The Wisden Trophy - 4th Test

West Indies v England

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

50.1

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, leans across to the off side, flicks it to leg

50.2

Edwards to Cook, FOUR, pulled around the corner for another four. Fine stroke but really it's a poor delivery, misdirected - too straight - and on such a true surface, all it takes it for Strauss to help it around the corner

50.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, ignored outside off

50.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

50.5

Edwards to Cook, FOUR, another hook! Cook's going for it and Edwards is emphatically unimpressed, but he gets it down to fine leg safely for four. This is a really fascinating battle here

Cook's into the seventies

50.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, too quick for Cook there, he's late on the stroke and it bobbles away to the leg side

End of over 51 (9 runs) England 193/0
AN Cook    73* (137b 7x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    11-0-43-0
AJ Strauss    119* (169b 16x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    10-3-20-0

51.1

Gayle to Strauss, no run, tossed up on middle, it's defended

51.2

Gayle to Strauss, no run, nice line, on middle and off

51.3

Gayle to Strauss, no run, drilled back to the bowler

51.4

Gayle to Strauss, no run, defended on the front foot

51.5

Gayle to Strauss, no run, punched out to the off side

51.6

Gayle to Strauss, no run, defended once more

End of over 52 (maiden) England 193/0
AJ Strauss    119* (175b 16x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    11-4-20-0
AN Cook    73* (137b 7x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    11-0-43-0

Over the wicket for the new bowler, Ryan Hinds

52.1

Hinds to Cook, 1 run, flicked to leg

52.2

Hinds to Strauss, no run, a touch of turn, bowled quite quickly, but he's back in line quickly

52.3

Hinds to Strauss, no run, punched off the back foot

52.4

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, flicked to mid-on

52.5

Hinds to Cook, 1 run, flicked to leg

52.6

Hinds to Strauss, no run, half a shout as this rushes onto Strauss, but it's bat...then pad

End of over 53 (3 runs) England 196/0
AJ Strauss    120* (179b 16x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    75* (139b 7x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    11-4-20-0

I love commentating when spinners are bowling in tandem. It's such joy

53.1

Gayle to Cook, 2 runs, flicked to leg - excellent running

53.2

Gayle to Cook, no run, tossed up on middle stump, he comes forward to defend

53.3

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

53.4

Gayle to Cook, no run, lunges forward and prods at it

53.5

Gayle to Cook, no run, prodding forward, he defends

53.6

Gayle to Cook, no run, flicked to leg

End of over 54 (2 runs) England 198/0
AN Cook    77* (145b 7x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    12-4-22-0
AJ Strauss    120* (179b 16x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    1-0-3-0

54.1

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, turned to leg

54.2

Hinds to Cook, no run, comes forward and turns it to leg once more, but no run on offer

54.3

Hinds to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot, clipped to leg on the back foot

54.4

Hinds to Cook, 1 run, ah that's neatly played, just dropping it to leg and the ground stands to applaud the 200

What an effort it's been, albeit on a pitch flatter than a really flat thing

54.5

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, calmly driven on the back foot to mid-on

54.6

Hinds to Cook, 1 run, flicked to leg for another milky single

End of over 55 (4 runs) England 202/0
AN Cook    79* (149b 7x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    2-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    122* (181b 16x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    12-4-22-0

55.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, short, wide and hammered ... but straight to point

55.2

Gayle to Cook, no run, driven out to mid-off

55.3

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, cut out to the off side, Chanderpaul flings in a return

55.4

Gayle to Strauss, no run, defended on the back foot

55.5

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, quicker ball to which Strauss just nudges to mid-on

55.6

Gayle to Cook, no run, pushed out to the off side

End of over 56 (2 runs) England 204/0
AN Cook    80* (153b 7x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    13-4-24-0
AJ Strauss    123* (183b 16x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    2-0-7-0

56.1

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, nice looking cut which evades Nash at point and they steal a single shingle

56.2

Hinds to Cook, no run, turned to the leg side

56.3

Hinds to Cook, 1 run, Cook is on the sweep and gets it down to deep square leg

56.4

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, onto the slog-sweep - where's this gone? It's uppish! But it lands safely and just short of deep midwicket

56.5

Hinds to Cook, no run, flicked to leg

56.6

Hinds to Cook, no run, padded away

End of over 57 (3 runs) England 207/0
AN Cook    81* (157b 7x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    3-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    125* (185b 16x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    13-4-24-0

Gayle to continue

57.1

Gayle to Strauss, no run, cautiously and carefully forward, defending

57.2

Gayle to Strauss, no run, cut out to the off side

57.3

Gayle to Strauss, no run, punched to point

57.4

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, nudged to leg

57.5

Gayle to Cook, no run, lunges forward, pushing out to the off side

57.6

Gayle to Cook, no run, the most solid of forward defensives

End of over 58 (1 run) England 208/0
AN Cook    81* (159b 7x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    14-4-25-0
AJ Strauss    126* (189b 16x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    3-0-10-0

Well this pair can't bowl forever, can they? Might be time for Taylor to have a burst

58.1

Hinds to Strauss, no run, cut to backward point

58.2

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, flicked with greater intent, greater power, to long-on

58.3

Hinds to Cook, no run, flicked on the walk to mid-on

58.4

Hinds to Cook, 1 run, worked to midwicket

58.5

Hinds to Strauss, FOUR, four! A wasted delivery - short, wide of the off stump, and even a club batsman would have carved that for four

