he can bowl or he misses out. He will have a fitness test in the next 90 minutes but it's understood that Owais Shah will make his home debut in his place.

England (probable) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Owais Shah, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Liam Plunkett, 9 Steve Harmison, 10 Matthew Hoggard, 11 James Anderson.

West Indies (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Daren Ganga, 3 Devon Smith, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan (capt), 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Runako Morton, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Dinesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Daren Powell, 10 Corey Collymore, 11 Jerome Taylor.

7.00am Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the first Test of the summer between England and West Indies at Lord's.

The bad news is that there has been heavy overnight rain in London and at the moment it's damp. Although there is a blanket of low cloud, it doesn't look like there will be more rain and the covers are off and the pitch is being allowed to breath. The forecasters tell us that we are under "tropical air" so it will be humid and cloudy all day ... perfect for swing bowlers. If the sun does break through, however, it will be hot.

The main team news is that Andrew Flintoff will undergo a fitness test this morning to decide whether he will be able to bowl.

0.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, hint of swing towards leg, Strauss takes it on the pad and the ball plops apologetically into the leg side

0.2

Powell to Strauss, no run, straight - no speed gun but it looked gentle -Strauss into line to block

0.3

Powell to Strauss, no run, leg-side line, Strauss turns it square, in the air but short leg is a yard in front of him so it was safe

0.4

Powell to Strauss, no run, a bit more bounce outside off stump and Strauss was beaten as he sparred at the ball

0.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, left by Strauss , on off stump but it was too short (86.8mph)

0.6

Powell to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves it again. A decent first over, a hint of swing but perhaps not quite as much as might have been expected

Jerome Taylor from the Nursery End. Re Morgan fielding 12th man ... Zimbabwe's Trevor Penney was 12thers for England in the 2005 Ashes. "What's happened to Gary Pratt?" asks Ben Cobb, on the subject of 12therses. Well, Durham released him, he played some minor league football and is now plying his trade, back in cricket, for Cumberland. The Aussie papers, and public, loved that. Schadenfreude is not dead.

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      DBL Powell    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

1.1

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, Cook off the mark with a flick to long leg

1.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, Taylor again drifts the ball to leg, it thuds into Strauss's pads and drops in front of Ganga at short leg

Three slips, gully, point, mid-off, short leg, square leg, fine leg for Taylor.

1.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, Strauss back and solidly behind the ball (85mph)

1.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, Taylor not quite settled with his line yet

1.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, mistimed drive into the covers

1.6

Taylor to Strauss, 2 runs, swinging full toss, gratefully accepted by Strauss who gets off the mark with a gentle push past mid-on

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 3/0
AJ Strauss    2* (11b)      JE Taylor    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    1* (1b)      DBL Powell    1-1-0-0

2.1

Powell to Cook, no run, good line and length, Cook pushes firmly right into the ground and on to Ganga at short leg

2.2

Powell to Cook, no run, outside off stump, swinging away from the left-hander and Cook leaves it alone

2.3

Powell to Cook, 1 run, trademark flick off the hips down to long leg

2.4

Powell to Strauss, no run, full - almost yorker length - with a sniff of swing, Strauss hurried and gets bat onto it but not concincingly

2.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, Powell once more strays to leg and Strauss helps the ball into the on side

2.6

Powell to Strauss, no run, short but wide of off stump, Strauss drops to his haunches and lets the ball pass

End of over 3 (1 run) England 4/0
AJ Strauss    2* (14b)      DBL Powell    2-1-1-0
AN Cook    2* (4b)      JE Taylor    1-0-3-0

3.1

Taylor to Cook, 4 leg byes, leg side, tickled very fine past a sprawling Ramdhin. Leg byes signaled, so off the hips rather than the bat

3.2

Taylor to Cook, 2 runs, Taylor cannot find his line ... Cook whips that past Ganga at short leg - never a chance as it was middled - and stopped just short of the boundary in front of the Tavern

3.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, fuller, this time Ganga stops a ball hit straight into his midriff - not a chance as it was played into the ground

Ganga looks about as happy at short leg as I used to. Only when I did it I was more square leg than short ...

3.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off and Cook leaves

3.5

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, turned just behind square on the leg side

3.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, Strauss decides to leave it late and doesn't get his bat out of the way ... the ball hits it and trickles harmlessly into the slips, but that could have gone anywhere

We were told this was a sell-out but there are plenty of empty seats. People must have been put off by the early rain and forecast.

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 11/0
AJ Strauss    2* (15b)      JE Taylor    2-0-6-0
AN Cook    5* (9b)      DBL Powell    2-1-1-0

4.1

Powell to Cook, no run, the ball zips between bat and pad. Dreadful footwork as the gap between the two was wide

4.2

Powell to Cook, 1 run, Cook drops into the off side and calls for the run, Strauss responds quickly despite hesitation from his partner and just about beats Sarwan's underarm throw. It's referred upstairs but a simple decision

4.3

Powell to Strauss, no run, worked into the on side but right at square leg

4.4

Powell to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss back and flat-bats the ball into the covers, Collymore at extra cover dives and makes a one-handed stop but not cleanly and despite reluctance from Cook, Strauss calls for and gets the single

4.5

Powell to Cook, no run, wide of off stump and left

4.6

Powell to Cook, no run, again outside off, 86mph and left. That one kept a tad low

Good morning Australia. "The way England field, maybe they will need two 12th men to help them out," Louie, lurking down under, dryly observes.

End of over 5 (2 runs) England 13/0
AN Cook    6* (13b)      DBL Powell    3-1-3-0
AJ Strauss    3* (17b)      JE Taylor    2-0-6-0

5.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, Strauss back and drops into the leg side

5.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, Strauss beaten by late swing, but a strangulated appeal as the ball was heading down the leg

Our resident county-lover Gnasher calls for the third umpire, referral-style, before adding "Ah, they can't do that in Tests..."

5.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, wide enough for Strauss to unleash his favourite cut, but he doesn't time it and it is easily stopped by gully

5.4

Taylor to Strauss, FOUR, far too short, it sits up and begs to be thwacked, and Strauss does just that, hammering the ball through midwicket

5.5

Taylor to Strauss, FOUR, swinging to leg, Strauss clips that sweetly through midwicket and Sarwan gives up the chase before he ever starts it

Taylor all at sea at the moment with line and length.

5.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, a low-key end to a poor over, outside off and Strauss has milked enough from the previous few deliveries not to be tempted

End of over 6 (8 runs) England 21/0
AJ Strauss    11* (23b 2x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-14-0
AN Cook    6* (13b)      DBL Powell    3-1-3-0

6.1

Powell to Cook, no run, Cook back and leaves on line and length

6.2

Powell to Cook, no run, Powell again on leg stump, Cook whips the ball to square leg. He loves that shot but cannot find the gaps yet. But Powell risks bowling him into form if he bowls on that line

6.3

Powell to Cook, no run, better, outside off and Cook shoulders arms, not tempted to nibble

6.4

Powell to Cook, no run, down the leg accompanied with a cry of anguish, and Ramdhin well cross. A one-day wide for sure but not in a Test

6.5

Powell to Cook, no run, lovely delivery, slightly short but on off stump, Cook committed to the shot and he is beaten as the ball jags away from him

6.6

Powell to Cook, 2 runs, but the good work is undone as Powell again strays to the leg side and Cook accepts the invitation with a swish to long leg

The unimpressive Taylor is replaced by Corey Collymore at the Nursery End.

