The Wisden Trophy - 1st Test

West Indies v England

West Indies won by an innings and 23 runs

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

9.59am Thanks Martin, the players are out on the field, and it will be Jerome Taylor to take the new ball, with Strauss on strike.

9.55am Almost ready to rumble ... the teams and players are slowly making their way out to the middle. It's a lovely day at Sabina Park but it is very hot with almost no breeze to take the edge off the heat. Lots of noise but not too many people inside at the moment. And don't forget, we have third-umpire reviews in this match. Two unsuccessful ones per side, not three as has been the case before.

And to take you through the first hour it will be Andrew Miller.

9.50am The boom-box speakers are already working overtime blasting out the tunes, but those spectators who are in are in a more sedate mood at the moment. Give it a few hours, though.

Nasser Hussain pitchside: "It's almost like a subcontinent pitch without the usual sheen and shine you expect here. It doesn't look fast and bouncy, almost like the kind of pitch you'd expect in India and it will take turn later on." He fancies the skiddy West Indies bowlers will be a problem for the batsmen.

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9.45am "Picture perfect day in Kingston, clear blue sky although there is a hint in the forecast that there may be a few showers later in the game," advises Andrew McGlashan from the boundary edge. "Paltry crowd so far, mainly made up of England supporters."

"Owais Shah should come and join Pakistan," emails Faisal. "We don't play much Test cricket either."

9.40am Bell is a "very, very lucky lad indeed," chunters Bob Willis. Our feedbackers are not being quite so polite. The thing is that by playing Bell they have almost certainly decided to play him for at least two or three Tests out here. So Shah again appears to have a lot of sitting around ahead of him.

9.30am Andrew Strauss has won the toss and England will bat ...he looks pretty pleased with himself. The pitch is dry and brown and there's little doubt Chris Gayle would have done the same had things gone his way. Both captains in blazers looking very smart.

Dale Richards has failed a late fitness test so Devon Smith opens with Gayle.

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

West Indies 1 Chris Gayle (capt), 2 Devon Smith, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Xavier Marshall, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Brendan Nash, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Jerome Taylor, 9 Daren Powell, 10 Suleiman Benn, 11 Fidel Edwards.

"Can someone tell me precisely what Shah has done to upset the entire England hierarchy?" asks Simon from Switzerland. "Bell, yet again, has a stay of execution, the grounds being, presumably, he's the only one brave enough to go in and stand at short leg, 'cos he's certainly never done enough with the bat." And no end of mails on exactly the same theme.

9.20am Talking of Flintoff-watch, here's Gnasher: "Fred's been doing plenty of slip catching, so he looks set to start." So, that would be one sizeable chunk of England's team jigsaw. The rumour in Kingston is that James Anderson won't make the cut - Steve Harmison and Ryan Sidebottom are expected to team up instead.

9.15am Our man on the scene, Andrew McGlashan, has just arrived at the ground and reports a whole lot of not a lot. "The teams are limbering up," he says. "Not much of a crowd as yet." There's plenty time for that to change.

Just over 45 minutes until the start of play. Still no confirmation of the teams. West Indies were waiting on the fitness of their debutant opener, Dale Richards, while England have been on Flintoff-watch all week ...

8.15am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the opening day of the first Test at Sabina Park. We will be bringing you ball-by-ball coverage throughout the series as well as the latest news and tittle-tattle.

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0.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, outside off stump, swinging away a touch, and left alone

Three slips and a gully to start things off

0.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, so nearly a chance! Strauss was caught in two minds outside off stump, tried to leave alone and instead guided the ball off an open face inches short of second slip

0.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, tentative again, outside off stump and Strauss prods uncertainly at a fuller length

0.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, width this time, and a much more comfortable leave

0.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, ploughing a furrow outside off stump, and Strauss leaves alone again, with growing confidence after his awkward start

0.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, a tidy opening over, Strauss offers no stroke to the last ball, and wonders down for a chat with his partner, Alastair Cook

Don't forget, we have the added excitement of the new review system for this match. Two appeals per team per innings. "Am I right in thinking that after a second unsuccessful third-umpire referral in an innings, a side is allowed no more referrals in that innings? Regardless of whether that referral would have proved the on-field umpires decision to be wrong?" asks Michael Bush. That's spot on.

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

Here's Fidel Edwards

1.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, nice start, threatening lift on a good line on off stump, Cook flinches but there's no edge

1.2

Edwards to Cook, 1 run, firmly forward and met with a straight bat, pushed into the covers

1.3

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, too straight, and turned off the pads to get Strauss off the mark as well

1.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, on the pads again, but clipped firmly to square leg this time

1.5

Edwards to Cook, no run, pushed slightly awkwardly back down the ground, Cook thinks about a single as the bowler can't gather, but there's no pace on the shot

1.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, back of a length and jabbed into the gully. Another tidy over

End of over 2 (2 runs) England 2/0
AN Cook    1* (5b)      FH Edwards    1-0-2-0
AJ Strauss    1* (7b)      JE Taylor    1-1-0-0

2.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, outside off and squirted into the gully

2.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, dropped! And that's a bad miss, perfect length from Taylor, a loose open-faced drive from Strauss, and Marshall at third slip palms it down from in front of his face

2.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, outside off and that flies safely through

2.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, a hint of swing, though that won't be much consolation. Left alone

2.5

Taylor to Strauss, FOUR, the first boundary of the Test, and it's a confident push-drive down the ground, a decent stride to meet the pitch and it trickles over the rope

2.6

Taylor to Strauss, 2 runs, fuller, and pushed into space at long-off again. Not timed and they jog two

Martin has had a geeky moment, so bear with him: "Rarely has a side gone into a Test with bowling averages like this. Benn 58, Edwards 39, Powell 46, Taylor 35, Gayle 39. Certainly not a West Indies side. Decent if they were batting averages … "

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 8/0
AJ Strauss    7* (13b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-1-6-0
AN Cook    1* (5b)      FH Edwards    1-0-2-0

3.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, strays down the leg side

3.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers off the front foot. Not much lateral movement in evidence yet

3.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, shorter and possibly quicker. Either way, it's played down into the crease off the tip-toes

3.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, forward and defended solidly

3.5

Edwards to Cook, no run, banged into the turf, and I don't just mean the ball. Good carry outside off stump, but Edwards is hobbling a bit in his followthrough

3.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off and Cook wafts a pokey sort of limp-batted prod. Nothing shot, and he's lucky there's no edge

Your confusion over Owais Shah's continued absence in the England team is filling our inbox. Have a read of Andy Zaltzman's take on it at his blog.

