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England vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Nottingham, , May 25 2012 - Ball by Ball Commentary

2nd Test, Nottingham, May 25 - 28, 2012, West Indies tour of England
370 & 165
(T:108) 428 & 111/1

England won by 9 wickets

Player Of The Match
4/104, 39* & 4/37
ENG 2nd Innings
Full commentary

5.15pm: Right, that's it from us today. For England it's job done with one to play, while West Indies are still dragging themselves up the learning curve. We'll be back to mark both cards once again in a week and a half's time. Cheerio until then.

4.45pm: David Hopps' report is in. I've not read it but I'm sure it's a bona fide beaut, as always. Presentations coming up ...

Medallions to the match referee and umpires. Asad Rauf has got his shades on, as ever.

West Indies captain, Darren Sammy, on losing tight contests: "It's been affecting us for the last year ... We're not learning and something has to be done. I think we have to be more focused, keep working hard and put a higher price on our wickets. On the third day England were looking at a 200 lead but we fought back. But when it's out turn to bat we don't really put a high price on our wickets ... It's up to the board and the selectors [to make changes], we have a squad of 16 and we have to see what happens. Marlon has through a lot and gained a lot of experience over the years, coming from India, a different format, his form has been excellent and I hope it continues. The team needed both Marlon and I to get 150 and we didn't but I have a good feeling about my batting. We've been doing some good stuff [under Ottis Gibson] but we're not getting successes. We've been good in patches ... The fans have been patient for 15 years."

England captain, Andrew Strauss: "We're obviously delighted to get over the line in this match, it was hard work at times. We got ourselves in positions were we thoguht we could take the game by the scruff of the neck but West Indies fought back ... It's been a hot hard four days. You always like to be more clinical than we have been but, having said that, it makes us feel pretty good to have got over the line. We had a good session last night and that put on us on the way but we still had to take the wickets this morning and knock off the runs. We're going to have to take stock, have a look at the bowlers, see how everyone feels before the third Test. We'll see about that over the next couple of days. There's always some benefit in seeing other bowlers but first and foremost we want to win the Test match. [Tim Bresnan] was fantastic, he proved what a contributor he is to the side. He's a good all-round circketer and he certainly showed his worth in this Test. I felt a bit freer out in the middle, I guess, no demons in the mind. It's nice to get two hundreds in a row, hopefully I can make it a third."

Man of the Match (and with 13 Test wins out of 13), Tim Bresnan, who enjoyed a successful outing at Trent Bridge against India last summer: "I've enjoyed the two Tests here immensely. I think at the back of your mind it gives you a bit of confidence. It was a key session last night ... It's one of those things [reverse swing] that it takes you a while to master it. I wouldn't say I'm there yet. Jimmy's a master with the old ball ... But it goes back to tours of the subcontinent, with the Lions, and working hard for your wickets. Every time you play I think you've always got someone over your shoulder. I just want to continue to play, continue to improve and contribute to the team."

4.35pm: Victory means England will keep the No. 1 Test ranking ahead of the visit of South Africa later this summer. It's also England's seventh consecutive series victory at home ... but we all know who the last team to beat them were. (South Africa in 2008, if you were wondering.) England also retain the Wisden Trophy and will probably think about rest and rotation for the third Test, starting at Edgbaston on June 7. Barring the evening session on Sunday, the teams were again pretty closely matched but England patrol their manor pretty relentlessly these days and the bowlers again enforced home rule by blowing away West Indies top six for spit. Thereafter, it was pretty academic, though Marlon Samuels further burnished his reputation on this tour with another innings simmering with controlled aggression. The bedtime story for the tourists, once again, is So Near, So Far.

Samuels to Trott, 4 runs

down the leg side and nudges fine, that's going to run away for four ... so that means England win by nine wickets and seal the series, 2-0 up with one to play

Samuels to Trott, no run

drags this short, stays back and cuts but straight to point

Samuels to Trott, no run

length ball, pushed across, dabbed short of point but they aren't going to chance it now

Samuels to Trott, no run

round the wicket, gives it some air, Trott drives to cover

Right, Samuels to Trott. Who's going to blink? Samuels taking his time over the delivery ...

end of over 304 runs
ENG: 107/1CRR: 3.56 
Alastair Cook43 (86b 3x4)
Jonathan Trott13 (23b 2x4)
Shane Shillingford 8-1-28-0
Marlon Samuels 5-0-14-1
Shilling to Cook, no run

tossed up on the stumps, nudged to midwicket

"Are we there yet?" chorus the kids in the back seat. No

Shilling to Trott, 3 runs

tossed up on off, Trott leans out and clips through midwicket, Bravo gives chase ... and the scores are now tied

Shilling to Trott, no run

flighted outside off, defended on the back foot

Shilling to Trott, no run

full and Trott gets forward in defence

Shilling to Trott, no run

tossed up and driven to mid-off

Shilling to Cook, 1 run

worked from in front of the pad through midwicket for another one

"I wonder if John's reference is to the same WI side that earlier in 2009 had won a test series against England?" pipes Joel. Touche, I think the word is

end of over 294 runs
ENG: 103/1CRR: 3.55 
Jonathan Trott10 (19b 2x4)
Alastair Cook42 (84b 3x4)
Marlon Samuels 5-0-14-1
Shane Shillingford 7-1-24-0
Samuels to Trott, no run

round the wicket, pushed across the batsman, no stroke

Samuels to Trott, no run

flighted, spinning in, Trott shuffles across and tucks his bat out of the way

Samuels to Trott, FOUR runs

bit of width, stays back and chops another four through cover-point

Samuels to Trott, no run

outside the line of off and pushed towards cover

Samuels to Trott, no run

length ball, leaves this one alone

Samuels to Trott, no run

tossed up outside off, skids through to the keeper

"Cook and Trott to see England over the line by tea tomorrow," chortles Jag

end of over 284 runs
ENG: 99/1CRR: 3.53 
Jonathan Trott6 (13b 1x4)
Alastair Cook42 (84b 3x4)
Shane Shillingford 7-1-24-0
Marlon Samuels 4-0-10-1

Getting there, getting there ...

Shilling to Trott, 1 run

plays back to one that spins in and nudges behind square on the leg side

Shilling to Cook, 1 run

full and on off stump, turned through leg from in front of his pads

Shilling to Trott, 1 run

pushed through on the stumps, clipped into the leg side for one

Shilling to Trott, no run

tight line on the stumps, not much turn, nudged to leg