That's England's best opening partnership against West Indies I think

58.6

Hinds to Strauss, 2 runs, back cut down to third man

End of over 59 (8 runs) England 216/0
AJ Strauss    133* (193b 17x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    4-0-18-0
AN Cook    82* (161b 7x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    14-4-25-0

59.1

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, down the leg side and easily whipped to midwicket. An impish Nash is lurking there and angrily wings in a throw

59.2

Gayle to Strauss, no run, short of a length and defended

59.3

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, cut out to deep backward point

59.4

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, flicked to leg

59.5

Gayle to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump and it turns away

59.6

Gayle to Strauss, no run, crunched out on the front foot to cover

End of over 60 (3 runs) England 219/0
AJ Strauss    134* (197b 17x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    15-4-28-0
AN Cook    84* (163b 7x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    4-0-18-0

Daren Powell back into the attack

60.1

Powell to Cook, no run, and he begins with a stray down the leg side

60.2

Powell to Cook, no run, better line just outside off which he leaves well alone

60.3

Powell to Cook, no run, little bit too wide of the off stump, but at least he's not leaking runs

60.4

Powell to Cook, no run, very full, but a little too wide

60.5

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

60.6

Powell to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

Five minutes before lunch tea

End of over 61 (maiden) England 219/0
AN Cook    84* (169b 7x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    9-1-49-0
AJ Strauss    134* (197b 17x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    15-4-28-0

Brendan Nash is going to turn his arm over. He's also going to have a bowl. Honk

61.1

Nash to Strauss, no run, ooh, that moved off the seam and swung late away from the left hander. That's done more than any ball today!

61.2

Nash to Strauss, no run, nice curve away from the left-hander

61.3

Nash to Strauss, no run, waits for this and pumps it to mid-on

61.4

Nash to Strauss, 2 runs, down the leg side, tickled off his pads

61.5

Nash to Strauss, no run, good ball on middle stump, driven powerfully to mid-on

Last ball before tea

61.6

Nash to Strauss, no run, ooh so close! A thick inside edge as Strauss went for an emphatic cover drive but the ball hammered into his boot

And that's tea on the first day. Another fine and commanding session for England with Strauss looking increasingly authoritative in his 16th hundred. Cook, too, is looking settled and all eyes will be on him after tea to see if he can finally notch another hundred. It's been emotional. Join us in 20.

End of over 62 (2 runs) England 221/0
AJ Strauss    136* (203b 17x4 1x6)      BP Nash    1-0-2-0
AN Cook    84* (169b 7x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    9-1-49-0

Welcome back all. Here we go. Powell to bowl

62.1

Powell to Cook, no run, nice, straight delivery which is driven out to mid-off

62.2

Powell to Cook, 1 run, short of a length, pulled to deep midwicket. Pulled confidently, too

62.3

Powell to Strauss, FOUR, lovely shot! That's the stroke of a batsman in form, playing on such a true surface. Back-cut, guiding it safely through gully for four. Really beautifully executed

62.4

Powell to Strauss, (no ball) 1 run, well that's a good comeback from Powell! Late swinging yorker bending back on Strauss, but he clips it to leg

62.4

Powell to Cook, no run, Cook goes for a cut but can't time it

62.5

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

62.6

Powell to Cook, no run, outside off and a good end to a pretty good over, as this is left alone outside off

End of over 63 (7 runs) England 228/0
AN Cook    85* (174b 7x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    10-1-56-0
AJ Strauss    141* (205b 18x4 1x6)      BP Nash    1-0-2-0

Nash to continue

63.1

Nash to Strauss, no run, wider of the crease and swinging away from Strauss

63.2

Nash to Strauss, no run, defended on the back foot

63.3

Nash to Strauss, no run, onto the front foot, clattered to a short extra cover

63.4

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, driven in the air but in the gap, and out to deep extra cover

63.5

Nash to Cook, no run, nice little hint of swing away from the batsman, but he's wise to it

63.6

Nash to Cook, no run, ignored once more

End of over 64 (1 run) England 229/0
AN Cook    85* (176b 7x4 1x6)      BP Nash    2-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    142* (209b 18x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    10-1-56-0

64.1

Powell to Strauss, OUT, what a ball! An absolute gem from Powell which knocks Strauss off his feet and splays his stumps. As good a yorker as you will see, swinging late on Strauss and he was way too late on it

AJ Strauss b Powell 142 (249m 210b 18x4 1x6) SR: 67.61

Owais Shah now.

Fantastic delivery - out of nowhere, too. Strauss looked astonished as he peered back at the bowler while still on his knees - it was fast, deadly straight and almost unplayable. Top bowling. Let's see if that sparks Powell into life

64.2

Powell to Shah, no run, calmly driven to mid-on

64.3

Powell to Shah, no run, short of a length, he goes back to defend

64.4

Powell to Shah, no run, swinging late on Shah and he defends, head right over the ball

64.5

Powell to Shah, 1 leg bye, drifting down leg, it wobbles off his pads

64.6

Powell to Cook, no run, left alone

End of over 65 (1 run, wicket maiden) England 230/1
AN Cook    85* (177b 7x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    11-2-56-1
OA Shah    0* (4b)      BP Nash    2-0-3-0

Taylor back into the attack after the wicket of Strauss, replacing Nash

65.1

Taylor to Shah, no run, Shah is right behind this, defending it on the front foot

