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

10.55am And did those feet in ancient times ... rings out across a far from full Old Trafford. The giant video screen shows clips of fine moments from the series. Almost makes you want to cry. Here come the players to a smattering of applause ... Clive Lloyd greets West Indies and presents Darren Sammy, who is making his debut, with his cap. Sammy, of Windward Islands and Barnes fame, towers over Lloyd, which takes some doing. A much bigger cheer as Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss stride out to the middle. We're ready ... Jerome Taylor to open up from the Stretford End.

10.50am The England 12th men are Karl Brown and Steven Mullaney. Andrew McGlashan coos like a doting grandmother and proudly tells us they are two young Lancashire players. He's on a high anyway, endlessly chipping in about Old Trafford being 150 years old.

10.45am Pitch inspection. Ian Botham says it's a rock hard pitch, so much so that he refuses to tap it. "You wimp," chips in David Gower. It should have pace and bounce and Botham says he would love to bowl on it. Er ... Vaughan obviously thinks otherwise.

If you're in London and at a loose end, why not pop along to Lord's where MCC are playing Europe. Not all of them, obviously, Admission free.

10.35am You've got to feel for West Indies. A tour in May and June is tough enough, but the ECB have sent them to the coldest parts of the country at this time of year. From here they head further north to Durham. It's grey and not that warm - about 18 degrees, which is still more than double what it was at Headingley.

10.30am Michael Vaughan tosses, Daren Ganga calls heads ... and it's a tail. Vaughan smiles and says he'll bat. "It looks a decent pitch, there are cracks and they should widen over the next few days." Gang admits he would have batted - no surprise there - but says performances in the MCC game has bolstered the side. Darren Sammy in for his debut, Shiv Chanderpaul is back and Fidel Edwards returns for Powell.

England 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Michael Vaughan (capt), 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Liam Plunkett, 9 Ryan Sidebottom, 10 Steve Harmison, 11 Monty Panesar.

West Indies 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Daren Ganga (capt), 3 Devon Smith, 4 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 5 Runako Morton, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Corey Collymore, 10 Jerome Taylor, 11 Fidel Edwards.

10.25am All ready for the toss ... the warm-ups are almost done and we wait news on Chris Gayle's fitness. The ground is filling, the sky is cloudy ...

10.20am If you're stuck in the office all day, download our desktop alerts and configure it to update you with wicket alerts for the team of your choice as well as the news headlines. While in public-announcement mode, your commentators today will be Martin Williamson, Jenny Thompson and Will Luke.

10.15am One of our bloggers - Mukhal Kesevan - has laid into John Emburey being linked with the India coaching job. As, I must admit, did I. But his objection is not that he is a very average coach but that he was an average spinner and also that he's a foreigner. Which would suggest that the likes of John Buchanan, Dav Whatmore, Duncan Fletcher, Peter Moores, Micky Arthur, Tim Nielson, Troy Cooley etc should never be allowed to consider coaching. Send your thoughts about the article.

10.10am There are a few tickets still available for today and Sunday. With the weather set to be dry today, if you're in the area, pop along. Careful of buying from touts as some tickets were stolen earlier this week. Meanwhiler, Digger emails: "Cricketer gets drunk. Captain says he was did bad. Big deal, get on with the cricket."

9.50am Mixed response from readers to Vaughan-Flintoff story. Some think Flintoff deserved a public slap, others than Vaughan was out of order ... a few even demanding he quit. Send us your feedback. If you want to listen to the audio of what Vaughan actually said, click here.

Tony Booth emails that writing "rather gloomy around Manchester" is stating the obvious. No cheap jokes, please. Andrew McGlashan, who will be bulletining this Test, has strong links to the city and assures us it is just as sunny as the south east of England.

8.30am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the third Test at Old Trafford. It's a fairly gloomy day, low cloud all round Manchester but the forecast is that it should stay dry today and tomorrow.

Of considerable interest will be the reception given to Michael Vaughan after his alleged comments about Andrew Flintoff's antics during the World Cup.

England named their side on Sunday, but West Indies will give Chris Gayle a late fitness test on his side strain. They believe that the pitch might take spin and so Gayle's inclusion is vital for the balance of the team. "We want him to be able to bowl in the nets for us if he is going to do it in the match. If he can't bowl, then we will have to make adjustments," David Moore, the coach, said. "We would like to have some sort of spinning option, that's for sure. He's the only one who has got Test credentials with regards to his spin bowling."

0.1

Taylor to Strauss, 1 wide, a tame bouncer -78mph - to kick things off but too short and it's called a wide

Three slips, a gully and a short leg.

0.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, wide, Strauss leaves it and it reaches Ramdin on the second bounce

0.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, 81mph and right on target, Strauss back to defend straight back to the bowler

0.3

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, leg-side half volley, neatly clipped down to long leg

That's just what you need in the first over, gifted runs.

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

Not a good opening over.

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

Fidel Edwards from the Brian Statham End. Warwick Road End for old timers but they're renamed the road outside the ground.