End of over 4 (maiden) England 8/0
AN Cook    1* (11b)      FH Edwards    2-1-2-0
AJ Strauss    7* (13b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-1-6-0

4.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, good delivery, nipping off the seam and past the off stump. Left alone well, it must be said

4.2

Taylor to Strauss, OUT, there's the breakthrough, and that's the end of a nervy innings from the skipper. He was never allowed to settle, and in the end it was a full-length delivery that grazed the edge through to the keeper. Good tight bowling from Taylor, who really should have had that breakthrough in his last over

AJ Strauss c †Ramdin b Taylor 7 (20m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 46.66

Now then, here's a man in the spotlight. It's Belly

4.3

Taylor to Bell, no run, a nice sighter. A full toss outside leg stump. Bell hardly moves from his stance

4.4

Taylor to Bell, 2 runs, that's a tidy stroke to open his account, full on middle-and-leg, a gentle roll of the wrists into the deep at midwicket

4.5

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, full and straight, met with a solid full face of the bat

4.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, tight lines, and defended from the crease off the back foot. A good over, containing a deserved wicket as well

End of over 5 (3 runs) England 11/1
AN Cook    1* (12b)      JE Taylor    3-1-9-1
IR Bell    3* (3b)      FH Edwards    2-1-2-0

5.1

Edwards to Bell, no run, full length and Bell props forward to defend

"Big innings this for Bell, but can he deliver?" asks Gnasher McGlashan. "The knives are out if he fails here." Seeing as he's sat sharpening his in the press box, he should know ...

5.2

Edwards to Bell, 2 runs, positive play from Bell, he's not intending to die wondering today, which is nice for the spectators. A firm clip through midwicket

5.3

Edwards to Bell, 3 runs, beautifully straight drive, down the ground. He's in good touch today

The England players are wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for Bill Frindall who died last week. Incredibly, they seem finally to have splashed out for proper armbands, instead of the old-school gaffer tape ones of days gone by

5.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, through to the keeper

5.5

Edwards to Cook, 2 runs, driven with a peculiar waft of the wrists, as if he was aiming that shot elsewhere. But the ball travels calmly through mid-off, so that will suffice

5.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off and left alone again

"This match is set up for KP to get a hundred," mails Michael Reekie. "I'm so certain I will bet my girlfriend on it happening." No deal without a photo first.

End of over 6 (7 runs) England 18/1
AN Cook    3* (15b)      FH Edwards    3-1-9-0
IR Bell    8* (6b)      JE Taylor    3-1-9-1

6.1

Taylor to Bell, no run, tight line on off stump, defended watchfully

6.2

Taylor to Bell, FOUR, you can't bowl there to Belly, on the pads outside leg stump and helped round the corner with a beautiful flick of the wrists. He's in good touch today

6.3

Taylor to Bell, 2 runs, another easy couple, worked into space at mid-on. He's ticking along nicely

6.4

Taylor to Bell, no run, slower yorker, clever change of pace but Bell picks it well

"Leave Bell alone," says jimmychoos. "He's a class act, technically correct and has a good average. And he's a fellow ginger, so knock it off."

6.5

Taylor to Bell, no run, good carry through to the keeper outside off. Bell shoulders arms well

6.6

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, driven firmly into the covers and a scampered single to keep the strike

Now then, a change of bowling as Fidel Edwards returns to the field after some running repairs. It's Daren Powell

End of over 7 (7 runs) England 25/1
IR Bell    15* (12b 1x4)      JE Taylor    4-1-16-1
AN Cook    3* (15b)      FH Edwards    3-1-9-0

7.1

Powell to Bell, no run, full and fast to start, no width to work with

7.2

Powell to Bell, no run, sharp nip off the seam and Bell is clattered on the thigh-pad as he shoulders arms. Close to the top of the knee roll, but that wasn't worth an appeal... or a review for that matter

7.3

Powell to Bell, no run, uncomfortable, more nip off the seam, and Bell jabs down late with the inside-edge

7.4

Powell to Bell, no run, fully forward, smelling the leather in a forward defensive

7.5

Powell to Bell, no run, prodded into the gully, and a loud "no!"

7.6

Powell to Bell, no run, a good first over from Powell, seam movement was the key, and kept Bell honest

End of over 8 (maiden) England 25/1
IR Bell    15* (18b 1x4)      DBL Powell    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    3* (15b)      JE Taylor    4-1-16-1

8.1

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, soft-handed defensive jab, and a quick single to the covers

8.2

Taylor to Bell, no run, forward and defended solidly

8.3

Taylor to Bell, no run

8.4

Taylor to Bell, no run, outside off stump and left well alone

The sweltering heat of Kingston is a far cry from the conditions many of the pundits and spectators left behind in England. "Ian Botham made it to this Test just in time having been delayed by the snow back in the UK, but David Gower wasn't so fortunate," says Gnasher. "He couldn't even get out of his driveway."

8.5

Taylor to Bell, no run, drawn forward and defended into the covers

8.6

Taylor to Bell, FOUR, that's a sweet strike, the best of the morning. In the slot to be driven, and Bell obliged with a perfectly timed push to long-off

End of over 9 (5 runs) England 30/1
IR Bell    19* (23b 2x4)      JE Taylor    5-1-21-1
AN Cook    4* (16b)      DBL Powell    1-1-0-0

9.1

Powell to Cook, no run, outside off and no stroke offered

9.2

Powell to Cook, 1 no ball, not quite such good carry for that delivery, but Powell over-stepped as Cook left alone

9.2

Powell to Cook, no run, drawn forward and defended into the covers.