65.2

Taylor to Shah, no run, swinging into Shah who tries to whip it to midwicket but misses

65.3

Taylor to Shah, no run, swings away from Shah at pace, who leaves it alone

65.4

Taylor to Shah, no run, Shah crouches forward, head right over the ball, and roars "no"

65.5

Taylor to Shah, no run, defended

65.6

Taylor to Shah, 1 run, pushed to mid-on for a single

End of over 66 (1 run) England 231/1
OA Shah    1* (10b)      JE Taylor    12-3-28-0
AN Cook    85* (177b 7x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    11-2-56-1

Powell to continue ... tearing up to the crease

66.1

Powell to Shah, no run, on the off stump and Shah is right behind it

This could be a great battle between these two

66.2

Powell to Shah, no run, Shah leaves this well alone

66.3

Powell to Shah, 1 run, too straight, allowing Shah a quick single. Cook's alive to the opportunity and they scamper a quick one

66.4

Powell to Cook, no run, on middle stump, blocked. Excellent, tight ball

66.5

Powell to Cook, no run, a firm push to a good-length ball on the off stump

66.6

Powell to Cook, 1 run, he's gone for another dodgy hook and has skied it! Another failure for Cook, or is it? Benn comes galloping in like a lost giraffe and tries to dive forward, but he's not the most natural of athletes and it drops just in front

Powell's just dropped an f-bomb at that attempt by Benn, which is perhaps a little harsh.

End of over 67 (2 runs) England 233/1
AN Cook    86* (180b 7x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    12-2-58-1
OA Shah    2* (13b)      JE Taylor    12-3-28-0

67.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, crisply struck to mid-off

Most batsmen get nervous in the nineties. Cook seems to suffer his bout of anxiety immediately after passing 50.

67.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, tight ball on the off stump

67.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, better from Cook. A lovely checked drive to cover

Cook is clearly fighting within himself here. He's taking deep breaths and steeling himself to concentrate

67.4

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, he drives and edges this between wicketkeeper and first slip (Gayle) - and neither moved! They were both static as statues. What a let-off for Cook. Another one

67.5

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, short, Cook pulls this through midwicket for four! That's got to hurt

67.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 68 (8 runs) England 241/1
AN Cook    94* (186b 9x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    13-3-36-0
OA Shah    2* (13b)      DBL Powell    12-2-58-1

68.1

Powell to Shah, no run, an extravagant leave by Shah to one swinging away outside his off stump

68.2

Powell to Shah, no run, pats this off the back foot, right up on his toes

68.3

Powell to Shah, no run, just enough movement here by Powell to keep the batsmen honest. Shah is back, across and defending - watching the ball right onto the bat

68.4

Powell to Shah, no run, a good one bending back into Shah, the ball rebounding off his pads and out to point

68.5

Powell to Shah, no run, right behind it, defending on the front foot

68.6

Powell to Shah, no run, turned to leg

End of over 69 (maiden) England 241/1
OA Shah    2* (19b)      DBL Powell    13-3-58-1
AN Cook    94* (186b 9x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    13-3-36-0

69.1

Taylor to Cook, OUT, he's gone this time! Another hook shot and again he miscues it, the ball ballooning to Hinds' right at midwicket who took a superb catch diving to his right

AN Cook c Hinds b Taylor 94 (274m 187b 9x4 1x6) SR: 50.26

And yet again, Cook falls between fifty and 100. It's becoming a bit of a problem. December 2007 was the last time he made a hundred...

69.2

Taylor to Pietersen, 1 run, and where's this gone? A pokey, nervy jab from outside off and he gets a thick inside edge

69.3

Taylor to Shah, no run, sweetly on-driven

69.4

Taylor to Shah, no run, patted out to cover

69.5

Taylor to Shah, no run, too wide this time

69.6

Taylor to Shah, no run, again left alone

End of over 70 (1 run) England 242/2
OA Shah    2* (23b)      JE Taylor    14-3-37-1
KP Pietersen    1* (1b)      DBL Powell    13-3-58-1

70.1

Powell to Pietersen, no run, well wide of the off stump, Pietersen leaves it alone

70.2

Powell to Pietersen, no run, again, Pietersen can comfortably leave this alone

70.3

Powell to Pietersen, no run, pats this out to mid-off

70.4

Powell to Pietersen, no run, a little straighter - not much, but enough that Pietersen can tuck him to midwicket

70.5

Powell to Pietersen, FOUR, on-driven for four. A bit of a slappy, across-the-line stroke but he's got such a good bat that it earns him four

70.6

Powell to Pietersen, no run, an extravagant leave by Pietersen, as ever

End of over 71 (4 runs) England 246/2
KP Pietersen    5* (7b 1x4)      DBL Powell    14-3-62-1
OA Shah    2* (23b)      JE Taylor    14-3-37-1

71.1

Taylor to Shah, no run, squeezed out to the off side

71.2

Taylor to Shah, no run, down the leg side, Shah walks across his stumps and it clips his thigh pad ... the ball very nearly falling onto his leg stump. That was mighty close

71.3

Taylor to Shah, no run, blocked on the front foot

71.4

Taylor to Shah, no run, very firmly defended

71.5

Taylor to Shah, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

71.6

Taylor to Shah, no run, clipped to midwicket

Andrew "bring it on" Miller is ready to bring you the next 20 minutes or so. Twenty? Pah

