The Wisden Trophy - 3rd Test

West Indies v England

Match drawn

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

10.45am The covers are off, the stumps are back in and we should be ready to rumble only a few minutes late. So, without any further delay, to take you through the first session it will be Will Luke, and to start things off, Andrew Miller. Thanks Martin, here we go, and the atmosphere is utterly buzzing. Jerome Taylor has the new ball, and Andrew Strauss is on strike.

10.40am The covers are still on, but rain seems to have stopped. We won't be starting on time.

10.30am Sorry to have to report his but it's started raining and the covers are coming back on. Andrew McGlashan, sheltering in the media centre, predicts it shouldn't be too heavy or last too long. There ought not to be too much of a delay ... Match referee Alan Hurst and his long-suffering colleagues will do all they can to get this going as soon as possible.

10.25am "This feels like a proper West Indian ground," reports Andrew. "The music is going, the crowd are close to the action." And almost all tickets for today have been sold, which is in complete contrast to the almost empty Sir Viv Richards Stadium on Friday.

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10.15am - Toss The captains are out in blazers, lost among dozens of others milling to the side of the pitch, and we are about to toss ... Chris Gayle has won it and as expected West Indies will bowl. No changes to his side. Andrew Strauss admits there is "a little bit more in the wicket and it's a little bit damp" and no doubts he too would have bowled first had he won the toss. "The atmosphere here feels brilliant and we're really excited."

Play will start at 10.45am. What a brilliant job by everyone at the ARG to get this match started at such short notice.

England1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Owais Shah, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Andrew Flintoff, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Steve Harmison, 11 James Anderson.

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

10.05am The two umpires and match referees had a very long chat and there is still a problem according to Alan Hurst, but way down by the on-field advertising logos, a long way from the middle. But we will toss at 10.15am and start at 10.45am (14.45GMT).

We are told there are two changes for England, Steve Harmison in for Ryan Sidebottom and Graeme Swann for Monty Panesar. The pitch really is an unknown quantity but it is expected to be fast with bounce, hence the recall for Harmison.

England1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Owais Shah, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Andrew Flintoff, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Steve Harmison, 11 James Anderson.

10.00am The officials are now inspecting, Alan Hurst, the match referee, looks like a man who has been through the mill. Some fairly serious work being done to that run-up area that was patched-up yesterday ... Ian Botham tries to speak to them but they walk straight past him!

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9.55am Alan Hurst has just been prowling around a few of the damp areas and now some saw dust (or it might be sand) is going down. The umpires are about to come out to inspect and England are playing football on the outfield. A huge cheer as one of them scores a goal ...

9.50am Only 500 tickets remaining for today's play. It's like the good old days! Keith Frederick, the groundsman, is a happy man when interviewed on TV, and well he might be. His guys have done an amazing job in getting the place ready. He admits to having had "only two or three hours sleep" since Friday, and it seems incredible he's managed even that much. "Whoever wins the toss will field," he says.

Meanwhile, Anjo bellyaches: "This is ridiculous, how are we supposed to pick our fantasy team when we don't know who will be playing?" Well, it's hard for us to name the side when the captains haven't either. It will come soon ... and when it does, we'll tell you.

9.40am The sun is out and the final mopping-up continues. It's the bowler's run-ups at the Pavilion End causing the problems, but play they will as soon as possible. A good crowd already and we have the two main things that were completely absent from the Sir Viv Richards Stadium - people and atmosphere.

9.30am We are told there will be an inspection at 10am. "Concerns over the Pavilion End," reports Andrew. "It's quite damp underfoot." Perhaps they need to put some sand on it. When I watched a Test at the ARG they used a helicopter to dry the square, but that's not needed this time. Fingers crossed, we might get a start between 10.30am and 11.00am. I think everybody wants this to get going ...

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Ben Doughty sums up the tone of the feedback so far. "Just let the game start and see how it goes. They were messed about two days ago so crack on and start the game."

"I'm sure we can find a cow pasture nearby for the VIPs," says Stevie C.

9.25am The players are back out warming up, but no sign of the usual toss stuff - cameras, umpires etc - yet.

A comment overhead from one of the England back-room staff yesterday - .."Where will the VIPs sit?". Clearly priorities in place ...

9.20am That shower has passed, but, warns Andrew, "there will be more to follow, I fancy". Considering that two days ago they didn't know this match was taking place here it looks in amazingly good condition. So much work has gone on, people we here all night putting the final touches to it. For their sake, they deserve a good match.

9.15am Bad news ... it's raining. Last night, Alan Hurst said it would a case of "playing it by ear" to see how well the outfield could take water ...

A good number of England fans with loads of flags already inside. DJ Chickie is setting up by the scoreboard, they aren't going to risk him rocking the Party Stand!

9.10am Andrew McGlashan has arrived and reports "we had a quite a bit of rain last night, but it's a bright and breezy morning. There is a slight concern about the relayed area at the Pavilion End and the groundstaff are working hard on it. No word yet on a confirmed start time as yet."

And in case anyone was left wondering about the media abilities of the local board, despite the complete shambles of the abandoned Test, it has asked journalists for US$150 for internet access to enable them to do their job here!

9.00am Ticket news … all those who had tickets for the abandoned Test can use them for this match. Tickets for last Friday, as well as tickets purchased for the third day's play will be valid for entry on Sunday, February 15. Tickets purchased for the second day and the fourth day of the abandoned Test are valid for Monday, February 16 and fifth day tickets are valid for Tuesday, February 17.

General ticket sales for days four and five of this Test will begin on Tuesday, and can be purchased from the WICB's ticket office, located outside the main gate at the ARG.

"This is going to be brilliant," one WICB worker told Cricinfo. "The atmosphere is going to be like the old days. The infrastructure was already here, we are just adding the finishing touches." Read Andrew McGlashan's view of the ARG.

8.10am Good morning from me, Martin Williamson, and welcome to our coverage of the third Test from the hastily-prepared Antigua Recreation Ground. Rarely can any international venue have had less than 48 hours to get ready for a major match. Full credit to all those who have been working without a break, erecting new sightscreens, painting stands and surrounds, rolling the outfield and sprucing the old place up.