End of over 7 (2 runs) England 23/0
AN Cook    8* (19b)      DBL Powell    4-1-5-0
AJ Strauss    11* (23b 2x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-14-0

7.1

Collymore to Strauss, no run, decent loosener, at Strauss's legs at 79mph and he defensively plays it into the on side

7.2

Collymore to Strauss, FOUR, short and wide, Strauss won't miss out on balls in that area, he stands tall and cuts through the covers

7.3

Collymore to Strauss, no run, better line, Strauss right behind it to defend

7.4

Collymore to Strauss, no run, same area and again Strauss more than happy to defend. England have made a good start and there is no need for risks

7.5

Collymore to Strauss, no run, Collymore finds the right spot, zipping the ball across Strauss who is well beaten

7.6

Collymore to Strauss, 2 runs, half-volley which is hit firmly towards mid-off, Taylor seems to think about diving and then decides not to and has to charge after the ball which pulls up five yards short of the rope

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 29/0
AJ Strauss    17* (29b 3x4)      CD Collymore    1-0-6-0
AN Cook    8* (19b)      DBL Powell    4-1-5-0

8.1

Powell to Cook, no run, that's the closest to an edge we have had, slanted across Cook who is well beaten

8.2

Powell to Cook, no run, cut back into Cook who is beaten and struck on the thigh

8.3

Powell to Cook, 2 runs, a defensive push from Cook, Powell dives to his right but cannot get to it and the ball has enough pace to beat mid-off and trundle two-thirds of the way to the boundary

8.4

Powell to Cook, no run, Cook stands tall and cuts to gully

8.5

Powell to Cook, no run, Cook shapes to drive but doesn't time it and a thick inside edge into the covers via his front pad

8.6

Powell to Cook, 1 run, tip and run, played square into the covers and an easy single

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 32/0
AN Cook    11* (25b)      DBL Powell    5-1-8-0
AJ Strauss    17* (29b 3x4)      CD Collymore    1-0-6-0

Sarwan has a long chat with Collymore. Still three slips and a gully ...

9.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, outside off stump, Cook not remotely tempted

9.2

Collymore to Cook, no run, fuller but again outside off and no hint of swing, Cook takes a big stride forward and then leaves

9.3

Collymore to Cook, 2 runs, full but slightly too leg-side, Cook flicks the ball off his legs wide of midwicket

9.4

Collymore to Cook, FOUR, short, Cook stands upright and hammers that square on the off

That was greeted with almost silence. Very odd atmosphere inside the ground ...

9.5

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, Collymore overcorrects, Cook flicks off his pads behind square on the leg side

9.6

Collymore to Strauss, no run, straight and a decent line, Strauss, who has not had much of the strike in the last two or three overs, blocks

End of over 10 (7 runs) England 39/0
AJ Strauss    17* (30b 3x4)      CD Collymore    2-0-13-0
AN Cook    18* (30b 1x4)      DBL Powell    5-1-8-0

A low-key start but the bowlers have not really caused too many issues. Sarwan won the toss and stuck England in as the pitch has to have some moisture in it.

10.1

Powell to Cook, no run, yorker-length ball but wide of off stump

10.2

Powell to Cook, no run, down the leg side and left

10.3

Powell to Cook, FOUR, short, Cook onto that very quickly and he swings the ball behind square on the leg side and that was four all the way. It was 84mph but that's not quick enough to cause problems

10.4

Powell to Cook, no run, Powell yet again on leg stump, Cook, however, fails to find the gap

10.5

Powell to Cook, 2 runs, leg-stump line, pushed with no effort past Powell and with nobody at mid-on, mid-off has to sprint across to field

10.6

Powell to Cook, no run, wide at 84mph and Cook leaves it alone

England will be pleased with this. A good start and the early problems expected in the pitch have not materialised so far.

End of over 11 (6 runs) England 45/0
AN Cook    24* (36b 2x4)      DBL Powell    6-1-14-0
AJ Strauss    17* (30b 3x4)      CD Collymore    2-0-13-0

11.1

Collymore to Strauss, no run, very wide and Strauss barely moves

11.2

Collymore to Strauss, no run, better line, Strauss forward and semi-drives to mid-off

11.3

Collymore to Strauss, FOUR, a chorus of Benaud-like "shot" from the team as Strauss punches a half-volley past Collymore's grope and the ball raced to the rope

11.4

Collymore to Strauss, no run, defensive push, this time to a fielder in the covers

11.5

Collymore to Strauss, no run, wide - even though this is a Test the umpire must have thought about calling it - and Ramdhin has to scurry across first slip to gather it

11.6

Collymore to Strauss, no run, again outside off, not nearly as awry as the previous one but still an easy leave for Strauss

And now to take you through to lunch, it's the straight-haired Jenny.

Hello everyone and indeed you're all very welcome. Well done Martin for your epic. I'd just like to say thank you very much to the nice men in white who have come to rescue us from the pyjamas. A steady start here at Lord's, then, England negotiating the conditions well, although West Indies haven't thrown in much to test them.

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 49/0
AJ Strauss    21* (36b 4x4)      CD Collymore    3-0-17-0
AN Cook    24* (36b 2x4)      DBL Powell    6-1-14-0

12.1

Powell to Cook, no run, left alone outside off, Cook not really interested in that one

The umpire comes down the turf, kicking away some wobbly bits

12.2

Powell to Cook, 2 runs, eased into the short midwicket area to bring up this pair's third fifty stand in Tests. This one's worth 51 runs in 74 balls

12.3

Powell to Cook, no run, fast, 86.3mph, and pushed up there, straight. Cook stays firm and bends over that one to defend with a firm bat

12.4

Powell to Cook, 1 run, strayed onto leg and Cook was quick to clip that behind square for a single

Powell's bowling over the wicket, incidentally

12.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, swing to make Tarzan proud, and Strauss chases it down, but is too late to connect

12.6

Powell to Strauss, no run, pushes that one across the lefthander who rocks onto his back foot and defends off the back foot, firmly, into the covers

Looks like we're lucky to get some play in here today - and indeed it's sunny, even. it's been raining around the country, halting county matches aplenty. Poor Jimmy, eh, rushing down here, rushing back, windscreen wipers agogoing. It's all fine at Hove, though, where the Marks Ramprakash and Butcher are creating a song and a dance

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 52/0
AJ Strauss    21* (38b 4x4)      DBL Powell    7-1-17-0
AN Cook    27* (40b 2x4)      CD Collymore    3-0-17-0

13.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, this one's defended solidly, Collymore also staying over

13.2

Collymore to Cook, no run, shoots that one past Cook's outside edge, although the batsman wasn't in danger of touching it

13.3

Collymore to Cook, no run, that one's outside off stump again, wider and flatter, though and Cook leaves that easily enough

13.4

Collymore to Cook, no run, down the channel again, straighter, and once more that's left alone

13.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, eases it outside off, too wide to be of interest, and the keeper sidesteps over like a Space Invader doing aerobics, to clutch it tidily

13.6

Collymore to Cook, no run, outside off, again, probing that line, and it's a good length, too, but again Cook leaves - and that's a maiden

End of over 14 (maiden) England 52/0
AN Cook    27* (46b 2x4)      CD Collymore    4-1-17-0
AJ Strauss    21* (38b 4x4)      DBL Powell    7-1-17-0

14.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, outside off and that's left down the corridor

14.2

Powell to Strauss, 1 leg bye, on leg, and that's played off the pads just behind square