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

1.5

Edwards to Strauss, 5 runs, turned to square leg and another sharp single called, Taylor picks up and hurls at the bowler's end - Strauss was safe - and it beats Ganga who was backing up and races to the boundary

Edwards scowls

1.6

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

Poor opening from Edwards, he sprayed the ball everywhere.

End of over 2 (10 runs) England 13/0
AN Cook    6* (8b 1x4)      FH Edwards    1-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    6* (4b)      JE Taylor    1-0-3-0

2.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, short of a length, it kicked and hit Strauss on the gloves as he went back to defend

2.2

Taylor to Strauss, OUT, pitched up, Strauss plays round a straight ball and that looks out even before the umpire starts lifting his finger

AJ Strauss lbw b Taylor 6 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Pitched leg and hitting leg with Strauss caught in the crease. Another poor score for Strauss ... he's really struggling.

A good reception for Michael Vaughan despite comments made about Andrew Flintoff. Polite rather than warm.

2.3

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, pushed into the leg side off his hips

2.4

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, a peach, short, just outside off and it lifted leaving Vaughan prodding at thin air

2.5

Taylor to Vaughan, (no ball) FOUR, a streaky way to get off the mark ... he shaped to leave it but was late and the ball hit bat and flew along the ground wide of third slip

2.5

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, short and down the leg side at 81.3mph

There is certainly pace and bounce in this pitch.

2.6

Taylor to Vaughan, 1 no ball, fast and wide but he overstepped by some way

2.6

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, steered into the gully

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 19/1
MP Vaughan    4* (6b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-9-1
AN Cook    6* (8b 1x4)      FH Edwards    1-0-10-0

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

Hawkeye says it was clipping leg stump but one of those that's so close that it shouldn't be given out

3.3

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, half forward and pushed to backward point

3.4

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, left alone, but again it bounces more than expected

3.5

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, very short - 89mph - Vaughan ducks and Ramdin leaps to take it high above his head

Not a good bouncer, he needs to pitch it up more.

3.6

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, a yard outside off stump, Vaughan barely moves

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 24/1
MP Vaughan    4* (10b 1x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-14-0
AN Cook    10* (10b 2x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-9-1

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

End of over 5 (7 runs) England 31/1
AN Cook    17* (16b 3x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-16-1
MP Vaughan    4* (10b 1x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-14-0

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

This is not clever bowling ...he's wasting the new ball and pitching it far too short

5.6

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, wide and Vaughan not interested

End of over 6 (5 runs, maiden) England 36/1
MP Vaughan    4* (11b 1x4)      FH Edwards    3-1-14-0
AN Cook    17* (21b 3x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-16-1

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

"Is Strauss trying to do the 'decent, English' thing," Ian B asks, "to make it easier for the selectors to drop him in favour of, say, Tresco? Or to allow Freddie back in?" Fine chap though Strauss is, I don't think his generosity extends quite that far.

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

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 40/1
AN Cook    21* (27b 4x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-20-1
MP Vaughan    4* (11b 1x4)      FH Edwards    3-1-14-0

7.1

Edwards to Vaughan, 2 runs, Vaughan uses the pace of the ball to steer that wide of gully

7.2

Edwards to Vaughan, 1 no ball, outside off and he overstepped as well

7.2

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, that's the spot ....swinging away from Vaughan who plays and misses

It shows if he pitches it up then he's a much more difficult proposition.

7.3

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, a much better bouncer, a yard or so fuller than his other ones and Vaughan has to jerk his head back to avoid decapitation

"Flintoff enjoyed that," chirps a colleague.

7.4

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, a slightly tentative push into the covers

7.5

Edwards to Vaughan, (no ball) 2 runs, slightly too full, Vaughan clips it into the on side

His second no-ball of the over. he's struggling for rhythm, which is understandable as he hasn't played that much lately.

7.5

Edwards to Vaughan, FOUR, for the second time the ball hits Vaughan's bat as he tries to pull out of an attempted hook, this time it flies high over the slips

The scorebook shows four but that's a moral victory to the bowler.

7.6

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, fired in at 90.2mph, Vaughan jumpily defends

End of over 8 (10 runs) England 50/1
MP Vaughan    12* (19b 2x4)      FH Edwards    4-1-24-0
AN Cook    21* (27b 4x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-20-1

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

End of over 9 (6 runs) England 56/1
AN Cook    27* (33b 5x4)      JE Taylor    5-0-26-1
MP Vaughan    12* (19b 2x4)      FH Edwards    4-1-24-0

9.1

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, firm drive to mid-off

9.2

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, left alone with a flourish of the bat high above his head

9.3

Edwards to Vaughan, 2 leg byes, turned fine off the pads past Ramdin who is left groping at air, Taylor races round and makes a super one-handed pick-up on the run just inside the rope

9.4

Edwards to Vaughan, FOUR, sweet textbook cover drive, lovely placement

9.5

Edwards to Vaughan, 2 runs, Edwards once more drifts to leg, Vaughan flicks it off his legs to Taylor in the deep

That's the 50 partnership off 49 balls.

9.6

Edwards to Vaughan, no run, another bouncer that's way too short. Maximum effort for minimum return

Corey Collymore brought on at the Stretford End.

