West Indies tour of England and Ireland, 2007 / Commentary

The Wisden Trophy - 3rd Test

England v West Indies

England won by 60 runs

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

0.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, slanted across the left-hand batsman but far too wide

0.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, and wide again, this time Ramdin has to scramble low to his left to gather the ball which barely carries to him

0.6

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, swinging into Cook, he turns round the corner on the leg side, looking a bit cramped for room as he does so

England 3/0   AN Cook 1* (3b)

1.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, slinging waist-high full toss at 91mph, turned to midwicket. That woke Cook up

1.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, short and down the leg side. Fidel's radar needs recalibrating

1.3

Edwards to Cook, FOUR, full toss outside off stump, steered just behind square on the off, not hit simply guided and the pace of the delivery did the rest

1.4

Edwards to Cook, 1 run, plopped into the off side and a well-run single as cover raced in

1.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, very short down the leg side, Cook shapes to hook but his heart's not in it

England 13/0   AN Cook 6* (8b 1x4)

3.1

Edwards to Cook, FOUR, short, Cook on it ever so quickly and he hammers it through midwicket with power

3.2

Edwards to Cook, 1 leg bye, raucous appeal as it thuds into Cook's pads and races down to long leg, but going down the leg side

England 24/1   AN Cook 10* (10b 2x4)

4.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, good start to the over, Cook defends into the off side but the angle there was spot on, slanted across him and forcing him to play it

4.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, a little wider and fuller, Cook reaches for that and pushes to short extra cover

4.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, this time it's too wide, but Cook still plays a limp swish which fortunately for him gets nowhere near it

4.4

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, too full, Cook leans into the drive and caresses the ball through the covers

4.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, Taylor perseveres with the same line, which is the right one to the left-hand batsman, but Cook leaves

4.6

Taylor to Cook, 3 runs, driven through mid-on where there is a big gap. That looked as if the intention was to hit it much straighter on the off

England 31/1   AN Cook 17* (16b 3x4)

5.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, down the leg, Cook falls over as he swishes, he gets nowhere near it and Ramdin has to fall on his knees to gather it

5.2

Edwards to Cook, 4 byes, another one fired in down the leg side but this time the bounce takes it past batsman and evades Ramdin's one-handed leap to his right. It's byes but the keeper had no chance

5.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, short, outside off, Cook misses with an attempted pull

5.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, too wide to cause trouble but he's generating real pace ... 90mph again

5.5

Edwards to Cook, 1 bye, another leg-side bouncer, Ramdin gets hands to it but can only parry the ball and he has to race off to regather it

England 36/1   AN Cook 17* (21b 3x4)

6.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, clipped off middle and leg to square leg

6.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, good judgment, Cook lifts his bat high above his head and lets it pass outside off

6.3

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, leg-stump line again, and overpitched, Cook times and places the ball sweetly and it races through midwicket

6.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, very wide, Cook leaves

6.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, slightly slower ball, Cook waits and pushes to extra cover

6.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, turned square and he ends up clumsily squirting the ball into the covers. Even he looks surprised and a tad embarrassed by his shot

England 40/1   AN Cook 21* (27b 4x4)

8.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, slanted across Cook at 84mph but it started too wide and got wider

8.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, better line, Cook back, stands tall and drops the ball a few yards into the off

8.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, Cook back to block

8.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, swinging down the leg side, Cook shimmies inside the line to leave

8.5

Taylor to Cook, 2 runs, full toss turned low off the bat into the on side, long leg has to scamper 20 yards to his right to field

8.6

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, super shot, too full outside off, Cook leans into it and creams the ball between extra cover and mid-off. Much purring around the ground

England 56/1   AN Cook 27* (33b 5x4)

10.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, loosener outside off, driven to cover and Cook looks accusingly at the toe of his bat

10.2

Collymore to Cook, no run, on leg stump, turned to midwicket

10.3

Collymore to Cook, no run, wobbly down the leg side, the ball almost apologises for not reaching the keeper

10.4

Collymore to Cook, no run, blocked and again Cook looks tetchily at the bat - the replacement one - and it might be about to be jettisoned as well

10.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, defend into the off

10.6

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, turned down to long leg

England 65/1   AN Cook 28* (39b 5x4)

11.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, fullish, Cook defends back to Taylor

11.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, full again, flicked to mid-on

11.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, half volley driven straight but not enough force to beat mid-off

11.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, left alone as it was a couple of feet outside off stump

