West Indies tour of England and Ireland, 2007 / Commentary

The Wisden Trophy - 2nd Test

England v West Indies

England won by an innings and 283 runs

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

"Is Ryan Sidebottom any relation to the singer/comedian Frank Sidebottom? If so, can we expect to see him play with a papier mache bat?" Talk about an 80s revival. Apparently neon leggings are making a comeback, too, although not in this office they're not.

"Jerusalem" rings out around Headingley as England's openers, Cook and Strauss, take the field.

538 days since Michael Vaughan last played Test cricket. That be an awful long time. "Vaughan has made 50 or more in his last three first class matches (56, 99 & 72), so you could argue, he's a man in form," says Bungo, the biggest geek at Cricinfo HQ. "Ok so those three matches were spread over 12 months, but when he's been fit, he's done the job. Come on Vaughanny!"

"I've just been reading about Cricinfo's staff," Alan says. "How do all the guys feel about working with a woman who seems to be a better cricketer than they will ever be?" Feel fine, thanks for asking. Gnasher's making tea - super effort - and we're nearly ready to get underway.

"While on the subject of Arnold Sidebottom, did he not also play professional football?" asks Tony Fellowes. He did. For Manchester United I believe.

10.45am In picking Sylvester Joseph, West Indies have created a monster for us. His name is Martin and he's our boss, hiding at home today. "You have no idea how long I have been waiting for this," he begins. Usually, this is followed with a torrent of abuse, but not today. "Have I told you about the time I played against Sylvester Joseph?" And lo, the monster is born. "Old Cranleighans [his school] are the last - and possibly only - English side to have won at the Antigua Recreation Ground," he says. "I only hooked him for the three sixes." Good grief alive. Sympathies to Mrs Williamson who will not hear the last of it all day.

"Chandrapool has a bleeding knee?" asks Beery. "Let's hope he has two bleedin' knees..." Yes, very droll.

10.40am It's (still) sunny in Leeds city centre at the moment according to Stephen G201. Not sure that's his real surname, but I'm running with it anyway.

10.30am Jenny is in the Cricinfo house, you'll all be delighted to hear. She is sporting a green hairband today. I am not.

Joseph last played against Sri Lanka at Kandy in 2005 - this is his fifth Test.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul has a bleeding knee and misses out - Sylvester Joseph comes in for him. What a blow that is for West Indies. Not sure how a knee bleeds exactly, but it doesn't sound too good. Nasser Hussain still can't pronounce his name, opting for "Chandrapool". We are nothing if not pedants at Cricinfo.

10.25am Michael Vaughan has won his first toss for England in 18 months and chosen to bat. He's in for Owais Shah. "I've worked hard to get back into Test match cricket, and I'm delighted to be back at my home ground," he said. "We always get great support here, we just need to play good cricket."

"I'm coming to the ground on Sunday," Ian says, "so what's your recommendation for clothing - sunglasses or raincoat?" The latter. Definitely the latter. And an umbrella.

10.10am "Sidebottom? What's next?" Rob from Australia spits. "Are we going to bolster our batting with Darren Maddy?" Not a bad idea if you ask me. And some useful wobbling medium pace to annoy Geoffrey Boycott with, too.

10.05am Ryan Sidebottom will play, it has been confirmed. We'll have more team news as soon as we get it - but this is an interesting selection. England's attack lacked control - basic accuracy - in the first Test, so Sidebottom's experience (and his control...it is hoped) must have been a persuading factor. Plus, of course, this is his old stomping ground. Nevertheless, he does own one of the best surnames in the world, and for that we should be very grateful. He and his father, Arnie, were both proud members of the One Test Wonder club, so Sidebottom senior will have to prop up that bar alone for now. Send us your thoughts on that, life, the universe and anything else skating through your cranium.

10.00am Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the 2nd Test at Headingley. Not quite balmy conditions, but our resident weatherman, Andrew Miller, tells us on his way to the ground that it's fine and sunny in Leeds city centre. Ergo, it's probably raining cats and dogs in Headingley. Anyway - more news of the weather, and much more besides, in two shakes of a proverbial. I'm Will Luke and will be joined by Jenny Thompson very shortly.

0.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, inches short! Strauss fended it off and short leg was a little bit too deep, diving forward but he couldn't hold on. Excellent start

0.2

Powell to Strauss, no run, cracking delivery and the first sign of swing away from the left hander who, back in his crease, just dragged his bat inside the line. I think. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt

0.3

Powell to Strauss, no run, good line, but already the ball is dying on Strauss and not carrying to the wicketkeeper Ramdin. Gentle swing so far...nothing more

Sunny, bright conditions

0.4

Powell to Strauss, no run, on leg stump this time, again Strauss is back in his crease but he was too early on the shot, trying to push it to leg but played it too soon

0.5

Powell to Strauss, 3 runs, nice, gentle push down the ground - nothing more than a nudge off his toes, straight back past the bowler. The ball slows up a touch, preventing four

Timing wasn't there, but a neat stroke nonetheless

0.6

Powell to Cook, no run, quicker, sharper ball outside off which Cook leaves well alone

Benji Wilson emails: "Ask Jenny whether she reckons that posing with two topless women daubed in bodypaint at Chelmsford the week before the first Test helped Alastair 'The Chef' Cook serve up his fifth Test ton? And if so should Mooresy extend the same treatment to all of the team?" Jenny couldn't possibly comment but as long as an ice bath/cold shower is available post-match then anything's worth a go.

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0
AN Cook    0* (1b)      DBL Powell    1-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    3* (5b)     

Three slips, gully and a short-leg

Collymore's taking the new ball ahead of Taylor. Looked like he was suffering from flu at Lord's. That, or the dank, cold, dark conditions.

"Would Ryan not benefit from Jenny's green head band?" asks Kenny Martin. "From the photos of him practising a trip to Sweeney Todd's is a must!" He really does have enormous hair. It's like a hedge.

1.1

Collymore to Strauss, 1 run, but he starts poorly with a leg-side loosener, Strauss just plucking it off his toes to fine leg for a single

1.2

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, military medium, at best, from Collymore and Cook punches it off the back foot to midwicket...and they'll have to sprint to make their ground here. And they do

West Indies have confirmed that Shivnarine Chanderpaul is suffering from inflammatory tendonitis in his right knee which became inflamed during the first Test match at Lord's

1.3

Collymore to Strauss, no run, again on leg stump, Strauss tries to turn it in front of square but can't evade the lurking short leg who does well to prevent a single

Good, attacking field here

1.4

Collymore to Strauss, no run, oh no, poor stuff from Collymore - miles down the leg side

1.5

Collymore to Strauss, no run, excellent delivery on off stump, cutting back into Strauss who is straight and solid in defence. All very solid in fact

1.6

Collymore to Strauss, 1 run, and picked off down to fine leg

Well that was as innocuous an opening over as I've seen for ages. Tame as tame could be

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 6/0
AJ Strauss    5* (10b)      CD Collymore    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    1* (2b)      DBL Powell    1-0-3-0

"Maybe Vaughan picked Sidebottom for his flak-deflecting lapse from Test cricket: 2,196 days." Worrying geekery from Chadders.

