The Wisden Trophy - 5th Test

West Indies v England

Match drawn

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

10am Right, he we go, Fidel Edwards will bowl to Andrew Strauss

Here come the players, all wearing black armbands following the attacks on the Sri Lanka team a few days ago. A minute's silence ensues to remember those killed in that atrocity. Well observed by everyone in the ground

Evan has some top knowledge for you. Amjad will be only the fourth person born in mainland Europe to play Test cricket for England. Ted Dexter (Italy), Paul Terry (West Germany) and Donald Carr (Germany) are the other three.

We've about five minutes until the start. Replenish your supplies; get Outlook ready in case the boss is lurking; wear the look of a frustrated, stressed office worker in his their boss is lurking. Join us in a few moments.

9.50am "We hope it's not another Darren Pattinson," says Bob Willis, never knowingly OTT, in regard to Amjad Khan's selection. His Kent captain, Bob Key, rates him very highly and has done for some time. We will wait and see how he goes in West Indies' first innings.

9.40am No Benn - West Indies are playing the extra batsman in Lendl Simmons, the highly rated youngster. No Jerome Taylor who's injured so Lionel Baker comes in. Two contrasting team selections. England, of course, simply have to win this Test hence the five bowlers while West Indies' selection, arguably, is more aimed at the draw.

1 Chris Gayle, 2 Devon Smith, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Brendan Nash, 7 Ryan Hinds, 8 Denesh Ramdin, 9 Daren Powell, 10 Fidel Edwards, 11 Lionel Baker

Chris Gayle tosses, Strauss calls heads and it is a head. England will have a bat.

9.30am Here's the England team, chaps. Two spinners (hurrah...but no Rashid) and a five-man attack

1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Owais Shah, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Matt Prior (wk), 7 Stuart Broad, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 James Anderson, 10 Amjad Khan, 11 Monty Panesar

9.20am So, who is going to join Amjad in the England line-up? Well, there must be a temptation to gamble and go for five bowlers - England haven't exactly been short of runs this series (except in the one innings that really stood out, of course ...) "Monty is now bowling on the square with the main attack," says Gnasher. "If that's a hint." It works for me.

9.15am Right, we have confirmation that Amjad will make his debut. He has been presented with his cap by Nasser Hussain, and Kevin Pietersen got a special cap to mark 50 Tests. Which is nice. Full confirmation of the team as soon as we get it.

9.05am Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo's live ball-by-ball coverage of the fifth and final Test between England and West Indies at Port-of-Spain in Trinidad. I'm Andrew Miller and I'll be guiding you through the action alongside my colleague Will Luke, with inestimable inputs from Gnasher McGlashan, our on-the-spot reporter.

There is still the best part of an hour to go until the start, and England's team selection is unlikely to be officially revealed until the toss. But all the signs are pointing to a debut for the Danish-born paceman, Amjad Khan, who has been receiving backslaps during the morning warm-up. He is probably going to come into the reckoning in place of Ryan Sidebottom, who looked off the pace in his outing in Barbados last week, as England desperately seek a wicket-taking bowling attack.

0.1

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, a gentle loosener on the pads, worked square for the first runs of the match

0.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, down the leg-side, at a reasonable pace

0.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off stump this time, and jags a touch off the seam

0.4

Edwards to Cook, 2 runs, on the pads again, and that's nicely timed by Cook, who should be feeling in form after 94 and 139 not out in the last Test

0.5

Edwards to Cook, no run, drifting down leg once again, and still not up to his usual pace. He was hitting 89mph in his opening overs at Antigua and Bridgetown

0.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off and left alone. A gentle start by Edwards' standards in this series

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0
AN Cook    2* (5b)      FH Edwards    1-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    1* (1b)     

1.1

Powell to Strauss, FOUR, short and wide and chopped hard behind square. Powell's problems continue where they left off earlier in the week

1.2

Powell to Strauss, no run, outside off, angling across the left-hander, that's a better line

1.3

Powell to Strauss, no run, outside off again, a fraction too full to cut, but still oodles of width. Strauss is tempted but resists

1.4

Powell to Strauss, no run, outside off and left alone

1.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, shorter, and Strauss sways out of the line, although that doesn't get up much at all

1.6

Powell to Strauss, FOUR, short and wide, and that's a poor ball to finish the over. Slapped past point and England have had two gentle overs to get their eyes in

End of over 2 (8 runs) England 11/0
AJ Strauss    9* (7b 2x4)      DBL Powell    1-0-8-0
AN Cook    2* (5b)      FH Edwards    1-0-3-0

2.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, stretches forward, and solidly forward

2.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, defended back down the ground

2.3

Edwards to Cook, 1 run, better ball, targetting the base of the stumps with late swing, but clipped firmly to leg

2.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off and no stroke offered

2.5

Edwards to Strauss, 2 runs, full length, a bit of a half-volley, and well met with a full face. Pushed to space at long-off

2.6

Edwards to Strauss, no run, cuts his fingers down the seam and well bowled, a full length cutter on off stump. Defended

After an imperious start to the match in Durban, Australia are just starting to seep a few wickets ...

End of over 3 (3 runs) England 14/0
AJ Strauss    11* (10b 2x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-6-0
AN Cook    3* (8b)      DBL Powell    1-0-8-0

3.1

Powell to Cook, no run, forward and sturdily defended

3.2

Powell to Cook, no run, onto the back foot, and driven out to cover

3.3

Powell to Cook, no run, full face, and pushed arrow-straight back down the ground. Tidied up at long-off

3.4

Powell to Cook, no run, shorter, climbing into the hip from a good length. Defended on the back foot

3.5

Powell to Cook, no run, outside off, no stroke this time.