9.3

Powell to Cook, OUT, oh that's horrible. A rank long-hop - the first short ball of the day - and Cook flaps his attempted pull straight to mid-on!

AN Cook c Sarwan b Powell 4 (46m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

So, here comes the man formerly known as King Kev ... how will he fare back in the ranks?

9.4

Powell to Pietersen, no run, full and straight, nothing to work with, and Pietersen defends

9.5

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, hops across his stumps to get off the mark, and Pietersen scampers for his traditional suicidal first single. Chanderpaul is wise to it, but the shy wouldn't have stopped the run

9.6

Powell to Bell, no run, defended to finish another successful over. And England have got some problems

End of over 10 (2 runs) England 32/2
IR Bell    19* (24b 2x4)      DBL Powell    2-1-2-1
KP Pietersen    1* (2b)      JE Taylor    5-1-21-1

10.1

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, outside leg, and too short. I suppose that counts as aggression, but it was misdirected

10.2

Edwards to Pietersen, 2 runs, not a lot wrong with that delivery, almost a yorker and arrow-straight, but Pietersen whips it elegantly to deep midwicket

10.3

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, another attempted yorker, but outside leg this time

10.4

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, driven back down the ground, but very nearly back into the hands of the bowler in his followthrough. He's a long way back in his crease at the moment

10.5

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, turned off the hips for a single to backward square

10.6

Edwards to Bell, no run, full and outside off, worked into the gully where Benn stoops to field, and that's the end of the over

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 35/2
IR Bell    19* (25b 2x4)      FH Edwards    4-1-12-0
KP Pietersen    4* (7b)      DBL Powell    2-1-2-1

Hello everyone, and a warm welcome to our comms.

Right, that's enough from me. Here's Will Luke to take you through til lunch

11.1

Powell to Pietersen, no run, outside the off stump, Pietersen extravagantly leaves this alone

Pietersen pulls out of this one ... some paper rolling across the pitch

11.2

Powell to Pietersen, no run, a good length, this, drawing Pietersen forward who drives elegantly and crisply but straight to mid-off. Nicely lined up, though

Pietersen is sporting, I reckon, four days' growth on his face today

11.3

Powell to Pietersen, FOUR, ah, neat stroke but a waste of a delivery down the leg side. Perfect length, just sitting up on Pietersen's hip, and he clips it behind square comfortably for four

11.4

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen is forward, nudging it out to the off side and they set off for a blistering single. Well run

11.5

Powell to Bell, no run, pristinely driven by Bell straight back past the bowler, but too straight. It cannons into the non-striker's stumps

11.6

Powell to Bell, no run, wider of the crease this time, angling into Bell who is defending on the back foot

End of over 12 (5 runs) England 40/2
IR Bell    19* (27b 2x4)      DBL Powell    3-1-7-1
KP Pietersen    9* (11b 1x4)      FH Edwards    4-1-12-0

OK, here we go. Two slips and a gully

And that, merry ladies and gents, is drinks on the first morning of the series. A good hour for West Indies to say the least, on a pitch which will increasingly offer little to the seamers.

12.1

Edwards to Pietersen, FOUR, magnificent drive from Pietersen. A very high backlift, lining up this full delivery almost as though playing golf, and he drives him crisply and beautifully for four down the ground

Wonderful timing

12.2

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen - who looks full of verve and energy today - shuffles across and nudges this off the back foot

12.3

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, An 83.7mph stray down the leg side. Pietersen's not bothered

12.4

Edwards to Pietersen, 2 runs, another straight drive, almost on the walk from Pietersen, on-driving this past mid-on

Lots of comments about the pretty poor over rate. Twelve in the first hour. Expect to see Chris Gayle whirling through a few at the end of the day.

12.5

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, nudged to leg

12.6

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, shorter, slower delivery. I'm not convinced it was intentional by Edwards, though he produced an outstandingly animated appeal for a caught behind, as Pietersen swayed out of the way

End of over 13 (6 runs) England 46/2
KP Pietersen    15* (17b 2x4)      FH Edwards    5-1-18-0
IR Bell    19* (27b 2x4)      DBL Powell    3-1-7-1

13.1

Powell to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump with a touch of movement off the surface into the right-hander. But it's far too wide to bother the batsmen

13.2

Powell to Bell, no run, better length this time, as Bell shuffles back and across to defend it under his nose

Powell has the face of someone attempting a really tricky crossword. He looks constantly perplexed

13.3

Powell to Bell, no run, Bell defends on the back foot once more. 87.8mph from Powell there

13.4

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

13.5

Powell to Bell, no run, again too wide; Bell shoulders arms dramatically

It is baking out there; poor old Powell is drenched already

13.6

Powell to Bell, no run, better line and length and Bell's in two minds, possibly three, as he shuffles back to defend and gets an inside edge into his pad

A reasonable over from Powell, if lacking in threat a touch

End of over 14 (maiden) England 46/2
IR Bell    19* (33b 2x4)      DBL Powell    4-2-7-1
KP Pietersen    15* (17b 2x4)      FH Edwards    5-1-18-0

Ah, a change - here comes Suliemann Benn into the attack. He's around the wicket

14.1

Benn to Pietersen, no run, outside off and turning away - interesting

Nice bit of bite there

14.2

Benn to Pietersen, no run, tossed up on leg stump and flicked back to the bowler

14.3

Benn to Pietersen, FOUR, a gift. Short, turning away from Pietersen who smacks it off the back foot square of the wicket. Juicily struck

14.4

Benn to Pietersen, no run, ooh that spat on Pietersen, though, who blocks it on the back foot

14.5

Benn to Pietersen, no run, shorter, but it skids onto Pietersen who has to quickly nudge it to leg

14.6

Benn to Pietersen, no run, ignored outside off

An encouraging over for Benn and Gayle, I'd say. Sufficient turn to warrant another over

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 50/2
KP Pietersen    19* (23b 3x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-4-0
IR Bell    19* (33b 2x4)      DBL Powell    4-2-7-1

"A few England fans have climbed in the jacuzzi to cool off," says our man in Jamaica, Andrew McGlashan. "I imagine the bowlers wish they could do the same, although there is a breeze blowing which will help a little."