End of over 10 (8 runs) England 64/1
MP Vaughan    18* (25b 3x4)      FH Edwards    5-1-30-0
AN Cook    27* (33b 5x4)      JE Taylor    5-0-26-1

10.1

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

He signals to the dressing-room and an assortment of alternative bats are brought out. It doesn't say much for Gray Nicols bats if a half-hearted poke like that has cracked it. Bang goes my chance of a freebie ...

10.2

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

Collymore's very gentle. That was 72mph, which is 12mph faster than Monty Panesar and 18mph slower than Edwards.

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

Jerome Taylor not being take off but is switching to the Brian Statham End.

End of over 11 (1 run) England 65/1
AN Cook    28* (39b 5x4)      CD Collymore    1-0-1-0
MP Vaughan    18* (25b 3x4)      FH Edwards    5-1-30-0

11.1

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

"Why on earth was Cook not in the World Cup squad?" spits the wise Terry Wise.

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

And after an hour's play it's drinks. West Indies got the early breakthrough but they have wasted the new ball and favourable conditions, and Edwards has not found any kind of rhythm. When they have got it right, they have troubled the batsmen.

And on that note, it's Will Luke to take you through to lunch.

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 69/1
AN Cook    32* (45b 6x4)      JE Taylor    6-0-30-1
MP Vaughan    18* (25b 3x4)      CD Collymore    1-0-1-0

Here comes Corey

Eeh by 'eck, thanks Martin, good morning all, trust you're all well. England are rollicking along here. The commentators enthuse about a capacity crowd ... Andrew Miller looks around and reports that there are "big pockmarks in all the stands".

12.1

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, but it's well wide, swinging wider still of Vaughan who wisely, cautiously leaves it alone. Not that he'd have reached it if he wanted to

12.2

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, a much better line here, on off stump and forcing Vaughan forward who, with soft hands, defends

12.3

Collymore to Vaughan, 1 no ball, a touch shorter this time, Vaughan guides it neatly off the face of the bat to gully - to his right in fact, and he dives expertly

But it's a no-ball...

12.3

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, punched off the back foot. No great movement this time for the bowler

12.4

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, wide enough for Vaughan to leave alone, but a good length and it receives hearty, throaty applause from the slips

12.5

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, and he goes for an expansive smite outside off to a wide delivery - down on one knee, and he threw the kitchen and its sink at it. Missed it by miles

12.6

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, left alone this time, wisely

End of over 13 (1 run) England 70/1
MP Vaughan    18* (32b 3x4)      CD Collymore    2-0-2-0
AN Cook    32* (45b 6x4)      JE Taylor    6-0-30-1

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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

Bit of shape away from the left-hander here

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

Cook has a tendency to fall over when he plays to leg but, so far, he's looked much more upright this morning

13.5

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

13.6

Taylor to Vaughan, no run, a big appeal as Vaughan comes forward, but he gets a bit of bat on that

End of over 14 (5 runs) England 75/1
MP Vaughan    18* (33b 3x4)      JE Taylor    7-0-35-1
AN Cook    37* (50b 7x4)      CD Collymore    2-0-2-0

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

The slips liked that. As did I

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

Not really slower, in retrospect. 73mph, which is Collymore's stock delivery. "Any slower and he'll be bowling offbreaks" guffaws Gnasher

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

End of over 15 (maiden) England 75/1
AN Cook    37* (56b 7x4)      CD Collymore    3-1-2-0
MP Vaughan    18* (33b 3x4)      JE Taylor    7-0-35-1

Here's Bravo

I ought to remind everyone that Gnasher, our colleague here, is the most ardent of Old Trafford fans. The mere mention of Manchester (or anything north of Watford to be honest) has him reaching for the tissues (in sadness, obviously)

15.1

Bravo to Vaughan, 1 leg bye, a nasty loosener down the leg side

Bravo took his Test-best figures of 6 for 55 in 2004 at this ground

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

15.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, ah, lovely bowling, a little awayswinger from Vaughan who shapes to play before rightly deciding to withdraw his bat, watching the ball zip through to the wicketkeeper

15.5

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, firmly clunked off the back foot to mid-off

Martin's off to Lord's. The boss has left the building. Offers of drinks and general shenanigans come flooding in from our army of fans. Or not...

15.6

Bravo to Vaughan, 2 runs, guided off the back foot past gully

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 79/1
MP Vaughan    20* (37b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    38* (58b 7x4)      CD Collymore    3-1-2-0

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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

Collymore's a much better bowler than this. The slips roar their approval but I imagine it's more encouragement than praise

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

Meekly. What a word that is.