3.6

Powell to Cook, FOUR, short and wide again, but Cook's greedy slap nearly comes a cropper. A top-edge skims over the slips, and all in all, that ball got what it deserved

End of over 4 (4 runs) England 18/0
AN Cook    7* (14b 1x4)      DBL Powell    2-0-12-0
AJ Strauss    11* (10b 2x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-6-0

4.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, full length and left alone

4.2

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads, and casually flicked round the corner. There was nothing casual about England's play against Edwards in the last Test ...

4.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, fuller length, but outside off

4.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, on the back foot, and pushed away

4.5

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off, but still very gentle

4.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, full length outside off, Cook has a nibble but the ball doesn't carry to Ramdin. Edwards is bowling within himself in the absence of the senior spinner, Benn

End of over 5 (1 run) England 19/0
AN Cook    7* (18b 1x4)      FH Edwards    3-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    12* (12b 2x4)      DBL Powell    2-0-12-0

5.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, clunked into the covers off a full length, but straight at the fielder

5.2

Powell to Strauss, no run, fuller and straighter, and defended. There really is no spark about this contest just yet

5.3

Powell to Strauss, no run, defended on the back foot, but never hurried

5.4

Powell to Strauss, 1 run, better length, outside off and dabbed to cover, where Nash swoops to save the second run

5.5

Powell to Cook, no run, on the pads, flicked to midwicket

5.6

Powell to Cook, 2 runs, driven into the covers without any great intent, but well enough placed

This game is dull already ... "West Indies may have set themselves up here with a very conservative team selection," says Andre. "They practically have ONE good bowler in Edwards. Powell is out of form, Baker is not a match winner and they can't expect Hinds to pose a threat throwing up some lollipops." Quite so ...

End of over 6 (3 runs) England 22/0
AN Cook    9* (20b 1x4)      DBL Powell    3-0-15-0
AJ Strauss    13* (16b 2x4)      FH Edwards    3-0-7-0

6.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, worked back down the pitch

6.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, full length again, drawn forward and defended

6.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, swing, which is encouraging. Down the leg side, which is not

Sulieman Benn is slumped by the boundary boards, looking less than chuffed at his omission

6.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off and no stroke

6.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, worked out to point

6.6

Edwards to Strauss, no run, half an appeal as the ball jags sharply back into Strauss's thighpad. Not ever really a threat

End of over 7 (maiden) England 22/0
AJ Strauss    13* (22b 2x4)      FH Edwards    4-1-7-0
AN Cook    9* (20b 1x4)      DBL Powell    3-0-15-0

7.1

Powell to Cook, 2 runs, on the pads and worked through midwicket

7.2

Powell to Cook, no run, short, and a touch wide, and that's a genuine play-and-miss as Cook can't decide whether to cut or glide

wide, decide, glide ... cor, I'm a poet and I didn't realise

7.3

Powell to Cook, 1 run, on the pads and worked away

7.4

Powell to Strauss, 1 run, dabbed down to third man

7.5

Powell to Cook, OUT, full length, just outside off, and a feathered edge through to the keeper! That's a lovely delivery, just leaving the batsman, and it's the breakthrough that West Indies desperately needed!

AN Cook c †Ramdin b Powell 12 (35m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

It's the breakthrough that the game needed as well. It was all a bit cosy for England's batsmen this morning, but Powell - once again - has produced a beauty from nowhere. So, the under-manned bowling attack takes first blood against the under-manned batting line-up ...

7.6

Powell to Shah, no run, outside off, and left alone with a touch of swing. Right, I've perked up immensely after that. Let's get on with a Test match

End of over 8 (4 runs) England 26/1
OA Shah    0* (1b)      DBL Powell    4-0-19-1
AJ Strauss    14* (23b 2x4)      FH Edwards    4-1-7-0

8.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, more swing, down the leg-side though

8.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, good delivery, off stump line and defended with a vertical bat

8.3

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads, clipped firmly away to midwicket

8.4

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

8.5

Edwards to Shah, no run, outside off and genuine swing this time, extravagently avoided by Shah

8.6

Edwards to Shah, no run, outside off and left alone

End of over 9 (1 run) England 27/1
OA Shah    0* (4b)      FH Edwards    5-1-8-0
AJ Strauss    15* (26b 2x4)      DBL Powell    4-0-19-1

9.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, tightish line outside off stump, but no carry to speak of

9.2

Powell to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off again

9.3

Powell to Strauss, FOUR, big stride, full face, clunked down the ground, a lovely strike as Powell overpitched

9.4

Powell to Strauss, 1 run, outside off and worked away through the leg-side with a flick of the wrist

9.5

Powell to Shah, no run, wide on the crease this time, and angled in towards off stump

9.6

Powell to Shah, no run, width outside off stump, and no stroke to finish the over

"Windies are up 1-0 and should be going for the win," says Quemar. "The team selection is shocking, they are basically playing 2 1/2 bowlers. Even if they win this game I'll still be upset." Not sure the Windies would agree with that. Anyway, here is one of the two full bowlers (presumably) ... It's Lionel Baker

End of over 10 (5 runs) England 32/1
OA Shah    0* (6b)      DBL Powell    5-0-24-1
AJ Strauss    20* (30b 3x4)      FH Edwards    5-1-8-0

10.1

Baker to Strauss, no run, decent start, good line, handy pace, through to the keeper

10.2

Baker to Strauss, no run, a little bit of nip off the wicket. Good carry to the keeper

10.3

Baker to Strauss, no run, down the leg-side this time, and Strauss can't make contact

10.4

Baker to Strauss, no run, good inswing to the left-hander from a full length, but driven hard to mid-on

10.5

Baker to Strauss, 1 run, shorter and climbing from leg stump to off, met with an angled flick to midwicket

10.6

Baker to Shah, no run, outside off, a hint of seam movement takes it well past Shah's defensive intentions. A decent first over from the home debutant (as opposed to overseas debutant)

End of over 11 (1 run) England 33/1
OA Shah    0* (7b)      LS Baker    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    21* (35b 3x4)      DBL Powell    5-0-24-1

11.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, outside off stump, and through to the keeper

11.2

Powell to Strauss, no run, outside off again, and passes the edge with room to spare

11.3

Powell to Strauss, no run, a bit of width and Strauss chases it, driven to cover without much timing

11.4

Powell to Strauss, 1 run, short, and swung down to fine leg

11.5

Powell to Shah, no run, cracking delivery, climbing and straightening on off stump, a genuine edge but inches short of Gayle at first slip! Very lucky ...

