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England v West Indies: Day four, third Test, Edgbaston

LIVE: England v West Indies – the action on day four of the third Test at Edgbaston

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Stay up to date with all the action on day four of the third Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's
unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action
unfolds at Edgbaston while our brilliant team of writers will update
with their insights from the ground. Email your thoughts to [email protected]

England v West Indies: Essentials

ENGLAND: Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Graham Onions.

WEST INDIES: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Tino Best.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Tony Hill (NZ).

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115th over: West Indies 366-9 (Ramdin 83, Best 61)

Bresnan continues his spell and the runs continue to flow. Three from that over.

114th over: West Indies 363-9 (Ramdin 82, Best 60)

Ramdin plays a late cut off Swann down to third man for three, before Best helps himself to a single through the off side. A leg bye is added before Best gets a thick edge past Strauss at slip for two. One to fine leg makes it eight from the over – virtually no turn at all for Swann.

113th over: West Indies 355-9 (Ramdin 79, Best 56)

Three singles come easily off Bresnan. There's absolutely nothing in this pitch for the bowlers. That will be drinks and brings to an end a dire hour for England.

112th over: West Indies 352-9 (Ramdin 77, Best 55)

These two are making this look so easy. Ramdin helps himself to a single off Swann before Best swings and misses as the off spinner comes around the wicket. Best is solid in defence. Just one from the over.

111st over: West Indies 351-9 (Ramdin 76, Best 55)

Ramdin clips a quick two down to fine leg. England, it has to be said, have been very poor this morning. He adds one more to same area. Four! Best attempts another leg side heave and the ball again somehow squirts through the covers.

110th over: West Indies 344-9 (Ramdin 73, Best 51)

Best sweeps Swann to square leg for one, before Ramdin clips a single to the same place. Two from the over.

109th over: West Indies 342-9 (Ramdin 72, Best 50)

Strauss throws the ball to Bresnan. Ramdin clips a single into the leg side. Four! Best heaves one into the leg side past mid on to edge one away from his 50. He's got it! Best becomes the first No 11 to score a 50 against England since 1906! He jumps and punches the air and removes his helmet, you'd think he'd scored a ton! But why not celebrate A fine knock.

108th over: West Indies 336-9 (Ramdin 71, Best 45)

Graeme Swann comes in to try and end what has been an irritating little partnership from their point of view. Ramdin sweeps one to fine leg. Shot! Best is showing the full repertoire here now as Swann goes quick, flat and wide and to allow room for the cut. Shot! That cut is even better as Swann goes short and wide again. Nine from the over.

107th over: West Indies 327-9 (Ramdin 70, Best 37)

Drop! Ramdin flashed the cut straight at Pietersen's head but he would have expected to hold on to that. Frustration growing for England and Finn. One more added from the over.

106th over: West Indies 326-9 (Ramdin 69, Best 37)

Four! Best plays another lovely drive on the up down the ground and this is starting to get a little embarrassing for England. Four! Make that very embarrassing… This time a flash through the covers brings up another boundary. Another expensive over.

105th over: West Indies 318-9 (Ramdin 69, Best 29)

Finn continues. The partnership in now worth 33 and Best has 28 of them! Ramdin clips another through the leg side. He's happy to give Best the strike and why not They scamper a quick single and Best will keep the strike.

Simply the Best: West Indies' No 11 evades a bouncer

Simply the Best: West Indies' No 11 evades a bouncer

104th over: West Indies 316-9 (Ramdin 68, Best 28)

Ramdin adds one more to the total. Close! Best gets an edge that sails right between second slip and gully and runs away for four. Unbelievable! The exact same things happens again and Strauss finally brings in a third slip. Best now has his career best and also has the best score for a No 11 against England. Nine from the over but that doesn't tell the tale, you've got to feel for Onions.

103rd over: West Indies 307-9 (Ramdin 67, Best 20)

Finn has Ramdin on strike. Too full from Finn and Ramdin clips two through midwicket. He'll keep the strike with a single to fine leg.