Anyone who has watched cricket at this great ground will know that it has a unique atmosphere, and the hope is that the locals, who never warmed to the sterile Sir Viv Richards Stadium, will flock back to show the WICB just what a white elephant the new ground is. If ever there was an example of greed winning out over common sense, it was the decision to move from the Rec in the first place ...

However, in the Sunday Telegraph, Steve James issues a few stark warnings: "Potential hazards lie in the stands, where the top tier of the famous Double Decker stand will be closed. Full of wonderful memories and history it may be, but the ARG has not seen functional attention for years. It looks tired and decrepit.

"The outfield is unfit in a very different way from the SVR stadium. Instead of the beach cricket proposed there, the ARG outfield has been prepared for football. It is bumpier than the island's roads, which is saying something."

But, to put things into context, I had the fortune to play on the Rec the day after the 1996-97 West Indies v India Test, and fielding in the deep was a nightmare even then, with thousands of discarded bottle tops on top of a rough surface making the bounce of the ball interesting to say the least!

Let's leave the last word to Paul Weaver in the Observer, who writes that today's game "will unleash an anger, a fury at West Indies administrators who left a great cricket ground out in the cold to die".

Team news to follow shortly ...

0.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, Taylor storms to the crease with an intent he was never able to muster on the North Sound sand, and that zips past a tentative edge

0.2

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, full, threatening and late inswing, but Strauss gets well into line, and nudges his first run through the covers. Strauss is hanging well back in his crease so far

0.3

Taylor to Cook, 2 runs, good line and length again, and defended into the leg side. Cook is safely off the mark as well

Damn it's good to see this ground back in action. I was there during the World Cup, and it was so sad to see it so derelict

0.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, more width this time, fizzed through to the keeper, well wide of off stump

0.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, full and straight, and defended back down the pitch

0.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, wide outside off stump, and that's the end of the first over. This match has already survived six-tenths of the length of the last one, and the signs so far are good

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0
AN Cook    2* (4b)      JE Taylor    1-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    1* (2b)     

Fidel Edwards, who didn't didn't complete his last over of Test cricket, has the new ball from the pavilion end

1.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, wild down the leg-side, the radar is awry for the moment

A brief delay as the big men - in big red Digicel shirts - walk right behind the bowler's arm, before opening a secret door in the sightscreen and vanishing

1.2

Edwards to Strauss, FOUR, sweet stroke, a half-volley on the pads and tucked away

Strauss needs runs in this Test, to assert some authority on his team. Though, to be fair, the dramas of the last few days have taken the heat off England's woes pretty effectively

1.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, on the pads again, but not timed

1.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, leg-stump line but a touch straighter than before. Defended back down the wicket

1.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, full and fast, swinging back in from just outside off stump, pushed firmly back to the bowler

1.6

Edwards to Strauss, FOUR, full again, too full, and that's a confident drive clean through the covers. Good value for runs on this wicket, as the ball bobbles over the (admittedly) rough outfield and away to the rope

"Strauss looked more confident in that over than at any time in Jamaica," notes Gnasher, who observed it all sagely from his tatty white press box at third man

End of over 2 (8 runs) England 11/0
AJ Strauss    9* (8b 2x4)      FH Edwards    1-0-8-0
AN Cook    2* (4b)      JE Taylor    1-0-3-0

2.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers

2.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off, and Cook plays late and unconvincingly at that one. A bit tentative still

2.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, better leave, wider of off stump and left alone

2.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, short and nasty - Cook didn't know what had happened to that one as he turned his back on a ball that he thought was going to get big on him, but in the end stuck in the pitch and fizzed past his shoulder

2.5

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, the first unfortunate bobble on the outfield gifts Cook a single past a blameless gully

2.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, good line, teasing outside off stump, and left alone well by a confident Strauss

Now then, here's a splendid rant from our feedback. "Amazing - the West Indies managed to put together one of the best teams in history with an internal infrastructure that is, frankly, a buttock short of half-arsed," roars Doug Kotter. "And yet Australia fall in a heap when they lose a few senior players. I've gained new respect for West Indian cricketers over the last few days." We couldn't possibly comment.

End of over 3 (1 run) England 12/0
AJ Strauss    9* (9b 2x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-4-0
AN Cook    3* (9b)      FH Edwards    1-0-8-0

3.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, ripper, short, and zipped back with a roll of the fingers, over Cook's middle stump. There is life in this pitch, but no-one's quite sure what type yet

3.2

Edwards to Cook, 2 runs, full and on the toes, and clipped away well

3.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, banged in short, and Cook hops onto his toes to defend

3.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, width outside off stump and scoots through. This pitch is looking two-paced already. Which is not a criticism incidentally. I love two-paced pitches. Result wickets are the future of Test cricket

3.5

Edwards to Cook, 1 run, on the pads again, and clipped away again. Freebie runs for Cook, who hasn't yet convinced when the ball's been on the off side

3.6

Edwards to Strauss, no run, so nearly a run-out! Strauss would have been stone-dead had the throw hit the stumps, but Powell's delicate lob from backward square leg went wide

End of over 4 (3 runs) England 15/0
AJ Strauss    9* (10b 2x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-11-0
AN Cook    6* (14b)      JE Taylor    2-0-4-0

4.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off, left alone

4.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, width again, and Cook shoulders arms

4.3

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, a thumping pull shot, that's Cook's most confident stroke in weeks, and there's no stopping that as it hurtles through midwicket

4.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, defended out to point, and no run this time

4.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, full length, nipping off the seam a fraction, and defended into the covers

4.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off and left alone, and that's over red rover

Right, a brief flurry for me. Time to get into bulletin mode, here's an utterly gagging-for-it Will Luke to take you to lunch

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 19/0
AN Cook    10* (20b 1x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-8-0
AJ Strauss    9* (10b 2x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-11-0

Thanks Andrew and a warm hello to you all, wherever you're reading. What a brilliant atmosphere there is at the old Rec. Daren Powell - whose throw which nearly run out Strauss just now was horribly inaccurate and limp - is into the attack

5.1

Powell to Strauss, FOUR, Powell drops it short, wide and Strauss cuts it hard and crisply backward of point for four. Excellent, controlled shot into the ground

5.2

Powell to Strauss, no run, not quite a bouncer but wide enough to be left alone. Strauss sways out of the way