End of over 72 (maiden) England 246/2
OA Shah    2* (29b)      JE Taylor    15-4-37-1
KP Pietersen    5* (7b 1x4)      DBL Powell    14-3-62-1

72.1

Powell to Pietersen, no run, driven, but another inside-edge onto the pads. Pietersen's feet aren't yet moving

72.2

Powell to Pietersen, no run, on the pads and flicked off the hip, but can't beat short leg

72.3

Powell to Pietersen, no run, pushed into the covers

72.4

Powell to Pietersen, no run, driven with intent into the covers, but lacking the requisite timing

72.5

Powell to Pietersen, no run, slightly shorter, and defended back down the wicket

72.6

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, worked into the leg-side

End of over 73 (1 run) England 247/2
KP Pietersen    6* (13b 1x4)      DBL Powell    15-3-63-1
OA Shah    2* (29b)      JE Taylor    15-4-37-1

A change of bowling, and here comes the medium pace of Brendan Nash

73.1

Nash to Pietersen, no run, good length to start, defended with respect

73.2

Nash to Pietersen, 2 runs, flicked off the pads, and Pietersen wants two straightaway. That was a bit risky, but the throw was wayward

73.3

Nash to Pietersen, no run, outside off, swinging away, and that is a fluffy little waft from KP. A nothing shot

73.4

Nash to Pietersen, no run, outside off, begging to be thwacked, but Pietersen is like a doberman on a choker faced with a basket of fluffy kittens, as he watches that lavisciously into the keeper's gloves

73.5

Nash to Pietersen, no run, outside off again. Ok, I probably mispelt "lavishwhatever" but there's not enough time between balls to check dictionary.com

73.6

Nash to Pietersen, 1 run, driven into the covers, and through they scuttle

End of over 74 (3 runs) England 250/2
KP Pietersen    9* (19b 1x4)      BP Nash    3-0-6-0
OA Shah    2* (29b)      DBL Powell    15-3-63-1

Powell's best spell of the match comes to an end. The new ball is looming, so here comes some spin to speed it along

74.1

Benn to Pietersen, no run, outside off, a hint of turn, met with an exploratory bat

74.2

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

74.3

Benn to Pietersen, no run, dragged forward and defended

74.4

Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, turned off the pads, down to backward square

74.5

Benn to Shah, no run, forward to defend, solid once again

74.6

Benn to Shah, FOUR, and a boundary to finish, well biffed Owais, up and over the covers, one bounce, and that is drinks

The camera recently panned across the press box, giving us the opportunity to check whether our man in the thick of things, Gnasher McGlashan, is present and working hard, or face down in the pool. Sure enough, there he is, lurking behind his shades and, more significantly, the monstrous hair of the Mirror's Dean Wilson. Without that bouffant landmark, I'm not sure we'd ever have spotted him.

Meanwhile, five overs until the new ball. Here's Nash to push the over-rate along

End of over 75 (5 runs) England 255/2
OA Shah    6* (31b 1x4)      SJ Benn    12-1-58-0
KP Pietersen    10* (23b 1x4)      BP Nash    3-0-6-0

75.1

Nash to Pietersen, no run, tidy inswing, and defended on off stump

75.2

Nash to Pietersen, 1 run, shorter, outside off, and flicked away through midwicket

75.3

Nash to Shah, no run, full length and drawn forward to defend

75.4

Nash to Shah, no run, width outside off stump, left alone this time

75.5

Nash to Shah, no run, good length again, and Shah is a touch tucked up in his defence

75.6

Nash to Shah, no run, that's the ideal medium-pacer's line and length, attacking off stump with a hint of inswing, and defended resolutely

End of over 76 (1 run) England 256/2
OA Shah    6* (35b 1x4)      BP Nash    4-0-7-0
KP Pietersen    11* (25b 1x4)      SJ Benn    12-1-58-0

Big Bad Benn continues, coming round the wicket

76.1

Benn to Pietersen, no run, outside off, a touch of turn

76.2

Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, on the pads and worked into the leg-side

76.3

Benn to Shah, no run, outside off, leaving well alone

76.4

Benn to Shah, no run, big stride, and defended. This is a quiet period before the new ball, I suspect

76.5

Benn to Shah, no run, dabbed to short cover

76.6

Benn to Shah, no run, a modicum of turn, and the ball dribbles out to gully

Right, time to get onto the bulletin. Here's Will Luke to take you through to the close

End of over 77 (1 run) England 257/2
OA Shah    6* (39b 1x4)      SJ Benn    13-1-59-0
KP Pietersen    12* (27b 1x4)      BP Nash    4-0-7-0

New ball due in three overs. Hello all. Here's Nash for the time being

77.1

Nash to Pietersen, no run, bends back into KP who defends

77.2

Nash to Pietersen, 1 run, punched forcefully out to mid-off

77.3

Nash to Shah, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored

77.4

Nash to Shah, no run, cor, that's a good'un. Angling back into Shah who defends

77.5

Nash to Shah, 1 run, flicked to leg

77.6

Nash to Pietersen, no run, a filthy full toss slapped with equal amounts of filth straight to cover

End of over 78 (2 runs) England 259/2
KP Pietersen    13* (30b 1x4)      BP Nash    5-0-9-0
OA Shah    7* (42b 1x4)      SJ Benn    13-1-59-0