11.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, driven from wide of the stumps, well stopped with a full-length dive by extra cover

11.6

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, lovely clip off his legs square on the on side, no way can Collymore get round from long leg

England 69/1   AN Cook 32* (45b 6x4)

13.1

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, ah, neatly timed - a beautiful clip off his toes. It was a leg-stump half-volley, mind, but he simply leant on it and timed it through midwicket

13.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, too wide this time, Cook ignores it

13.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, a fierce carve outside off, with no regard for, well, anything. Missing the ball completely, beaten by the swing

13.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, nudged to mid-on, and what a nudge it was too - played back past the bowler with a straight blade

13.5

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, calmly pushed out to the off side and they scamper through for a single

England 75/1   AN Cook 37* (50b 7x4)

14.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, firmly defended on the front foot

14.2

Collymore to Cook, no run, ooh well left - left on length as much as anything, the swing bending the ball past him at the last moment

14.3

Collymore to Cook, no run, excellent defensive technique from Cook, standing tall on the back foot and defending with the straightest of bats

14.4

Collymore to Cook, no run, slightly slower there, Cook is forward and pushing it out to the off side

14.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, a touch outside off stump, Cook again calmly pushes it to mid-off without any great power or intent

14.6

Collymore to Cook, no run, and it's wide enough to be left alone, which is exactly what Cook does

England 75/1   AN Cook 37* (56b 7x4)

15.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, good length and an improving line, but still too leg side. It jumps up a touch on Cook who rides the bounce and pushes it off his hip

15.3

Bravo to Cook, 1 run, again outside leg and he turns it around the corner

England 77/1   AN Cook 38* (58b 7x4)

16.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, too wide - it is simply too wide of the off stump. Cook will leave those alone all day (no, he really will)

16.2

Collymore to Cook, no run, and again, too wide, Cook shoulders arms

16.3

Collymore to Cook, no run, again, too wide

16.4

Collymore to Cook, no run, much better line and length, drawing Cook into a defensive, the ball cutting back into him and it's defended

16.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, better line, Cook pushes out to cover

16.6

Collymore to Cook, no run, tries to drive this through the off side but can't time it, the bat twisting in his hands and it bobbles meekly back to the bowler

England 79/1   AN Cook 38* (64b 7x4)

17.5

Bravo to Cook, 3 runs, that's a good one, bending back into Cook who squirts it off the outside edge down to third man. Not the most convincing of strokes but played with soft hands

England 83/1   AN Cook 41* (65b 7x4)

18.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, ooh he's trapped on the crease here, a big appeal for lbw but it's turned down. Just didn't do quite enough

18.2

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, an inside edge this time, Cook not coming forward enough

18.4

Collymore to Cook, no run, slightly wider of the crease, it's left alone

18.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, fantastic ball which had everything. Just outside off and Cook hides his bat, but it spits up on him at the last moment.

England 87/1   AN Cook 42* (69b 7x4)

20.1

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, pushed to midwicket

20.4

Collymore to Cook, no run, Cook is forward, driving this straight to cover. No great power or conviction in that stroke

20.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, excellent ball cutting back into the left-hander who defends

20.6

Collymore to Cook, no run, oof that's a good one, though Cook leaves it alone on leg

England 89/1   AN Cook 43* (73b 7x4)

22.1

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, on leg stump, Cook picks it off his hip to midwicket

22.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, punched to mid-on

22.6

Collymore to Cook, 2 runs, better delivery on off stump but Cook just closes the face and it zoots down to fine leg

England 93/1   AN Cook 46* (76b 7x4)

24.1

Sammy to Cook, 1 run, this climbs up on Cook who rocks back and nudges it off his leg

England 98/1   AN Cook 47* (77b 7x4)

25.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

England 108/1   AN Cook 47* (78b 7x4)

27.1

Bravo to Cook, no run, too wide of the left-hander's off stump. He ignores it and it swings further away from him en route to the wicketkeeper

27.2

Bravo to Cook, no run, a more testing line on middle-and-off, Cook nudges it to leg

27.3

Bravo to Cook, FOUR, calmly prodded, punched, past point - and such is the timing it'll go for four. Nothing more than a defensive poke

27.4

Bravo to Cook, no run, ah, shot - another poke but this time it's straight back past the bowler. No timing this time

27.5

Bravo to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward, opens the face of the bat to guide it down to gully. Expertly played there and, for a fleeting moment, showed shades of Mark 'Tubby' Taylor