2.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, good pace from Powell here, rushing Strauss who punches it off the back foot into the covers

2.2

Powell to Strauss, 1 wide, touch too wide and easily left alone this time from Strauss

2.2

Powell to Strauss, FOUR, oh don't feed him there. It's short and wide of the off stump, cut hard past Joseph at gully for four

Strauss may not be in his finest form (yet - he's a Middlesex man; it's only time before he conquers the world) but that was a fierce cut

2.3

Powell to Strauss, no run, ooh, sweetly struck by the Middlesex legend, timing it neatly - presenting a pleasingly straight bat too

2.4

Powell to Strauss, 1 no ball, wild and wide, like an obese punk rocker, and it's no-balled too

2.4

Powell to Strauss, no run, good line and an improving length - just outside Strauss's off stump who comes forward, confidently, before shouldering arms

Super tea. Thanks Gnasher

2.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, well, a little too wide this time and left alone comfortably

2.6

Powell to Strauss, no run, full but wide, Strauss leaving it alone

Just too wide, West Indies, so far. John Foster adds this about Big Arn. "He also played professional football for Halifax & Huddersfield and his nickname was Woolfer."

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 12/0
AJ Strauss    9* (17b 1x4)      DBL Powell    2-0-9-0
AN Cook    1* (2b)      CD Collymore    1-0-3-0

3.1

Collymore to Cook, 2 runs, he's fed a leg-side drifted which he tucks into, without a knife and fork, plucking it through midwicket just in front of square

3.2

Collymore to Cook, no run, a beauty - a cracker outside off, and causing the first roar from the bowler. It left him at the very last moment, beating a fishy poke outside off

3.3

Collymore to Cook, 2 runs, back cut down to third man

Nasser Hussain's son head-butted him, hence his thick lip.

3.4

Collymore to Cook, 2 runs, ah, neatly tucked off his pads for a single. Good placement

3.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, Ramdin's loving that. "Awww-ooh" he says, to one which is comfortably left alone outside off

Make him play. Must mek dem play.

England's 12th men today are David Wainwright and Chris Gilbert. How can there be two 12th men? See, told you we were pedants.

3.6

Collymore to Cook, 3 runs, much better line, but it's too full and Cook got in line and punched it brilliantly down the ground. That's a fine, fine stroke - touch of Matthew Elliott in that (remember him?)

End of over 4 (9 runs) England 21/0
AN Cook    10* (8b)      CD Collymore    2-0-12-0
AJ Strauss    9* (17b 1x4)      DBL Powell    2-0-9-0

4.1

Powell to Cook, 1 run, a complete waste. On leg stump, the Cook turns him into butter and picks off another single to fine leg

4.2

Powell to Strauss, no run, just a touch too short but a much better line this time, Cook leaving outside off

"By the way," Tom says, "I'm 'revising' for an English Lit exam which is on Tuesday, so if you could possibly make the commentary of a particularly high literary standard today, I would feel a little bit better about following it, and not reading Dickens." Yeah whatever, innit. No problem Tom. We shall do our best.

4.3

Powell to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

4.4

Powell to Strauss, FOUR, shot of the morning. Far too short and wide, but the position Strauss got into was excellent - back and across like a flash, waiting on the back foot and hammering it in front of square off the back foot. Ferociously cut

4.5

Powell to Strauss, 2 runs, great ball and he's edged it to first slip, I think? No, it falls short - great combeack from Powell though, but in fact it fell well in front of first slip

The ball has been "dying" since the first over. Time for the keeper to bring his slips up, surely?

4.6

Powell to Strauss, no run, too wide, left alone

End of over 5 (7 runs) England 28/0
AJ Strauss    15* (22b 2x4)      DBL Powell    3-0-16-0
AN Cook    11* (9b)      CD Collymore    2-0-12-0

5.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, good ball on middle-and-off which is defended

5.2

Collymore to Cook, 3 runs, excellent smudge through midwicket, just turning his wrists - well balanced at the crease, too - and picking up too

Collymore isn't happy. All over the shop at the moment. And he runs into bowl, but Strauss has a problem...a winner behind the bowler's arm has stood up to feed his whippet, or something.

5.3

Collymore to Strauss, no run, that's a good one, angling back into the left hander who's solid in defence

Whippets. What exactly is a whippet and why are Yorkshire people associated with them?

5.4

Collymore to Strauss, no run, much better from Collywobbles, cutting back into the batsman who's rapped high on the pads

5.5

Collymore to Strauss, no run, too wide this time and left alone with ease by Middlesex's finest

5.6

Collymore to Strauss, no run, again, it is simply too wide from Collymore. Pitch it up and attack his stumps

End of over 6 (3 runs) England 31/0
AJ Strauss    15* (26b 2x4)      CD Collymore    3-0-15-0
AN Cook    14* (11b)      DBL Powell    3-0-16-0

"You want Latin? How about 'nil carborundum illegitimi'" says Cranleigh's Martin

6.1

Powell to Cook, no run, guess what? It be short, it be wide and Cook leaves well alone

6.2

Powell to Cook, no run, a thud of a back-foot-punch. Almost appeared to come off his glove

6.3

Powell to Cook, no run, cor, that's a bit of a ripper, the ball spitting up at Cook who shaped to cut before dragging his back inside the line, snapping his neck out of the way. Fierce ball there

Fierce. Remind me never, ever to say that word again. Very much a Sloaney word

6.4

Powell to Cook, no run, pushed out calmly to the covers

6.5

Powell to Cook, FOUR, shot, Cook, fabulous cut - smashed off the back foot in front of square. A great deal of authority, pose and style in that stroke

He continues to grow with every innings, and I cannot believe he is younger than me. It's a travesty, but well done him anyway

6.6

Powell to Cook, 1 leg bye, and a nice, juicy leg-stump drifter which Cook feeds on, plucking it down to fine-leg. Easy business this batting lark

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 36/0
AN Cook    18* (17b 1x4)      DBL Powell    4-0-20-0
AJ Strauss    15* (26b 2x4)      CD Collymore    3-0-15-0

"Corey's start must have Windies fans feeling a bit "Melan-colly". Am I right?" asks Chris. Very good. Here he comes for another go

7.1

Collymore to Cook, 2 runs, another gift on his pads which Strauss waits for, almost expecting it, turning his wrists and timing it pretty well through midwicket

"I'm preparing a sermon for Sunday," says the Reverend Graham Peacock. "So could you make your commentary spiritually edifying as well." Now, there's some pressure. Do our best, Rev.

7.2

Collymore to Cook, no run, just on off stump, prodded back to the bowler

7.3

Collymore to Cook, no run, much, much better line on middle-and-off this time. Cook goes back, quickly, and is hurried into defending it to leg. He was miles back in his crease there

Botham's back on Sky's commentary. No mention of his late night exploits, beer-drinking larks and whatever. Give it 10 minutes...

7.4

Collymore to Cook, no run, ooh, bananarama - swinging back into Cook who leaves it alone on length

7.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, solidly forward to another inswinger

7.6

Collymore to Cook, no run, and a good one to end the over, shaping back into Cook who defends

End of over 8 (2 runs) England 38/0
AN Cook    20* (23b 1x4)      CD Collymore    4-0-17-0
AJ Strauss    15* (26b 2x4)      DBL Powell    4-0-20-0

"How much does a Cranleigh education cost?" asks Nigel Owen. "None of the above is correct Latin. Carborundum is not a Latin word but the brand name of a commercial abrasive..." He goes on. As for a Cranleigh education, it costs more than the average price of a terraced house. And that's per term, too. Martin revealed to me earlier that they even have a special lesson (one of many no doubt) on Tuesdays to enhance their blind optimism.