This really is like the Caribbean of old. A spicy pitch, a crowd full of life and noise, the runs flowing. Hopefully we're conveying that to you in the medium of text

5.3

Powell to Strauss, 1 run, punched off the back foot to mid-off who dives to his left and slips, parrying it

5.4

Powell to Cook, 1 run, again nudged off the back foot and they scamper a single

Gayle is wearing an ultra-cool look of "I'm not impressed". No words. Just a grimace

5.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, on the leg stump Strauss tucks him to square leg

"This is how it should be," Viv has just our man at the ground, Andrew McGlashan. After the shambles of North Sound, it's good to hear Viv has found his smile again

5.6

Powell to Strauss, no run, good ball, swinging into the left-hander's middle stump and it's wisely dug out

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 25/0
AJ Strauss    14* (15b 3x4)      DBL Powell    1-0-6-0
AN Cook    11* (21b 1x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-8-0

6.1

Taylor to Cook, 2 runs, calmly patted through midwicket and they jog through for easy runs

6.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, too wide from Taylor, who walks back to his mark deep in thought, his head bowed

6.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, too wide again from Taylor and again Cook can leave this alone comfortably

A Frenchman writes. "Amazing!" (he's probably an English expat, in fact.) "Cook's just had his highest score in the series!"

6.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, nice idea here, going for the yorker, but it's slightly off target and Cook squeezes this out ... though it takes the outside edge, pea-rolling to second slip

The clouds are building up again I'm afraid. Only a small patch of sun on the pitch

6.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, a touch of inswing into Cook here and a better, more accurate line from Taylor

6.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, a real waste, miles wide of the off stump

Taylor's not looking too happy. The bowlers' run-ups weren't great before play, but he certainly seems okay when running in

End of over 7 (2 runs) England 27/0
AN Cook    13* (27b 1x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    14* (15b 3x4)      DBL Powell    1-0-6-0

7.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, that's nasty! Real spice from Powell and it hits Strauss, ballooning to the huge figure of Benn in the gully. Strauss tried to duck out of the way and the ball came off his shoulder, but did it brush his glove? We'll never know, as TV replays aren't being used for this Test

That did look a little glovey...

7.2

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

Slightly two-paced this pitch

7.3

Powell to Strauss, no run, sits up on Strauss who calmly defends on the back foot

7.4

Powell to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

7.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, good line and length, drawing Strauss forward who pats this to a short extra cover. "No no!" is the urgent cry

7.6

Powell to Strauss, no run, firmly driven back to Powell who does well to stop this in his follow-through. Very nicely timed by Strauss who is lining up his drives smartly

End of over 8 (maiden) England 27/0
AJ Strauss    14* (21b 3x4)      DBL Powell    2-1-6-0
AN Cook    13* (27b 1x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-10-0

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8.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off - too wide, again, from Taylor

There are some nasty, dark clouds floating over the Double Decker stand

8.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, good length - not full enough to drive - but it's comfortably wide and easily left alone

8.3

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, dropped out to cover - oh, and that's really well run by England. They are looking urgent, industrious and up for the challenge

8.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, better line this time, if a fraction too wide. Well left

8.5

Taylor to Strauss, FOUR, beautifully played - that's four. Nothing more than a checked little push by Strauss. He just planted the bat and, with perfect timing, the ball absolutely scorched past the bowler and left mid-on and mid-off looking a little daft

This ground is tiny. I'd forgotten how small it was

8.6

Taylor to Strauss, FOUR, four more! Poor ball on his legs, flicked and clipped through midwicket for four

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 36/0
AJ Strauss    22* (24b 5x4)      JE Taylor    5-0-19-0
AN Cook    14* (30b 1x4)      DBL Powell    2-1-6-0

9.1

Powell to Cook, no run, good ball on middle-and-off, with just a hint of swing back into the left-hander. Cook is forward and defending

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9.2

Powell to Cook, no run, angled out to the off side

9.3

Powell to Cook, no run, dropped short and wide outside off and it's left alone

9.4

Powell to Cook, no run, good line and length but it's left alone on length. Well left it was, too

9.5

Powell to Cook, no run, slightly fuller, prodded out to cover

9.6

Powell to Cook, no run, good, tight line once more and it's defended cautiously with a roar of "nnnno!"

End of over 10 (maiden) England 36/0
AN Cook    14* (36b 1x4)      DBL Powell    3-2-6-0
AJ Strauss    22* (24b 5x4)      JE Taylor    5-0-19-0

The sponsors are apparently having a competition here. It's called "spot the local". Yep - the ground is full of touring, half-burnt Englishmen. Ah - here's Gayle, around the wicket

10.1

Gayle to Strauss, no run, good line. Nice and full, and it's defended

10.2

Gayle to Strauss, no run, miles wide, down the leg side

10.3

Gayle to Strauss, no run, again down the leg side, Strauss nudges but can't take toll

10.4

Gayle to Strauss, FOUR, well that's a waste by Gayle. Short, wide and cut tremendously hard by Strauss for four

10.5

Gayle to Strauss, no run, Strauss leans into an elegant cover drive but finds extra cover

10.6

Gayle to Strauss, no run, good end to a disappointing over

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 40/0
AJ Strauss    26* (30b 6x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    14* (36b 1x4)      DBL Powell    3-2-6-0

11.1

Powell to Cook, no run, shapes back into Cook who awkwardly defends on the back foot, dropping it down by his feet

11.2

Powell to Cook, 2 runs, another four. No - two. Short and wide, it sat up at almost shoulder-height and Cook lashed it off the back foot

The bounce is perfect for batting at the moment. Just sitting up nicely for England

11.3

Powell to Cook, no run, left alone by Cook

11.4

Powell to Cook, no run, shaping back into Cook who's defending on the back foot

11.5

Powell to Cook, no run, blocked off the back foot

11.6

Powell to Cook, no run, confidently forward onto the front foot, Cook barn-doors this solidly

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 42/0
AN Cook    16* (42b 1x4)      DBL Powell    4-2-8-0
AJ Strauss    26* (30b 6x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-4-0

Gayle to continue around the wicket

12.1

Gayle to Strauss, no run, on middle stump

12.2

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

12.3

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, here's the sweep! Sweeps it on the full, patting and paddling it around the corner

12.4

Gayle to Cook, no run, Cook pads this away and it goes through to Ramdin

12.5

Gayle to Cook, no run, nudged to leg

12.6

Gayle to Cook, FOUR, cut hard - and that's four more. Well, that seemed to take Nash by surprise at backward point. He didn't move quick enough and the dive was in vain, as was the chase by another fielder

End of over 13 (5 runs) England 47/0
AN Cook    20* (45b 2x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-9-0
AJ Strauss    27* (33b 6x4)      DBL Powell    4-2-8-0

England are approaching 51....