Three apiece: Finn joined Onions and Bresnan on three wickets

Three apiece: Finn joined Onions and Bresnan on three wickets

102nd over: West Indies 304-9 (Ramdin 64, Best 20)

Shot! Onions offers the drive again and again Best obliges, this time with a sweetly time shot through extra cover. Best is going at more than a run a ball here and the West Indies at six an over off four so far today.

101st over: West Indies 300-9 (Ramdin 64, Best 16)

Shot! Best drives Finn on the up down the ground. He holds the pose for a good 10 seconds, and why not. Four! That one wasn't pretty from Tino – he certainly wasn't aiming to send that leg side heavy through the covers, but they all count. A single to fine leg brings up the 300. Nine from the over.

100th over: West Indies 291-9 (Ramdin 64, Best 7)

There he goes! Best nearly takes off with a huge swing and a miss off Onions, who bowls the second over of the day. That's more like it from Best who times a straight one into the leg side for two. Two more come via a thick edge through gully again. One more is clipped to square leg to make it five from the over.

99th over: West Indies 286-9 (Ramdin 64, Best 2)

Mind the windows, it's Tino Best in next. He gets off the mark with a single into the leg side. Ramdin then flicks one down to fine leg. Best will keep the strike with a thick edge past gully.

Breakthrough: Rampaul heads back to the pavilion

Breakthrough: Rampaul heads back to the pavilion

WICKET! Rampaul c Prior b Finn 2

Got him! What a start… Finn served up a half-volley to Ramdin with his first ball of the day but that one was an absolute peach, angling across the left-handed Rampaul and finding the edge. Prior takes a regulation catch. A top order batsmen would have struggled with that delivery, let alone a rabbit.

99th over: West Indies 283-8 (Ramdin 63, Rampaul 2)

Steven Finn will open the bowling on day four for England and has the half-centurion Ramdin on strike. He drives down the ground for three off the first ball.

10.55am: I'm hearing all sorts of different things regarding the weather and more specifically if, or when, rain will arrive. What is for certain is that we will start on time at 11am.

10.45am: Before we get underway here's a couple of gems for you to get stuck into…

Catching practice: England were poor in the field on day three

Catching practice: England were poor in the field on day three

Peter Hayter's report on day three is here.

And James Anderson talks about being left out of the fourth Test in his exclusive Sportsmail column here.

10.38am: West Indies start the day on 280-8 after making England pay for three dropped catches yesterday. The hosts will be keen to knock over the last two within the first half an hour, with Graham Onions, looking for his fourth wicket, and Steven Finn, looking for his third, both desperate to impress. Tim Bresnan is also looking for his fourth wicket and aiming to keep up his record of winning every Test he has played in so far in his career – he's 13 from 13 at the moment.

10.33am: This one was already a dead rubber before rain washed out the first two days, and with England resting James Anderson and Stuart Broad and Shiv Chanderpaul and Kemar Roach out for the tourists, it felt like that even more so. But on the bright side, both sides have nothing to lose and have free reign to entertain with anything but a draw extremely unlikely.

10.30am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of day four (or is it day two) of the third Test between England and West Indies.

Rain rain go away: After two washed out days there was finally a full day of action at Edgbaston

Rain rain go away: After two washed out days there was finally a full day of action at Edgbaston

Graham Onions takes three wickets on return to Test cricket as West Indies frustrate England

Onions pick of the bunch but off-colour England left to rue dropped catches

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19:00 GMT, 9 June 2012

England's understudy pace attack grafted for their deserved wickets as the third Investec Test finally got under way on day three against West Indies at Edgbaston.

Following two washouts, Andrew Strauss unsurprisingly chose to bowl under cloudy skies and unleash Graham Onions (three wickets for 56 runs), Tim Bresnan (three for 74) and Steven Finn.

But thanks in part to faulty catching in the slips, plenty of runs edged between them too, and the doughty Marlon Samuels (76), England's rewards were hard-earned as the tourists closed what was effectively day one of three on 280 for eight.

Pick of the bunch: Graham Onions took three wickets on his return to Test cricket

Pick of the bunch: Graham Onions took three wickets on his return to Test cricket

ENGLAND v WINDIES: THIRD TEST

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Samuels' 114-ball stay contained 10
fours and a six and continued a rich vein of form which had already
brought him successive scores of 31, 86, 117 and 76 not out.