78.1

Benn to Shah, no run, tossed up outside off, Shah defends

78.2

Benn to Shah, no run, pushed out to mid-off

78.3

Benn to Shah, no run, plays and misses! He tried to open the face down to third man

78.4

Benn to Shah, no run, pushes this out to mid-off

78.5

Benn to Shah, OUT, got him! Again Shah tried to cut this ball which turned and bounced on him, and the ball flew into the chest of Smith at first slip - easy catch

OA Shah c Smith b Benn 7 (65m 47b 1x4 0x6) SR: 14.89

78.6

Benn to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 79 (wicket maiden) England 259/3
PD Collingwood    0* (1b)      SJ Benn    14-2-59-1
KP Pietersen    13* (30b 1x4)      BP Nash    5-0-9-0

Nash to continue - new ball available after this over

79.1

Nash to Pietersen, no run, slower ball. And it's properly slow, too, angling back into Pietersen

79.2

Nash to Pietersen, no run, fuller this time, clipped to leg

79.3

Nash to Pietersen, no run, punched off the back foot

79.4

Nash to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front foot

79.5

Nash to Pietersen, no run, patted back to the bowler

79.6

Nash to Pietersen, no run, and he defends this, too. Innocuous, yes, but at least he's keeping it tight

End of over 80 (maiden) England 259/3
KP Pietersen    13* (36b 1x4)      BP Nash    6-1-9-0
PD Collingwood    0* (1b)      SJ Benn    14-2-59-1

Benn to continue with the old ball, as he's just getting it to grip

80.1

Benn to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood nudges it to leg

80.2

Benn to Collingwood, no run, flighted on middle, Collingwood is forward and defending

80.3

Benn to Collingwood, no run, quicker ball! He's back and nudges to leg

80.4

Benn to Collingwood, no run, onto the front foot, excellent line and length

80.5

Benn to Collingwood, no run, that's good too, and he comes forward to block

80.6

Benn to Collingwood, no run, turns away a touch and bounces quite markedly

End of over 81 (maiden) England 259/3
PD Collingwood    0* (7b)      SJ Benn    15-3-59-1
KP Pietersen    13* (36b 1x4)      BP Nash    6-1-9-0

Taylor back into the attack

81.1

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, back of a length, and no great pace to speak of, it's defended

81.2

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, short of a length, Pietersen pats it to leg

Fascinating time, this, with everyone waiting for the new ball. Pietersen's not yet left his shell (if you can call it a shell...), and Benn's getting the ball to talk. One more over from him, I reckon, then Windies will take the new nut

81.3

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

There's a very short short-midwicket in place now

81.4

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, wonderful-looking punch off the back foot but straight to cover

81.5

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, right behind it, blocking

81.6

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, flicked to leg

End of over 82 (maiden) England 259/3
KP Pietersen    13* (42b 1x4)      JE Taylor    16-5-37-1
PD Collingwood    0* (7b)      SJ Benn    15-3-59-1

Here's Benn. I do like watching this guy bowl

82.1

Benn to Collingwood, no run, a bit too wide for Collingwood to be bothering himself with

82.2

Benn to Collingwood, no run, a ripsnorting beauty! Turn, bounce and it beats Collingwood's lunge. Wonderful take by Ramdin

He is a fine keeper - wonderful hands

82.3

Benn to Collingwood, no run, and again he's beaten! Sweet take by the keeper, "riding" the bounce

82.4

Benn to Collingwood, no run, blocked on middle

82.5

Benn to Collingwood, no run, down the pitch, pushing it out to mid-off

82.6

Benn to Collingwood, no run, too wide this time

End of over 83 (maiden) England 259/3
PD Collingwood    0* (13b)      SJ Benn    16-4-59-1
KP Pietersen    13* (42b 1x4)      JE Taylor    16-5-37-1

The new ball has yet to be taken

83.1

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, good line and length to which he steps across and carefully defends

83.2

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, teased outside off. Pietersen ignores

83.3

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, swinging into Pietersen who digs it out. Good, full delivery

83.4

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, too short and evaded with ease

83.5

Taylor to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen works this from outside off through midwicket and - lo! - they have a run

35 consecutive dot balls, finally broken

83.6

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood watches this right onto the bat, defending it at the very last second

End of over 84 (1 run) England 260/3
PD Collingwood    0* (14b)      JE Taylor    17-5-38-1
KP Pietersen    14* (47b 1x4)      SJ Benn    16-4-59-1

Edwards with the new ball

Gayle's stroking his beard wondering what to do next. Ah - and here's the new ball. Incidentally, Andy Zaltzman - satirist, comedian, allround cricket geek - has filed his latest blog. Have a read why don't you?