13.1

Powell to Strauss, no run, quick! Immense bounce - almost tennis-ball bounce which zips past Strauss's attempted hook. He was incredibly late on it

Seriously quick surface this, when the bowlers bend their backs

13.2

Powell to Strauss, 1 run, a neat, tidy clip off his legs for a single

13.3

Powell to Cook, 1 run, full, but outside off stump, and it's dug out to cover for a hastily-run single. Top running, that

England seem to have surprised West Indies here, who themselves seem to be surprised by the lack of capitulation

13.4

Powell to Strauss, no run, a play and a miss! The first, by my reckoning, this morning and it was beautifully bowler. West Indies have been guilty of dropping it a little too short, but that was a beauty

13.5

Powell to Strauss, no run, let alone this time

13.6

Powell to Strauss, FOUR, England reach their fifty, and pass the laughable 51-all-out in Jamaica, with a glorious off-drive by Strauss for four. Nothing more than a checked-drive, and it absolutely scorched past Powell for four

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 53/0
AJ Strauss    32* (38b 7x4)      DBL Powell    5-2-14-0
AN Cook    21* (46b 2x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-9-0

Gayle's around the wicket

14.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, full, fired in on middle-and-leg

14.2

Gayle to Cook, no run, Cook reaches for this, turning it to short leg

14.3

Gayle to Cook, no run, ignored outside off

Nine minutes until lunch. Clouds hovering

14.4

Gayle to Cook, no run, well wide. Much too wide

14.5

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, an elegant cover drive to Taylor who's snoozing at cover

14.6

Gayle to Strauss, no run, Strauss defends

End of over 15 (1 run) England 54/0
AJ Strauss    32* (39b 7x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-10-0
AN Cook    22* (51b 2x4)      DBL Powell    5-2-14-0

Now then. Here's Benn into the attack who bowled so brilliantly in Jamaica. He's over the wicket

15.1

Benn to Cook, no run, on middle-and-leg, Cook is back in his crease and turning it to short leg

15.2

Benn to Cook, no run, the arm ball, but Cook is wise to it and defends

61mph for that arm ball

15.3

Benn to Cook, no run, tossed up on the off stump. Cook smothers

15.4

Benn to Cook, no run, turned with a wristy flick just short of a deepish short leg

15.5

Benn to Cook, no run, ooh slightly quicker. Cook's back and defending on the back foot

15.6

Benn to Cook, no run, flicked to mid-on to complete a maiden

End of over 16 (maiden) England 54/0
AN Cook    22* (57b 2x4)      SJ Benn    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    32* (39b 7x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-10-0

16.1

Gayle to Strauss, 2 runs, turn and bounce from Gayle and that very nearly carried to first slip

16.2

Gayle to Strauss, no run, ooh big shout here! Gayle's loving this appeal as Strauss is rapped on the pads, but Harper says no

That wasn't a bad shout at all

16.3

Gayle to Strauss, no run, firmly forward and defending

16.4

Gayle to Strauss, no run, angling into middle stump, it's smothered

16.5

Gayle to Strauss, no run, defended once more

16.6

Gayle to Strauss, no run, crisply driven but brilliantly saved by a diving Gayle to his left

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 56/0
AJ Strauss    34* (45b 7x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-12-0
AN Cook    22* (57b 2x4)      SJ Benn    1-1-0-0

Benn continues

17.1

Benn to Cook, no run, lovely drift in the air, Cook comes forward and flicks it to leg

17.2

Benn to Cook, no run, Cook lunges forward, squeezing it out to cover

17.3

Benn to Cook, no run, only a hint of spin back into the left-hander who, again, comes forward and squeezes it out

17.4

Benn to Cook, no run, fuller and quicker on leg stump, but Cook sees it and clips to square leg

17.5

Benn to Cook, no run, holds its line just outside the off stump. Nicely bowled by Benn

17.6

Benn to Cook, 2 runs, very elegantly driven by Cook indeed, getting his head right over the ball and cover-driving it. Not for four, though

And what a start that's been by England. They've raced past the psychologically important milestone of 51, and have done so really confidently too. West Indies look a little flat. When Gayle sent England in, I think the expectation was that his bowlers might pick up two or three early ones on a spicy pitch...but it hasn't been the case. Strauss, in particular, looks in fine touch. Time for lunch - join us in 40 for the resumption.

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 58/0
AN Cook    24* (63b 2x4)      SJ Benn    2-1-2-0
AJ Strauss    34* (45b 7x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-12-0

Welcome back, Andrew Miller here for the second session. The teams are back on the field, and England will be looking to cruise on exactly as they were doing in the shortened session before lunch. Gayle to resume from round the wicket

18.1

Gayle to Strauss, no run, on off stump, and cut/driven into the covers

18.2

Gayle to Strauss, no run, fuller length, and defended with a big stride

18.3

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, too short, and cut hard past point. A sweeper is in place now

18.4

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, big stride and defended into the leg side

18.5

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, too short again, and that sits up and begs to be cut

18.6

Gayle to Cook, no run, forward and pushed into the covers. Nothing much on offer for spin or seam as yet

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 61/0
AN Cook    25* (65b 2x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-15-0
AJ Strauss    36* (49b 7x4)      SJ Benn    2-1-2-0

Spin from both ends. No Jerome Taylor yet. Here's Sulieman Benn

19.1

Benn to Strauss, no run, outside off, no turn to speak of, left alone

19.2

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, tucked into the leg-side

19.3

Benn to Cook, 1 run, sharp running picks up a single from a dab into the off side

This is a two-and-a-half hour session, incidentally, so plenty time for the seamers to get into the action