Sarwan's geeing up his troops here

14.3

Powell to Cook, no run, defends into the covers, a fairly loose shot, but in no danger

Chanderpaul and his sponsored cheeks are looking concerned at the lack of wicket

14.4

Powell to Cook, no run, that one nips back in at Cook who judges it well in leaving, but he looks a little concerned post-shot

He was telling me the other day (ahem) how he's been working on the on-and-around off stump part of his game; he had to, really, post-Ashes

14.5

Powell to Cook, 2 runs, on middle-and-leg, a touch short, and that's ticked into the midwicket region

14.6

Powell to Cook, no run, left alone outside off and that flies through

End of over 15 (3 runs) England 55/0
AN Cook    29* (50b 2x4)      DBL Powell    8-1-19-0
AJ Strauss    21* (40b 4x4)      CD Collymore    4-1-17-0

15.1

Collymore to Strauss, no run, outside off, but wide enough to be left alone without alarm

West Indies may not have taken a wicket, but it was still the right decision to send England in, I think, given the swinging conditions. He wouldn't want to be facing England's fast bowlers right now

15.2

Collymore to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

15.3

Collymore to Strauss, no run, Strauss misses out on a gift, there, that one sprayed wide down off, he tries to swivel-pull it round through midwicket, and finds the fielder

15.4

Collymore to Strauss, no run, outside off and again he doesn't play it too well, getting the full face of the bat on the ball, but not timing it properly

15.5

Collymore to Strauss, no run, decent ball from Collymore, up there on off stump and that's merely defended down

15.6

Collymore to Strauss, no run, more good stuff, straight one that's flung down the channel, but it can be, and is, left alone

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Change of bowling now, Taylor

End of over 16 (maiden) England 55/0
AJ Strauss    21* (46b 4x4)      CD Collymore    5-2-17-0
AN Cook    29* (50b 2x4)      DBL Powell    8-1-19-0

16.1

Taylor to Cook, 2 runs, eased forward

16.2

Taylor to Cook, 2 runs, on leg and that's eased into midwicket off the thigh for easy runs

16.3

Taylor to Cook, 2 runs, outside off, up there, but Cook stays on his back foot to drive that through the covers, bisecting the fielders

16.4

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, width outside off and that one stood up, asking for it. Cook stays tall and punches it through the covers

A slip comes out - now two slips, a gully, mid-on and backward square. The man at bat-pad has come out

16.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, round the wicket, up there, and that's eased into the covers

16.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, angles that one into the lefthander, but still with a touch of room and that's defended on the back foot into the covers

End of over 17 (10 runs) England 65/0
AN Cook    39* (56b 3x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-24-0
AJ Strauss    21* (46b 4x4)      CD Collymore    5-2-17-0

17.1

Collymore to Strauss, 2 runs, on leg, and that's clipped to fine leg for two easy runs

England are just picking runs off here, West Indies not finding their line and length

17.2

Collymore to Strauss, no run, pushes that across the lefthander (still from over the wicket)

17.3

Collymore to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off - not testing the batsman, that one well wide enough to leave

17.4

Collymore to Strauss, 2 leg byes, down leg - good ball to a righthander - and that's tickled round to fine leg off the pads

Collymore's not exactly bowling with fire here, and he's slightly loose

17.5

Collymore to Strauss, FOUR, much better delivery and a thick outside edge eludes third slip - excellent delivery from Collymore, inducing a false shot from Strauss who was looking to turn the ball into midwicket

17.6

Collymore to Strauss, no run, .defended forward this time

West Indies aren't quite bouncing around, like the spring lambs you'd expect given their preparations. I do love a good curfew, just like Chris Gayle. (Curfew's not a bad word either, meaning cover-fire if I have correctly dredged up memories of a school trip to Tatton Hall in Cheshire, ooh, decades ago)

End of over 18 (8 runs) England 73/0
AJ Strauss    27* (52b 5x4)      CD Collymore    6-2-23-0
AN Cook    39* (56b 3x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-24-0

18.1

Taylor to Cook, 2 runs, on middle and that's nudged into the midwicket region

18.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, good swing there, but that runs down the leg side. Cook dances at it, but misses

18.3

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, more wobble, and a little dobble, as that one bombs into Cook, who digs it out, low

18.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, straight, good length, and Strauss is tidy in defence

Strauss plays another forward defence, for the cameras, just in case we missed it the first time

18.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, Taylor's over the wicket now, by the way, and that's defended forward - Strauss's hands quickly onto that one, but he changes his shot at the last minute

18.6

Taylor to Strauss, FOUR, steered, just about with control, through third man

Taylor's unimpressed, as he demonstrates with hands planted firmly on hips, double-teapotting as we like to say

End of over 19 (7 runs) England 80/0
AJ Strauss    31* (55b 6x4)      JE Taylor    5-0-31-0
AN Cook    42* (59b 3x4)      CD Collymore    6-2-23-0

19.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, Collymore eases up to the wicket, more of a trot, and slants that in on a good length, Cook just defending

19.2

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, up there, a touch back of a length, and that's knocked into midwicket

19.3

Collymore to Strauss, no run, right up there and that's defended back towards the bowler

19.4

Collymore to Strauss, no run, right up there, on off, and Strauss defends over without alarm

19.5

Collymore to Strauss, no run, outside off and that's left alone

19.6

Collymore to Strauss, no run, defended on off stump

Lord's is slowly filling up

End of over 20 (1 run) England 81/0
AJ Strauss    31* (59b 6x4)      CD Collymore    7-2-24-0
AN Cook    43* (61b 3x4)      JE Taylor    5-0-31-0

20.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, pushed right up there and Cook bends over in defence

20.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, pushed right up there and defended

20.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, more of the same, untesting stuff yet still making the batsman play, and that's defended

20.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, again the batsman's forced into a defensive - this is cumulatively good stuff, if he can keep it up and build the pressure

20.5

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, ah, pressure eased in one swoop, a cut at one which was short and wide, but Cook wasn't fully in control with that one

20.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, yorker to finish the over and Cook defends it into the leg-side

"I am very boring," announces Andrew Miller, a propos of.. well, something actually. "Here's how England fared in their first 20 overs of each World Cup match. 70 for 3, 101 for 1 (against Canada), 119 for 2 (against Kenya), 85 for 2, 84 for 2, 101 for 2 (against Australia), 68 for 2, 64 for 3, 122 for 2 (against West Indies). Proof, it would seem that they were indeed batting at a Test-match tempo throughout, only less successfully."

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 85/0
AN Cook    47* (67b 4x4)      JE Taylor    6-0-35-0
AJ Strauss    31* (59b 6x4)      CD Collymore    7-2-24-0

21.1

Collymore to Strauss, no run, over the wicket and that's up there, defended straight, and on the front foot

21.2

Collymore to Strauss, no run, slowish delivery, tempting the batsman, just threatening to kiss the outside edge as it slinks back into him with some swing

21.3

Collymore to Strauss, no run, good delivery and that drops in front of the slips, just beating Morton at second, who dived across Gayle at first - and it was too short for both of them

David Lloyd on Sky had just picked that - saying a few balls earlier that the slips were too far back because the pitch is so easy paced

"I would always rather the ball hit me in the teeth than doesn't carry," confirms Michael Holding

21.4

Collymore to Strauss, no run, defended forward

21.5

Collymore to Strauss, no run, defended forward

21.6

Collymore to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off and that ends the session

Strauss is finding something hugely funny. He's let out a huge guffaw while gardening the pitch on a length. And it'll be Daren Powell to open the bowling after lunch. Is it pronounced as in Darren, or Dare-en, I wonder? Right, here he comes

Ramnaresh Sarwan has formed a huddle at the foot of the pavilion steps, though is missing two of his troops who soon join the huddle for a last minute pep talk. Lots of finger wagging.