England rested Stuart Broad, meaning
both their first-choice new-ball bowlers were absent here after James
Anderson was left out of a 12-man squad last weekend.

The Windies made four changes to the
team which lost at Trent Bridge, to go 2-0 down with just this match to
play, and crucially were minus lynchpin batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul
because of a side strain.

Crucial: Ian Bell is mortified after dropping Adrian Barath early in the day

Crucial: Ian Bell is mortified after dropping Adrian Barath early in the day

But if that made them look more
vulnerable than ever, they soon proved in no mood to play the pushovers
as they got to within one run of something they had previously fallen
well short of in this series – a 50 opening stand.

England's seamers operated mostly at a full length from the outset, preferring to seek out swing rather than bounce.

Adrian Barath had made just four when
Onions, back in Test cricket for the first time since January 2010 after
his career-threatening injury, should have been in the wickets column
in just his second over.

Instead, Ian Bell – in at third slip for this match in place of Anderson – missed a straightforward chance.

Hitting peak form: Marlon Samuels played a majestic innings, hitting Graeme Swann for six on his way to 76

Hitting peak form: Marlon Samuels played a majestic innings, hitting Graeme Swann for six on his way to 76

Onions' hopes of his comeback wicket
were duly raised and dashed again when Barath left another straight one
and was hit on the pad. The lbw appeal was turned down by Tony Hill, and
England lost a review too into the bargain.

Barath continued to ride his luck, but
Kieran Powell's ran out at the start of Bresnan's second spell when he
edged to second slip – where Graeme Swann just managed to cling on this
time.

Barath, joined by debutant Assad
Fudadin, greeted the introduction of Swann's off-spin with a flat-batted
drive for six from the crease over long-on.

Holding on: Andrew Strauss holds on at first slip as Narsingh Deonarine departs

Holding on: Andrew Strauss holds on at first slip as Narsingh Deonarine departs

Finn had reason, straight after lunch, to rue Bell's frailties in the slips – Barath escaping again on 40.

But the second drop was not costly.

Barath soon went, and Onions at last
had his 29th Test wicket, lbw after a failed review from the batsman of a
delivery which simulation suggested would have hit the outside of
leg-stump.

Darren Bravo went cheaply, and in
puzzling circumstances, when he pushed a routine forward-defensive shot
back into Finn's hands for caught-and-bowled.

Fudadin dug in but had just spent 28
balls over his 28th run when Bresnan decided it was time to test him out
with the short ball, a change of tactic which worked almost immediately
as the left-hander got in a tangle and looped an edge which Bell simply
could not miss.

Dismissed: Tim Bresnan celebrates after Assad Fudadin is caught by Ian Bell

Dismissed: Tim Bresnan celebrates after Assad Fudadin is caught by Ian Bell

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Joining the party: Steven Finn is on his knees after catching Darren Bravo, leaving the West Indies on 99-3

He looked in good shape to turn it
into a second hundred of the series too, in a stand of 56 with Denesh
Ramdin (60 not out), until Bresnan administered what looked a killer
blow by having the Windies mainstay lbw pushing forward on off-stump in
the last over with the old ball.

Bresnan was immediately relieved of
his duties, after his successful two-over spell, to allow Finn and
Onions to attack the tail.

Back to the pavilion: Adrian Barath was Graham Onions's first wicket

Back to the pavilion: Adrian Barath was Graham Onions's first wicket

The former had Darren Sammy dropped by
Strauss on 14. But once again the missed slip chance was not
significant, because the Windies captain had made just two more runs
when he was dismissed in near action-reply.

Before stumps, there was time for
Onions to have Sunil Narine chopping on and Ramdin to complete an
increasingly assured 97-ball half-century.

Up and running: Tim Bresnan struck first, dismissing Adrian Barath for 24

Up and running: Tim Bresnan struck first, dismissing Adrian Barath for 24

LIVE: England v West Indies – day two, third Test, Edgbaston

LIVE: England v West Indies – all the action on day two of the third Test at Edgbaston

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Stay up to date with all the action on day two of the third Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action unfolds at Edgbaston while our brilliant team of writers will update with their insights from the ground. Email your thoughts to [email protected]

England v West Indies: Essentials

England (probable): Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn.