11.6

Powell to Shah, no run, drawn forward and defended to cover

Well, well, Powell has produced another beauty. Six of them an over, and he might start to silence his critics ...

End of over 12 (1 run) England 34/1
OA Shah    0* (9b)      DBL Powell    6-0-25-1
AJ Strauss    22* (39b 3x4)      LS Baker    1-0-1-0

12.1

Baker to Strauss, FOUR, on the legs, and those are free runs behind square. You can't bowl there etc

12.2

Baker to Strauss, no run, drawn forward and pushed to mid-off

Re: the relative strengths of the batting and bowling attacks in this match - "Is this the battle of the feeble force versus the easily movable object?" muses Isaac Abdullah

12.3

Baker to Strauss, 1 run, clipped to midwicket

12.4

Baker to Shah, no run, full length, and driven to mid-on with a flourish

12.5

Baker to Shah, no run, something resembling outswing, Shah frees his wrists and drives into the covers

12.6

Baker to Shah, no run, and that one nips back in. Good double-whammy to finish the over.

That is drinks, and it is also time for Will Luke to bound gleefully into the commentator's chair

End of over 13 (5 runs) England 39/1
OA Shah    0* (12b)      LS Baker    2-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    27* (42b 4x4)      DBL Powell    6-0-25-1

Morning all. I am impossibly up for this marathon, and it can be called nothing else. Powell to continue

13.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, driven to mid-off

13.2

Powell to Strauss, no run, angled across the left-hander who leaves it alone

It's the first day of a Test, and the ball is barely carrying through to Ramdin. Good god alive

13.3

Powell to Strauss, no run, driven to mid-off

13.4

Powell to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off, but a touch of carry this time through to Ramdin

13.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, a slightly tighter line and Strauss hides his bat behind the line

13.6

Powell to Strauss, 1 run, cover-driven out to the man on the boundary. Crisply punched

End of over 14 (1 run) England 40/1
AJ Strauss    28* (48b 4x4)      DBL Powell    7-0-26-1
OA Shah    0* (12b)      LS Baker    2-0-6-0

14.1

Baker to Strauss, no run, gorgeous drive but again he picks out mid-off

14.2

Baker to Strauss, no run, Strauss misses out on his favoured cut. A short and depressingly wide delivery cut straight to point

14.3

Baker to Strauss, 2 runs, a calm, elegant punch through the off side - a touch uppishly as he played it on the up

14.4

Baker to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

14.5

Baker to Strauss, no run, Strauss steps forward before shouldering arms

"Can we have some information on Baker's bowling style? What sort of speed is he, how tall, action etc," write half-a-dozen of you

14.6

Baker to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump

So. Baker. He seems to be a line-and-length merchant, though has yet to really find either his line or a great length. Steady, low 80mph pace and a nice and easy action. Reminds me of Dwayne Bravo, but without the whippy action. A touch of Collymore, too (though without his height). Hope that is of help

End of over 15 (2 runs) England 42/1
AJ Strauss    30* (54b 4x4)      LS Baker    3-0-8-0
OA Shah    0* (12b)      DBL Powell    7-0-26-1

15.1

Powell to Shah, no run, Shah is forward, defending

15.2

Powell to Shah, no run, wide enough to be left alone, so Shah does exactly that

15.3

Powell to Shah, no run, that's a good one which cuts back jaggedly on Shah, beating him for pace, but it raps him high on the pad. Gayle ponders whether to refer it but wisely decides against it - that was going comfortably over the stumps. Nicely bowled though

15.4

Powell to Shah, no run, another off-cutter to which Shah pulls it, short-arm, to midwicket

"The pitch seems to offer a little more from Powell's end," notes Gnasher, from his slumber.

15.5

Powell to Shah, no run, too wide

15.6

Powell to Shah, no run, again well bowled, jagging back on Shah and Powell appeals for his second lbw in the over ... but Shah got fat inside edge on that. Very well bowled

End of over 16 (maiden) England 42/1
OA Shah    0* (18b)      DBL Powell    8-1-26-1
AJ Strauss    30* (54b 4x4)      LS Baker    3-0-8-0

16.1

Baker to Strauss, 1 run, tucked off his hip

16.2

Baker to Shah, no run, nice line by Baker, just outside off and shaping away after pitching. Only the slightest hint of swing, but enough to keep the batsmen honest and the bowlers keen

16.3

Baker to Shah, 1 run, dropped out to cover to get off the mark - this could be curtains for Strauss! Shah is almost Inzamam-like at running between the wickets but fortunately Strauss got a hurry on as Hinds throw came in

Strauss would've been gone by an inch or two had Hinds' throw hit. Shah really is a rubbish judge of singles

16.4

Baker to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

16.5

Baker to Strauss, no run, pushed out to the off side

16.6

Baker to Strauss, no run, straighter delivery tucked off his hip

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 44/1
AJ Strauss    31* (58b 4x4)      LS Baker    4-0-10-0
OA Shah    1* (20b)      DBL Powell    8-1-26-1

It's 3.20pm on a Friday afternoon in the UK, and that can mean only one thing for our loyal readers: time to ponder the cricket and forget about work. "I wonder has there ever been an occurrence before when both a centurion and a half-centurion (Bopara and Ambrose) have been dropped for the next Test?" says Adam.

