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Day 5

605dAndrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

Anderson has Ashes in his sights

James Anderson has admitted he would like the Ashes to start right away so that he could continue his match-winning Test form

605dAndrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

England refuse to get carried away

The next time Andrew Strauss dons the whites for England will be when he walks out to toss alongside Ricky Ponting at Cardiff. After England's crushing innings victory today, he was at pains to point out "there is plenty of cricket to be played" before th

605dAndrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

Gayle backtracks on captaincy comments

This series hasn't been Chris Gayle's finest hour. He turned up 48 hours before the first Test, spent a lot of time complaining about the cold and, to cap it all, said he wouldn't mind if Test cricket didn't exist. So, in many respects, he got what he des

605dTony Cozier

An embarassing defeat

The defeat in the second Test, completed quarter-hour after lunch yesterday, was as swift, embarrassing and emphatic and brought about by the same factors as those at Headingley in 2000 and 2007

605dAndrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

Anderson a master of swing

Andrew McGlashan presents the plays of the final day of the second Test between England and West Indies

Day 4

605dTony Cozier

Last chance to overcome adversity

It's the first time since England put them back in at the Queen's Park Oval and Sabina in the 1968 series in the Caribbean that West Indies have followed on in successive Tests

605dAndrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

Prior misses final day with finger injury

Matt Prior didn't take the field on the final day against West Indies at Chester-le-Street due to the finger injury he picked up on the fourth afternoon

Day 3

605dTony Cozier

A worrying trend

West Indies depend hugely for their wickets on Fidel Edwards

Day 1

605dAndrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

Harker hits out at Test bidding system

As the rain fell on a miserable second day at Chester-le-Street it provided an apt backdrop to a game that has reignited the debate about Test cricket's future. Even if the sun had shone, it's unlikely the ground would have been even half full with punter

605dTony Cozier at Chester-le-Street

A bore revisited

The pitch was as bare as any in the preceding matches in the tropical Caribbean and just as heartbreaking for the bowlers

605dAndrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

Bopara credits Gooch for Test success

Chris Gayle is not enthralled by Test cricket, but for Ravi Bopara it holds a special place - and that's coming from a player who can also be assured of making a fortune in the Twenty20 game


605dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Cook and Bopara prosper on placid track

Ravi Bopara became the first England batsman to score three Test centuries in consecutive innings since his hero and mentor Graham Gooch in 1990, while another of Gooch's protégés, Alastair Cook, made an unbeaten 126, as West Indies were made to toil with

605dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Rain washes out second day

No play was possible on the second day between England and West Indies at Chester-le-Street, as persistent rain settled in over the ground to force an abandonment shortly after an inspection at 4pm

605dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Bresnan and Anderson swing through Windies

On his eighth day as a Test cricketer, Tim Bresnan finally picked up his maiden Test wickets, while James Anderson took his match tally to eight in perfect swinging conditions

605dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Anderson stars as England take command

James Anderson gained revenge for his roughing-up at the hands of Fidel Edwards by striking three times with the new ball in a rain-interrupted final session, as England built on their tea-time declaration of 569 for 6 to reduce West Indies to 94 for 3

605dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Windies fight against rising tide

England closed in on a 2-0 series clean sweep on the fourth day against West Indies at Chester-le-Street, as West Indies slumped to 115 for 3 in their second innings, having been asked to follow on

605dCricinfo staff

Collier defends ECB scheduling

The ECB chief executive, David Collier, has defended the decision to stage a low-key two-Test series against West Indies so early in the English season, saying that the board had no choice but to go through with the fixtures because of contractual obligat

605dAndrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

The value of the hard yards

Sometimes runs and wickets can come a little too easily. It has been the occasional passages of play that have pushed England which have had the most value

605dAndrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

Anderson stands up to be counted

Andy Flower has made it clear in the early days of his official reign that only those with strong character and a big heart need apply to take on the Australians later this summer. Those with suspect temperaments will not be considered. James Anderson is

605dAndrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

Welcome to the north

Andrew McGlashan presents the plays of the day from Chester-le-Street

605dTony Cozier

Chasing Viv

Their figures are so similar as to be almost identical yet, in every other way, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and VIV Richards are polar opposites


England shake up the system

The pursuit of continuity used to be a virtue for the selectors, but the inclusion of Bell and Sidebottom shows that that's not longer quite the case

605dAndrew McGlashan at Chester-le-Street

Fidel v Jimmy

Andrew McGlashan presents the plays of the day from Chester-le-Street

260dThe Preview by Andrew McGlashan

England seek the knock-out blow

England's home season was launched in the most emphatic of styles at Lord's with a 10-wicket win, but now that Chris Gayle has confirmed the impression that West Indies were not entirely at the races, the value of that victory has been somewhat diminished

West Indies 3rd innings Partnerships

1st53CH GayleDS Smith
2nd35RR SarwanCH Gayle
3rd1CH GayleLMP Simmons
4th52S ChanderpaulLMP Simmons
5th1S ChanderpaulBP Nash
6th4S ChanderpaulD Ramdin
7th17S ChanderpaulJE Taylor
8th4S ChanderpaulSJ Benn
9th1S ChanderpaulFH Edwards
10th8FH EdwardsLS Baker