End of over 17 (maiden) England 79/1
AN Cook    38* (64b 7x4)      CD Collymore    4-2-2-0
MP Vaughan    20* (37b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-3-0

17.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, short of a length forcing Vaughan onto the back foot who shuffles across and defends, his bat as straight as an arrow

17.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, ooh Vaughan gets into a good position to drive this - and he does drive it, but straight to mid-off

17.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, punched with a flourish into the covers

17.4

Bravo to Vaughan, 1 run, calmly pushed to mid-off, timing it rather better than he thought, and he scampers through for a single. As does Cook, obviously, as it takes two to tango

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

17.6

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, excellent ball swinging into Vaughan who drives it back to the bowler

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 83/1
MP Vaughan    21* (42b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-7-0
AN Cook    41* (65b 7x4)      CD Collymore    4-2-2-0

"With the current over-rate," a furious Al Preston starts, "it looks as if the paying public will be cheated out of 6 or 7 overs. Again! If the crowd is 12,000 at £40 per ticket that's about £30,000." The venom of these Lancastrians

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

As appeals go, I can only award it 6 out of 10

18.2

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

"Why do you keep saying Bravo?" asks my mother. Oh dear

18.3

Collymore to Vaughan, 3 runs, pushed through midwicket

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.

The umpire's forgotten about the sixth ball it seems.

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 87/1
AN Cook    42* (69b 7x4)      CD Collymore    4.5-2-6-0
MP Vaughan    24* (43b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-7-0

19.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, swinging away from Vaughan who defends it back to him

19.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, on off stump, Vaughan cautiously defends

19.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, fabulous ball! It drew Vaughan into a drive, swinging away from him at the last moment and causing Bravo, the wicketkeeper and slips to roar their approval in unison

19.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, creamed straight to short extra cover. Ganga, the captain, is there...and that'll sting

19.5

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, Bravo finds this to straighten on Vaughan who defends it solidly on the front foot, imploring Cook to stay where he is. "No, no no no," he shouts

19.6

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, another fine delivery, Bravo's really making it move around here - this keeps low on Vaughan who tries to cut, but it nearly scythes his ankles (and stumps) in half

End of over 20 (maiden) England 87/1
MP Vaughan    24* (49b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    3-1-7-0
AN Cook    42* (69b 7x4)      CD Collymore    4.5-2-6-0

Alan Curr's watching MCC take on Europe at Lord's in a one-day match. "The run-rate at Old Trafford is higher than it is here," he says, as MCC slide to 78 for 4. But don't let that stop you from going to the ground if you can - entry's free.

20.1

Collymore to Cook, 1 run, pushed to midwicket

20.2

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, outside off, Vaughan tries to drive but can't time it

Carrie Dunn, one of the splendid Times folk, emails to say she is "sad for Andrew Strauss but gleeful about my psychic powers". Not sure why yet...

20.3

Collymore to Vaughan, 1 run, pushed out to cover

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

A big hello to Vipin in Regent's Street

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 89/1
AN Cook    43* (73b 7x4)      CD Collymore    6-2-8-0
MP Vaughan    25* (51b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    3-1-7-0

21.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, good length, and Vaughan is forward, pushing it out to cover

21.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, a really good length from Bravo again, pitching it right up to Vaughan - hoping to take advantage of what little swing there is. Vaughan pushes it back to him

21.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, on middle-and-off, bending away from the batsman who nudges it to short extra cover, jogging on the spot after he does so, but declines a run

21.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, clunked to mid-off

"Maybe a few more five-ball overs would get the over-rate back on track," drolly, dryly observes David Kenning

21.5

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, on middle stump this time, and Vaughan again drives but he can't time it

21.6

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, elegantly defended to mid-off

End of over 22 (maiden) England 89/1
MP Vaughan    25* (57b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    4-2-7-0
AN Cook    43* (73b 7x4)      CD Collymore    6-2-8-0

22.1

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

22.2

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, too wide of the off stump, Vaughan leaves it well alone

22.3

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, nicely bowled, a much better length this time and Vaughan inside-edges into his boot

22.4

Collymore to Vaughan, 1 run, but a good ball is followed by a poor one, a leg-side drifter. And to make matters worse, square leg is dosing and they steal a single. The fielding has been severely depressing all morning

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

End of over 23 (4 runs) England 93/1
AN Cook    46* (76b 7x4)      CD Collymore    7-2-12-0
MP Vaughan    26* (60b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    4-2-7-0

23.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, the most solid of forward defensives there. Mightily defended

23.2

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, a tighter line again, on off stump, and it's defended

Ah, there's the former Chancellor, Ken Clarke. I used to do a cracking impression of him.

23.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, drifting down leg, Vaughan smears it to midwicket

23.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off

23.5

Bravo to Vaughan, FOUR, ah an excellent ball, causing a false stroke from Vaughan for once who edged it...the ball falling short of first and second slips, neither of whom are able to stop it

They are, as they were in the previous Test, standing far too close together. The slips, that is

23.6

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, punched to cover

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 97/1
MP Vaughan    30* (66b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    5-2-11-0
AN Cook    46* (76b 7x4)      CD Collymore    7-2-12-0

DJ Sammy is in the house. Here's Darren Sammy on debut

24.1

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

24.2

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan carves it and times it magnificently but straight to point. Too short and wide from Sammy

24.3

Sammy to Vaughan, FOUR, dreadful delivery I'm afraid. Maybe a touch of nerves, but it was far too short and wide and he pulled it through midwicket for four

He simply cannot bowl that short, on this pitch, with that pace

24.4

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, ooh and he's gone again, absolutely smiting this...but straight to square leg

24.5

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, a better line this time, outside off, Vaughan ignores it

Read Siddhartha's diary entry on Darren Sammy last year here.