17.1

Powell to Shah, FOUR, shot! Wonderful off-drive straight back past the bowler. Absolutely beautifully played

17.2

Powell to Shah, FOUR, crashed through the covers for four more! He really laid into that

17.3

Powell to Shah, 1 leg bye, tighter line, defended to leg

17.4

Powell to Strauss, 2 runs, nudged off his legs

17.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, Strauss goes for a late cut but can only chop it into the ground. No chance of it rolling onto his stumps

17.6

Powell to Strauss, 2 runs, another leg-side ball flicked through midwicket

End of over 18 (13 runs) England 57/1
AJ Strauss    35* (61b 4x4)      DBL Powell    9-1-38-1
OA Shah    9* (23b 2x4)      LS Baker    4-0-10-0

18.1

Baker to Shah, no run, Shah shapes into an elegant off-drive but Baker gets a hand on it

18.2

Baker to Shah, no run, cut out to point

18.3

Baker to Shah, no run, jabs down on a forward-defensive

18.4

Baker to Shah, no run, good line and length, Shah's forward and blocking

18.5

Baker to Shah, no run, forward he comes, defending

18.6

Baker to Shah, no run, cautiously forward and blocks on middle-and-leg

End of over 19 (maiden) England 57/1
OA Shah    9* (29b 2x4)      LS Baker    5-1-10-0
AJ Strauss    35* (61b 4x4)      DBL Powell    9-1-38-1

Nash into the attack. Yippee

19.1

Nash to Strauss, no run, nice line and length to start with, Strauss punches cautiously

19.2

Nash to Strauss, no run, nice yorker! Very well bowled on middle and he digs it out

19.3

Nash to Strauss, no run, defended

19.4

Nash to Strauss, no run, crunching cover drive but he picks out the fielder

19.5

Nash to Strauss, no run, fuller length, Strauss again drives to cover

19.6

Nash to Strauss, no run, and it's bashed out to the off side once more

End of over 20 (maiden) England 57/1
AJ Strauss    35* (67b 4x4)      BP Nash    1-1-0-0
OA Shah    9* (29b 2x4)      LS Baker    5-1-10-0

20.1

Baker to Shah, no run, pushed out to the off side

20.2

Baker to Shah, FOUR, short and cut just past gully for four. Hit uppishly, without much care for keeping it down

20.3

Baker to Shah, 2 runs, punched wide of long-on

20.4

Baker to Shah, no run, flicked with a turn of the wrists to square leg

Big Stevey Harmison (that's his full name, incidentally) is preparing to bring a few things out to the middle. Pads and strapping and all sorts, it looks like

20.5

Baker to Shah, no run, good line on middle-and-leg, Shah's back and defending

Baker's in...but Shah pulls out of the delivery as some sweat has dribbled into his eye. It's incredibly hot and sticky out there. Monstrously humid

20.6

Baker to Shah, no run, solid forward defence

End of over 21 (6 runs) England 63/1
OA Shah    15* (35b 3x4)      LS Baker    6-1-16-0
AJ Strauss    35* (67b 4x4)      BP Nash    1-1-0-0

"What could captain Gayle be thinking, bringing Nash this early. Already playing for a draw?" asks Fento. Shah needs a drink, and he gets one. Right, here's Nash to bowl the 22nd over of a Test match...

21.1

Nash to Strauss, no run, outside off and left alone

21.2

Nash to Strauss, no run, on-driven to mid-on

21.3

Nash to Strauss, no run, goes for a thumping cover drive but it dribbles out meekly to mid-off

21.4

Nash to Strauss, no run, Strauss is firmly forward and defends

21.5

Nash to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump, the ball barely carries through to the wicketkeeper

21.6

Nash to Strauss, no run, driven back to the bowler

End of over 22 (maiden) England 63/1
AJ Strauss    35* (73b 4x4)      BP Nash    2-2-0-0
OA Shah    15* (35b 3x4)      LS Baker    6-1-16-0

22.1

Baker to Shah, no run, good pace, 85.6mph and it cuts back into Shah who shoulders arms

22.2

Baker to Shah, no run, slower, and defended

22.3

Baker to Shah, no run, swinging into the right hander, he's forward and cautiously defending

22.4

Baker to Shah, no run, bending back into the right-hander who defends

22.5

Baker to Shah, no run, Shah stands tall to this shorter delivery outside off, elegantly punching it off the tips of his toes

22.6

Baker to Shah, no run, slapped to mid-off

End of over 23 (maiden) England 63/1
OA Shah    15* (41b 3x4)      LS Baker    7-2-16-0
AJ Strauss    35* (73b 4x4)      BP Nash    2-2-0-0

23.1

Nash to Strauss, no run, another perfect off drive but again he picks out mid-off

This is interminably dull

23.2

Nash to Strauss, FOUR, actual and literal runs! On his legs, Strauss just flicks it through midwicket for four. Nash roars his anger at letting this stray slip

23.3

Nash to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump

23.4

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, loose and slightly desperate shot as Strauss attempts a crashing cover drive but fails to move his feet. An inside-edge is the result

23.5

Nash to Shah, no run, punched out to the off side

23.6

Nash to Shah, 1 run, flicked to leg

End of over 24 (6 runs) England 69/1
OA Shah    16* (43b 3x4)      BP Nash    3-2-6-0
AJ Strauss    40* (77b 5x4)      LS Baker    7-2-16-0