15.1

Powell to Bell, no run, solidly forward, he defends

15.2

Powell to Bell, no run, blocked off the back foot. No intent in the stroke there

Ah, the 50's up for England. Forgot to mention

15.3

Powell to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

15.4

Powell to Bell, no run, pretty good, straight delivery form Powell which is given due respect by the batsman who turns it to leg

15.5

Powell to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump and it's left alone

15.6

Powell to Bell, no run, a sweet defensive from Bell, timing it nicely, but straight to cover

End of over 16 (maiden) England 50/2
IR Bell    19* (39b 2x4)      DBL Powell    5-3-7-1
KP Pietersen    19* (23b 3x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-4-0

Here's Benn, around the wicket

16.1

Benn to Pietersen, no run, flighted on middle and defended

16.2

Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, excellent drive from Pietersen on the up - he just opened the face nicely on that

16.3

Benn to Bell, no run, tossed up and Benn finds one to bits prodigiously on Bell who ignores it. And wisely so

16.4

Benn to Bell, no run, fired into his pads

16.5

Benn to Bell, 2 runs, uppishly driven behind square. He was still in control

And that was fielded by Brendan Nash. Interesting character and selection

16.6

Benn to Bell, no run, short and wide of the off stump, he rocks back to cut

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 53/2
IR Bell    21* (43b 2x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-7-0
KP Pietersen    20* (25b 3x4)      DBL Powell    5-3-7-1

17.1

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen nudges this to leg and immediately demands a run. He has to get his skates on like something chronic - but manages it

"Bell hasn't scored since Pietersen came to the crease...!" Ian notes. Give him a rest for now

17.2

Powell to Bell, no run, Powell's found a good line here as Bell again defends

17.3

Powell to Bell, no run, back and across, he defends this on the tips of his toes

Clouding over a touch in the distance. Nothing threatening - just a bit hazier. It's baking out there

17.4

Powell to Bell, no run, a slow full toss which Bell fails to take advantage of, dead-batting it to leg

17.5

Powell to Bell, no run, straight delivery which is turned to leg

17.6

Powell to Bell, no run, turned to leg

End of over 18 (1 run) England 54/2
IR Bell    21* (48b 2x4)      DBL Powell    6-3-8-1
KP Pietersen    21* (26b 3x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-7-0

18.1

Benn to Pietersen, no run, what a cracker from Benn! That's a fine, fine delivery indeed. Wide of the crease with a snappy action, he lands it on middle-and-off and it beats Pietersen with the turn. Quality delivery

18.2

Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, cracked off the back foot. Too short this time

18.3

Benn to Bell, no run, flighted on middle and Bell's defending this solidly

18.4

Benn to Bell, no run, short, wide, Bell back-cuts this and gets a bottom edge short of Gayle at first slip

18.5

Benn to Bell, no run, neatly punched off the back foot to a lurking Nash at cover, who wings in a throw left-handed over the bails. Good work

18.6

Benn to Bell, no run, quicker and straighter; duly defended

End of over 19 (1 run) England 55/2
IR Bell    21* (52b 2x4)      SJ Benn    3-0-8-0
KP Pietersen    22* (28b 3x4)      DBL Powell    6-3-8-1

Here's Taylor for another stint. 1 for 21 his figures so far

"Did Brendan Nash used to play for Oldham in the Central Lancashire League, perchance?" asks Michael. I'm afraid I'm not sure off the top of my head...

19.1

Taylor to Pietersen, 1 no ball, Taylor starts with a no-ball on Pietersen's leg stump, which he flicks behind square

19.1

Taylor to Pietersen, FOUR, oh that's the ticket from Pietersen. I don't know why I chose that phrase, but it was beautifully on-driven on the up. The timing was spot on and mid-on didn't have a hope

19.2

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, off the back foot, punched meatily to mid-off

19.3

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, a slower ball which he defends on the front foot, closing the face and turning to leg

19.4

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, forward comes Pietersen and he defends

19.5

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, defended firmly once more

19.6

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, blocked on the back foot

End of over 20 (5 runs) England 60/2
KP Pietersen    26* (35b 4x4)      JE Taylor    6-1-26-1
IR Bell    21* (52b 2x4)      SJ Benn    3-0-8-0

Benn is around the wicket

"Nash used to play in the Pembrokeshire league for a little village with deep pockets called Lamphey. I'm sure he played in the Northern leagues soon after," says Johnny Blue from the Pembrokeshire council

20.1

Benn to Bell, 1 run, flighted, but Bell sees it coming and gets ready to sweep it on the full behind square

20.2

Benn to Pietersen, no run, driven out to the off side

20.3

Benn to Pietersen, no run, nicely flighted on the off stump and defended

20.4

Benn to Pietersen, no run, ooh, that's risky from Pietersen but very well bowled by Benn. His quicker one, the arm ball - it really does hurry onto the batsman and Pietersen's drive only just evaded point

20.5

Benn to Pietersen, no run, patted out to the off side

20.6

Benn to Pietersen, no run, he aims for a slog-sweep but clatters it along the ground to mid-on. He was aiming for downtown Kingston

End of over 21 (1 run) England 61/2
KP Pietersen    26* (40b 4x4)      SJ Benn    4-0-9-0
IR Bell    22* (53b 2x4)      JE Taylor    6-1-26-1

21.1

Taylor to Bell, FOUR, Classic Belly there. Belly on a good day, that is - flicking this ala Mike Atherton through midwicket for four. Just a turn of the wrists, that's all

Meanwhile, Bernie from Dominica has some advice for Pietersen. "He need some hot Jamaican curry goat with peas and rice fuh steam him up." Couldn't have put it better myself

21.2

Taylor to Bell, no run, quicker delivery this time, on middle stump, and it's defended