24.6

Sammy to Vaughan, 1 run, clunked to mid-on

End of over 25 (6 runs) England 103/1
MP Vaughan    35* (71b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-6-0
AN Cook    47* (77b 7x4)      DJ Bravo    5-2-11-0

"I am sitting in a fast food restaurant in Antibes, France, catching up with the latest scores. Weather humid, definite seamer conditions." says David Britten. Are you reading from anywhere exotic?

25.1

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, ooh a good line here, Vaughan wisely leaving it alone outside off

25.2

Bravo to Vaughan, FOUR, a superb stroke from Vaughan, a bottom-handed whip wide of mid-on. He was well onto the front foot, making it into a half volley and whipping it to leg

25.3

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, firmly defended outside off this time

25.4

Bravo to Vaughan, no run, elegantly driven but extra cover does well, diving to his right to prevent a single

The bowling is too samey, too anodyne

25.5

Bravo to Vaughan, 1 run, and again he cover drives, opening the face of the bat and the ball races to backward point who dives and does well to prevent four

25.6

Bravo to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 108/1
AN Cook    47* (78b 7x4)      DJ Bravo    6-2-16-0
MP Vaughan    40* (76b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-6-0

26.1

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, beautifully driven by Vaughan, driving "on the walk" but Sammy fields it well in his follow-through

26.2

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, better from Sammy, attacking Vaughan's off stump and it's firmly defended

26.3

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, ever so slightly wider, but again a good length. Vaughan, with an eye to lunch, blocks it out solidly

26.4

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, guided on the front to point

26.5

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, wider of the off stump, Vaughan shuffles across and guides it to cover off the back foot

26.6

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, and it's pushed out to cover to end the over

End of over 27 (maiden) England 108/1
MP Vaughan    40* (82b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    2-1-6-0
AN Cook    47* (78b 7x4)      DJ Bravo    6-2-16-0

All very quiet out there at the moment. Soporific in fact, which is odd considering England have 108 to their name

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

Cook three away from yet another fifty. He is a machine

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

81 balls for his fifty, his fifth in Tests

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

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 112/1
AN Cook    51* (84b 8x4)      DJ Bravo    7-2-20-0
MP Vaughan    40* (82b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    2-1-6-0

1.40pm It's me, Jenny. Hello. So, good batting from England this morning, poor bowling from West Indies. Nutshelled. Oh, and it's cold. And it's Darren Sammy with the new ball after the break - a touch bizarre, you'd have expected a more experienced bowler right now.

And there's lunch. An easy morning for England (if not for Andrew Strauss, the only man to fall), cruising along to 112 for 1. Cook looks disturbingly solid, as does Vaughan, but the bowling has been shoddy and anodyne at best. They simply don't have the pace to extract movement off the pitch, or gain bounce, and as such England have had an easy morning. Join Martin or Jenny, or possibly even me, after lunch for more.

28.1

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, good delivery on the button first up, Vaughan defends over

28.2

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, left alone down the channel

28.3

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, ugly shot, but great ball - just down the channel at thigh height and Vaughan cross-bats over it, just failing to get the under edge

28.4

Sammy to Vaughan, no run, more orthdox defensive this time - ie he hit it

28.5

Sammy to Vaughan, 1 run, on leg, tucked tidily

100 partnership from 163 balls

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

Corey Collymore is scratching his run-up out. And his collar is buttoned all the way up, very smart. Or very cold. In fact, both

End of over 29 (1 run) England 113/1
AN Cook    51* (85b 8x4)      DJG Sammy    3-1-7-0
MP Vaughan    41* (87b 6x4)      DJ Bravo    7-2-20-0

29.1

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, slinks down the corridor; an easy leave

29.2

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, pushed up there this time, Vaughan defends into the covers

29.3

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, on the money, defended forward and there's a loud "No!"

Two slips and a gully, three saving one

29.4

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, more of the same, Vaughan holding his pose after striding down to defend

29.5

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, left alone down the channel

29.6

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, more defending, again on the front foot. A maiden

Slow progress at Lord's as MCC edge through their innings against Europe. "I think even Kevin O'Brien's nodded off - standing at mid-on the ball was thrown to him to give back to the bowler and it nearly took his head off as he was gazing into the distance."

End of over 30 (maiden) England 113/1
MP Vaughan    41* (93b 6x4)      CD Collymore    8-3-12-0
AN Cook    51* (85b 8x4)      DJG Sammy    3-1-7-0

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

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 117/1
AN Cook    55* (91b 9x4)      DJG Sammy    4-1-11-0
MP Vaughan    41* (93b 6x4)      CD Collymore    8-3-12-0

31.1

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, defended forward

31.2

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, a touch of width, Vaughan hits through the line to cover, but doesn't time the ball and it goes to cover

31.3

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, driven to cover

31.4

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off this time

It's very murky at Old Trafford, but no signs of rain, as yet

31.5

Collymore to Vaughan, no run, defended forward this time

31.6

Collymore to Vaughan, OUT, great ball, nipping back in at Vaughan from just outside off. Full-length delivery, Vaughan plays down the wrong line and the ball takes off-and-middle stumps