Gayle into the attack now

24.1

Gayle to Shah, no run, full, nudged to leg

24.2

Gayle to Shah, no run, legish line, nudged to leg

24.3

Gayle to Shah, no run, flicked to the leg side

24.4

Gayle to Shah, no run, a touch of turn there, but nothing major at all

24.5

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, confidently and crisply clipped to leg

24.6

Gayle to Strauss, no run, turning back into the right

End of over 25 (1 run) England 70/1
AJ Strauss    40* (78b 5x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-1-0
OA Shah    17* (48b 3x4)      BP Nash    3-2-6-0

25.1

Nash to Shah, no run, defended on the front front

25.2

Nash to Shah, no run, left alone outside off

25.3

Nash to Shah, no run, a touch outside off and swings away. Shah leaves it alone

25.4

Nash to Shah, 1 run, on his legs, Shah tucks it around the corner

25.5

Nash to Strauss, no run, nice line on the off stump, and he's forward and defending

25.6

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, short, wide, cut, next.

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 72/1
AJ Strauss    41* (80b 5x4)      BP Nash    4-2-8-0
OA Shah    18* (52b 3x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-1-0

Gayle around the wicket

26.1

Gayle to Strauss, no run, nicely bowled outside off and he defends

26.2

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, flicked to leg

Back over the wicket

26.3

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, down the leg side, Shah turns it to midwicket

Over the wicket to Strauss

26.4

Gayle to Strauss, no run, Strauss is back and across and defending

26.5

Gayle to Strauss, no run, Strauss goes for a huge sweep but can't make contact

26.6

Gayle to Strauss, no run, cautiously punched out to mid-off

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 74/1
AJ Strauss    42* (85b 5x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-3-0
OA Shah    19* (53b 3x4)      BP Nash    4-2-8-0

Ryan Hinds now

27.1

Hinds to Shah, no run, flighted on middle, no spin whatsoever. Shah blocks

27.2

Hinds to Shah, no run, a touch shorter, but still full enough for Shah to come forward

Last over before lunch

27.3

Hinds to Shah, no run, tossed up on middle-and-leg. Shah is forward, head right over the ball

27.4

Hinds to Shah, no run, prods forward to defend

27.5

Hinds to Shah, no run, blocked once more

27.6

Hinds to Shah, no run, shorter, Shah's back and defending

And there ends a soporific first session. It's been pretty slow going by England, on an equally slow and low pitch. There was a touch of movement on offer for Daren Powell, but to see Brendan Nash come on after just one hour of a Test match speaks volumes for the pitch.

"England are waiting for royal assent to hit the ball and West Indies are waiting for Tuesday 5 o'clock," groans Rajesh Ragbir. Still, England only lost the one wicket, and they'll be looking to cash in this afternoon. Join us in 40 minutes.

End of over 28 (maiden) England 74/1
OA Shah    19* (59b 3x4)      RO Hinds    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    42* (85b 5x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-3-0

Welcome back, the players are just emerging from the newly-renamed Brian Lara pavilion for what, with any luck, will be a slightly more gripping session than the first. I'm Andrew Miller, and I will remain that way for the next hour at the very least.

"I have found the prospect of a interval between innings far more appealing than the thought that there will be an afternoon session after the slowness of the first session," says Mark Hammacott. Jan, meanwhile, splutters at the shamelessness of the "entertain-me-now" brigade. "Dull?," he exclaims. "Try not to sound like jumped-up tea boys who got lucky. It's the first morning of a Test match which England need to win! I believe they used to call it building a solid foundation before 20/20 tried to make cricket look like a beach game. Try not to sound like the smug public schoolboys on the other commentary boards ..." Yeah, you know who you are, "other boards"...!

Here's Edwards

28.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off, swinging away, no stroke

28.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, pitched up, there for the drive, but Strauss is through the stroke too soon, and Edwards tidies up in his followthrough

28.3

Edwards to Strauss, 2 runs, pitched up, swinging onto the pads, tucked to midwicket

28.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off and misdriven to cover

28.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off, still a bit of swing, but still no stroke

28.6

Edwards to Strauss, no run, pitched up again, Edwards has given up on the pitch and is looking for yorkers

End of over 29 (2 runs) England 76/1
AJ Strauss    44* (91b 5x4)      FH Edwards    6-1-10-0
OA Shah    19* (59b 3x4)      RO Hinds    1-1-0-0

29.1

Nash to Shah, no run, dibbly-dobbly stuff, on a good length

29.2

Nash to Shah, no run, stroked into the covers. This is the very antithesis of intent

29.3

Nash to Shah, no run, floated up to the bat

29.4

Nash to Shah, no run, a touch outside off, and defended out to point off a fat edge

29.5

Nash to Shah, no run, lots and lots of width. Not even close to offering a stroke

29.6

Nash to Shah, no run, much better line, closer to off stump

An old colleague of mine pops up to say hello. "Mr Milner here," says the soon-to-be PC James Milner. "I want a bit shout out to the Wisden Crickete posse. This is the last Test before I leave next week to join the Met Police." As semi-literate as those ads he used to cowgum into the back of the mag ... Good luck big man, criminals and gangsters will be shaking in their boots.