Incidentally, the remaining tickets will be sold via the North Gate Sales Point (off Wellington Place) from 9 o'clock each morning. Match-goers are reminded that the gates to Lord's will open at 9am each day (thanks to Andrew). So get down there. Actually - don't. Stay here with us. It's free and dry.

Off comes the motorised contraption of a cover protecting the square, and we're about five minutes away from starting. Don't forget we have a bevy of photos for you to have a look at, if you're without a TV. And here come the players, winning their way out to the middle.

13.30 Hello everyone. Will here. Welcome back to the afternoon session and I'm delighted to tell you it's remained dry. The sky and weather, that is, not the crowd's glasses which are all overflowing with the amber nectar. We are stone cold sober of course, having tucked into a balanced lunch of sandwiches, fruit salad, and the largest box of biscuits this side of White City. It's a Cricinfo diet.

And that's lunch. Strauss and Cook stride off and they will be delighted with their opening session. There's been lots of talk of how undercooked West Indies are, with just a few days' cricket to their name since arriving over here, and that's fair enough. They've struggled to find their line and length, and have somewhat squandered these swinging conditions. After the break it will be Will Luke in the chair.

End of over 22 (maiden) England 85/0
AJ Strauss    31* (65b 6x4)      CD Collymore    8-3-24-0
AN Cook    47* (67b 4x4)      JE Taylor    6-0-35-0

22.1

Powell to Cook, no run, well wide of the off stump, decent bounce but it's far too wide

Powell rubs his hands together, desperate to try and get some warmth back into them. It's not that cold...

22.2

Powell to Cook, no run, oh blimey, that's even wider - almost flies through to first slip

22.3

Powell to Cook, no run, a touch tighter but still wide enough of the off stump to be left well alone

Nevertheless he receives some encouraging cheers from the slips

22.4

Powell to Cook, no run, and at last he finds his line, just wobbling this away from Cook who stands tall to shoulder arms. Reasonable carry through to the wicketkeeper, but no great pace

22.5

Powell to Cook, no run, and with a confident stride down the pitch, Cook leaves this well alone

22.6

Powell to Cook, no run, angling across the batsman who again leaves alone

Too wide to really trouble Cook to be perfectly frank, but a tidyish opening over nonetheless. Maidens are always good. We like maidens. Collymore from the other end with two slips and a gully

End of over 23 (maiden) England 85/0
AN Cook    47* (73b 4x4)      DBL Powell    9-2-19-0
AJ Strauss    31* (65b 6x4)      CD Collymore    8-3-24-0

23.1

Collymore to Strauss, no run, immediately Collymore lands this on a length, cutting it back into Strauss who is quick to rock back and punch it off the back foot. Punched with pleasing timing too, though lacking the placement

23.2

Collymore to Strauss, no run, oh no, don't bowl there; an inch too short outside off stump and Strauss piles into a cut, absolutely hammering it but straight to point

23.3

Collymore to Strauss, 1 run, and in trying to compensate, Collymore drifts this down the leg side allowing Strauss to pluck it down to fine leg

And there sums up West Indies' day with the ball. Two good ones followed by a rubbish one

23.4

Collymore to Cook, no run, Cook strides forward to leave this alone. Touch too wide and a little bit short

23.5

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, on his pads, Cook - almost walking into it - just clips it through midwicket, as though brushing crumbs off his legs

23.6

Collymore to Strauss, 1 run, much better from Collymore, quicker, straighter and fuller, hurrying Strauss who pushes it to leg

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 88/0
AJ Strauss    33* (69b 6x4)      CD Collymore    9-3-27-0
AN Cook    48* (75b 4x4)      DBL Powell    9-2-19-0

24.1

Powell to Strauss, OUT, goddim! Poor shot from Strauss, spooning it to Devon Smith at backward point. He never got on top of it - perhaps beaten by the lack of pace, if anything - and guided it straight to Smith

AJ Strauss c Smith b Powell 33 (100m 70b 6x4 0x6) SR: 47.14

Ah, now then, here's Owais Shah. Out goes one Middlesex legend, in comes another. And yes I do support them. One man out on the hook for Shah, already...

And once again Powell gets the first wicket, as he did so often in the World Cup

24.2

Powell to Shah, no run, oh, good one! Just nibbling away from Shah who, like the ball, tries to nibble at it but misses

24.3

Powell to Shah, no run, excellent delivery again on off stump, a touch of swing away from Shah forcing him to shuffle across his stumps, defending crouch-like

24.4

Powell to Shah, no run, a cracker outside off-stump, just short of a length and spitting up on Shah who drops his hands to leave it alone

24.5

Powell to Shah, no run, again short of a length but too wide this time, Shah easily sways out of the way

24.6

Powell to Shah, no run, an attempted bouncer - and a reasonable one, forcing him to evade, but it wasn't particularly vicious

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) England 88/1
OA Shah    0* (5b)      DBL Powell    10-3-19-1
AN Cook    48* (75b 4x4)      CD Collymore    9-3-27-0

25.1

Collymore to Cook, 4 runs, ah, lovely shot from Cook, just a calm prod on leg stump, stroking the ball past long-on - but they run four

And there's his fourth half-century in Tests, coming from 76 balls with five fours. Looks in very fine touch. Again.

25.2

Collymore to Cook, no run, again on leg stump but Cook is content to block this

Ah, there's Peter Moores on the balcony, furiously chewing gum.

25.3

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, poor ball - just no consistency from the bowlers today - and Cook whips it through midwicket with ease

Right hander on strike and he's got three slips to avoid

25.4

Collymore to Shah, 1 no ball, left alone outside off and this time it's a no-ball, just to add to his woes

Shah has almost hypnotic quantities of concentration when the bowler's running in. His head is propped on the front shoulder, eyes bulging and getting bigger just before the ball is delivered. Looks absolutely petrified, even though he's calm as the preverbial

25.4

Collymore to Shah, no run, pushed out to cover

25.5

Collymore to Shah, no run, good ball just outside off but very well played by Shah, playing it late and dropping it down to third slip

25.6

Collymore to Shah, no run, a wide leg-cutter, which says enough

End of over 26 (6 runs) England 94/1
OA Shah    0* (9b)      CD Collymore    10-3-33-0
AN Cook    53* (78b 4x4)      DBL Powell    10-3-19-1

26.1

Powell to Cook, no run, no, too short, too wide. Make him play. Cook leaves it alone, though he might as well have swatted it over midwicket

26.2

Powell to Cook, no run, very wide. Cook would've earned himself a medal had he reached that

26.3

Powell to Cook, 1 run, much, much better, on leg stump and angling across Cook who tries to work it through midwicket but gets a leading edge to mid-off

Taylor collects, flings in the throw and Shah is hit smack on the back of the head as Taylor's throw comes in. Ouch. That's a nasty blow. But because he's such a fighting winner, he dismisses the offer of the physio coming to help him. Tough nuts these Middlesex lads.