21.3

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, slower ball, turned around the corner by Bell but fine leg does well to save four

21.4

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, better length, troubling Pietersen who came forward when he might have gone back

Tony Cozier is very disappointed at the lack of "dancing girls". We concur. Though we've spotted a few dotted around

21.5

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, back and across and defending

21.6

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, shoulders arms outside off. No need to play those

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 66/2
KP Pietersen    26* (43b 4x4)      JE Taylor    7-1-31-1
IR Bell    27* (56b 3x4)      SJ Benn    4-0-9-0

Benn, once more around the wicket

22.1

Benn to Bell, no run, elegantly pushed out to cover by Bell

22.2

Benn to Bell, no run, another fine delivery by Benn, as Bell comes forward and edges this just short of slip. Beautifully bowled

22.3

Benn to Bell, no run, defended solidly this time

22.4

Benn to Bell, no run, tossed up on the off stump. It's an excellent line by Benn - just maintaining that nagging off-stump line

22.5

Benn to Bell, no run, short, wide and cut

Bell's nearing 30. What's going to happen? He's beginning to look edgy...

22.6

Benn to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 23 (maiden) England 66/2
IR Bell    27* (62b 3x4)      SJ Benn    5-1-9-0
KP Pietersen    26* (43b 4x4)      JE Taylor    7-1-31-1

Ah, here's Gayle

Gnasher has some words for you. "Benn is making full use of his height to get some nice purchase from the surface. England will expect Monty Panesar to do the same later on in the game. This surface will be interesting come the fourth or fifth day."

23.1

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, blocked off the back foot

23.2

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, dragged down outside the off stump. Awful ball. Pietersen tries to paddle but can't. It's all gone village

23.3

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, another howler from Gayle, as Pietersen again paddles this from outside off

23.4

Gayle to Bell, 1 run, cut out to cover for his 3000th Test run

23.5

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen walks into this drive and punches it through mid-on

23.6

Gayle to Bell, no run, guided out to cover. He even looks good just defending, Bell...

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 69/2
IR Bell    28* (64b 3x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-3-0
KP Pietersen    28* (47b 4x4)      SJ Benn    5-1-9-0

Benn to Pietersen

24.1

Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, driven on the up and past slip and gully! Dangerous time for Pietersen and England - Benn's causing trouble. Such good flight from Benn

24.2

Benn to Bell, no run, quicker ball - the 'keeper likes it ("ooh yah") as does the batsman, who blocks it politely with his bat

24.3

Benn to Bell, no run, full and straight and smothered

He's bowling far too quickly. Apologies if I'm not quite as fast

24.4

Benn to Bell, no run, again he's forward, and smothering it

24.5

Benn to Bell, no run, angled out to the off side, just opening the face. Bell's coming forward with a quite monstrous stride

24.6

Benn to Bell, no run, the most solid (and not soiled, as I nearly wrote) of forward defensives

End of over 25 (1 run) England 70/2
IR Bell    28* (69b 3x4)      SJ Benn    6-1-10-0
KP Pietersen    29* (48b 4x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-3-0

25.1

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, bobbles off his pads. Better length from Gayle

25.2

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen goes for a sweep. He does play that so well - plants his foot and swings across the line. Makes it look so simple

25.3

Gayle to Bell, no run, fired in flat and fast and it's flatly defended

Nice bit of alliteration there for you. Cricinfo brings you everything

25.4

Gayle to Bell, no run, Bell's beaten by decent turn here, and it raps his pads

25.5

Gayle to Bell, OUT, and he's got him! A fine, quicker ball from Gayle to which Bell tries to defend, and it takes a thick outside edge which flies low into the hands of first slip - an excellent, smart catch by Smith

IR Bell c Smith b Gayle 28 (92m 72b 3x4 0x6) SR: 38.88

And another pretty little innings by Belly. A soupçon of runs...

Collingwood's in now. It's 71 for 3. Time for a fighter; time for Collingwood

25.6

Gayle to Collingwood, 1 run, quicker ball that he turns to leg for a single

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 72/3
PD Collingwood    1* (1b)      CH Gayle    2-0-5-1
KP Pietersen    30* (50b 4x4)      SJ Benn    6-1-10-0

26.1

Benn to Collingwood, no run, short, wide of the off stump, Collingwood pats it away

26.2

Benn to Collingwood, no run, clumpily driven off the back foot. It's that darn quicker ball again from Benn

26.3

Benn to Collingwood, 1 run, flicked to leg

Slip and a gully in place

26.4

Benn to Pietersen, no run, beaten! What a cracker. Spin has played an unexpectedly key part in this morning's session - beaten by a corking, spinning, jaffa of a delivery

26.5

Benn to Pietersen, no run, forward he comes and defends

26.6

Benn to Pietersen, no run, big, spitting turn from Benn

And that's lunch on the first session of this series - a great one for West Indies. Three scalps after losing the toss is a very handy position indeed. Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen looked to be settling England after the two early losses, but yet again Bell fell just when he looked set for a big one. Dear oh dear. We'll have 40 minutes for lunch - don't go anywhere. Unless you're at work, in which case, dash home then logon. Join us - Will Luke, Andrew Miller and Martin Williamson - shortly.

End of over 27 (1 run) England 73/3
KP Pietersen    30* (53b 4x4)      SJ Benn    7-1-11-0
PD Collingwood    2* (4b)      CH Gayle    2-0-5-1

Welcome back, Andrew here to take you through the first hour of the session, and it promises to be an intriguing one. All manner of server meltdown going on during the lunchbreak, as you've all been having your say about Ian Bell's typically unfulfilled innings. The jist of your comments seem to have been, for the love of God, go!