End of over 30 (maiden) England 76/1
OA Shah    19* (65b 3x4)      BP Nash    5-3-8-0
AJ Strauss    44* (91b 5x4)      FH Edwards    6-1-10-0

30.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, a flashing drive, mistimed again. The pitch is very slow

30.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, width, and square-driven to point, where it is fielded with a well-timed pounce

30.3

Edwards to Strauss, 1 no ball, short and slapped at square leg. That was better timed, but the placement was a touch lacking

30.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, late swing from a good length, but Strauss's calm drive finds the middle of the bat to mid-off

30.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, driven into the covers again

30.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, a touch of width, keeps low outside off, and is cut to point

30.6

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, another tidy drive, doesn't quite beat mid-off who makes good ground to field

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 78/1
AJ Strauss    45* (98b 5x4)      FH Edwards    7-1-12-0
OA Shah    19* (65b 3x4)      BP Nash    5-3-8-0

31.1

Nash to Strauss, no run, there's nothing wrong with that line and length, just outside off, pushed to cover

31.2

Nash to Strauss, no run, outside off, no stroke offered and left alone

31.3

Nash to Strauss, 2 runs, on the pads, whipped firmly through midwicket, and picked up in the deep

31.4

Nash to Strauss, no run, back of a length, but straight enough to keep the batsman honest, defended back up the pitch

31.5

Nash to Strauss, no run, worked back to the bowler

31.6

Nash to Strauss, no run, so nearly run out! Strauss was back in his crease and working the ball off the back foot through gully. Smith astounds him by cutting the ball off and leaping to his feet, but with three stumps to aim at and all the time in the world, the chance went begging

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 80/1
AJ Strauss    47* (104b 5x4)      BP Nash    6-3-10-0
OA Shah    19* (65b 3x4)      FH Edwards    7-1-12-0

32.1

Edwards to Shah, no run, outside off, fizzing through

32.2

Edwards to Shah, no run, good line, just outside off, no stroke offered

32.3

Edwards to Shah, no run, full length, attempted yorker, well dug out

32.4

Edwards to Shah, 1 no ball, pushed into the covers

32.4

Edwards to Shah, no run, a bit of extra effort that time. Short and straight, but Shah has time to step back and defend

32.5

Edwards to Shah, no run, the previous ball was 91mph, and that was an offcutter, fuller length. Thoughtful bowling, but no way through there

32.6

Edwards to Shah, no run, a bit more intent in that over? Or is that just wishful thinking

End of over 33 (1 run) England 81/1
OA Shah    19* (72b 3x4)      FH Edwards    8-1-13-0
AJ Strauss    47* (104b 5x4)      BP Nash    6-3-10-0

33.1

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, full length, swinging away, driven into the covers

33.2

Nash to Shah, no run, floated up on off stump and pushed back down the pitch

The overload of batsmen in the Windies side, and the use of Nash as a genuine bowler reminds me of this match. Note the spectacular manner in which it backfired

33.3

Nash to Shah, no run, full length and driven back down the ground

33.4

Nash to Shah, no run, outside off, dibbly dobbly pace

33.5

Nash to Shah, no run, a little bit wobbly there

33.6

Nash to Shah, no run, outside off to complete a spectacularly uneventful over

La la la ...

End of over 34 (1 run) England 82/1
OA Shah    19* (77b 3x4)      BP Nash    7-3-11-0
AJ Strauss    48* (105b 5x4)      FH Edwards    8-1-13-0

34.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, defended to point

34.2

Edwards to Strauss, 1 leg bye, on the hips

34.3

Edwards to Shah, no run, outside off, decent pace

34.4

Edwards to Shah, no run, outside off and left alone. Too wide to tempt a stroke

34.5

Edwards to Shah, no run, forward and defended into the covers

34.6

Edwards to Shah, no run, wicket to wicket, targeting the top of off. Good delivery, and defended

"Guys, if you were 1-0 up against the scum (Australia) you would do everything in your might to try secure the draw," says Alan Bryden. "That is egg zackery what West Indies are doing, Nash and all. i hope they do it." It's a fair point, and indeed that did happen in 2005, with Paul Collingwood in the Nash role. That contest, however, dripped with anticipation ... this one hasn't caught light just yet ...

End of over 35 (1 run, maiden) England 83/1
OA Shah    19* (81b 3x4)      FH Edwards    9-2-13-0
AJ Strauss    48* (107b 5x4)      BP Nash    7-3-11-0

35.1

Nash to Strauss, no run

35.2

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, driven hard into the covers, and half-stopped with a tumble

35.3

Nash to Shah, no run, advancing out of the crease, and played up to short cover

35.4

Nash to Shah, no run, cut off the back foot to deep cover

35.5

Nash to Shah, no run, advancing again, and short cover wears that one in the midriff

35.6

Nash to Shah, no run, outside off, driven again, on the up to point. Shah is showing some intent, or frustration ... not sure which

End of over 36 (1 run) England 84/1
OA Shah    19* (85b 3x4)      BP Nash    8-3-12-0
AJ Strauss    49* (109b 5x4)      FH Edwards    9-2-13-0

36.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, swinging away outside off stump, a big flash but no contact

36.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, a compact drive, but straight at the fielder

36.3

Edwards to Strauss, 1 no ball, another wide ball, another swish.