8.1

Powell to Strauss, OUT, gone, another start and another poor stroke from Strauss. It was in his area - a horrible ball, in truth. Too wide, too short, Straus flayed at it and went for a cut, but got a thin edge through to the wicketkeeper

AJ Strauss c †Ramdin b Powell 15 (35m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Bit of a bonus wicket, that. Powell will bowl better balls (as he has done on occasion this morning) without getting a wicket. Still, he is the first winner of the day - and a big cheer goes up as Vaughan comes to the crease. A nation clutches their knees, fingers, arms and every other limb. Will he snap or won't he?

8.2

Powell to Vaughan, no run, excellent ball! Terrific, fast, inswinging delivery to Vaughan who looked a little rushed there, defending it to leg off the back foot

Massive pressure for Vaughan here

8.3

Powell to Vaughan, no run, far too short, far too wide, far too...well, it was village, and left alone

Absolutely imperative they make him play. He even admitted before the game he felt as though he was starting his international career all over again

8.4

Powell to Vaughan, no run, and another priceless sighter for Vaughan. Easily left

8.5

Powell to Vaughan, 1 run, he's off the mark, nudging it down to fine leg - and I can confirm his knee has survived the run

I wonder if Sky will have an X-ray cam for next season. "And yes, we can see some serious ligament damage here. Combined with Hot Spot, we can tell that, yes, the ball hit him smack on the knee, as indicated by the big white blob".

8.6

Powell to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

Simon Martin writes: "The request for spiritual input brings to mind the mention of cricket in the Bible (in the Acts of the Apostles) - 'Peter stood up with the 11 and was bold'."

End of over 9 (1 run) England 39/1
AN Cook    20* (24b 1x4)      DBL Powell    5-0-21-1
MP Vaughan    1* (4b)      CD Collymore    4-0-17-0

"I'm preparing a speech for a convention on the exploits of deep sea diving," says Dr Bill Rousseau, "so could you make your commentary somewhat nautical as well?" We couldn't possibly sink so low. We could have a singsong though. "We all live in a yellow subma..." or not.

9.1

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan is forward, a touch tentatively, to a very fine ball on off stump which he is forced to defend.

Three slips, gully, short leg. West Indies on the attack

9.2

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, a nice curving outswinger which he leaves alone. Wisely.

9.3

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, very, very well bowled once again. A little short of a length and cutting back into the right-hander this time who came forward, misreading the movement off the pitch. Rapped on the pads, and a biggish appeal for lbw...but that's going down leg.

In comes Collymore, up to the crease...but he pulls out. Not happy with his run-up or something, so he tries again, and here he comes

9.4

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, on off stump, very well bowled. Vaughan is absolutely solid on the front foot

9.5

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, a nice bit of drift away from Vaughan after pitching, but too wide and easily left alone

Patchy clouds overhead, but very pleasant conditions. Perfect, in fact.

9.6

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, in the channel (not the English Channel) and left alone

End of over 10 (maiden) England 39/1
MP Vaughan    1* (10b)      CD Collymore    5-1-17-0
AN Cook    20* (24b 1x4)      DBL Powell    5-0-21-1

Vaughan's the only surviving member of Sidebottom's only Test, against Pakistan in 2001. So now you know

10.1

Powell to Cook, 1 run, plucked off his legs

What a belting surname that is. Sidebottom. Good job it's not Frontbottom

Three slips, gully, short leg

10.2

Powell to Vaughan, 2 runs, ooh a full toss wide of the off stump - that came out all Pete Tong and Vaughan angled it fine down to third man

10.3

Powell to Vaughan, no run, very well left outside off. He shaped to play but rightly left alone at the last moment

10.4

Powell to Vaughan, no run, close - really fine bowling here. Vaughan is desperate to cut these but, again at the last moment, withdraws his bat. Cat-and-mouse cricket here

10.5

Powell to Vaughan, no run, awayswing, but too wide and left alone

To combine the nautical, spiritual and literary :- "Oh my God, there's a bloody great Whale" from Moby Dick.

10.6

Powell to Vaughan, no run, much too wide and easily left alone

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 42/1
MP Vaughan    3* (15b)      DBL Powell    6-0-24-1
AN Cook    21* (25b 1x4)      CD Collymore    5-1-17-0

11.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, well, that's too wide and Cook easily shoulders arms

11.2

Collymore to Cook, 2 runs, drifting into his pads, Cook steams this through midwicket

11.3

Collymore to Cook, no run, wide of his off stump - the bowlers' lines have been all over the proverbial this morning. It's left alone

11.4

Collymore to Cook, no run, see? Much better. Cutting back into Cook's off stump who defends it off the back foot

11.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, excellent delivery again, Cook prods it back to the bowler

11.6

Collymore to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot to end the over

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 44/1
AN Cook    23* (31b 1x4)      CD Collymore    6-1-19-0
MP Vaughan    3* (15b)      DBL Powell    6-0-24-1

Jerome Taylor into the attack

12.1

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, ooh, that's a fine ball to start your spell with, angling into Vaughan's middle stump, as it were, before shaping away at the last moment. Cautiously defended

12.2

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, more of a tearaway delivery this time and a bit too wide of Vaughan's off stump

12.3

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan unfurls his first cover-drive of the morning, timing it well but finding cover point

12.4

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, nicely bowled, swinging away from Vaughan who pings it to point

David Reave says: "Talking of the Bible, 'In the big inning'." Very good. We like puns. Get me more puns.

12.5

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, too short - ineffective and left alone

"It's evening here in Aus," Mike says, "and I'm preparing to have a few drinks so if you could possibly put up the commentary in bold or a slightly larger font it will help me enormously as the evening goes on....."

NO PROBLEM MIKE

12.6

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, on off stump, solidly blocked out on the front foot

End of over 13 (maiden) England 44/1
MP Vaughan    3* (21b)      JE Taylor    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    23* (31b 1x4)      CD Collymore    6-1-19-0

One of the three slips drops out

13.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, shaping into the left hander, Cook braises this back to the bowler on the front foot

13.2

Collymore to Cook, no run, just outside leg, Cook tries to stir this to midwicket but can't time it and it bobbles back to the bowler

13.3

Collymore to Cook, no run, prodded out to cover, but no timing there

13.4

Collymore to Cook, 2 runs, Cook rolls this out to long-off, really neatly played - not looking to hit the cover off it, just timing it nicely

13.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, on leg stump, no gas in that delivery and Cook can't time it, just working it to midwicket

13.6

Collymore to Cook, no run, good ball to end the over, cutting back into Cook who defends

That's all from me. Keep your emails coming in and, equipped with hairband and witticisms, it's Jenny into the chair.

Tempus fugit, it's me already. Hello everyone and a happy Friday, though with it being day one, I keep thinking it's Thursday. Am I on my own there?