19.4

Benn to Strauss, 2 byes, misdirected, a quicker ball speared into the pads

19.5

Benn to Strauss, no run, outside off, no turn really. No stroke either

19.6

Benn to Strauss, no run, an ambitious slog-sweep from outside off stump. No contact, but plenty intent

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 65/0
AJ Strauss    37* (54b 7x4)      SJ Benn    3-1-4-0
AN Cook    26* (66b 2x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-15-0

20.1

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, on the hips and tickled away

20.2

Gayle to Strauss, no run, drawn forward to defend. This is flat

20.3

Gayle to Strauss, no run, probing, but no movement off the deck at all. It was turning square on the first morning at Sabina

20.4

Gayle to Strauss, no run, shorter, and cut hard, but into the ground

20.5

Gayle to Strauss, no run, big stride and defended again

20.6

Gayle to Strauss, no run, a tidy but unthreatening over. Gayle was drooling when he won the toss. He should have known better in hindsight. This is, for all the three-year neglect, still the ARG

Here's Edwards

End of over 21 (1 run) England 66/0
AJ Strauss    37* (59b 7x4)      CH Gayle    6-0-16-0
AN Cook    27* (67b 2x4)      SJ Benn    3-1-4-0

21.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, a change of ends for Edwards and that's vicious. Climbing into the gloves and Cook does well to keep that down.

21.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, slingy again, short of a length but not getting up this time. Defended with a hop off the back foot

21.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, hopping back and across, and fended into the gully. Spicier stuff from Edwards now, but still a very defensive field. A short leg might be handy for a start

21.4

Edwards to Cook, 1 no ball, good pace again, but an overstep

21.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, lifter on off stump, fenced into the gully with an open face and a hop

Rudi Koertzen, hauled back from the third-umpire's booth, has a look at Edwards' followthrough, and he's given him an official warning

21.5

Edwards to Cook, no run, good line and length again, and good pace. Cook defends

21.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers off the back foot

A change of ends for Sulieman Benn

End of over 22 (1 run) England 67/0
AN Cook    27* (74b 2x4)      FH Edwards    3-0-12-0
AJ Strauss    37* (59b 7x4)      CH Gayle    6-0-16-0

22.1

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

22.2

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, a dabbed sweep behind square for a handy single

22.3

Benn to Cook, no run

22.4

Benn to Cook, 1 run, clipped into the leg side and a swift single

It's full time in Rome, incidentally, for any rugby fans out there

22.5

Benn to Strauss, no run, tapped into the leg side with a bit of an "ooh" from the close field

22.6

Benn to Strauss, no run, nothing to work with there, and that's another over gone by

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 69/0
AJ Strauss    38* (63b 7x4)      SJ Benn    4-1-6-0
AN Cook    28* (76b 2x4)      FH Edwards    3-0-12-0

23.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, slingy action, pitches leg and skids onto the middle of the bat, and clipped to midwicket

23.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, width outside off stump, and no stroke offered

23.3

Edwards to Cook, FOUR, short and pulled hard, but just short of square leg. It didn't get hold of that properly at all, but it's runs

23.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, fuller length, angled across the left-hander, and no stroke offered

23.5

Edwards to Cook, no run, fully forward, and defended

23.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, leg-stump line, hint of nip off the seam, and clipped to square leg

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 73/0
AN Cook    32* (82b 3x4)      FH Edwards    4-0-16-0
AJ Strauss    38* (63b 7x4)      SJ Benn    4-1-6-0

24.1

Benn to Strauss, no run, forward and defended

24.2

Benn to Strauss, no run, nothing like the same purchase on offer on this wicket for Benn

24.3

Benn to Strauss, no run

24.4

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, down the wicket and driven hard into the covers, and there's a misfield as the ball bobbles. The fielders can't really be blamed, and nor can the groundsmen

24.5

Benn to Cook, no run, clipped to midwicket

24.6

Benn to Cook, no run, worked out to the leg-side again

"The descriptions in numerous articles on cricinfo the past two days describing ARG as derelict and abandoned were unfair and inaccurate!" says Michael Roberts. "The "amazingly good condition" is not a result of 48 hours work. The grounds have been in constant use since the last test for sporting and cultural events. See especially the Antigua Commercial Bank Richie Richardson stand and boxes. The idea that everything in Antiguan cricket is in disrepair is a stretch." Fair enough, Michael, though I guess all things are relative. It was a shambles when I saw it, and that was two years ago. Mind you, everyone is clearly delighted to be back

End of over 25 (1 run) England 74/0
AN Cook    32* (84b 3x4)      SJ Benn    5-1-7-0
AJ Strauss    39* (67b 7x4)      FH Edwards    4-0-16-0

25.1

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

25.2

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, on the hip and worked away firmly to backward square leg

25.3

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

25.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, round the wicket, and defended back down the wicket

25.5

Edwards to Cook, FOUR, too short, and met superbly by a flashing blade. Cook saw that clean and early, and cut it hard in front of point for a lovely boundary

25.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off stump, and Cook contemplates a drive but thinks better of it

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 79/0
AN Cook    36* (88b 4x4)      FH Edwards    5-0-21-0
AJ Strauss    40* (69b 7x4)      SJ Benn    5-1-7-0

26.1

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, clipped past the square leg umpire as Benn drags this one short

26.2

Benn to Cook, no run, better length, much fuller, and defended

26.3

Benn to Cook, 1 run, clipped off the hip, a bit of decent spin there, but too short again

26.4

Benn to Strauss, no run, better length, and another hint of turn

26.5

Benn to Strauss, FOUR, swept, and swept hard, Strauss was like a crouching tiger (sort of) as he dropped early in his stance and pounced his slog-sweep over the in-field

26.6

Benn to Strauss, 2 runs, back into the crease and defended backward of point to move to within a boundary of a well-earned fifty

A quick bit of tape for Strauss, who has too much advertising on his pads. Good to see the ICC have their eye on the important matters in the game

End of over 27 (8 runs) England 87/0
AJ Strauss    47* (73b 8x4)      SJ Benn    6-1-15-0
AN Cook    37* (90b 4x4)      FH Edwards    5-0-21-0

27.1

Edwards to Cook, no run

27.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, width outside off stump, and no stroke offered. That one really died after pitching

27.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, forward and defended

27.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, pad and bat together, pushed back down the pitch