36.3

Edwards to Strauss, 1 wide, sprayed way outside the tramlines. He wants to tempt a swish, but that's overdoing it

36.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, set for the drive, but too wide to tempt the stroke again

36.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, a stride forward, and pushed to cover

36.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, overpitched, outside off, no stroke offered this time. Funnily enough

36.6

Edwards to Strauss, no run, driven this time, a touch edgily, picked up at gully

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 86/1
AJ Strauss    49* (116b 5x4)      FH Edwards    10-2-15-0
OA Shah    19* (85b 3x4)      BP Nash    8-3-12-0

37.1

Nash to Shah, FOUR, that's a lovely stroke, a big stride, full face, and slammed past the bowler

37.2

Nash to Shah, no run, on the back foot, a sliced drive to point

37.3

Nash to Shah, no run, probing off stump, tucked to midwicket

37.4

Nash to Shah, no run, a pre-meditated stride, pushed out to extra cover

37.5

Nash to Shah, no run, worked into the covers again

37.6

Nash to Shah, no run, exaggerated defence on off stump. Shah makes to suggest that that kept a little low. But safely negotiated

End of over 38 (4 runs) England 90/1
OA Shah    23* (91b 4x4)      BP Nash    9-3-16-0
AJ Strauss    49* (116b 5x4)      FH Edwards    10-2-15-0

Here comes the commentators' favourite bowler, Chris Gayle

38.1

Gayle to Strauss, no run

38.2

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, clumped down to long-on, and that's his fifty. Diligent work

38.3

Gayle to Shah, no run, poked out to mid-off

38.4

Gayle to Shah, no run, steered to point

38.5

Gayle to Shah, no run, looked like there might have been some rip on that one. Relatively

38.6

Gayle to Shah, no run, defended on off stump. There really is nothing to say about Gayle's bowling. It is the very epitome of ... something that is typically dull, worthy and undeniably effective in its own limited way

End of over 39 (1 run) England 91/1
OA Shah    23* (95b 4x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-4-0
AJ Strauss    50* (118b 5x4)      BP Nash    9-3-16-0

39.1

Nash to Strauss, FOUR, a couple of strides down the pitch, and worked firmly through midwicket. Classy stroke, making something of nothing

39.2

Nash to Strauss, 2 runs, dropped! Was it? No. A limp attempted steer, and inches short of Gayle at slip

39.3

Nash to Strauss, no run, pushed into the covers

39.4

Nash to Strauss, no run, big stride, driven firmly into the covers

39.5

Nash to Strauss, no run, flat-footed and Strauss is beaten as he attempts to open the face

39.6

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, forward and defended into space. it's attritional stuff

End of over 40 (7 runs) England 98/1
AJ Strauss    57* (124b 6x4)      BP Nash    10-3-23-0
OA Shah    23* (95b 4x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-4-0

40.1

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, whoops, what was that? A tuck off the hip, takes the leading edge, and loops over short midwicket. Lucky ...

"So that's one four and 35 dot balls for Shah since lunch," says John Challis. "England playing for a draw too?

40.2

Gayle to Shah, no run, make that 36 ...

40.3

Gayle to Shah, no run, 37 ...

40.4

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, a full swish of the blade and a jogged single to long-off

40.5

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

40.6

Gayle to Strauss, 2 runs, quicker delivery, and that just squeezes past slip as Strauss jams down late

"I say chaps, didn't Straussie's 50 deserve a comment?" says Tom Blacker. I thought I did ... sorry, I must have been asleep

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 102/1
AJ Strauss    60* (127b 6x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-8-0
OA Shah    24* (98b 4x4)      BP Nash    10-3-23-0

41.1

Nash to Shah, no run, forward and pushed into the covers

41.2

Nash to Shah, no run, driven into the covers this time, to the same effect

41.3

Nash to Shah, no run, blocked again, and why not

41.4

Nash to Shah, 1 run, worked off the pads, and out to backward square leg

41.5

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, very wide, and toe-ended out to deep point

41.6

Nash to Shah, no run, full length, outside off, and Shah can't time his drive

End of over 42 (2 runs) England 104/1
OA Shah    25* (103b 4x4)      BP Nash    11-3-25-0
AJ Strauss    61* (128b 6x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-8-0

42.1

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, down on the sweep, and reasonably well played

42.2

Gayle to Shah, 2 leg byes, fired in down the leg side

42.3

Gayle to Shah, no run, full length, driven firmly, and maybe, nearly, chipped back to the bowler. Not very nearly though. So in fact, not very exciting at all

42.4

Gayle to Shah, (no ball) 1 run

42.4

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, worked off the pads to mid-on

42.5

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, worked off the pads

42.6

Gayle to Strauss, FOUR, that's a clever stroke, a very delicate sweep, and just enough pace to reach fine leg

Glory be, this is dull. Why not read about some rugby instead. It can't be any worse than this, can it? (Unless it's like England-Ireland of course ...)

End of over 43 (11 runs) England 115/1
AJ Strauss    67* (131b 7x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-17-0
OA Shah    27* (107b 4x4)      BP Nash    11-3-25-0

43.1

Nash to Shah, no run, pushed down to mid-off

43.2

Nash to Shah, 1 run, whipped off the pads, down to backward square

43.3

Nash to Strauss, 2 runs, clipped firmly to deep square leg, and that's a long chase for the keeper, Ramdin. Well done him

43.4

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, width and pummelled out to deep point

43.5

Nash to Shah, no run, forward and defended

"Nash has bowled 27 overs in Test cricket in his career prior to today," notes Chad

43.6

Nash to Shah, no run, outside off, barely an iota of carry to report

And that's it. That is drinks, and I genuinely, truly cannot take any more. I am off to end it all right this minute. Goodbye cruel world, here's Will Luke to bore you into submission. Be gentle with him

End of over 44 (4 runs) England 119/1
OA Shah    28* (111b 4x4)      BP Nash    12-3-29-0
AJ Strauss    70* (133b 7x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-17-0

Thanks Miller. What's going on? Come back, Exciting Cricket; all is forgiven. If anyone's spotted Exciting Cricket on their travels and knows where it's been hiding, do let us know.