While it's drinks, time to tell you I've just received a press release from Warwickshire. Spot the incongruity. Charlotte Edwards, England's captain, "helped launch Warwickshire CCC's exclusive Ladies Day to be held at Edgbaston on Tuesday June 26 as she posed alongside the current Miss England, Miss Birmingham, Miss Worcester and Neil Carter."

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 46/1
AN Cook    25* (37b 1x4)      CD Collymore    7-1-21-0
MP Vaughan    3* (21b)      JE Taylor    1-1-0-0

14.1

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, nice shape, pinging that in on a good length outside off and enjoying the swing away from the right hander, who leaves it easily enough

14.2

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan shows a touch of aggression now, stepping down and leaning into a cover drive... that goes straight to the fielder

Vaughan's looking relaxed out there

14.3

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, on leg, swished away to square

14.4

Taylor to Vaughan, 4 leg byes, wider down leg, allowing Vaughan to swivel round and brush off the pad to fine leg

14.5

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, down leg again, Taylor struggling with his line here; Vaughan chases round, but is too late on the shot

14.6

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, on off this time, finally, up there and Vaughan defends forward easily enough

Powell now replacing Collymore at the Kirkstall Lane End

End of over 15 (4 runs, maiden) England 50/1
MP Vaughan    3* (27b)      JE Taylor    2-2-0-0
AN Cook    25* (37b 1x4)      CD Collymore    7-1-21-0

15.1

Powell to Cook, no run, stays over the wicket and drops a touch back of a length, Cook leans out to reach into a drive, which he plays without much power

15.2

Powell to Cook, no run, bends that right across the left hander, who shoulders arms easily enough

15.3

Powell to Cook, no run, a better line, but still not close enough to tempt Cook who again shoulders arms

15.4

Powell to Cook, no run, straighter, up there, defended

15.5

Powell to Cook, no run, another straight one, defended with similar amount of fuss (ie little)

15.6

Powell to Cook, no run, another good delivery, around off-stump, where Cook's been weak in the past, but he's strong here, defending with a straight bat

Steve says "Is Vaughan the most negative and boring player ever!? Scoring rate of over 5 an over when he came to the crease, now look at it! He is so boring to watch!" We disagree, Steve! He's under pressure, after all! And one of the most elegant batsmen England has produced, too!

End of over 16 (maiden) England 50/1
AN Cook    25* (43b 1x4)      DBL Powell    7-1-24-1
MP Vaughan    3* (27b)      JE Taylor    2-2-0-0

16.1

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, tried to leave one outside off, a late decision, and the ball clattered off his bat and down back into the ground

16.2

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off, down the hallway of hesistancy

16.3

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, on leg, Vaughan gets over that one, looking to pull away behind square

16.4

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, tight delivery, well bowled, Taylor right next to the stumps on release, dragging that one into the right hander on middle; a good length, but a solid defence

16.5

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, left alone as that one swings away down the channel

16.6

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, pushes Vaughan back on to his toes, with a solid defence into the covers

Darren Sammy is West Indies' 12th man by the way

End of over 17 (maiden) England 50/1
MP Vaughan    3* (33b)      JE Taylor    3-3-0-0
AN Cook    25* (43b 1x4)      DBL Powell    7-1-24-1

17.1

Powell to Cook, no run, straight again, defended on the back foot

17.2

Powell to Cook, no run, over the wicket again, in the corridor, shaping right away from the left hander, but Ramdin tidies up with ease

17.3

Powell to Cook, 3 runs, room enough to drive straight through mid-off, and the batsmen run'em up

17.4

Powell to Vaughan, FOUR, great shot, a smidgen short outside off, Vaughan rockets round with a very strong pull indeed. He just stands, delivers... and then admires, no need to leave his crease

17.5

Powell to Vaughan, no run, fuller delivery now, good response, but on middle-and-leg, prompting Vaughan to drive into short midwicket

17.6

Powell to Vaughan, 1 run, short, and not played so positively - squirting a hook aerially behind square, and taking his eyes off the ball, naughtily enough

End of over 18 (8 runs) England 58/1
MP Vaughan    8* (36b 1x4)      DBL Powell    8-1-32-1
AN Cook    28* (46b 1x4)      JE Taylor    3-3-0-0

18.1

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, outside off, lovely arc down the channel, left alone

18.2

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, outside off, a touch short, but defended off the back foot

18.3

Taylor to Vaughan, 1 no ball, good pace, but oversteps with the effort

18.3

Taylor to Vaughan, FOUR, oh, short and wide, but Vaughan is lucky to get away with a swipe away from his body through gully. Is it a four? A very tight decision to be made - at full stretch to keep that inside the rope

18.4

Taylor to Vaughan, FOUR, now that's a lovely drive, one of those cover drives to make you weep, all of you, even the grown men among you

18.5

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, tidy follow-up, though, from Taylor, slanting down the channel; the batsman leaves

18.6

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, close - Vaughan defends very late there, the ball crashing past his inside edge, through the gate and just, just hopping over the sticks

End of over 19 (9 runs) England 67/1
MP Vaughan    16* (43b 3x4)      JE Taylor    4-3-9-0
AN Cook    28* (46b 1x4)      DBL Powell    8-1-32-1

19.1

Powell to Cook, no run, straight and left alone

19.2

Powell to Cook, no run, from wider of the wicket this time, angling across Cook

19.3

Powell to Cook, 1 run, just outside the off peg, Cook drops bat on it and the pair run through

This has been good bowling so far from West Indies, straight, and with control

19.4

Powell to Vaughan, no run, movement in the air, and tight again, Vaughan defends easily enough

19.5

Powell to Vaughan, no run, on off, and driven over through short midwicket

19.6

Powell to Vaughan, no run, outside off, shaping away down the channel

Tight over from Powell, gone in a blink, there

End of over 20 (1 run) England 68/1
MP Vaughan    16* (46b 3x4)      DBL Powell    9-1-33-1
AN Cook    29* (49b 1x4)      JE Taylor    4-3-9-0

20.1

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, on leg, squeezed behind square off the front foot

20.2

Taylor to Vaughan, FOUR, the inswinger, but too much swing in, and Vaughan caresses off the shins through midwicket, a neat flick

20.3

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, straight, Vaughan adjusts late to defend on the back foot as he's squared up

20.4

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off

20.5

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, tight in the channel and left alone once more

20.6

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, more leaving, more of the straight stuff

"England ladies at Edgbaston," says Richard. "Was Neil Carter naked and only protecting his modesty with a covering of body paint? I don't think so! Charlotte should have had a few Chippendales instead of more Misses alongside." Absolutely: Chippendales, very fine furniture.