27.5

Edwards to Cook, 2 runs, on the legs and clipped away through midwicket. That's been a real bread-and-butter shot for both batsmen today, which suggests that West Indies' lines have been all wrong

27.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, better line this time, tighter to the stumps, and left alone

End of over 28 (2 runs) England 89/0
AN Cook    39* (96b 4x4)      FH Edwards    6-0-23-0
AJ Strauss    47* (73b 8x4)      SJ Benn    6-1-15-0

28.1

Benn to Strauss, no run, forward and defended solidly into the offside

28.2

Benn to Strauss, no run, outside off again, threatening to turn, but oh so gently

28.3

Benn to Strauss, no run, dropped! Short, Strauss swung into a wild cut but got a big top-edge, and Gayle at slip went for it one-handed but couldn't gather

28.4

Benn to Strauss, no run, solidly forward

28.5

Benn to Strauss, no run, defended again, Strauss is chastened

28.6

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, on the legs, and even without the stump mics, Benn's opinion of that delivery is plain for all the ground and listening public to hear

Talking of Strauss's excessive advertising, Mohamed Majeed emailed us the other day, and he is clearly right with the ICC on this one. "The dress code for Test cricket has truly become disgusting. Bowlers expose most of their middle as they deliver. Players mostly have their shirts out of their pants. Shirts carry too much advertisements. Shirts and pants are wash and wear, with no sharp seams. Gone are the days of flannels with sharp seams. Please, ICC, do something about this. It is toally unacceptable." Go Majeed!

End of over 29 (1 run) England 90/0
AJ Strauss    48* (79b 8x4)      SJ Benn    7-1-16-0
AN Cook    39* (96b 4x4)      FH Edwards    6-0-23-0

29.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, slower ball, and that one popped off the wicket and rapped Strauss on the gloves. That really got up sharply

29.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, too wide to tempt a stroke, left alone

29.3

Taylor to Strauss, 2 runs, defended from the crease, takes a low edge and there's no third man. Up comes Strauss's half-century. He's almost got more runs in one innings than his entire team managed at Sabina Park. Good one skip

29.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, a modicum of seam movement, and played back down the wicket

29.5

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, driven firmly down the ground, mid-off gets round to partially cut the stroke off

29.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off, no stroke, end of over

"Two other kids are claiming to be the father of baby Alfie's baby. I know, very irrelevant but we're at the dull part of the game," says JJ, who is clearly just as much of an attention-seeker as the subjects of his email

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 93/0
AN Cook    39* (97b 4x4)      JE Taylor    6-0-22-0
AJ Strauss    51* (84b 8x4)      SJ Benn    7-1-16-0

30.1

Benn to Strauss, no run, pushed down the ground

30.2

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, into position early for the sweep and dinked through square leg. Strauss knows just how true this pitch is proving to be

30.3

Benn to Cook, 1 run, on the pads and worked to midwicket. Cook is slip-streaming his skipper well now

30.4

Benn to Strauss, no run, driven into the covers but can't pick the gap

30.5

Benn to Strauss, no run, driven again, harder this time, but straight at the fielder

30.6

Benn to Strauss, no run, big shout, and umpire Harper says no. It would have been plumb but for the inside-edge, so good call

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 95/0
AJ Strauss    52* (89b 8x4)      SJ Benn    8-1-18-0
AN Cook    40* (98b 4x4)      JE Taylor    6-0-22-0

31.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off and nipping away, defended from the crease

31.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, fully into line, and defended off the back foot

31.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off, and defended into the leg side

A feedbacker has spotted the infamous pink and black flag of the even more infamous Surrey Cryptics in the lower tier towards the right of the Andy Roberts Stand. There is a very good reason why they have pink in the flag, so I am told ...

31.4

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

31.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, defended solidly

31.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, on the pads, and worked into the leg-side. West Indies really haven't bowled well to the left-handers today. I guess they didn't see too much of them at Sabina Park

End of over 32 (maiden) England 95/0
AN Cook    40* (104b 4x4)      JE Taylor    7-1-22-0
AJ Strauss    52* (89b 8x4)      SJ Benn    8-1-18-0

32.1

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, tucked off the pads and down to fine leg

32.2

Benn to Cook, no run, slightly squared up, and defended into the off side

32.3

Benn to Cook, no run, draws Cook forward and earns a "good stuff Benny" from behind the stumps

32.4

Benn to Cook, no run, tight lines again

32.5

Benn to Cook, no run, oh my God, what's that not hitting?! Cook goes down to sweep, gets in a complete tangle, and that looks plumb to the naked eye. Harper disagrees, and there are no referrals

32.6

Benn to Cook, no run, replays suggest that last one was taking the bails on leg stump. On reflection, a decent decision, to be fair

End of over 33 (1 run) England 96/0
AN Cook    40* (109b 4x4)      SJ Benn    9-1-19-0
AJ Strauss    53* (90b 8x4)      JE Taylor    7-1-22-0

33.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, drawn forward and defended

33.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, nudged to gully

33.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, outside off stump, and no stroke offered

33.4

Taylor to Strauss, 1 no ball, another overstep

33.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, outside off and left alone again. Better rhythm, but this pitch is offering next to nothing

33.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, width and through to the keeper

33.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, Taylor continues to plough a furrow outside off stump. West Indies are entering a holding pattern now, and Gayle doubtless feels duped

End of over 34 (1 run) England 97/0
AJ Strauss    53* (97b 8x4)      JE Taylor    8-1-23-0
AN Cook    40* (109b 4x4)      SJ Benn    9-1-19-0

34.1

Benn to Cook, no run, fishing outside off. Good line from Benn, and a touch of turn. He's still looking the likeliest of West Indies' bowlers

34.2

Benn to Cook, no run, tucked to square leg

34.3

Benn to Cook, 1 run, swung away to the leg-side, a bit of a loose stroke, but he got enough bat on it in the end

34.4

Benn to Strauss, SIX, wonderful strike, width outside off, two steps down the track and a clean swing of the blade. That sails over the ropes

Not seen many sixes from Strauss ... maybe he's in training for his ODI recall later this tour