"'Defending crouch-like' - is that defending while crouching, or defending in a manner reminiscent of Peter Crouch?" asks Andy. It's both

26.4

Powell to Shah, 2 runs, Shah is confidently forward, in spite of being cracked on the cranium, and angles this past point

Cheers around the ground by Shah's loyal home supporters

26.5

Powell to Shah, no run, oh dear! Now I think he probably left this alone; wide, full, and he was absolutely gagging to smooch it through the covers but just left it alone with a flick of the bat

26.6

Powell to Shah, no run, and again he shapes to drive before leaving it alone

Frustratingly inconsistent line - all day. It's like watching England bowl in the Ashes. Nearly.

End of over 27 (3 runs) England 97/1
OA Shah    2* (12b)      DBL Powell    11-3-22-1
AN Cook    54* (81b 4x4)      CD Collymore    10-3-33-0

27.1

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, on leg stump, Cook picks it off with calm confidence, just nudging it through midwicket

I do like the word nudge. It's says a lot. Quick hello to Rob in Australia who's on nights. Hello Rob in Australia on nights

27.2

Collymore to Shah, no run, on middle-and-off, angling into Shah who almost falls over in prodding this back to the bowler, almost losing his balance

27.3

Collymore to Shah, FOUR, terrific shot, driven straight back past the bowler. Vast amounts of bottom hand, squidging it past mid-off for four

27.4

Collymore to Shah, no run, and this time Collymore drifts it down the leg side, though is spared further run-punishment as Shah can't time it

27.5

Collymore to Shah, no run, too short, Shah attempts to carve this off the back foot but can't time it, clobbering it into the pitch

27.6

Collymore to Shah, no run, much better, rising onto Shah who plays it expertly, defending it off the back foot - high front elbow, dropping it down by his toes ala Boycott

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 102/1
OA Shah    6* (17b 1x4)      CD Collymore    11-3-38-0
AN Cook    55* (82b 4x4)      DBL Powell    11-3-22-1

28.1

Powell to Cook, 1 run, back-cut down to third man. Dreadful running from the pair of them but somehow they make it through for a single

28.2

Powell to Shah, no run, ooh nearly. Shah was drawn into driving at this wider, swinging ball - really was very wide indeed

28.3

Powell to Shah, OUT, GONE! Powell strikes again - a very fine ball indeed, angling into Shah before cutting away from the right hander who fended it at hip height to Smith. Great ball; excellent comeback from the Windians, and from Powell in particular

OA Shah c Smith b Powell 6 (20m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.57

Never fear, Kevin Pietersen is here. Sorry. Dreadful line. He's averaging a smidgen beneath 50 at the moment...and he's facing a fired-up Powell

28.4

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, ooh and he's nearly bowled first ball, climbing into a full toss but inside edging it into his designer boots, but he's off the mark immediately

28.5

Powell to Cook, no run, Powell, or somebody, lets out a cry of anguish as this one kept pretty low outside his off stump. But...too wide

28.6

Powell to Cook, no run, solid, from Cook. Really solid. And calm. On off stump, he just clamps down on it and pats it back to Powell

End of over 29 (2 runs) England 104/2
AN Cook    56* (85b 4x4)      DBL Powell    12-3-24-2
KP Pietersen    1* (1b)      CD Collymore    11-3-38-0

29.1

Collymore to Pietersen, no run

29.2

Collymore to Pietersen, FOUR, whipped through midwicket. Don't bowl there. In fact, it wasn't a whip, it was neatly timed and picked off his legs

29.3

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front foot and Collymore gives him the stare. The crowd love it and boo their approval

29.4

Collymore to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, ooh half a shout as Pietersen is rapped on the pad, but they steal a run

29.5

Collymore to Cook, FOUR, outside off, too wide and Cook savages this off the back foot, cutting with ferocious power through cover

29.6

Collymore to Cook, no run, much better, angling into Cook who defends on the front foot

End of over 30 (9 runs) England 113/2
AN Cook    60* (87b 5x4)      CD Collymore    12-3-46-0
KP Pietersen    5* (5b 1x4)      DBL Powell    12-3-24-2

Remarkably subdued at Lord's again

30.1

Powell to Pietersen, no run, short of a length and rising onto Pietersen who drops his hands and refuses to play at it

30.2

Powell to Pietersen, FOUR, shot! Deliciously driven on the up, opening the face at the last moment to send it past extra cover. Beautifully timed

30.3

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, prodded off the back foot to cover, just dropping it down and he sets off like the lunatic he is; the bowler makes good ground, does well to swoop but Pietersen is home quite comfortably

30.4

Powell to Cook, 2 runs, too short and Cook is on the pull, in a manner of speaking, but can't time his pull and the ball rolls (rather than races) through midwicket

30.5

Powell to Cook, 1 run, neatly played, deftly plucked off his pads for another single

30.6

Powell to Pietersen, FOUR, magnificent stroke. What power. It was pretty full, fairly wide, but Pietersen just climbed into it and fairly smacked it through cover. No need to move

End of over 31 (12 runs) England 125/2
KP Pietersen    14* (9b 3x4)      DBL Powell    13-3-36-2
AN Cook    63* (89b 5x4)      CD Collymore    12-3-46-0

Here's Bravo

31.1

Bravo to Cook, 1 run, but he too lands this on Cook's leg stump, and once again Cook works it without fuss to mid-on

31.2

Bravo to Pietersen, 3 runs, ah, that's a sublime stroke which deserved more. A punch off the back foot, nothing more, but it was beautifully timed

31.3

Bravo to Cook, no run, far too wide of Cook's off stump, rightly left alone

31.4

Bravo to Cook, no run, better line and length this time but again Cook leaves alone

31.5

Bravo to Cook, no run, on off stump - he's edging his way into a better line, slowly but surely

31.6

Bravo to Cook, 2 runs, but he overcompensates and it's down the leg side, nudged around the corner

End of over 32 (6 runs) England 131/2
AN Cook    66* (94b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-6-0
KP Pietersen    17* (10b 3x4)      DBL Powell    13-3-36-2

32.1

Powell to Pietersen, no run, a wobbler outside off - touch of swing away from Pietersen who comes forward, massively, before shouldering arms

32.2

Powell to Pietersen, no run, with a high front elbow Pietersen punches it off the back foot, but can't time it

32.3

Powell to Pietersen, no run, well wide of the off stump, Pietersen leaves it alone extravagantly. If indeed that's possible.

32.4

Powell to Pietersen, no run, edged but short. Just short of first slip. A fine piece of bowling to induce a thin edge from Pietersen, but the slips are just a little too deep

Ian Botham reminds us that the slips are too deep. He's been saying it all day apparently...

32.5

Powell to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

32.6

Powell to Pietersen, FOUR, hammered, he has absolutely laced that through the covers. It was only a fraction too full - nothing more than a couple of inches, but such is Pietersen's stride, he was over the top of it and driving it with huge power

He is looking in ominous touch here today

End of over 33 (4 runs) England 135/2
KP Pietersen    21* (16b 4x4)      DBL Powell    14-3-40-2
AN Cook    66* (94b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-6-0

33.1

Bravo to Cook, no run, fuller, but too wide - ball almost pee-rollers to the wicketkeeper, which isn't a particularly encouraging sign

Messyrs Williamson, Thompson and McGlashan are trying to arrange their trip to Leicester next week. It's taking them far too long.

33.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, prodded to cover

33.3

Bravo to Cook, no run, a touch too short, Cook goes back and cuts it hard to point

33.4

Bravo to Cook, no run, much better length this time and Cook is forward in defence

33.5

Bravo to Cook, no run, outside off and left alone

33.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, too wide for Cook to bother with, and he really isn't at all bothered. As Tony Blair might say, "Is my face bothered?" in that painfully embarrassing sketch he did with Catherine Tate.