84.1

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, wide, swinging wider

84.2

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, KP is back, across and defending

84.3

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length, pulled with Caribbean-esque flair

84.4

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, fired down leg. Collingwood shapes to play before realising just how needless it was. So he shuffles away and ignores it

84.5

Edwards to Collingwood, 1 no ball, a wide no ball

84.5

Edwards to Collingwood, FOUR, well, bonjour to that, as Del Boy would say. The most classical of cover drives for four, timed to perfection

84.6

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, guided off the back foot

End of over 85 (6 runs) England 266/3
PD Collingwood    4* (18b 1x4)      FH Edwards    12-0-49-0
KP Pietersen    15* (50b 1x4)      JE Taylor    17-5-38-1

85.1

Taylor to Pietersen, 1 run, just clips this to midwicket for a hastily stolen single

85.2

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, a touch of shape away from Collingwood but he won't be lured into driving

85.3

Taylor to Collingwood, 2 runs, he won't get four, but it was a neat stroke nevertheless - cross-batted slap to a wide delivery

85.4

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, close! A tentative, cautious poke by Collingwood, the ball back-spinning over the stumps

85.5

Taylor to Collingwood, FOUR, that's a quality stroke, pulling this on the up square of the wicket for four. He picked up the length on that so quickly

85.6

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, forward, defending

End of over 86 (7 runs) England 273/3
PD Collingwood    10* (23b 2x4)      JE Taylor    18-5-45-1
KP Pietersen    16* (51b 1x4)      FH Edwards    12-0-49-0

86.1

Edwards to Pietersen, FOUR, angled out through the off side - oh, shot! He just angled that, using the pace of the ball

86.2

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, too wide. And swinging wider still

86.3

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, onto the hook - the dreaded hook! - and this is skied miles and miles in the air to deep midwicket. A horrid shot and Taylor comes scurrying in, diving, but couldn't quite cling on

West Indies are fuming here. Or, rather, Edwards is...

86.4

Edwards to Collingwood, 5 wides, that was quick - seriously slippery from Edwards - but it's down the leg side and called a wide

West Indies need to calm down here. A missed catch, yes, but this is still their session

86.4

Edwards to Collingwood, 4 byes, and again! Outside off, another fast and loose bouncer which pangs off the pitch and goes over Ramdin's head

86.5

Edwards to Collingwood, 1 no ball, outside off - and this time it's a no-ball

Gayle needs to have a word in Edwards' shell. He's over-excited here and needs to take a few deep breaths and regain his composure. The crowd are loving it...

86.5

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, sheesh that was quick! That was seriously fast and Collingwood snapped his head out of the way, only at the last moment. 90mph bouncer which didn't climb quite as much as he expected

Collingwood's grinning out of sheer relief that he still has some teeth left

86.6

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, and it's left alone outside off to end a thrilling and eventful over

End of over 87 (15 runs) England 288/3
PD Collingwood    10* (27b 2x4)      FH Edwards    13-0-60-0
KP Pietersen    21* (54b 2x4)      JE Taylor    18-5-45-1

The England fans all applaud Edwards who trudges back to his fielding position - and they all stand, too. Lovely sight. Here's Powell

87.1

Powell to Pietersen, FOUR, well, this barely hits the cut strip, so Pietersen just slaps him through cover for four

87.2

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, straight, flicked off his hip

87.3

Powell to Collingwood, no run, cover-driven but straight to the fielder

87.4

Powell to Collingwood, no run, drops this down to gully

87.5

Powell to Collingwood, 1 run, turned wide of Taylor at mid-on who jogs six or seven steps to his right and fields

Powell runs in but Pietersen's not ready. There's a security girl behind the bowler's arm...who is finding it uncomfortably funny that she's holding up play. Powell's not amused

87.6

Powell to Pietersen, 1 run, nudged to leg for a strolled single

End of over 88 (7 runs) England 295/3
KP Pietersen    27* (57b 3x4)      DBL Powell    16-3-70-1
PD Collingwood    11* (30b 2x4)      FH Edwards    13-0-60-0

Here we go - Edwards has the ball in his hand. Let's see if he can wind them up again after his breathless last over

88.1

Edwards to Pietersen, 3 runs, good ball, good thinking to send in this yorker. It's clipped through midwicket though, as it came out on the full

Good thinking from Edwards though, and there was a touch of late swing.

88.2

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood punches to cover

88.3

Edwards to Collingwood, 1 no ball, punched into the non-striker's stumps, and it's a no-ball

88.3

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, cracked square of the wicket

88.4

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, a bouncer which he ducks easily

88.5

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, sways out of the way

88.6

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, good, quick ball to end a whole-hearted day's work from Edwards. He's had rubbish luck, but has given his absolute all and the England fans appreciate his efforts with a standing ovation

End of over 89 (4 runs) England 299/3
PD Collingwood    11* (36b 2x4)      FH Edwards    14-0-64-0
KP Pietersen    30* (58b 3x4)      DBL Powell    16-3-70-1

89.1

Powell to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen comes forward to defend

89.2

Powell to Pietersen, no run, wide of the crease, spearing into the off stump

89.3

Powell to Pietersen, 2 runs, works this off the middle stump through midwicket to bring up a richly applauded 300th run for England

89.4

Powell to Pietersen, no run, angled short of gully

89.5

Powell to Pietersen, no run, nurdled to mid-on

89.6

Powell to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen shoulders arms outside off, and that's stumps

It's been a great day's cricket here. 301 runs and three wickets - though had West Indies held their chances, they'd be walking off the field tonight in far better spirits. West Indies' catching was careless, their fielding at times shoddy, and they let Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook off the hook. Strauss nevertheless played magnificently for his 142, leading from the front and showing aggressive intent throughout. It was West Indies' session this evening, however, picking up 3 for 80, but with Pietersen still at the crease, it's England who own the day. Do keep an eye on the bulletin, the gallery and we'll have lots more in the next hour or so. Don't forget South Africa and Australia are locking horns in a fascinating tussle, and day two gets underway early tomorrow morning. Do join us for day two from Barbados, too, but for now it's goodnight.