34.5

Benn to Strauss, no run, sharp spin this time, "yes Benny" declares the keeper

England have more than doubled their all-out score in Jamaica

34.6

Benn to Strauss, no run, tucked off the pads to square leg

Another over ticks by, and fresh from making a fine brew, here's Will Luke

End of over 35 (7 runs) England 104/0
AJ Strauss    59* (100b 8x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    10-1-26-0
AN Cook    41* (112b 4x4)      JE Taylor    8-1-23-0

Thanks Andrew and hello all. Fascinating contest out there, one which England are winning at the moment. Right then. Who's bowling? That was rhetorical - it is, of course, Taylor who has two well-spaced slips

35.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, on the off stump, it's angled away out to the off side

The scoreboard temporarily read 401 for 0 just now. A portent of things to come? Er, no. Just a mistake

35.2

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, on his legs, he tucks it down to fine leg with a wristy whip

"Just when we were criticizing the referral system so much, there are a few appeals and suddenly we feel "It would have been good with referrals". I am sure this confusion will continue and we will never come to a conclusion whether they are good or bad," says Venkat. Umpire Venkat?

35.3

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

35.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, a good one which cuts away from Strauss, but he hides the bat behind the line

35.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off

35.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, again left alone

End of over 36 (1 run) England 105/0
AJ Strauss    59* (104b 8x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    9-1-24-0
AN Cook    42* (114b 4x4)      SJ Benn    10-1-26-0

36.1

Benn to Cook, no run, well played by Cook, hanging back in his crease and playing it late with soft hands. That was one which held its line

36.2

Benn to Cook, FOUR, monstrous heave-ho over midwicket - cor, he's played that well. Touch too short from Benn, so Cook went down on one knee and smudged him powerfully over the leg side

Top smudging there

36.3

Benn to Cook, 1 run, calmly glided out to the off side

36.4

Benn to Strauss, no run, on middle-and-leg, Strauss pats it

36.5

Benn to Strauss, no run, that's an excellent length but Strauss is calmly forward, deadening the spin

Problems with the advertising boards again. Not sure what or why, but they've been flattened.

36.6

Benn to Strauss, no run, and it's blocked off the back foot

End of over 37 (5 runs) England 110/0
AJ Strauss    59* (107b 8x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    11-1-31-0
AN Cook    47* (117b 5x4)      JE Taylor    9-1-24-0

And there are the Digicel Girls (for that is their collective name), looking...well, very cheery and happy. Among other things. Now then, here's Taylor

37.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward, patiently, but lets this one by

Taylor's been disappointingly wide all day

37.2

Taylor to Cook, 1 run, on his legs, Cook shuffles across to the off side before turning this off his hip down to fine leg

"I visited the UK July 2007.Towards to the end of my visit I went to see limited over match between Middlesex and Leicestershire at Lord's," writes a feedbacker, apropos of absolutely nothing.

37.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, on the off stump, crisply driven straight to mid-off

37.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off

37.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, lovely looking drive but again he finds mid-off

There's a gallery of today's photos, if you'd like a look.

37.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, on middle-and-leg, patted on the back foot

End of over 38 (1 run) England 111/0
AJ Strauss    59* (111b 8x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    10-1-25-0
AN Cook    48* (119b 5x4)      SJ Benn    11-1-31-0

Here's Gayle, around the wicket

38.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, pumped back to his left and he dances across and gets a hand to it

38.2

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, wrong line, easily nudged to midwicket

38.3

Gayle to Strauss, no run, smart-looking drive but straight to cover

Gayle's bowling flat, here

38.4

Gayle to Strauss, FOUR, but Gayle tosses this one up, inviting the drive, and Strauss accepts with glee. Half a step down the pitch, driving it powerfully for four. Monstrous

38.5

Gayle to Strauss, no run, driven calmly back to the bowler

38.6

Gayle to Strauss, no run, good ball outside off but Strauss - who's looking so determined today - refuses to be tempted

End of over 39 (5 runs) England 116/0
AJ Strauss    63* (115b 9x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    7-0-21-0
AN Cook    49* (121b 5x4)      JE Taylor    10-1-25-0

Ah - Ryan Hinds into the attack. He'll be over the wicket, too

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39.1

Hinds to Cook, no run, sharpish turn, and turned around the corner

39.2

Hinds to Cook, no run, on middle-and-off, defended

39.3

Hinds to Cook, 1 run, nudged to square leg and there's Cook's half-century. There were calls by many that he should be dropped for this Test, and he's responded very impressively indeed. Albeit on a pancake-flat pitch, but still - good innings

39.4

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, that's a fine save by Smith at cover-point, diving to his leftright. That was four, all over

39.5

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

39.6

Hinds to Strauss, no run, clipped to leg

End of over 40 (3 runs) England 119/0
AJ Strauss    64* (117b 9x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    51* (125b 5x4)      CH Gayle    7-0-21-0

40.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, short, wide, cut hard but straight to point

40.2

Gayle to Cook, no run, flatter and on off-stump

40.3

Gayle to Cook, no run, flighted this time, but Cook crisply drives to mid-off

40.4

Gayle to Cook, no run, driven once more to cover

Damn these two spinners. They bowl far too quickly

40.5

Gayle to Cook, no run, pumped to cover

40.6

Gayle to Cook, no run, good ball to end a tight maiden, on middle and turning a touch

End of over 41 (maiden) England 119/0
AN Cook    51* (131b 5x4)      CH Gayle    8-1-21-0
AJ Strauss    64* (117b 9x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    1-0-3-0

41.1

Hinds to Strauss, no run, quicker, flatter, wider and left alone

41.2

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, only slightly shorter, but he held this back a little too and Strauss paddled it through midwicket

41.3

Hinds to Cook, 1 run, lunges forward and clips it smartly to mid-on. Very well run. Just tip-and-run cricket here

41.4

Hinds to Strauss, no run, this scoots low outside off

41.5

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, square-driven outside off

41.6

Hinds to Cook, no run, blocked once more

End of over 42 (3 runs) England 122/0
AN Cook    52* (133b 5x4)      RO Hinds    2-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    66* (121b 9x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    8-1-21-0

42.1

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, drilled to cover

42.2

Gayle to Cook, OUT, superb catch by Smith at slip! That's top class. Short and wide, Cook rocks back to cut but doesn't get hold of it and the ball flies low to Smith's right. The ball hits the wrists of his two hands as he leans forward, and scoops it up off his shoelaces to take a seriously slick catch

AN Cook c Smith b Gayle 52 (158m 134b 5x4 0x6) SR: 38.80

And that's the breakthrough West Indies have desperately been seeking. Great partnership for England - one which has really asserted their authority, for once, on this series - but they have a new man at the crease now, Owais Shah, playing his fourth match. And he's been waiting for a long, long time.