We have a delay out in the middle, as the third umpire has been locked out of his room! He seems to be in place now, so off we go

27.1

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, good length, outside off and tweaking back in. Defended

27.2

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, defended again on off stump

27.3

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood plays for non-existent turn and prods into the gully

27.4

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, forward, and smothering defence

27.5

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, another big stride, tidy bowling

27.6

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, tucked into the leg side, but there's no room to work with, and West Indies resume with a maiden

End of over 28 (maiden) England 73/3
PD Collingwood    2* (10b)      CH Gayle    3-1-5-1
KP Pietersen    30* (53b 4x4)      SJ Benn    7-1-11-0

28.1

Benn to Pietersen, no run, big, big spin. Leaping turn from leg to off, this could be testing

28.2

Benn to Pietersen, no run, fuller and straighter, and defended

28.3

Benn to Pietersen, no run, a bit more air, and Pietersen is drawn into the drive

28.4

Benn to Pietersen, no run, forward and defended again. Cat and mouse stuff

28.5

Benn to Pietersen, no run, a beauty! More flight, just held back a touch in the air, and exploded off the deck and past Pietersen's edge. Ramdin gathered well

28.6

Benn to Pietersen, no run, a dot ball to finish, and the spinners are working well in tandem

End of over 29 (maiden) England 73/3
KP Pietersen    30* (59b 4x4)      SJ Benn    8-2-11-0
PD Collingwood    2* (10b)      CH Gayle    3-1-5-1

29.1

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, floated up towards the blockhole, Collingwood defends

29.2

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, can't work the ball off the legs

29.3

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, tries to advance down the track for a flick through midwicket, but no contact

29.4

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, defended again. Really tidy stuff

29.5

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, outside off and pushed to short cover

29.6

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, on the pads and cramped for room. Another maiden

End of over 30 (maiden) England 73/3
PD Collingwood    2* (16b)      CH Gayle    4-2-5-1
KP Pietersen    30* (59b 4x4)      SJ Benn    8-2-11-0

30.1

Benn to Pietersen, no run, another drip-drip delivery

30.2

Benn to Pietersen, no run, nothing to work with there ...

30.3

Benn to Pietersen, no run, an aggressive swipe - it was bound to happen - but he gets away with it as cover fields

30.4

Benn to Pietersen, no run, another dot

30.5

Benn to Pietersen, no run, tries to work off the hips, but can't make good contact

30.6

Benn to Pietersen, no run, expansive drive, but Benn is too tidy to allow the shackles to be broken

End of over 31 (maiden) England 73/3
KP Pietersen    30* (65b 4x4)      SJ Benn    9-3-11-0
PD Collingwood    2* (16b)      CH Gayle    4-2-5-1

31.1

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, ripping spin - I'm sure Gayle's ever turned the ball more extravagently. It went down leg, but never mind

31.2

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, no spin this time ...

31.3

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, massive appeal, and Gayle demands the referral because that looked pretty adjacent. Replays show he was struck outside the line, so well done Rudi Koertzen. His naked eye got it right first time

31.4

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, more sharp spin from Gayle, but safely down the leg side

31.5

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, tucked off the hip but well fielded on the 45, still no runs since lunch

31.6

Gayle to Collingwood, 1 run, and finally the shackles are broken. Or at least, dented a fraction, as Collingwood keeps the strike

End of over 32 (1 run) England 74/3
PD Collingwood    3* (22b)      CH Gayle    5-2-6-1
KP Pietersen    30* (65b 4x4)      SJ Benn    9-3-11-0

32.1

Benn to Collingwood, no run, drawn forward and pushed into the covers

32.2

Benn to Collingwood, no run, using his height well to probe on and around off stump

32.3

Benn to Collingwood, no run, sharp turn from middle-and-leg

32.4

Benn to Collingwood, no run, quicker delivery - much quicker - and Collingwood is lucky that was going down leg as he didn't pick it

32.5

Benn to Collingwood, no run, defended more confidently this time

32.6

Benn to Collingwood, no run, another maiden for Benn. He's in the zone

End of over 33 (maiden) England 74/3
PD Collingwood    3* (28b)      SJ Benn    10-4-11-0
KP Pietersen    30* (65b 4x4)      CH Gayle    5-2-6-1

33.1

Gayle to Pietersen, 2 runs, down on the sweep, and a measured single to backward square

33.2

Gayle to Pietersen, no run

33.3

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, another big appeal as Pietersen strays across his stumps, but he was struck outside the line, and Gayle decides not to risk his remaining referral

33.4

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, oooh ... it's in the air, a top-edged swish over the head of Nash at square leg, who can't make up the ground

33.5

Gayle to Collingwood, 2 runs, a more conventional couple

33.6

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, sharpish turn again, but a better over for England. The runs are starting to trickle again

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 79/3
PD Collingwood    5* (30b)      CH Gayle    6-2-11-1
KP Pietersen    33* (69b 4x4)      SJ Benn    10-4-11-0

34.1

Benn to Pietersen, no run, full length and Pietersen is drawn into a drive, but can't make contact

34.2

Benn to Pietersen, no run, pitched up and driven back down the ground, fielded by the bowler

34.3

Benn to Pietersen, no run

34.4

Benn to Pietersen, no run, the arm-ball, and Pietersen is utterly deceived as he offers no stroke to one that curls in and just misses his off stump. Great bowling

34.5

Benn to Pietersen, no run, defended on off stump

34.6

Benn to Pietersen, no run, stretching defensive push, and that's yet another maiden for Benn

End of over 35 (maiden) England 79/3
KP Pietersen    33* (75b 4x4)      SJ Benn    11-5-11-0
PD Collingwood    5* (30b)      CH Gayle    6-2-11-1

35.1

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, forward determinedly

35.2

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, big stride and a dead bat

35.3

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, fuller length, but Collingwood just blocks this one. No runs, but not a lot of threat either. Unlike Benn at the other end

35.4

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, defended again

35.5

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, turned into the leg side, but picked up at square leg

35.6

Gayle to Collingwood, 1 run, a single at last, worked off the toes to keep the strike

End of over 36 (1 run) England 80/3
PD Collingwood    6* (36b)      CH Gayle    7-2-12-1
KP Pietersen    33* (75b 4x4)      SJ Benn    11-5-11-0

36.1

Benn to Collingwood, no run

36.2

Benn to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump and tweaking away

36.3

Benn to Collingwood, no run, ripper, full length and bursting off the pitch past Collingwood's outside edge. Benn is a real challenge

36.4

Benn to Collingwood, no run, outside off again, good turn but more width to dilute the threat

36.5

Benn to Collingwood, no run, stretches forward to defend

36.6

Benn to Collingwood, 1 run, a single through mid-on denies Benn his fifth maiden in a row. But nonetheless, England aren't exactly ticking here

England are in the West Indies and struggling against the spinners. How verily times change. Perhaps, then, it's time to tweak your team in Cricinfo's Fantasy Cricket.