End of over 90 (2 runs) England 301/3
KP Pietersen    32* (64b 3x4)      DBL Powell    17-3-72-1
PD Collingwood    11* (36b 2x4)      FH Edwards    14-0-64-0

9.58am So, here we go. The covers are off, and we are minutes away from a prompt start. Andrew Miller here to see you through the first hour, and while you're waiting, why not have a peek on the other channel, where Australia are bossing the first Test against South Africa at Johannesburg.

9.55am Well this is all ridiculously exciting. Apparently, we could even be starting on time despite the untimely (and, frankly, downright rude) shower. The eagle-eyed of you will have noticed the time. That's right - just five minutes to go.

"Umpires coming out to have a look," says Cricinfo's legendary reporter Andrew McGlashan, "and the covers are being peeled back but more clouds are looming." The sun's out, too.

9.40am The covers are still on but the showery rain has stopped. Looks unlikely we'll be able to start on time, annoyingly, but we'll keep you amused as best we can.

Good morning all, and welcome to the second day's play from Barbados. I'm Will Luke and will shortly be joined by Andrew Miller. If you haven't heard already, Andrew Flintoff's flying home. He could return, however, for the one-dayers. Anyway. Check that news story for all the goss. Meanwhile, in Barbados, Andrew McGlashan tells us the covers have been dragged on which is a right pain in the derrière - a brief shower I'm afraid.

90.1

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, full length, outside off stump, a bit of a loosener, but accurate enough. Pushed to point

90.2

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, outside off and no stroke offered. Too much width, but the length is good

90.3

Edwards to Collingwood, FOUR, too short, too wide, Collingwood doesn't move his feet, but doesn't need to. That's middled past point

90.4

Edwards to Collingwood, 1 run, fuller and straighter, and good running to short cover

90.5

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, short and lifting into Pietersen's ribs. Spicy delivery but reasonably well played in the end, out to square leg

90.6

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, defended into the covers, as Edwards starts to find his optimum pace

End of over 91 (6 runs) England 307/3
PD Collingwood    16* (41b 3x4)      FH Edwards    15-0-70-0
KP Pietersen    33* (65b 3x4)      DBL Powell    17-3-72-1

91.1

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, a very, very gentle loosener. Outside off, too short to tempt a stroke, left alone

91.2

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, outside off, no stroke offered again

91.3

Taylor to Pietersen, 2 runs, on the pads, too gentle again, and tapped with minimum fuss to midwicket

91.4

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, that's the ball. Almost another Jamaica exocet this time - a late-outswinging yorker that Pietersen just gets his bat down on in time. Luckily for him he wasn't looking to be aggressive, or that could have been curtains

91.5

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, full length outswinger, curls onto the bat

91.6

Taylor to Pietersen, no run, full length again, a good finish to the over, he's finding that probing length now. Pietersen can only defend

End of over 92 (2 runs) England 309/3
KP Pietersen    35* (71b 3x4)      JE Taylor    19-5-47-1
PD Collingwood    16* (41b 3x4)      FH Edwards    15-0-70-0

92.1

Edwards to Collingwood, 1 run, played firmly on the up, off the back foot

92.2

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, fizzed down on an off-stump line, met on the back foot and patted out to cover

92.3

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, a hop into line, and a dink into the leg-side

92.4

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump, whizzed down on a good length, and no stroke offered

Good pace from Edwards now

92.5

Edwards to Collingwood, 1 run, clumped out to deep cover

92.6

Edwards to Pietersen, no run, a horrible swish, that was wide and going wider, and Pietersen dropped down on one knee and flashed extravagantly at thin air

End of over 93 (3 runs) England 312/3
KP Pietersen    36* (74b 3x4)      FH Edwards    16-0-73-0
PD Collingwood    18* (44b 3x4)      JE Taylor    19-5-47-1

93.1

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, on off stump, and pushed out to point

93.2

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, fuller and straighter, and worked into the leg-side

93.3

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, attempted yorker, but too wide to be any danger. Stabbed out to point

93.4

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, wider on the crease, slanted in towards the pads, and defended

93.5

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, a hint of late outswing from a good length. Defended on off stump

93.6

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, clipped firmly out to midwicket where a good tumbling stop saves the run

End of over 94 (maiden) England 312/3
PD Collingwood    18* (50b 3x4)      JE Taylor    20-6-47-1
KP Pietersen    36* (74b 3x4)      FH Edwards    16-0-73-0

94.1

Edwards to Pietersen, 1 run, that's a bit of an adventurous run. Pietersen was back on his heels as he tapped to short cover, but Collingwood responded quickly to the call

94.2

Edwards to Collingwood, 1 run, cut hard out to backward point, where the fielder parries but can't cut it off. That's 3000 Test runs to Collingwood

94.3

Edwards to Pietersen, FOUR, on the pads and clipped away with gusto. There's no cutting that off

94.4

Edwards to Pietersen, OUT, full length, on the stumps, Pietersen attempts to whisk through the leg side again and that looks utterly plumb on first viewing! Umpire Tiffin agrees, Pietersen does not, and so it goes to a referral. But that is so out it's almost come in again through the other side!