Dwayne Bravo is limbering up - he's coming on to bowl

End of over 21 (5 runs) England 73/1
MP Vaughan    20* (51b 4x4)      JE Taylor    5-3-14-0
AN Cook    30* (50b 1x4)      DBL Powell    9-1-33-1

21.1

Bravo to Cook, 3 runs, clipped off the legs

21.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, straight, Vaughan tries to defend on the front foot, but an edge flies down in front of the slips

21.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, bend away outside off, wide enough to leave, and a good decision, too, as it's on a decent length

21.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, on middle-and-leg this time, Vaughan tries to work a drive off his legs through midwicket, but is late

21.5

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, straight down the channel, good bowling by Bravo

21.6

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, outside off, picked off, but straight to gully

A decent enough over first up

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 76/1
MP Vaughan    20* (56b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    33* (51b 1x4)      JE Taylor    5-3-14-0

22.1

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, short, on leg, Cook has lots of time on this slow pitch to pull in front of square and there was no need to run for that

22.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, on leg again, but pushed up more, Cook brings his hands down to play in front of square

22.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, on off, Cook defends forward, then rehearses the shot just to make sure

22.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, on leg, clips to square

Don't forget our photos which Gnasher and Will are beavering away at adding. Check 'em.

22.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, down leg, chased round

22.6

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, outside off, room enough to cut safely behind point

End of over 23 (5 runs) England 81/1
AN Cook    38* (57b 2x4)      JE Taylor    6-3-19-0
MP Vaughan    20* (56b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-3-0

23.1

Bravo to Cook, no run, over the wicket, enough width to play off the back foot into the covers

23.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, tighter line, just outside off; two arms, shouldered

23.3

Bravo to Cook, no run, more width now, Cook leaves alone again

23.4

Bravo to Cook, no run, sway away down the channel, again there's no need to play, so he didn't

23.5

Bravo to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

23.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, another leave to complete the set

End of over 24 (maiden) England 81/1
AN Cook    38* (63b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    2-1-3-0
MP Vaughan    20* (56b 4x4)      JE Taylor    6-3-19-0

24.1

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, down off, left alone

24.2

Taylor to Vaughan, 3 runs, a lovely cover drive (lovely often a tautology when in connection with Vaughan, of course) - leans right in and drives so strongly

24.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, down leg, chased round, too late

24.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off now, left

24.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, defended into the covers

24.6

Taylor to Cook, 3 runs, full enough for a cover drive but collected inside the rope

End of over 25 (6 runs) England 87/1
AN Cook    41* (67b 2x4)      JE Taylor    7-3-25-0
MP Vaughan    23* (58b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    2-1-3-0

25.1

Bravo to Cook, no run, outside off, Cook wants to drive, and does so, but straight to cover and without much power, because of the length

25.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, pushed up there, defended on the back foot

25.3

Bravo to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

25.4

Bravo to Cook, 1 no ball, overstepped with the effort of forcing down the channel

25.4

Bravo to Cook, no run, compact delivery, wicket to just outside wicket, down off

25.5

Bravo to Cook, no run, left alone outside off - there's a pattern developing

25.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, driven forward to mid-off without much timing

"Is the incongruity that Neil Carter is left-handed, while Miss England, Miss Worcester and Miss Birmignham are all right handers?" asks Tim, who has guessed correctly and wins a prize.

Gayle into the attack now.

End of over 26 (1 run) England 88/1
AN Cook    41* (74b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    3-1-4-0
MP Vaughan    23* (58b 4x4)      JE Taylor    7-3-25-0

26.1

Gayle to Vaughan, 1 run, very athletic fielding at gully, a long stretching dive to keep down the runs

26.2

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, a shuffle through off

26.3

Gayle to Vaughan, no run, on off and defended forward

26.4

Gayle to Vaughan, no run, big bounce, but not much turn, Vaughan tries to whip through gully, but rolls his wrists too high

26.5

Gayle to Vaughan, 1 run, outside edge down through the vacant slips

Last ball before lunch

26.6

Gayle to Cook, OUT, gone! Round the wicket, pitched outside off, nips back and holds its line - a middle peg one - as it raps Cook on the front pad. That was out, no doubt

AN Cook lbw b Gayle 42 (120m 76b 2x4 0x6) SR: 55.26

A great time to get a wicket for West Indies, then, on the stroke of lunch and Sarwan's change has worked. England had had the best of a comfortable morning, after losing Strauss, but that late wicket will have pepped West Indies up.

There are 11 fathers and sons who have played for England, by the way. The Dads v Lads match would include the Butchers, the Cowdreys, the Stewarts, alongside Arnie and Ryan.

End of over 27 (3 runs) England 91/2
     CH Gayle    1-0-3-1
MP Vaughan    25* (62b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    3-1-4-0

Bravo's opening the bowling with two slips and, ah, two gullies I think

Oh dear. Someone's trying to persuade me to go speed dating. I don't think so. Instead, eligible ladies please form an orderly. West Indies are huddled on the boundary edge having a quick mother's meeting and geeing eachother up. The new man (Cook fell on the stroke of lunch) is Kevin Pietersen - fantastic news for all concerned. Remember his tĂȘte-a-tĂȘte with Chris Gayle at Lord's? Priceless. Handbags at the ready.

Imran Khan, West Indies' media manager, reminds me to say hello to all those in the Caribbean. So, hello to all in the Caribbean. Hope you're enjoying our coverage and do send us your thoughts. Never mind your job; cricket is far more important.

A spiffingly raucous good afternoon to you all. Will here. Lunch consumed, we're ready to rock here, and before play gets underway it gives me just enough time to tell you of a sponsored charity walk one of our colleagues is doing. Paul Coupar, from The Wisden Cricketer magazine, and Hugh Chevallier from the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack are aiming to raise £3500 for the Laurie Engel fund. They're walking miles and miles (pub to pub, no doubt, but don't let that affect your judgement) across southern England. It's a fantastic cause - do dig deep.

27.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan calmly comes forward and shoulders arms

27.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, military medium from Bravo here and Vaughan blocks it out with fortification

27.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, a fuller length this time, Vaughan unfurls a cover drive but can't time it, the ball splodging meekly back to the bowler

27.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, driven slightly uppishly to the second of the gullies. Falls well short, but he does well to field

Most of the West Indians are fielding in sweaters, incidentally

27.5

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, too wide from Bravo this time. Left well alone

27.6

Bravo to Vaughan, 5 runs, punched out to cover off the back foot and they scamper through for an easy single. In comes a furious throw from Ganga, with no chance of running him out, and it flies through for overthrows. Truly dreadful

That was village, and Bravo is decidedly unimpressed. There was absolutely no need to throw down the stumps; Pietersen was home by a metre or more. Ho hum. Here's Collymore

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 96/2
MP Vaughan    30* (68b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    4-1-9-0
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)      CH Gayle    1-0-3-1

28.1

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, my word, that is a corking jaffa of a cracker from Collymore. Angling into the right hander before cutting it away at the very last moment. Vaughan didn't have a hope. In fact, he'd have won a medal if he'd managed to get an edge on that

28.2

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, a good one on off stump again, no movement off the pitch this time and Vaughan blocks it out

28.3

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, ah, excellent ball again - full and straight, Vaughan intent on defence here

28.4

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, excellent line just nagging Vaughan outside his off stump. Vaughan comes forward to defend

Isn't Test cricket great? Mini battles between batsman and bowler; cat-and-mouse mind-games and so on. Enthralling

28.5

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, on off stump, Vaughan blocks it out

28.6

Collymore to Vaughan, FOUR, but the moment Collymore drifts in his line, Vaughan capitalises and turns it with an elegant flick through midwicket. Terrific batting, that

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 100/2
MP Vaughan    34* (74b 5x4)      CD Collymore    8-1-25-0
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)      DJ Bravo    4-1-9-0

29.1

Bravo to Pietersen, no run, well wide of Pietersen who leaves it alone

29.2

Bravo to Pietersen, no run, some encouraging shape away from the batsman who again leaves alone

A big hello to Gregg Pietersen, brother of Kevin, who's written in to say hello.