44.1

Baker to Strauss, 1 run, cut hard out to point

44.2

Baker to Shah, no run, nicely defended on the back foot

44.3

Baker to Shah, 1 run, turned off his hip

44.4

Baker to Strauss, no run, a good length delivery forced off the back foot

44.5

Baker to Strauss, 1 run, off-driven and Strauss heads off for a run. But Shah is static! What's he doing? More hapless running from him...but fortunately mid-off fumbles the fielding and they steal a single

44.6

Baker to Shah, no run, pushed down the ground once more

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 122/1
OA Shah    29* (114b 4x4)      LS Baker    8-2-19-0
AJ Strauss    72* (136b 7x4)      BP Nash    12-3-29-0

45.1

Nash to Strauss, no run, driven out to mid-off

45.2

Nash to Strauss, FOUR, cracked behind point for four! Another misfield, mind

45.3

Nash to Strauss, no run, pushed out to the off side

45.4

Nash to Strauss, no run, slower full toss smacked out to mid-off

45.5

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

45.6

Nash to Shah, no run, firmly forward onto the front foot

End of over 46 (5 runs) England 127/1
OA Shah    29* (115b 4x4)      BP Nash    13-3-34-0
AJ Strauss    77* (141b 8x4)      LS Baker    8-2-19-0

Here's Baker

46.1

Baker to Strauss, no run, a touch too wide of the off stump and Strauss leaves it alone

Rapidly losing the will to live. But hang with us, folks. I remain convinced something is about to happen. It's imminent

46.2

Baker to Strauss, no run, pulled around the corner

46.3

Baker to Strauss, no run, a yawning leave outside off

46.4

Baker to Strauss, no run, solidly driven but straight to mid-off

Paul: "No 100 partnership jubilation? (despite it coming at the rate of an elephant running through sand)". Ah, yes. The hundred partnership is up

46.5

Baker to Strauss, FOUR, that's class from Strauss and excitement for us. Back-cut for four - really well played. Right in his slot, of course, but he timed and placed it with unconfined heroism

46.6

Baker to Strauss, 1 run, defended out to the off side

End of over 47 (5 runs) England 132/1
AJ Strauss    82* (147b 9x4)      LS Baker    9-2-24-0
OA Shah    29* (115b 4x4)      BP Nash    13-3-34-0

47.1

Nash to Strauss, no run, defended

In between the torrents of emails agreeing how dull this is, there are a few questioning our repetition of the tedium. We'll keep a lid on that, yes, but the remarks that Tests aren't an "instant gratification" format completely miss the point. Our annoyance is that the pitch shouldn't, and needn't, be this slow on the first day. That is all. And the face Brendan Nash - who often bowls the same pace as Monty Panesar - was into the attack after just one hour.

47.2

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, outside off and left alone

Shah is cramping up badly here. The physio's coming on. His fingers are closing on themselves - looks and sounds horrible but it's just the humidity and the fact he holds his bat so incredibly hard. Very tense at the crease. The physio's bending them back to try and get them in position again. Shah also cramped up on his debut, and had to retire hurt. And he's now leaving the field here, too, I'm afraid to say. His hands are in a dreadful state.

Kevin Pietersen replacing Shah now

47.3

Nash to Pietersen, no run, wide of the crease and left alone

47.4

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

47.5

Nash to Pietersen, no run, got him! Nash has got the big one, KP, as it rushed onto him quite low and up goes the finger! It did look like it pitched outside leg so a giggling Pietersen is going to refer it. Replays show that it pitched about a foot outside leg, in fact - a fairly ropey decision from Tiffen. But for some reason, it seems to be taking ages and ages for the third umpire to come to a decision but finally Aleem Dar, with a surprising shock of hair, signals that it pitched outside leg

We've never seen Aleem Dar without a sunhat. And I can reveal exclusively that he's been hiding a hugely impressive barnet: he has at least a foot of hair on his head. Outstanding effort from that man

47.6

Nash to Pietersen, no run, pushed out to the off side

End of over 48 (1 run) England 133/1
KP Pietersen    0* (4b)      BP Nash    14-3-35-0
AJ Strauss    83* (149b 9x4)      LS Baker    9-2-24-0

48.1

Baker to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

48.2

Baker to Strauss, no run, cover-driven powerfully

"It wasn't cramp...it was rigor mortis..." says Nick Mannion (re Shah retiring hurt)

48.3

Baker to Strauss, no run, goes for a cut but miscues it

48.4

Baker to Strauss, no run, that's a good, testing line just outside off and Strauss gives it due deference

48.5

Baker to Strauss, 1 run, driven out to the off side

"So gentlemen, who do you think would win in a hair contest then, Umpire Aleem Dar or Mr. Ryan "Threw my chance at a comeback away" Sidebottom?" Sidebottom would still win at a canter, there's no doubt. Dar has quantity for sure, but it's not quite so massive and obvious

48.6

Baker to Pietersen, no run, forward he comes to defend

End of over 49 (1 run) England 134/1
KP Pietersen    0* (5b)      LS Baker    10-2-25-0
AJ Strauss    84* (154b 9x4)      BP Nash    14-3-35-0

Nash to continue once more

49.1

Nash to Strauss, 1 run, shaping back into the left-hander a touch and he pushes it out calmly to the off side

49.2

Nash to Pietersen, no run, swinging in, he defends

"Anyone else notice the striking similarity between Aleem Dar and Waqar Younis?" Yes. That's exactly who he looks like. A small building of hair atop his head.

49.3

Nash to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen is back, across and defending

49.4

Nash to Pietersen, no run, pushed out to mid-off

49.5

Nash to Pietersen, FOUR, four to Pietersen who times this well, driving on the up and it evades short extra cover

49.6

Nash to Pietersen, FOUR, firmly driven past mid-off for four more. That's also very well cracked indeed

End of over 50 (9 runs) England 143/1
KP Pietersen    8* (10b 2x4)      BP Nash    15-3-44-0
AJ Strauss    85* (155b 9x4)      LS Baker    10-2-25-0
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