MP Vaughan b Collymore 41 (123m 99b 6x4 0x6) SR: 41.41

"Well, that was unexpected," says Andrew Miller. Huge applause for Kevin Pietersen

End of over 32 (wicket maiden) England 117/2
     CD Collymore    9-4-12-1
AN Cook    55* (91b 9x4)      DJG Sammy    4-1-11-0

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

Pietersen to face his first ball, then

End of over 33 (maiden) England 117/2
AN Cook    55* (97b 9x4)      DJG Sammy    5-2-11-0
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)      CD Collymore    9-4-12-1

33.1

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, shuffles over towards off his first instinct is to have a dab as the ball sails down the corridor, but he instantly pulls out of the shot

33.2

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, on the button, Pietersen defends, killing the ball - even so there's a call of "No!", just to clarify, presumably, that hari-kiri isn't on the cards

33.3

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, defends forward

33.4

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, defended into the covers

33.5

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, a touch of late swing away there, Pietersen already leaving the ball by the time it curved away

33.6

Collymore to Pietersen, FOUR, outside off, Pietersen reaches out with a wristy cover drive

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 121/2
KP Pietersen    4* (6b 1x4)      CD Collymore    10-4-16-1
AN Cook    55* (97b 9x4)      DJG Sammy    5-2-11-0

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

34.4

Sammy to Pietersen, no run, walks forward to move the ball from just outside off into the midwicket - the ball dangling in the air for a while, but there's nobody close enough

34.5

Sammy to Pietersen, no run, fuller delivery, dug out around the ankles with a drive into the covers

34.6

Sammy to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 35 (1 run) England 122/2
KP Pietersen    4* (9b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    6-2-12-0
AN Cook    56* (100b 9x4)      CD Collymore    10-4-16-1

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

End of over 36 (1 run) England 123/2
AN Cook    56* (107b 9x4)      CD Collymore    11-4-17-1
KP Pietersen    4* (9b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    6-2-12-0

36.1

Sammy to Pietersen, 1 run, quick single into the off side

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

"As a South African living in the UK," begins Richard, a South African in the UK, "I can't help but feel disappointed that one of our greatest players of recent years, Donald, is wearing a England cap. Seeing it really hurts. As Andre Nel was telling me yesterday (hold on - Willo, can you pick that name up for me, please) he thinks if the South Africa board don't somehow get Donald on their staff they will be "stupid". Nothing like endearing yourself to your employers

End of over 37 (5 runs) England 128/2
AN Cook    60* (112b 10x4)      DJG Sammy    7-2-17-0
KP Pietersen    5* (10b 1x4)      CD Collymore    11-4-17-1

37.1

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, outside off, but a good length, Pietersen drives simply to mid-off. Lest there be any confusion, there's a clear call of "Wait!"

37.2

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, outside off, controlled down into the gully

37.3

Collymore to Pietersen, 2 runs, worked into the covers off the back foot and an overthrow allows some fairy-stepping back for two

37.4

Collymore to Pietersen, 2 runs, on leg, tucked in front of midwicket, driving right along the ground

37.5

Collymore to Pietersen, no run, defended towards mid-on

37.6

Collymore to Pietersen, OUT, attempted bouncer - and gets the reward! Pietersen's eyes lit up, and couldn't control the hook which slips down deep square leg's throat, Bravo holding on without alarm

KP Pietersen c Bravo b Collymore 9 (24m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.25

Intelligent bowling from Collymore, to the trap.

Del, our resident St Lucian, wanders over to gloat.

Paul Collingwood comes to the crease

End of over 38 (4 runs) England 132/3
     CD Collymore    12-4-21-2
AN Cook    60* (112b 10x4)      DJG Sammy    7-2-17-0

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

End of over 39 (maiden) England 132/3
AN Cook    60* (118b 10x4)      DJG Sammy    8-3-17-0
PD Collingwood    0* (0b)      CD Collymore    12-4-21-2

39.1

Collymore to Collingwood, no run, bouncer, dealt with via the medium of the ducking manoeuvre

39.2

Collymore to Collingwood, no run, on off, Collingwood comes forward to drive to mid-on

39.3

Collymore to Collingwood, no run, on off, a touch of wobble in at Collingwood who defends down

39.4

Collymore to Collingwood, no run, outside off, left alone

39.5

Collymore to Collingwood, no run, straight, squared up, but got some bat on it

39.6

Collymore to Collingwood, no run, left alone, straight

I'm probably jinxing him now, but Cook is batting with some kind of seniority, and looking unfazed by the loss of his captain and Pietersen - is he really only 22?

End of over 40 (maiden) England 132/3
PD Collingwood    0* (6b)      CD Collymore    13-5-21-2
AN Cook    60* (118b 10x4)      DJG Sammy    8-3-17-0

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

Super post-lunch bowling from West Indies, using the conditions well - it's begun to swing a touch

40.4

Sammy to Bell, no run, And, yes, I jinxed Cook. Nevermind. Bell to the crease now

40.5

Sammy to Bell, no run, left alone outside off, swinging way away, easy leave

40.6

Sammy to Bell, no run, more swing, but again well away from the right hander

Paul Collingwood is sporting a ginger beard, perhaps in response to yesterday's piece on the BBC website entitled "Is gingerism as bad as racism?" Or maybe, as Gnasher notes, he just didn't have time to shave.