End of over 37 (1 run) England 81/3
PD Collingwood    7* (42b)      SJ Benn    12-5-12-0
KP Pietersen    33* (75b 4x4)      CH Gayle    7-2-12-1

Round the wicket for Gayle now

37.1

Gayle to Collingwood, no run, change of angle prompts the same response. Stout defence

37.2

Gayle to Collingwood, 1 run, clipped off the hip

37.3

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, back over the wicket to Pietersen, who is down the pitch to attack, but can't get to the pitch in time

37.4

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen plays for non-existing turn, and is beaten

37.5

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, worked to midwicket

37.6

Gayle to Collingwood, 1 run, round the wicket and driven nicely into the off side this time

End of over 38 (3 runs) England 84/3
PD Collingwood    9* (45b)      CH Gayle    8-2-15-1
KP Pietersen    34* (78b 4x4)      SJ Benn    12-5-12-0

38.1

Benn to Collingwood, 2 runs, down on the sweep, and played effectively

38.2

Benn to Collingwood, no run, outside off and left alone

38.3

Benn to Collingwood, no run

38.4

Benn to Collingwood, no run

38.5

Benn to Collingwood, 1 run, another sweep, and decently timed again

38.6

Benn to Pietersen, no run, into position for the drive, but Pietersen still can't force his way out of this constrictor-like hold

End of over 39 (3 runs) England 87/3
KP Pietersen    34* (79b 4x4)      SJ Benn    13-5-15-0
PD Collingwood    12* (50b)      CH Gayle    8-2-15-1

39.1

Gayle to Collingwood, 1 run, a touch misdirected, and helped round the corner

39.2

Gayle to Pietersen, 2 runs, nearly a boundary as Pietersen tickles one down the leg-side, but Nash uses his boot well to stop the ball reaching the rope

39.3

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, defended on off stump

39.4

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, drawn forward

39.5

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, defended with an angled bat, but can't work the gap

39.6

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, stretched forward and pushed into the covers

Meanwhile, back in the Miller household, apparently my four-month daughter has just laughed for the first time. I can only assume she's seen the score

End of over 40 (3 runs) England 90/3
KP Pietersen    36* (84b 4x4)      CH Gayle    9-2-18-1
PD Collingwood    13* (51b)      SJ Benn    13-5-15-0

40.1

Benn to Collingwood, 2 runs, a firm sweep, and two more to the score

40.2

Benn to Collingwood, no run, defended on the back foot, sharp turn from leg to off

40.3

Benn to Collingwood, no run, more sharp turn, and Collingwood does well not to edge that

It's getting a touch hazy now, some clouds have formed over the bay but nothing too threatening at the moment

40.4

Benn to Collingwood, no run, forward and defended again

40.5

Benn to Collingwood, no run, outside off and left alone again

40.6

Benn to Collingwood, no run, another over ticks by, and still England struggle to impose themselves. A quality spell from Benn and Gayle, but who'd have imagined this scenario on the opening day of a Jamaica Test?

End of over 41 (2 runs) England 92/3
PD Collingwood    15* (57b)      SJ Benn    14-5-17-0
KP Pietersen    36* (84b 4x4)      CH Gayle    9-2-18-1

41.1

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, driven, hard, but Gayle is in the way in his followthrough

41.2

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, turned off the toes but not into a gap

41.3

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, clipped hard, and straight into short leg's leg. Ow

41.4

Gayle to Pietersen, no run

41.5

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, low full-toss and whipped into the leg-side

41.6

Gayle to Collingwood, 1 run, turned into the leg side. It's looking a little bit easier for England right now

End of over 42 (2 runs) England 94/3
PD Collingwood    16* (58b)      CH Gayle    10-2-20-1
KP Pietersen    37* (89b 4x4)      SJ Benn    14-5-17-0

42.1

Benn to Collingwood, no run

42.2

Benn to Collingwood, no run, probing outside off stump

42.3

Benn to Collingwood, OUT, oh dear, that's absolutely plumb! An aberration from Collingwood, who attempts to sweep one that is far too full for the shot, and there's no point wasting a review on that one

PD Collingwood lbw b Benn 16 (47m 61b 0x4 0x6) SR: 26.22

Well, well. A richly deserved breakthrough for Benn, but one that came in a very generous fashion. Uncharacteristic from Collingwood, who usually needs a bit more prising from the crease

42.4

Benn to Flintoff, no run, full length, and worked into the leg side

42.5

Benn to Flintoff, no run, solidly forward, and defended

42.6

Benn to Flintoff, no run, a fraction shorter, and nervily cut to point

Not an easy time for Flintoff to come to the crease, with the spinners exerting their hold. And remember, he hasn't played since the first day of the tour

End of over 43 (wicket maiden) England 94/4
A Flintoff    0* (3b)      SJ Benn    15-6-17-1
KP Pietersen    37* (89b 4x4)      CH Gayle    10-2-20-1

43.1

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, full and defended off the back foot

Groundstaff look like they could be expecting some rain...starting to prepare the covers

43.2

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run

43.3

Gayle to Flintoff, no run, anxious shot, inside-edge onto the pad, and ballooned safely over the close field to leg gully

43.4

Gayle to Flintoff, 1 run, short, and a touch of turn to leg gives Flintoff room to work his first run

43.5

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, back into the crease, and driven into the covers

43.6

Gayle to Pietersen, no run, turn from off to leg, and helped into the hands of short leg

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 96/4
KP Pietersen    38* (93b 4x4)      CH Gayle    11-2-22-1
A Flintoff    1* (5b)      SJ Benn    15-6-17-1

44.1

Benn to Flintoff, no run, three close fielders on the off side for Flintoff, and they are into the action as he edges low to gully

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And suddenly there's enough rain in the air to persuade the groundstaff to take action. On come the covers, and we have a delay.