29.3

Bravo to Pietersen, FOUR, Bravo drifts this down the leg side - in fact, it wasn't even that much of a drifter, on middle-and-leg and Pietersen rolls the wrists to send it down to fine-leg

29.4

Bravo to Pietersen, no run, nearly - very, very close to being caught at gully here. Too full to be driving, too wide too, and Pietersen got a thick outside edge which flew short of the first of two gullies

My word that was tight

29.5

Bravo to Pietersen, no run, the ever enthusiastic Bravo is convinced he's got Pietersen lbw here, but it's about a foot down the leg side. Great appeal though

29.6

Bravo to Pietersen, 3 leg byes, the wrong line, KP nudges it off his pad

End of over 30 (7 runs) England 107/2
KP Pietersen    4* (6b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    5-1-13-0
MP Vaughan    34* (74b 5x4)      CD Collymore    8-1-25-0

30.1

Collymore to Pietersen, 1 run, a good line here outside off stump. Pietersen shuffles across, as is his wont, and pushes it back to the bowler

30.2

Collymore to Vaughan, 2 runs, very neatly angled down to third man. A real "touch" stroke, deftly feathered

30.3

Collymore to Vaughan, 1 run, clumped down the ground but he can't time it, and mid-on is quick to scamper across

30.4

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, disdainfully slapped on the front foot but he too can't time it

30.5

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, a much straighter blade is shown to the bowler here, timing it elegantly to mid-on for a zero

30.6

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, an off-drive which he doesn't time

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 111/2
KP Pietersen    5* (10b 1x4)      CD Collymore    9-1-29-0
MP Vaughan    37* (76b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    5-1-13-0

31.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, cutting back into the right hander at the last moment. Bravo holds his arms up in disgust at Vaughan's arm-shouldering

31.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, floated up (if that doesn't do Bravo a disservice), it's right in the slot for Vaughan who creams him straight to mid-off

31.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, much better line this time, tempting Vaughan into an airy fairy waft outside off. Instead, he angles it to gully

31.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, ever so slightly fuller, Vaughan again is back in his crease and defending - roaring a "no" to Pietersen, and what a roar it was

31.5

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, defended solidly on the front foot

31.6

Bravo to Vaughan, 2 runs, well played from Vaughan but a terrible, lacklustre piece of fielding from...well, I'm not sure who it was, diving forward at gully and missing the ball by about a foot. Sloppy and wasteful

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 113/2
MP Vaughan    39* (82b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    6-1-15-0
KP Pietersen    5* (10b 1x4)      CD Collymore    9-1-29-0

32.1

Collymore to Pietersen, 2 runs, too full and straight - do not bowl there to Pietersen - and the batsman times it through midwicket

32.2

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, pushed back to the bowler

32.3

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, fluently driven straight to cover

32.4

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, that's a tighter line this time, Pietersen pushing it back to the bowler off the back foot. Vaughan has to tell him not to run

32.5

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, desperate to work it off his pads, Pietersen flicks it straight back to the bowler, the bat turning in his wrists

Sooner or later he's going to find his timing

32.6

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, but a good end to the over, pitching it up and Pietersen can't make anything of it

End of over 33 (2 runs) England 115/2
KP Pietersen    7* (16b 1x4)      CD Collymore    10-1-31-0
MP Vaughan    39* (82b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    6-1-15-0

33.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, full left alone outside off

33.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, straighter this time, Vaughan is solid in defence

33.3

Bravo to Vaughan, FOUR, one for the scrapbook: a touch too full, Vaughan lured forward and strokes it through the covers, on the up, for four

You can almost hear the army of photographers' cameras clicking away

33.4

Bravo to Vaughan, 1 run, ah, lovely stroke again, flicking it through midwicket with ease, if not placement

33.5

Bravo to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen almost runs down the pitch at Bravo, timing it straight back to him

33.6

Bravo to Pietersen, no run, rapped on the pads, not a bad shout but it's doing just a bit too much, drifting down leg

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 120/2
KP Pietersen    7* (18b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    7-1-20-0
MP Vaughan    44* (86b 6x4)      CD Collymore    10-1-31-0

34.1

Collymore to Vaughan, FOUR, magnificent stroke. Just turned through midwicket, effortlessly, for four. Timing was spot on, as was the placement

Approaching his fifty

34.2

Collymore to Vaughan, 1 run, ooh, an inside edge bobbles perilously close to his stumps, Pietersen calls him through for a single. "Mind the knees," shouts a nervous nation

Knees, arms and legs all intact

34.3

Collymore to Pietersen, 2 leg byes, too straight, Pietersen works it off his pads for a couple

34.4

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off. More inswing for Collywobbles

34.5

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, well outside off, Pietersen works it into the covers off the back foot

Can't quite find his timing yet, Pietersen

In comes Collymore, out goes Collymore. Not sure what happened there, perhaps the foot slipped. He's going to try again

34.6

Collymore to Pietersen, 1 no ball, but he oversteps this time

Ronnie comes over to give him a friendly word or two of advice

34.6

Collymore to Pietersen, 1 run, too straight, Pietersen nudges it to mid-on who appears to be having a snooze, and they get a single

End of over 35 (9 runs) England 129/2
KP Pietersen    8* (23b 1x4)      CD Collymore    11-1-38-0
MP Vaughan    49* (88b 7x4)      DJ Bravo    7-1-20-0

And now another Pietersen brother, Tony, has written in. Hello TP. We just need Bryan now - are you there, BP? BP, Texaco, Esso (sorry)

35.1

Powell to Pietersen, no run, timed off the back foot into the covers

35.2

Powell to Pietersen, no run, pushed out off the back foot

35.3

Powell to Pietersen, no run, that's a great line on off stump, watchfully blocked out off the back foot

A jet screams overhead at Headingley, interrupting Powell's run-up

35.4

Powell to Pietersen, no run, very well bowled, a spearing inswinger which is dug out at the last moment

Pietersen signals to the dressing room, waving his hands. Perhaps he needs some gloves. Or perhaps he just felt like a wave

35.5

Powell to Pietersen, no run, ah, is the timing returning? It's pinged to mid-off

35.6

Powell to Pietersen, no run, elegantly flicked off his pads but again he can't place it

Pietersen's got some new gloves and a drink, from a 12th man who is surely only just out of nappies.

End of over 36 (maiden) England 129/2
KP Pietersen    8* (29b 1x4)      DBL Powell    10-2-33-1
MP Vaughan    49* (88b 7x4)      CD Collymore    11-1-38-0

Vaughan, on 49

36.1

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, stroked out to cover. No chance of a run there

36.2

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, angling into Vaughan who can't find the gap at midwicket

36.3

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, a touch more bounce for Vaughan this time who goes back and punches it to cover. "No" is the call

Still on 49...