End of over 41 (wicket maiden) England 132/4
IR Bell    0* (3b)      DJG Sammy    9-4-17-1
PD Collingwood    0* (6b)      CD Collymore    13-5-21-2

Edwards into the attack

41.1

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, defended forward

41.2

Edwards to Collingwood, FOUR, Collingwood off the mark, steering backward of point

41.3

Edwards to Collingwood, 1 run, on leg and rising, Collingwood fends down, one-handed, the ball skewing round behind square

41.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, left alone down the channel, Bell kneeling and swaying away

41.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, on off, Bell defends on his back foot

41.6

Edwards to Bell, no run, slung well down the channel at 87.7mph, but easily left

"I am an Englishman living in South Africa," says Paul Howe, "and it gives me nothing but immense pleasure to see Donald in the England camp. For once Nel is right.The day the SA cricket board get their house in order I will eat KP's jock strap." Nice image.

It's drinks now. And Will into the commentary chair.

End of over 42 (5 runs) England 137/4
IR Bell    0* (6b)      FH Edwards    6-1-35-0
PD Collingwood    5* (9b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    9-4-17-1

I suppose technically I am on the commentary chair. But whatever. Thanks Jen and a riotous hello to you all.

42.1

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, ooh a nice bit of drift away from Collingwood here who pokes and misses. A needless poke, really; he should've left that alone

42.2

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, wider still of the off stump and swinging further away from Collingwood who this time ignores it

42.3

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, shuffling across his crease, Collingwood plants his front foot down and grows a drive to mid-off

42.4

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, pushed out to mid-off

"DJ Sammy's hit the rhythm," says Gnasher. And instantly offers not only to get his coat but make a cup of tea

42.5

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

42.6

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, and he leaves this outside the off stump

End of over 43 (maiden) England 137/4
PD Collingwood    5* (15b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    10-5-17-1
IR Bell    0* (6b)      FH Edwards    6-1-35-0

Ah, here's Fidel Edwards - who possibly owns one of the best names in world cricket.

Liam Plunkett's clearly not worried about England's middle-order. He's sat on the balcony, padless and gloveless, reading a magazine

43.1

Edwards to Bell, no run, nasty - that was quick, short and straight, rising up onto Bell who defends it off his chest

43.2

Edwards to Bell, no run, quick - 89mph - but it's well played from Bell, swaying out of the way like an elastic limbo dancer

43.3

Edwards to Bell, 1 no ball, a touch fuller this time, drawing Bell forward who drives to mid-off

But it's a no ball. Guy Jubber (splendid name, by the way) writes: "I, too, am a South African living in the UK. Why are these South Africans getting so feisty? Employ an unexperienced coach in Donald would be risky in my opinion. What's the big fuss?"

43.3

Edwards to Bell, no run, too short, easily left alone by the right hander

"What exactly does a riotous hello entail?" asks Dave Clay. I really have no answer to that. We tend to get excited before each commentary stint, so hopefully that explains it

43.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, punched off the back foot to cover. A good line here - and just a touch of drift away from the right hander

43.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, another short one but it's massively short - a Ronnie Corbett if you will - and also down the leg side

43.6

Edwards to Bell, no run, forward comes Bell, driving to mid-off but without timing

End of over 44 (1 run) England 138/4
IR Bell    0* (13b)      FH Edwards    7-1-36-0
PD Collingwood    5* (15b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    10-5-17-1

From the electric pace of Edwards comes the rather less sprightly DJ Sammy

44.1

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

44.2

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, short enough to cut, but he finds point

44.3

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, very well bowled, cutting this one back into Collingwood who is forced to hurry his defensive stroke

He gets through his overs pretty quickly does Sammy

44.4

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, firmly defended on the back foot once again. Some encouraging movement back into Collingwood here

44.5

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, and that one held its line, Collingwood crabbing across his crease and clunkily hitting it back to the bowler

44.6

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, a very ugly smite across the line which yields him nothing

End of over 45 (maiden) England 138/4
PD Collingwood    5* (21b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    11-6-17-1
IR Bell    0* (13b)      FH Edwards    7-1-36-0

Here's Edwards

A silver-locked lady is peering out from the stands with possibly the largest pair of binoculars known to man. Huge they are

45.1

Edwards to Bell, no run, quick and full, very well bowled - spearing into his off stump, Bell digs it out

45.2

Edwards to Bell, (no ball) FOUR, another very sharp delivery just outside off stump which Bell guides down to third man, shuffling to leg as he does so. Not altogether convincing

45.2

Edwards to Bell, 1 no ball, terrific line and length here but once again he has no-balled

Replays show he's overstepping considerably, too, by several inches. It's the modern curse, no-balling. "In my day" etc.