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Now then, the covers look like they are coming off already, so time to hand over to Will Luke, who will take you through until tea.

Here we go. Big Benn to continue. Ding dong...

44.2

Benn to Flintoff, 1 run, a full toss on leg stump which he works to leg

44.3

Benn to Pietersen, no run, defended on the back foot

44.4

Benn to Pietersen, no run, firmly driven back to Benn who fields in his follow-through

44.5

Benn to Pietersen, no run, nice line on middle-and-off to which Pietersen comes forward

44.6

Benn to Pietersen, no run, again, Pietersen gives this delivery nuff respect with a solid defensive

End of over 45 (1 run) England 97/4
KP Pietersen    38* (97b 4x4)      SJ Benn    16-6-18-1
A Flintoff    2* (7b)      CH Gayle    11-2-22-1

Gayle to continue. Flintoff isn't a fan of spin early in his innings. This is going to be fascinating

45.1

Gayle to Flintoff, no run, down the leg side. A shout for a catch but only half-heartedly

45.2

Gayle to Flintoff, no run, on the off stump, flatter. Defended

45.3

Gayle to Flintoff, 1 run, worked past midwicket for a single

45.4

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, back of a length and swats this to long-on

45.5

Gayle to Flintoff, no run, quicker ball which hurries Flintoff, and he jabs down on it rapidly

45.6

Gayle to Flintoff, no run, lovely line - blocked

End of over 46 (2 runs) England 99/4
A Flintoff    3* (12b)      CH Gayle    12-2-24-1
KP Pietersen    39* (98b 4x4)      SJ Benn    16-6-18-1

Around the wicket once more for Benn

46.1

Benn to Pietersen, no run, prodded back to the bowler

46.2

Benn to Pietersen, no run, tossed up on the leg stump, pumped back to the bowler again with more intent

46.3

Benn to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen rocks back, cuts, and cover mis-fields to allow the run

And, with no shortage of hurrahs, that's the 100 for England.

46.4

Benn to Pietersen, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

46.5

Benn to Pietersen, no run, driveable length, banged to mid-off

46.6

Benn to Pietersen, no run, smacked back to the bowler

End of over 47 (2 runs) England 101/4
KP Pietersen    41* (104b 4x4)      SJ Benn    17-6-20-1
A Flintoff    3* (12b)      CH Gayle    12-2-24-1

Pace - at last, a change. Here's Powell

47.1

Powell to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, down the leg side - an oddly enthusiastic appeal by Powell, but it was sliding miles down the leg-side

He was tight earlier in the day, Powell. Nice and controlled

47.2

Powell to Pietersen, no run, an emphatic drive by Pietersen to mid-off

47.3

Powell to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

47.4

Powell to Pietersen, no run, flicked, flamingo-style, to midwicket - straight to Nash. He timed the pants off that

47.5

Powell to Pietersen, no run, left alone once more

Cat-and-mouse cricket at the moment

47.6

Powell to Pietersen, no run, this bends back a touch into the right hander who is back, across, and defending

End of over 48 (1 run, maiden) England 102/4
KP Pietersen    41* (109b 4x4)      DBL Powell    7-4-8-1
A Flintoff    3* (13b)      SJ Benn    17-6-20-1

48.1

Benn to Flintoff, no run, tossed up - a teaser - and Flintoff is easily lured, going on the drive without moving his feet. It takes a thick outside edge but nevertheless falls safely

48.2

Benn to Flintoff, no run, defended on the front foot

48.3

Benn to Flintoff, no run, pushed back to the bowler

48.4

Benn to Flintoff, no run, short of a length, Flintoff threatens to cut this but decides against it

48.5

Benn to Flintoff, 1 bye, what a delivery! That is an absolute corker - flighted well above Flintoff's eyeline, who came forward, missed it, and the ball evaded the stumps, hammering into the 'keeper's gloves. Superb left-arm spin

48.6

Benn to Pietersen, no run, and again - this time drawing him forward and it grips, turns and bites

End of over 49 (1 run, maiden) England 103/4
KP Pietersen    41* (110b 4x4)      SJ Benn    18-7-20-1
A Flintoff    3* (18b)      DBL Powell    7-4-8-1

49.1

Powell to Flintoff, no run, driven hard and he slices it into the ground, second slip doing the fielding

49.2

Powell to Flintoff, FOUR, and it's four for Flintoff. A bit of a wasted delivery; there's not much bounce in the surface, and Flintoff just pulled him through midwicket with a real heave

"First boundary since the 22nd over," Gnasher notes.

49.3

Powell to Flintoff, no run, good line - again, he's just making it bend back into Flintoff - but the right hander is well behind it, blocking it out solidly

49.4

Powell to Flintoff, no run, short of a length, he goes back and defends

49.5

Powell to Flintoff, no run, defensively pushed out to the off side

49.6

Powell to Flintoff, no run, a full toss which he bangs to mid-off and fails to find the gap

End of over 50 (4 runs) England 107/4
A Flintoff    7* (24b 1x4)      DBL Powell    8-4-12-1
KP Pietersen    41* (110b 4x4)      SJ Benn    18-7-20-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Feb 8, 2009

An under-fire Andy Flower at the England press conference, a day after England were bowled out for 51, West Indies v England, 1st Test, Kingston, February 8, 2009

An under-fire Andy Flower at the England press conference

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Feb 8, 2009

'Sweet revenge' reads the lead story in the <i>Sunday Jamaica Observer</i> after West Indies routed England, West Indies v England, 1st Test, Kingston, February 8, 2009

'Sweet revenge' reads the lead story in the Sunday Jamaica Observer

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