Leg slip in place - four men around the bat. Gayle's over the wicket

42.3

Gayle to Shah, FOUR, short, wide and four! Bang! Cut with class and power and timing

42.4

Gayle to Shah, no run, flicked to leg

42.5

Gayle to Shah, no run, Shah is miles back in his crease, defending with both feet pointing back at Gayle

42.6

Gayle to Shah, no run, lets this one go down the leg side

End of over 43 (5 runs) England 127/1
OA Shah    4* (4b 1x4)      CH Gayle    9-1-26-1
AJ Strauss    67* (122b 9x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    2-0-6-0

43.1

Hinds to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump and padded away

43.2

Hinds to Strauss, no run, cut very hard to point. But straight to point

43.3

Hinds to Strauss, no run, Strauss works this to mid-on

43.4

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, nurdled to square leg

Around the wicket

43.5

Hinds to Shah, no run, prodded back to the bowler

Leg slip and short-leg in place

43.6

Hinds to Shah, no run, defended solidly on the front foot

End of over 44 (1 run) England 128/1
OA Shah    4* (6b 1x4)      RO Hinds    3-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    68* (126b 9x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    9-1-26-1

44.1

Gayle to Strauss, no run, Strauss leans forward into this defensive

44.2

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

44.3

Gayle to Strauss, no run, drifting into Strauss who pushes it back to Gayle

44.4

Gayle to Strauss, no run, Strauss rocks back into his favoured cut stroke but again can't beat point

44.5

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, and a run at last as Strauss drops this short of midwicket

Over the wicket to the right-handed Shah

44.6

Gayle to Shah, no run, he's back and defending this under his nose

End of over 45 (1 run) England 129/1
OA Shah    4* (7b 1x4)      CH Gayle    10-1-27-1
AJ Strauss    69* (131b 9x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    3-0-7-0

45.1

Hinds to Strauss, no run, quicker, a touch flatter, and defended

45.2

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, fuller and faster this time, but Strauss walks into this nuggety flick to midwicket and sets off for a single

Two Middlesex legends at the crease here

45.3

Hinds to Shah, no run, left alone outside off

45.4

Hinds to Shah, no run, lunges forward and prods to mid-off

45.5

Hinds to Shah, no run, there's evidence of Shah's Pakistani roots. He went for a drive then realised he was early on it, so held back the stroke and let the bat twist in his hands so he played it squarer

45.6

Hinds to Shah, 2 runs, opens the face again, guiding it out to the off side

End of over 46 (3 runs) England 132/1
OA Shah    6* (11b 1x4)      RO Hinds    4-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    70* (133b 9x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    10-1-27-1

Fascinating player to watch, Shah, both as a batsman and a person. He cannot stop moving, always chewing gum and generally fidgeting

46.1

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

46.2

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss rocks back to cut

He's playing that cut really well. Almost back to his best, I'd say

Over the wicket to Shah

46.3

Gayle to Shah, no run, Shah's forward

46.4

Gayle to Shah, no run, shuffles to the off side and tries to nudge to leg

46.5

Gayle to Shah, FOUR, short, wide and cut hard into the ground - so hard that it beats point. Just opened the face at the last moment. Wonderful shot really

46.6

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

Shah's just brought up his 13,000th first-class run - more than anyone else in the England team.

End of over 47 (5 runs) England 137/1
OA Shah    10* (15b 2x4)      CH Gayle    11-1-32-1
AJ Strauss    71* (135b 9x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    4-0-10-0

47.1

Hinds to Strauss, no run, too wide and ignored

47.2

Hinds to Strauss, no run, short, Strauss cuts and only just short of point

47.3

Hinds to Strauss, FOUR, so close! A huge slice of luck for Strauss as he goes back and cuts this almost out of Ramdin's gloves. Gayle, the lone slip, didn't see it (and to be fair, he wouldn't have caught that). Races away for four

47.4

Hinds to Strauss, 1 run, cut out to cover

47.5

Hinds to Shah, 2 runs, this is short and slapped by Shah

47.6

Hinds to Shah, no run, confidently defended on the front foot

End of over 48 (7 runs) England 144/1
OA Shah    12* (17b 2x4)      RO Hinds    5-0-17-0
AJ Strauss    76* (139b 10x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    11-1-32-1

48.1

Gayle to Strauss, no run, defensively prodded

48.2

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, moves nicely into this off-drive, stroking it to long-off

48.3

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, head right over the ball, Shah makes the most of this straight delivery to work it to leg. "Yah!" is the cry as they steal another single

Fingers beginning to ache. Damn these spinners at both ends

48.4

Gayle to Strauss, no run, drilled to Chanderpaul at extra cover who dives spectacularly to save four

48.5

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, a little dance down the pitch and mid-on pulls out the dive

48.6

Gayle to Shah, no run, he's absolutely hammered this, Shah, but straight to extra cover

End of over 49 (3 runs) England 147/1
OA Shah    13* (19b 2x4)      CH Gayle    12-1-35-1
AJ Strauss    78* (143b 10x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    5-0-17-0

49.1

Hinds to Strauss, no run, short of a length, whipped around the corner

49.2

Hinds to Strauss, no run, Strauss remains static at the crease and completely ignores this teaser outside off

49.3

Hinds to Strauss, no run, impressive, quick hands here as he punches this off the back foot

49.4

Hinds to Strauss, no run, down the wicket, Strauss laces this hard but Hinds dives to his right and saves four. Excellent work!

49.5

Hinds to Strauss, no run, turned to leg

49.6

Hinds to Strauss, no run, blocked

End of over 50 (maiden) England 147/1
AJ Strauss    78* (149b 10x4 1x6)      RO Hinds    6-1-17-0
OA Shah    13* (19b 2x4)      CH Gayle    12-1-35-1
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