45.2

Edwards to Bell, no run, rising onto the batsman who with the straightest of blades blocks it out, dropping the ball down by his toes

"The sun's come out at Old Trafford," notes Lancashire's biggest supporter, Andrew Gnasher

45.3

Edwards to Bell, no run, very quick, very well bowled, almost flattening the batsman but he ducked beneath it to avoid decapitation

45.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, too wide to bother Bell who sways his head out of the way

Rather worryingly, Edwards is averaging 44.97 at the moment

45.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, firmly and solidly crunched back to the bowler off the back foot - right up on his toes

45.6

Edwards to Bell, 2 runs, but he loses his line here, Bell whipping it through leg and stealing two

End of over 46 (8 runs) England 146/4
IR Bell    6* (21b 1x4)      FH Edwards    8-1-44-0
PD Collingwood    5* (21b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    11-6-17-1

46.1

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, a nothing sort of delivery, short, and down the leg side

46.2

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, that's much better - fuller, drawing him into a defensive and it's blocked out

46.3

Sammy to Collingwood, FOUR, much too short from Sammy, Collingwood rocks back and pulls it in front of square. Fine stroke

England's 150

46.4

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, swinging into Collingwood who smudges it back to the bowler

46.5

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, steps across his stumps, blocking it out

46.6

Sammy to Collingwood, no run, and it's defended to gully to end the over

End of over 47 (4 runs) England 150/4
PD Collingwood    9* (27b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    12-6-21-1
IR Bell    6* (21b 1x4)      FH Edwards    8-1-44-0

A crude John Ryan asks: "Is 'binoculars' a euphemism?" Definitely, in the case, not.

47.1

Edwards to Bell, no run, on off stump, Bell watchfully comes forward to defend

Edwards is bowling sharply here to say the least

47.2

Edwards to Bell, no run, short of a length, Bell punches it to cover but there's no timing, intent or anything

47.3

Edwards to Bell, no run, angling into the batsman before swinging away at the last moment, it's cautiously blocked out

Edwards will be coming round the wicket when he comes. (chorus - sing along, why not?) He'll be coming round the wicket when he comes, etc.

47.4

Edwards to Bell, 1 no ball, again too short really and it's firmly defended

47.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, very short but well directed, Bell shaping to play before evading it at the last moment

47.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, a little wider here, but with the angle (around the wicket) it is comfortably left alone by Bell

47.6

Edwards to Bell, (no ball) FOUR, class. For once it was a driveable length and Bell leant on it, creaming it through extra cover quite beautifully

"Collingwood's loving this isn't he?" says Cricinfo's chief finger-wagger, Jon Hungin. "He's up north; it's freezing cold and he's in a dog fight. He absolutely loves it."

47.6

Edwards to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 48 (6 runs) England 156/4
IR Bell    10* (29b 2x4)      FH Edwards    9-1-50-0
PD Collingwood    9* (27b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    12-6-21-1

Pace from both ends. Here comes Jerome Taylor. I suppose I should qualify "pace" since West Indies' entire attack is pace...but Taylor and Edwards are the quickest among them

48.1

Taylor to Collingwood, 1 no ball, and he starts with a no-ball. It's endemic

48.1

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood switches off his miner's torch and punches this to cover, riding the bounce and playing it off the tips of his toes

48.2

Taylor to Collingwood, 1 bye, a filthy delivery down the leg side, barely hitting the cut strip

48.3

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, drops this to leg and they set off for a single, Taylor skips across to field - and Collingwood would've been way, way out of his ground had the big winner hit the stumps. But he missed

He actually had lots of time, Taylor; Collingwood had at least another metre to travel

48.4

Taylor to Collingwood, 1 run, a casual pull around the corner

Bill Rousseau has joined in. "...he'll be bowling big fat bouncers when he comes, he'll be bowling big fat bouncers when he comes (etc.)..."

48.5

Taylor to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot

48.6

Taylor to Bell, no run, a textbook off-drive to mid-off but without power or placement

End of over 49 (4 runs) England 160/4
IR Bell    11* (32b 2x4)      JE Taylor    8-0-38-1
PD Collingwood    10* (31b 2x4)      FH Edwards    9-1-50-0

49.1

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, an 87mph bouncer which actually appeared to be a lot faster, such was the mess Collingwood nearly got himself into, evading it at the last moment

49.2

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, vicious - very, very nasty indeed making Collingwood jump all over the place. Rising up onto his chest, Collingwood fended it down to the off side expertly, but that was a seriously sharp delivery

49.3

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, slapped on the front foot to cover

49.4

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, too short this time and he ducks underneath with ease

49.5

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, ooh, Collingwood's jumping around like a cat on a hot tin roof, fending this just short of Ganga at short-leg

Daft expression. I have never seen a cat on a tin roof

49.6

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, another fearsome delivery. Short and dead straight, Collingwood took his eye off it and fended it off with a couple of knuckles. Nasty and exciting; this is what we want

End of over 50 (maiden) England 160/4
PD Collingwood    10* (37b 2x4)      FH Edwards    10-2-50-0
IR Bell    11* (32b 2x4)      JE Taylor    8-0-38-1
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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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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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