KP Pietersen lbw b Edwards 41 (117m 77b 4x4 0x6) SR: 53.24

Collingwood at the non-striker's end might have suggested quietly to KP that he should have saved the referral for a decision that actually had any doubt about it. But then, it was KP, and his wicket is worth saving. Here comes Bopara

94.5

Edwards to Bopara, 1 run, on the hips and clipped through midwicket. That's a nice way to get underway

94.6

Edwards to Collingwood, 5 wides, outside off, way, way outside any reach of anyone. Including the keeper and the slips

94.6

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, that's better, full and straight and targeting off stump

Gnasher grumbles from the depths of the press box ... "A few murmurings about that referral from KP...it always looked very out ..." It did indeed ...

End of over 95 (12 runs) England 324/4
PD Collingwood    19* (52b 3x4)      FH Edwards    17-0-85-1
RS Bopara    1* (1b)      JE Taylor    20-6-47-1

95.1

Taylor to Bopara, no run, straight and probing, defended on off stump

95.2

Taylor to Bopara, 1 run, on the pads, and worked coolly to square leg

95.3

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, good wicket-to-wicket stuff. Rising off a good length and defended

A few large clouds looming behind the stands now ...

95.4

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, on the pads and that was asking to be hit, but it wasn't

95.5

Taylor to Collingwood, FOUR, only a fraction short, but short enough for Colly to climb into it. Pulled firmly through square leg

95.6

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, even shorter, but this time the shot goes straight to square leg. Good aggressive intent though. England realise they need quick runs as well as lots of them, if they are to have time to bowl West Indies out twice

End of over 96 (5 runs) England 329/4
PD Collingwood    23* (56b 4x4)      JE Taylor    21-6-52-1
RS Bopara    2* (3b)      FH Edwards    17-0-85-1

96.1

Edwards to Bopara, no run, good line outside off stump, Bopara draws his bat inside the line

96.2

Edwards to Bopara, 2 runs, a nice wristy flick off middle and leg, down to backward square. Confident strokeplay

96.3

Edwards to Bopara, no run, short and rising outside off stump. Bopara flinches but leaves alone

96.4

Edwards to Bopara, no run, banged into the turf on the line of off stump. Bopara picks the length early and hops into line to defend

96.5

Edwards to Bopara, 2 runs, dropped! Short, flipped high into the air with a muffed pull from Bopara. Taylor at square leg made a meal of it as he dived to complete the catch, but in the end made a total hash of it. That should have been caught

96.6

Edwards to Bopara, no run, full and straight to finish, and once again Edwards has no luck

End of over 97 (4 runs) England 333/4
RS Bopara    6* (9b)      FH Edwards    18-0-89-1
PD Collingwood    23* (56b 4x4)      JE Taylor    21-6-52-1

97.1

Taylor to Collingwood, 1 run, full and fast, attacking the stumps, but well defended into the leg side

97.2

Taylor to Bopara, no run, a hint of swing, but left well alone outside off

97.3

Taylor to Bopara, 1 run, on the pads and clipped to Nash at square leg, who fielded well but had to transfer the ball before shying. Collingwood had plenty time to make his ground

97.4

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, firmly forward on off stump

97.5

Taylor to Collingwood, FOUR, short and flogged through midwicket with a scything blade. He's been keen on the pull today, and played it well

97.6

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, back of a length, outside off stump. Defended

"There must be some sort of conventional wisdom here, but it beats me," says a baffled Shaul Rosenblatt. "England put on a massive total, but fail to win the Test because they cannot bowl the West Indies out. So when England's top bowler (who scored a pair) is injured for the next Test, they replace him with a batsman...?"

End of over 98 (6 runs) England 339/4
PD Collingwood    28* (60b 5x4)      JE Taylor    22-6-58-1
RS Bopara    7* (11b)      FH Edwards    18-0-89-1

98.1

Edwards to Bopara, no run, more tidy wristwork, flicked to midwicket but no run there

98.2

Edwards to Bopara, no run, short and fizzing past off stump. Bopara flinches again, but avoids contact

98.3

Edwards to Bopara, no run, wanged into the pitch once again, and good carry through to the keeper

98.4

Edwards to Bopara, 1 run, on the pads, worked off the hip to midwicket. He's had a few there to ease his innings along

A bit of rain closing in around the ground now ...

98.5

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, aggressive line and length, Collingwood hops back as he defends

98.6

Edwards to Collingwood, no run, fantastic delivery, and an even better take from Ramdin. That fizzed past Collingwood's nose and was still climbing as it reached the keeper. A well-timed leap and a one-handed take prevents four byes

Edwards' figures, incidentally, are a travesty

End of over 99 (1 run) England 340/4
PD Collingwood    28* (62b 5x4)      FH Edwards    19-0-90-1
RS Bopara    8* (15b)      JE Taylor    22-6-58-1

99.1

Taylor to Bopara, no run, full and straight, defended

99.2

Taylor to Bopara, no run, outside off stump, Bopara shapes to leave well alone

99.3

Taylor to Bopara, no run, pushed firmly into the covers off the back foot

99.4

Taylor to Bopara, no run, short and wide, but that doesn't get up at all. Bopara was lining up a cut, but that scuttled on him

99.5

Taylor to Bopara, no run, fuller length, a bit of shape back into the batsman. Pushed cautiously into the covers

It's bucketing down outside the ground, but still dry inside

99.6

Taylor to Bopara, no run, outside off and left alone again

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End of over 100 (maiden) England 340/4
RS Bopara    8* (21b)      JE Taylor    23-7-58-1
PD Collingwood    28* (62b 5x4)      FH Edwards    19-0-90-1
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