27.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, firmly blocked out to end the over

England 112/1   AN Cook 51* (84b 8x4)

28.6

Sammy to Cook, no run, stays over the wicket to the left hander, pushes across him, but Cook stands tall and defends without fuss down off the back foot

England 113/1   AN Cook 51* (85b 8x4)

30.1

Sammy to Cook, no run, driven into the covers without much power

30.2

Sammy to Cook, no run, across the left hander again and defended on the back foot this time

30.3

Sammy to Cook, FOUR, far too much width - Cook leans out and into that forceful cover drive, hardly setting off as he beats the fielder (well, the ball does)

30.4

Sammy to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

30.5

Sammy to Cook, no run, good delivery - past the outside edge and veering well away towards the keeper off the seam. Looked like an off-cutter, but it wasn't

30.6

Sammy to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

England 117/1   AN Cook 55* (91b 9x4)

32.1

Sammy to Cook, no run, defended forward

32.2

Sammy to Cook, no run, left alone outside off - a good leave as it happens, the ball threatening to kiss the edge

32.3

Sammy to Cook, no run, comes forward to defend, and does so

32.4

Sammy to Cook, no run, across the left hander, who strides into a forward defensive shot

32.5

Sammy to Cook, no run, good length, Cook can only defend into the covers

32.6

Sammy to Cook, no run, pitches on middle-and-off, Cook adjusts his front foot to the line of the ball, and defends solidly

England 117/2   AN Cook 55* (97b 9x4)

34.1

Sammy to Cook, no run, across Cook who defends forward

34.2

Sammy to Cook, no run, Cookie is lucky there - looks to pull from outside off and lobs the bowler with a leading edge. Unintentional, but gets away with it

34.3

Sammy to Cook, 1 run, dink (off the back foot) and run, good cricket

England 122/2   AN Cook 56* (100b 9x4)

35.1

Collymore to Cook, no run, driven into midwicket

35.2

Collymore to Cook, no run, squeezed into midwicket from outside off, the ball fuller than expected, so Cook adjusting his shot

35.3

Collymore to Cook, no run, swing in the air, back into the left hander - the ball pitches outside off and straightens. Cook leaves it

35.4

Collymore to Cook, 1 no ball, overstepping there - must be his furious pace (he's bowling at around 75mph)

35.4

Collymore to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

35.5

Collymore to Cook, no run, on the spot again, left

35.6

Collymore to Cook, no run, wayward this time - started too wide and continued going

England 123/2   AN Cook 56* (107b 9x4)

36.2

Sammy to Cook, no run, outside off, defended to the covers

36.3

Sammy to Cook, FOUR, width outside off, too short, Cook rockets that through midwicket with a very strong, controlled pull

36.4

Sammy to Cook, no run, short again, but straight, allowing Cook no room or option but to defend down

36.5

Sammy to Cook, no run, outside off this time, Cook drives to the man at mid-off

36.6

Sammy to Cook, no run, on leg, Cook looks to turn that but a leading edge squirts up, safely, into the off-side

England 128/2   AN Cook 60* (112b 10x4)

38.1

Sammy to Cook, no run, defended forward

38.2

Sammy to Cook, no run, left alone outside off this time

38.3

Sammy to Cook, no run, outside off, rising, Cook stodges down with an awkward back foot defensive

38.4

Sammy to Cook, no run, across him, a touch of width, but a good length. Cook just pokes down into the covers

38.5

Sammy to Cook, no run, outside off, testing delivery, but just about left alone

38.6

Sammy to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

England 132/3   AN Cook 60* (118b 10x4)

40.1

Sammy to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

40.2

Sammy to Cook, no run, defended again

40.3

Sammy to Cook, OUT, oh, cut down behind point - did it carry to Bravo? Yes, it did, just. Sammy has his first Test wicket

AN Cook c Bravo b Sammy 60 (171m 121b 10x4 0x6) SR: 49.58

England 132/4   AN Cook 60 (121b 10x4)
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Jun 11, 2007

Monty Panesar makes an unsuccessful appeal, England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Old Trafford, June 11, 2007

Monty Panesar makes an unsuccessful appeal

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Jun 11, 2007

Monty's flying purpose - Panesar celebrates removing Corey Collymore to seal the series,  England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Old Trafford, June 11, 2007

Monty's flying purpose - Panesar celebrates removing Corey Collymore to seal the series

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