36.4

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, fine ball on off stump, just short of a length and Vaughan presents the straightest of bats in his defence

36.5

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front foot

36.6

Collymore to Vaughan, 1 run, driven to mid-off to end the over. Oh, but no! Another hapless piece of fielding there allows Vaughan through for a single and there's his 15th Test fifty, on his home ground too

End of over 37 (1 run) England 130/2
MP Vaughan    50* (94b 7x4)      CD Collymore    12-1-39-0
KP Pietersen    8* (29b 1x4)      DBL Powell    10-2-33-1

37.1

Powell to Vaughan, no run, blimey that's a superb looking stroke. I'd forgotten just how easy he makes it look, cover-driving fluently here but straight to mid-off

37.2

Powell to Vaughan, no run, good comeback here, jagging this back nastily on Vaughan who is trapped in his crease and is rapped high on the thigh

High. Thigh.

37.3

Powell to Vaughan, no run, wider of the crease, it spears into Vaughan who tucks it to leg but can't find the gap

37.4

Powell to Vaughan, no run, wide of the off stump this time, Vaughan pushes this out to cover

Simon True has spotted BP. "Bryan works in the gym round the corner from me, and I saw him in there at lunchtime." Nevermind Cricinfo, this is Brothers Reunited.

37.5

Powell to Vaughan, no run, too straight, but Vaughan gives it due respect anyway, defending it off the back foot

37.6

Powell to Vaughan, no run, defended off the back foot

End of over 38 (maiden) England 130/2
MP Vaughan    50* (100b 7x4)      DBL Powell    11-3-33-1
KP Pietersen    8* (29b 1x4)      CD Collymore    12-1-39-0

"Interesting," starts Gnasher. "KP's playing himself in here, much as he did at Lord's."

"That wasn't KP waving for gloves," says Andrew Miller. "That was KP waving to his brothers." They won't be waving back though. They're all working (and reading Cricinfo, as they should).

38.1

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, well wide of the off stump

Oh that's a sight for sore eyes. Only at Leeds would you see this. A 60-year-old red-faced bloke dressed in black, with a woman's wig on. He looks absolutely ridiculous, and well done him for that

38.2

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, ah, terrific shot saved by the non-striker's stumps - which is flattened, such is the timing

38.3

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, beautifully timed with a flick of the wrists, but straight to short midwicket

38.4

Collymore to Pietersen, FOUR, magnificent stroke and a high-class piece of jumping from Vaughan. Timed back to Vaughan and aiming for his crown jewels, and excellent star jump allowed the ball to race through for four, while also allowing Vaughan the chance of more children

38.5

Collymore to Pietersen, 1 run, hammered on the front foot but he finds cover

38.6

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, deftly worked to gully

End of over 39 (5 runs) England 135/2
MP Vaughan    50* (101b 7x4)      CD Collymore    13-1-44-0
KP Pietersen    13* (34b 2x4)      DBL Powell    11-3-33-1

39.1

Powell to Pietersen, no run, but it's miles down the leg side

39.2

Powell to Pietersen, no run, again too straight, but again Pietersen can't time it, just pushing it to the on side

The Western Terrace has sparked into life. It's 2.30pm - they've been absolutely hammered since breakfast, after all

39.3

Powell to Pietersen, FOUR, far too short - that's unintelligent bowling on such a slow pitch. Pietersen pulls it powerfully through midwicket for four

39.4

Powell to Pietersen, no run, a much better line outside off stump, on a good length too, and Pietersen can't do an awful lot with it. Pushed out to cover. That's where to bowl at him

39.5

Powell to Pietersen, 3 runs, on middle stump, flicked with a flick - and yet another sloppy, lacklustre and lazy piece of fielding at mid-on allows them more runs. Taylor it was, mistiming his dive

And there's the fifty partnership from 78 balls

39.6

Powell to Vaughan, no run, a full toss to end the over

End of over 40 (7 runs) England 142/2
MP Vaughan    50* (102b 7x4)      DBL Powell    12-3-40-1
KP Pietersen    20* (39b 3x4)      CD Collymore    13-1-44-0

Right, which winner will it be? Time for some shpin, perhapsh, Miss Moneypenny? Yes it will be - rejoice, it's Chris Gayle replacing Collymore. Get out your hangbags, it'll be Pietersen to face

40.1

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, tossed up and hammered back to Gayle

40.2

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 no ball, gone! No-ball! Oh that's painful. Pietersen came skipping down the pitch, attempting to hit him over his head but was beaten by the turn, stranded, and the wicketkeeper was slick behind the stumps. But a no-ball

Crushing. That is absolutely crushing

40.2

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, on off stump, a touch too full allowing Pietersen to milk him to long-on

40.3

Gayle to Vaughan, no run, nicely flighted, and quicker, defended on the back foot

40.4

Gayle to Vaughan, 2 runs, tossed up again and Vaughan flails it into the deep. A crunching drive

40.5

Gayle to Vaughan, 1 run, too short this time, Vaughan back-cuts

40.6

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 41 (5 runs) England 147/2
KP Pietersen    21* (43b 3x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-8-1
MP Vaughan    53* (105b 7x4)      DBL Powell    12-3-40-1

Hello KP's mum, Penny. Nice name, Penny. Any other cricket families out there? Brothers, sisters, wives, sons. Do get in touch.

Hello everyone, Jenny back here. "We've just been buzzed by a Lancaster Bomber," says Andrew Miller. "Here it comes again for another buzz." I know David Gower's in the Sky commentary box, so he's not the pilot, but I can't vouch for John Morris's whereabouts.

41.1

Powell to Vaughan, no run, pushed up there, nipping in off the seam, defended solidly

41.2

Powell to Vaughan, 2 runs, pulled to square leg

41.3

Powell to Vaughan, 4 leg byes, down leg, whisked away easily off the legs through fine leg to bring up England's 150

Sorry, that was a bit leggy

41.4

Powell to Vaughan, no run, from wider of the stumps this time, angled at Vaughan, outside off; it's defended down on the front foot

41.5

Powell to Vaughan, 2 runs, down leg again, worked through the 45

41.6

Powell to Vaughan, FOUR, outside off, brilliant uppish drive off the back foot through covers

"Awwwww," say Gnasher and Will, in a manner to make Adam Gilchrist proud.

Gayle still bowling, Sarwan having no thought for our typing fingers

End of over 42 (12 runs) England 159/2
MP Vaughan    61* (111b 8x4)      DBL Powell    13-3-48-1
KP Pietersen    21* (43b 3x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-8-1

42.1

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, on the spot, defended solidly

42.2

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, more loop, and Penny will love that forward defence

42.3

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, defended forward once more

42.4

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, touch of room outside off, Pietersen stands tall and drives off the back foot, safely, in front of point

42.5

Gayle to Vaughan, no run, defended forward

42.6

Gayle to Vaughan, 1 run, a touch short, and on leg too, allowing Vaughan to lean over, drive into midwicket and steal the strike

End of over 43 (2 runs) England 161/2
MP Vaughan    62* (113b 8x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-10-1
KP Pietersen    22* (47b 3x4)      DBL Powell    13-3-48-1

43.1

Powell to Vaughan, no run, outside off, defended on the back foot into the covers

A slight breeze blowing across the ground, but plenty of sun, too. Good drying weather, don't you know