End of over 34 (maiden) England 135/2
AN Cook    66* (100b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    2-1-6-0
KP Pietersen    21* (16b 4x4)      DBL Powell    14-3-40-2

34.1

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, stroked to cover

34.2

Powell to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

34.3

Powell to Cook, FOUR, superbly played. The balance was excellent there from Cook, crashing it off the back foot through extra cover; no one moved

34.4

Powell to Cook, 3 runs, calmly driven through cover this time

34.5

Powell to Pietersen, no run, very full and Pietersen charges down the pitch - strides, not charges - and hammers it straight back to the bowler. Ominous power

34.6

Powell to Pietersen, no run, but he shoulders arms outside off

Martin's gone to make tea. Just thought I'd document that for everyone.

End of over 35 (8 runs) England 143/2
KP Pietersen    22* (19b 4x4)      DBL Powell    15-3-48-2
AN Cook    73* (103b 6x4)      DJ Bravo    2-1-6-0

35.1

Bravo to Cook, no run, no, too wide and left alone

35.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, yet again it's too wide and not making the batsman play. Left alone outside off

35.3

Bravo to Cook, no run, full, but wide, and Cook isn't tempted

35.4

Bravo to Cook, no run, clunked to mid-off but without timing

35.5

Bravo to Cook, no run, a much better length, but still wide enough to be left alone by Cook

35.6

Bravo to Cook, 1 leg bye, but Bravo loses his line for the last ball of the over, dropping it on leg stump and it's picked off for a single, to retain the strike

End of over 36 (1 run, maiden) England 144/2
AN Cook    73* (109b 6x4)      DJ Bravo    3-2-6-0
KP Pietersen    22* (19b 4x4)      DBL Powell    15-3-48-2

He's going around the wicket, and there's the usual delays with the sightscreen being moved. Ah, I love Test cricket. Good move going around the wicket...let's see if he can't correct his line

36.1

Powell to Cook, no run, but he can't. It's too wide

36.2

Powell to Cook, no run, just shaping away from Cook, but for the umpteenth time it's not tight enough on off stump

36.3

Powell to Cook, no run, better delivery this time; fuller and straighter and it's punched back to the bowler on the front foot

Cook is still remarkably composed, in spite of the wide offerings. Amazing to think he's still only 22

36.4

Powell to Cook, no run, cracked off the back foot but straight to cover

36.5

Powell to Cook, 1 run, too straight and Cook easily nudges it to leg

Back over the wicket to Pietersen

36.6

Powell to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off; rising on Pietersen

Someone's been rampant today at Hove.

End of over 37 (1 run) England 145/2
KP Pietersen    22* (20b 4x4)      DBL Powell    16-3-49-2
AN Cook    74* (114b 6x4)      DJ Bravo    3-2-6-0

37.1

Bravo to Cook, no run, just outside off, Cook is forward - not altogether convincingly, just prodding this calmly out to cover

37.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, angling across Cook who crouches low, almost shaping to cut it, but decides against it

37.3

Bravo to Cook, no run, again too wide to bother Cook

I need another phrase for "too wide"

37.4

Bravo to Cook, FOUR, beautifully driven - stroked, in fact, with a flourish through the covers. Effortless

37.5

Bravo to Cook, no run, too wide, Cook leaves alone

He might as well have smacked it off the back foot there...

37.6

Bravo to Cook, 2 runs, on leg stump, Cook nudges it off his pads - and England are past the 150

Like a teenager who's been left his parents' house for the weekend, here's Martin Williamson

End of over 38 (6 runs) England 151/2
AN Cook    80* (120b 7x4)      DJ Bravo    4-2-12-0
KP Pietersen    22* (20b 4x4)      DBL Powell    16-3-49-2

Thanks, Will. Winner. Pietersen on strike ...

38.1

Powell to Pietersen, no run, firm drive on the up, straight but mid-off able to get round with ease

38.2

Powell to Pietersen, no run, outside off and Pietersen leaves rather like a man who is trying to do a 180-degree swivel without moving his legs

38.3

Powell to Pietersen, no run, pushed into the covers

Pietersen leans on his bat between balls, relaxed and in control

38.4

Powell to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen starts to off drive but converts that with a wristy flourish into a leave

"Can I suggest 'Harmisonesque' as an alternative to 'too wide'?" suggests Tom Bates. In fairness, Harmison's looked up for it this season... albeit in county cricket.

38.5

Powell to Pietersen, no run, guided late off the back foot to gully, well stopped sprawling to his left

38.6

Powell to Pietersen, no run, Harmisonesque, and Pietersen leaves it well alone

A gentle post-lunch lubricated murmour floats round Lord's

End of over 39 (maiden) England 151/2
KP Pietersen    22* (26b 4x4)      DBL Powell    17-4-49-2
AN Cook    80* (120b 7x4)      DJ Bravo    4-2-12-0

39.1

Bravo to Cook, 1 wide, slanted across Cook, but that's too wide and Asad Rauf has finally had enough and signals the wide ...the first of the series as Stato McGlashan informs us

39.1

Bravo to Cook, 1 run, pushed towards mid-off and Cook quick out of the blocks for a single

The field scatters to cut off the big hits as the sun breaks through

39.2

Bravo to Pietersen, no run, a peach, Pietersen prods and the ball seams past the outside edge

39.3

Bravo to Pietersen, 2 runs, wide, Pietersen down on one knee to drive, half stopped by a diving extra cover, saved two as that was racing to the ropes

39.4

Bravo to Pietersen, no run, pushed towards mid-on, he thought about the quick single but Bravo was across swiftly

39.5

Bravo to Pietersen, 1 run, driven square on the off with a late opening of the face. There's a man out in the deep saving the four

39.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, Cook leaves

The batsmen chat, Sarwan chats to his senior pros, everyone else chats ... and the end result in that Corey Collymore comes on from the Pavilion End for the first time.

End of over 40 (5 runs) England 156/2
AN Cook    81* (122b 7x4)      DJ Bravo    5-2-17-0
KP Pietersen    25* (30b 4x4)      DBL Powell    17-4-49-2

40.1

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, good start, a tad short but on target at 77.6mph, Pietersen back to block

40.2

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen misses it - he was on the walk at the time - and Ramdhin drops the ball rather sloppily

40.3

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, flamboyant off drive, not timed, trickles back to the bowler

40.4

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, good line and length, Pietersen blocks

He won't be tied down for that much longer ... you can see him preparing for the big hit ... it's coming

40.5

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, just short of a length, the ball zips away, and up the Lord's slope, but Pietersen had already decided to pull out of the stroke

40.6

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, another good delivery to end the over, Pietersen did not have to play it but it made him think

Jenny is on something again and sends this ... Anvay asks: "Can you folks do one complete over using only archaic English... the stuff that Shakespeare used?" Why, youthful sirrah, what goodly challenge you do set before us. Speaking of old Shakey as nobody calls him, Lord's hope to host Shakespeare's Globe's production of Romeo and Juliet here later this year. That's assuming the local residents don't object, of course.