43.2

Powell to Vaughan, no run, on middle, Vaughan wants to work that through midwicket, but he picks out the fielder

43.3

Powell to Vaughan, FOUR, shorter and Vaughan gets hold of that one a treat, swivelling round to pull that strongly through midwicket this time

43.4

Powell to Vaughan, 1 run, beau-ti-ful cover drive... good shot for one that, and some good diving work

43.5

Powell to Pietersen, FOUR, oh hello, even better. Anything his captain can do... Pietersen strides forward and laces that through extra cover. Like a rocket

43.6

Powell to Pietersen, 2 runs, stands tall again, steps down and driven in front of midwicket; well connected

"Is this Vaughan's net session?" ponders Robin, the man who single handedly keeps Cricinfo afloat

End of over 44 (11 runs) England 172/2
KP Pietersen    28* (49b 4x4)      DBL Powell    14-3-59-1
MP Vaughan    67* (117b 9x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-10-1

44.1

Gayle to Vaughan, no run, "Oh yes" says Ramdin as Gayle floats that on the spot, Vaughan defending tightly, on the front foot

44.2

Gayle to Vaughan, no run, this time Vaughan's tempted to swish away from his body with a cut sadly lacking foot movement

44.3

Gayle to Vaughan, 3 runs, driven out through extra cover

44.4

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, outside off, driven to cover

44.5

Gayle to Vaughan, 1 run, looped in outside off, but Vaughan is confident in getting over the ball and driving to mid-on

44.6

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, "Catch it" goes the unanswered cry, Pietersen tempting the field with a miscue in front of mid-off - it fell well short

"Hi, for the sake of our Belarusian, Ukrainian, Serbian, and Bulgarian cricketing friends following your scorecards, could you sprinkle some cyrillic in the live commentary, please?" says Angus Bell, he of "Slogging the Slavs" fame. Erm...

Change in the bowling, Taylor now

End of over 45 (5 runs) England 177/2
KP Pietersen    29* (51b 4x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-15-1
MP Vaughan    71* (121b 9x4)      DBL Powell    14-3-59-1

45.1

Taylor to Vaughan, 2 runs, pushed up there, but too full, allowing Vaughan to drive out easily through mid-on

45.2

Taylor to Vaughan, 3 runs, on leg, nicely timed through midwicket but Collymore does some tricksy footballery inside the rope to cut that one off

45.3

Taylor to Pietersen, 2 runs, on leg and clipped off the toes through midwicket, with a thickish inside edge

45.4

Taylor to Pietersen, FOUR, half-volley turned into a fine bit of cricket, with a forceful well-timed on-drive

45.5

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, outside off, angling in at Pietersen who drives back out to the man at cover

45.6

Taylor to Pietersen, 1 run, from wider of the crease, comes right at the right hander from outside off; defended with a firm push

George wants to know the other seven dads'n'lads (see lunch comments). The Hardstaffs, the Huttons, the Joneses, the Manns (Menn?!), the Parkses, the Tates and the Townsends. So now you know

End of over 46 (12 runs) England 189/2
KP Pietersen    36* (55b 5x4)      JE Taylor    8-3-37-0
MP Vaughan    76* (123b 9x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-15-1

46.1

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, room outside off, Pietersen leans over and eases out to gully

46.2

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, a big stride over and across to one which pitches outside off, and an even bigger forward defensive

46.3

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, again a stride, this time a drive to cover

46.4

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, straighter, worked off the toes in front of midwicket

46.5

Gayle to Vaughan, 1 run, waits, waits some more, and finally cuts that down gently to bring up the hundred partnership off 121 balls

46.6

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, walks down the track, drives to long-on for an easy pick-up and return

Vaughan and Pietersen are playing comfortably out there, waiting for the bad balls

End of over 47 (3 runs) England 192/2
KP Pietersen    38* (60b 5x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-18-1
MP Vaughan    77* (124b 9x4)      JE Taylor    8-3-37-0

47.1

Bravo to Pietersen, 1 run, driven in front of midwicket

47.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, driven forward without fuss

47.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, nips back in from just outside off, Vaughan is nearly beaten for pace, but manages to defend forward at the very last millisecond

47.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, slower delivery, sails harmlessly down the channel

47.5

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, cuts in from outside off, Vaughan is up to the defensive task

47.6

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, width outside off, Vaughan working into the covers

End of over 48 (1 run) England 193/2
MP Vaughan    77* (129b 9x4)      DJ Bravo    8-1-21-0
KP Pietersen    39* (61b 5x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-18-1

48.1

Gayle to Pietersen, 3 runs, driven well through the covers - a slow outfield allows the fielder to race over and retrieve

Stats lovers, stand by.

48.2

Gayle to Vaughan, 1 run, worked through midwicket for a gentle single

And... cue stat. Patrick Kidd, of Times fame, emails: "This is the longest partnership that Vaughan and Pietersen have ever had together in Test cricket. They survived 21.1 overs together at Trent Bridge in 2005 and apart from that have only batted 8.2 overs together in Test cricket. OK, so this is only the eighth Test Vaughan has played with Pietersen but it is some sort of landmark." Thanks, Pads.

48.3

Gayle to Pietersen, 2 runs, outside off, a touch of room, and Pietersen improvises with a drive off the back foot - ie just the one leg. Powell retrieves well inside the rope

48.4

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, drives forward and that's the 200 up. Crikey, it was only just the 150 a few minutes ago (it seems) - ah, this fifty came up from 43 balls

48.5

Gayle to Vaughan, no run, defended forward

48.6

Gayle to Vaughan, 1 run, on leg, waits and works over with a cute dink in front of midwicket

Lauren emails from Trinidad, asking us to give them a shout. So "arghhhhh" to all our readers in Trinidad.

Ryan Sidebottom's on the balcony. That's what breezes are made for, the wind playing gently with his curls

End of over 49 (8 runs) England 201/2
MP Vaughan    79* (132b 9x4)      CH Gayle    6-0-26-1
KP Pietersen    45* (64b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    8-1-21-0

49.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, harmless one down the channel

49.2

Bravo to Vaughan, 1 run, tries to go straighter, overcorrects; on leg, and driven out in front of square

49.3

Bravo to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to mid-on

49.4

Bravo to Vaughan, 2 runs, driven out to midwicket off the legs

49.5

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, left alone just outside off

49.6

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, good delivery, full and probing around off, Vaughan just about equal to it, with a late defence

"Didn't Pakistan once have a father and son combination in the same batting line up? Wasn't it me and dad?" says Steve Wilson. I'm going to start handing out reader fines.

Taylor now, replacing Gayle

End of over 50 (4 runs) England 205/2
MP Vaughan    82* (137b 9x4)      DJ Bravo    9-1-25-0
KP Pietersen    46* (65b 5x4)      CH Gayle    6-0-26-1
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England won by 7 wickets
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England won by 60 runs
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England won by an innings and 283 runs
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May 28, 2007

Jerome Taylor watches his bail tumble as Steve Harmison celebrates the winning wicket, England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Headingley, May 28, 2007

Jerome Taylor watches his bail tumble as Steve Harmison celebrates the winning wicket

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May 28, 2007

Steve Harmison celebrates the final wicket, England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Headingley, May 28, 2007

Steve Harmison celebrates the final wicket

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