End of over 41 (maiden) England 156/2
KP Pietersen    25* (36b 4x4)      CD Collymore    13-4-46-0
AN Cook    81* (122b 7x4)      DJ Bravo    5-2-17-0

41.1

Bravo to Cook, no run, very wide and Cook reaches as far as he can just to get a bat on it, so it's hardly surprising there is no power in the shot

41.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, slightly less width but still no need for the batsman to bother himself

41.3

Bravo to Cook, no run, Bravo slowly getting closer with each delivery. By ball No. 5 Cook might actually have to play one of these

41.4

Bravo to Cook, no run, short and wide, Cook's patience snaps and he swishes and misses ... once again, Ramdhin fluffs what should have been an easy take

41.5

Bravo to Cook, no run, outside off again, Cook back in his shell

41.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, Cook leaves

He didn't need his bat that over as Bravo plugs away outside off stump with a 7-2 field

End of over 42 (maiden) England 156/2
AN Cook    81* (128b 7x4)      DJ Bravo    6-3-17-0
KP Pietersen    25* (36b 4x4)      CD Collymore    13-4-46-0

"I really haven't got my head back round this five-day lark yet. It's 3pm and only 40 overs bowled. And no rum in the press box," says Andrew Globetrotting-Miller. He was back in the office for one day this week after a six-month absence, and we hardly recognised him with his traveller's beard. He brought us back a splendid ICC official doll from the Caribbean, though

42.1

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, straight and blocked

"We are in a bar in Limassol, Cyprus, and the livefeed has just died," says Jason Greenham. "You are priceless, Cricinfo!" As long as you didn't mean worthless, Jason.

42.2

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, uncharacteristically limp poke from Pietersen which he misses

Sarwan brings in a third slip.

42.3

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, outside off, the ball almost drawn to the new man in the close cordon, and Pietersen lunges forward balletically and leaves

42.4

Collymore to Pietersen, 1 run, half-hearted shout as a fuller ball hits Pietersen's pad via a thin inside edge and plops into the leg side

Back to two slips for Cook.

42.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, Cook leaves that as it creeps past his off stump

And the Queen has just arrived and is in the pavilion committee room.

42.6

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, pushed into the leg side for an ambled single

In the days when MCC did not allow women into the pavilion, the Queen was allowed as she was deemed to be a monarch and not a female. That and the fact she could have had the committee's heads lopped off ...

End of over 43 (2 runs) England 158/2
AN Cook    82* (130b 7x4)      CD Collymore    14-4-48-0
KP Pietersen    26* (40b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    6-3-17-0

4.35pm West Indies are back out and we are ready to resume after 70 minutes sat around twiddling our thumbs. Cook on strike ... Bravo lying on the ground and twisting rather athletically to loosen up.

4.30pm Rudi Koertzen says the light has improved and that play should start soon. We can play on until 7.00pm to make up for lost time and there will be a longer day tomorrow as well. But don't bet on there being any cricket at 7.00pm tonight unless the cloud suddenly lifts.

"Is Cook batting with a squash ball?" asks Chris. No, he's batting with a bat, hoho, but we take your point. He's certainly improved his shots on and around off stump, that's for sure.

"Has it occurred to anyone that Peter Beardsley is one of the very few people in the world who would actually improve their looks if hit in the face by a short pitched delivery?" says an uncharitable Richard.

4.20pm It's pouring to the east of Lord's and still Stygian gloom at the ground itself. All rather depressing. Too many clouds even for Jocelyn Galsworthy.

Steve Harris emails: "Personally I would pay to watch Joey Barton on the receiving end of a Devon Malcolm bouncer..." "Was the Queen on Cricinfo 3D?" asks Nick? Send us your feedback on anything that you want to get off your chest.

4.00pm Everyone mills around aimlessly. A full house - 30,000 plus the Queen - and we are waiting for the light to get slightly better. Club cricketers the world over will just shake their heads. It's daft and not something that helps cricket's image. And , remember, they finished the World Cup final in almost pitch darkness ... "Among them, ironically, Rudi Koertzen," says Andrew. "I'm surprised he hasn't frogmarched the teams out to the middle brandishing the (wrong) rule-book."

"Is anyone else as uncomfortable as I am at the thought of Joey Barton being given a cricket bat?" email several people. Barton, for non footie fans, is a Man City player with a record of being rather volatile.

3.50pm The umpires have remained in the middle but the lights has not got any better so everyone else has returned to the pavilion for more tea and buns. Here's Andrew. "The umpires are having a tea-party in the middle. It's definitely lighter than when they came off."

Check out Cricinfo 3D, which is an animated representation of our commentary. Obviously, not nearly as good as reading our outpourings, but it uses all our scoring data to render a three-dimension representation of the game, with various camera angles for you to play around with. It also has other features like wagon wheels, pitch map and scorecards. Plug over.

Lancashire have just sent a mail to say that there is a PFA Centenary Cricket XI V Football XI game at Old Trafford on June 13. The All Star Football XI will including Peter Reid (as captain), Sam Allardyce, Peter Beardsley, Joey Barton, Bryan Robson and Matt Le Tissier with the Cricket Legends XI including Jimmy Adams, Devon Malcolm, Graham Lloyd, Robin Smith and Warren Hegg.

3.45pm The Queen, dressed in purple so fashion guru Jenny tells me, comes down the pavilion steps to meet the two sides, warm applause from the crowd and she shakes hands with Sarwan who introduces her to his squad. Phillip stops to chat to the players and get left behind. The Queen moves on to the officials and then the England squad.

And with all the niceties completed, Andrew Strauss calls for three cheers from the teams and they duly oblige.

3.40pm "Ooh, allo, I think the Queen is about to make an appearance," adds Andrew. "The teams are all blazered up (well, the England team at least) and lined up on the outfield." It is customary for the monarch to meet touring sides at Lord's, a tradition started by her grandfather. The Duke of Edinburgh, who is a cricket fan and was been president of MCC in 1949 and 1975, is also present.

3.35pm Covers are now off and the umpires are lurking ... "Still murky," says Andrew, "and the scoreboard is glowing, as are the lights in the hospitality boxes."

As for the doll ... "Is it a Malcolm Speed or Percy Sonn doll, then?" asks Lawrence. "Is it voodoo?" Is there any difference?

3.30pm It's got darker and all rather gloomy again. The covers are out even though there is no rain, purely precautionary coverage.

HRG, who is well known to followers of India's matches, emails to tell us that Matt Prior is the 212th wicketkeeper to appear in Test cricket and the fifth to make his debut for England against West Indies. The others are Harry Smith at Lord's in 1928, Arthur McIntyre at The Oval in 1950, Paul Downton in Trinidad in 1980-81, and some chap called Geraint Jones in Antigua in 2003-04. He is the 14th wicketkeeper to make his debut at Lord's as well. Phew ...

3.25pm And the batsmen have been offered the light and are heading off faster than one of Henry VIII's wives to the chopping block. And we are told that it's tea, which is nice for Her Majesty as well. The sandwiches in the committee room are really nice and they get real cream cakes as well ...

43.1

Bravo to Cook, no run, stiffish full toss to resume, Cook pats it to mid-off where Powell bends, again far from easily

43.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, gentle one outside off (75mph) which barely reaches the keeper

43.3

Bravo to Cook, no run, same line - a foot or so outside off - but Cook not tempted

43.4

Bravo to Cook, no run, same line, same length, same leave. Bravo is waging an off-stump war of attrition and so far Cook is not biting

43.5

Bravo to Cook, FOUR, more width and dropped short, Cook slashes and a top edge flies three or four yards over the slip cordon

43.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, Cook back to block

And now after her spell as our fashion correspondent while the Queen was in attendance, it's Jenny with her cricket cap firmly wedged back on her head.

Always, always. Hello again. Collymore readying himself now

End of over 44 (4 runs) England 162/2
AN Cook    86* (136b 8x4)      DJ Bravo    7-3-21-0
KP Pietersen    26* (40b 4x4)      CD Collymore    14-4-48-0

44.1

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, slinks that one down the channel, Pietersen leaves it and then hops around just loosening himself up

Collymore's collar is up Sobers-style and he's wearing a sleeveless jumper, too. It's not that cold ... although it's what you're used to, I guess (and prevents back injuries)

44.2

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, down the channel again and that's left alone

44.3

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen, ever the eager labrador, bounds down the track and then just left it

"Club cricket," says MSW, but imagine bowling to KP in the Little Popplewell thirds...

44.4

Collymore to Pietersen, OUT, gone and Collymore strikes! The bowler had Pietersen feeling for that one, who drove on the up to Smith at extra cover, straight into the midriff and the fielder juggled it twice, before holding on

KP Pietersen c Smith b Collymore 26 (77m 44b 4x4 0x6) SR: 59.09

Smith's taken all three catches this innings, all of them in different positions.

Paul Collingwood strides in. He averages 42.94 in Tests, with a best of 206 in that Ashes match in Adelaide, Australia this winter

44.5

Collymore to Collingwood, no run, beautiful delivery, bending it into Collingwood, and then it deviated off the seam away from the batsman. Ever so close to the edge and Collingwood was nearly a golden gonner

44.6

Collymore to Collingwood, 3 runs, off the mark this time with a nicely timed on-drive, and he's stolen the strike, too

"Shouldn't that be collar up Cantona-style?" asks Simon. Both.

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 165/3
PD Collingwood    3* (2b)      CD Collymore    15-4-51-1
AN Cook    86* (136b 8x4)      DJ Bravo    7-3-21-0

45.1

Bravo to Collingwood, no run, good length, on off, and that's defended forward

45.2

Bravo to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off, and that's a good decision, too, the ball swinging away from himi at the last minute, at an awkward height, too

45.3

Bravo to Collingwood, no run, vicious swing, but way outside the off stump, so Collingwood just leaves it alone

45.4

Bravo to Collingwood, 3 runs, room outside off and Collingwood doesn't time that - you can see from the way the ball doesn't fly and you can hear from the woody click - but nevertheless the ball runs through cover, helped by the slope, and it's picked up inside the rope

45.5

Bravo to Cook, no run, over the wicket to the left hander, by the way, and Cook rushes at it, but defended on the back foot

45.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, on a good length, but the angle's too wide and the ball's pinged through way outside the bat

End of over 46 (3 runs) England 168/3
AN Cook    86* (138b 8x4)      DJ Bravo    8-3-24-0
PD Collingwood    6* (6b)      CD Collymore    15-4-51-1

46.1

Collymore to Collingwood, no run, outside off and Collingwood's surprised with the nip away from him as the ball shoots through at chest height

46.2

Collymore to Collingwood, no run, more tempting swing, Corrymore all placement and not much pace, but that's not particularly important

46.3

Collymore to Collingwood, FOUR, outside off and that's punched off the back foot straight through point, a good shot, there

46.4

Collymore to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off, his bat whirling round as he leaves it

Collingwood walks down the pitch to prod the surface. Good prodding

46.5

Collymore to Collingwood, 1 run, on leg and that's tucked easily behind square for a gentle single

46.6

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, on leg this time and that's tickled away behind square

Chanderpaul throws the ball in on the bounce, making it damper of course. "Wake up, get a life," says the ever-entertaining Michael Holding. Nice

End of over 47 (6 runs) England 174/3
AN Cook    87* (139b 8x4)      CD Collymore    16-4-57-1
PD Collingwood    11* (11b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    8-3-24-0

47.1

Bravo to Cook, no run, outside off and that's left alone

47.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, defended forward

47.3

Bravo to Cook, no run, outside off and that's left alone once more

47.4

Bravo to Cook, no run, left alone outside off, again

Four slips in - at 1, 2, 3 and 5. Part of a seven-two field

47.5

Bravo to Cook, no run, tucked off the legs straight to the man at square

47.6

Bravo to Cook, 1 run, on off, and that's a quick single to mid-off, good running

It, apparently, is that cold: the fielders are sinking under the weight of their wintry woollens. The April heatwave's been long forgotten ... perhaps this is now global cooling?

End of over 48 (1 run) England 175/3
AN Cook    88* (145b 8x4)      DJ Bravo    9-3-25-0
PD Collingwood    11* (11b 1x4)      CD Collymore    16-4-57-1

48.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, Collymore merely plants that on a good length, at 77.6mph, intelligent bowling

48.2

Collymore to Cook, no run, on a good length and that's defended forward

5.25pm Splendid news - play to resume very shortly indeed. West Indies are huddling now. Cook and Collingwood punch gloves as they head out... yet again

5.20pm Still no sign of coming back on. We'll keep you updated, of course.

Boos ring around Lord's as the umpires offer the light again and the batsmen accept it. The fielders aren't amused at leaving the field and their pace is nothing more than funereal.

The light's pretty good, says Andrew.

"Where's the Shakespearean over?" asks Gareth Slater. "Collymore to Collingwood, no run. Much ado about nothing." Out, out, etc.

48.3

Collymore to Cook, no run, outside off and that's driven off the back foot to mid-off

48.4

Collymore to Cook, no run, swung that one down the leg side and Cook's not really interested

48.5

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, on leg and that's tucked away to deep backward square leg for an easy single

48.6

Collymore to Collingwood, no run, lovely ball, just outside off, on a good length and that's just to say left alone

End of over 49 (1 run) England 176/3
PD Collingwood    11* (12b 1x4)      CD Collymore    17-4-58-1
AN Cook    89* (150b 8x4)      DJ Bravo    9-3-25-0

49.1

Bravo to Cook, 1 run, on off and that's driven in front of midwicket

49.2

Bravo to Collingwood, no run, up there, on a good line and length, and that's defended into the covers

49.3

Bravo to Collingwood, no run, outside off, touch back of a length, and that's driven to cover

49.4

Bravo to Collingwood, no run, more of the good stuff from Bravo, swinging that away and down the channel. Good stuff, he's looking fired up

49.5

Bravo to Collingwood, no run, oh and he nearly got the reward for his discipline there, good seam position on one which pitches just outside off and nips away off the seam, Collingwood chasing after it and, luckily for him, fails to nick it

49.6

Bravo to Collingwood, 3 runs, better from Collingwood, middling one, without much timing, through cover and that just evades a diving Powell

Fun though it's been, it's now time for Will Luke

End of over 50 (4 runs) England 180/3
PD Collingwood    14* (17b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    10-3-29-0
AN Cook    90* (151b 8x4)      CD Collymore    17-4-58-1
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Series Results
England v West Indies at Chester-le-Street - Jun 15-19, 2007
England won by 7 wickets
England v West Indies at Manchester - Jun 7-11, 2007
England won by 60 runs
England v West Indies at Leeds - May 25-28, 2007
England won by an innings and 283 runs
England v West Indies at Lord's - May 17-21, 2007
Match drawn
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Photos

Jul 16, 2007

Alastair Cook of England cuts a ball from Dwayne Bravo to the boundary during the fourth day of the first npower test match between England and the West Indies at Lord's cricket ground on May 20, 2007 in London, England

Alastair Cook plays the cut

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May 21, 2007

Chris Gayle swings one around the corner, England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord's, May 21, 2007

Chris Gayle swings one around the corner

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