West Indies (probable): Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Shane Shillingford, Ravi Rampaul, Shannon Gabriel.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Tony Hill (NZ).

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*START DELAYED BY RAIN*

12.03pm: Some covers are on, others are off, the rain is spitting and the groundsman and his team are still busy scurrying around the outfield using all the tools and machines at their disposal to try and quicken the drying of the outfield. We definitely won't get any play before lunch, and probably won't before tea. Keep those fingers crossed.

11.32am: Still no news on when or if we will get underway, but rest assured the groundstaff are working tirelessly against the conditions. They worked through the night and stayed at the ground overnight. Let's hope they get some reward for their hard work.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Twitter: 'Can't sit in room any longer.. I'm coming to the ground to organise a signing session for all the spectators that have come in today!!'

10.40am: Right, so we're told that we'll need at least two hours of dry weather for the outfield to drain sufficiently to allow play to start. Unfortunately though, the showers – while not heavy – have been pretty persistent all morning. The best case scenario would be if we were to get under way at 1pm after an early lunch, but, I have to emphasise, that is the best case scenario.

10.27am: I will bring you all the latest weather news from Edgbaston as soon as I get it, but until then, why not catch up on some reading…

Graham Gooch tells Lawrence Booth that England batsman Jonny Bairstow will come good in his third Test here.

And read how Nick Knight may have reopened his row with Kevin Pietersen here.

10.18am: So we're still awaiting the team news from the England camp then, as they stick to their policy of naming their side at the toss which – nearly 24 hours after it was scheduled – still hasn't taken place. We know that James Anderson is definitely not playing as he is not in England's 12-man squad, and we're waiting to see if fellow quick Stuart Broad will be rested too. Steven Finn is expected to get he nod ahead of Graham Onions for Anderson's place, while both will start should Broad too be rested. For the tourists, Shiv Chanderpaul – who has had a scan on a side strain – is a doubt, while we wait to see if Shannon Gabriel, Fidel Edwards or Sunil Narine will be brought in to replace the injured Kemar Roach.

10.10am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the second (or is it first) day of the third Test between England and West Indies from Edgbaston. The forecast today isn't looking too clever, but we can be optimistic that we won't have a complete washout as we did yesterday.

It's a wash-out! There was no play at Edbaston on Thursday due to heavy rain

It's a wash-out! There was no play at Edbaston on Thursday due to heavy rain

LIVE: England v West Indies – day one, third Test, Edgbaston

LIVE: England v West Indies – all the action on day one of the third Test at Edgbaston

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10:58 GMT, 7 June 2012

Stay up to date with all the action on day one of the third Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action unfolds at Edgbaston while our brilliant team of writers will update with their insights from the ground. Email your thoughts to [email protected]

England v West Indies: Essentials

England (probable): Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn.

West Indies (probable): Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Shane Shillingford, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Tony Hill (NZ).

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11.55am: Rain falling. Covers back on. End of the world nigh again. It's going to be one of those days.

11.50am: Nick Knight is strongly backing Kevin Pietersen's decision to quit ODIs on Sky right now. Building bridges

11.40am: A promising scene developing over the shoulder of Messrs Hussain, Gower and Atherton in the Sky Sports studio. Just the main pitch covers are on now and it looks noticably brighter. This-is-England grey as opposed to end-of-the-world grey, mind.

11.25am: Still no plans for an inspection announced – and the prospect of a first-day washout, given predictions of more significant rain, are obvious.

A reminder that England lead the series 2-0, and have therefore already won the Wisden Trophy, with just this final match to play.

11.10am: Plenty of reading from Sportsmail's fine team of cricket writers to keep you going while we wait for news of play at Edgbaston this morning.

Cricket correspondent Paul Newman reports on Andrew Strauss's attempts to maintain team spirit despite the fuss over Kevin Pietersen's one-day-international retirement and Jimmy Anderson's enforced rest from this Test match.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain argues that England are spot on to rest Anderson… and that they should do the same to Stuart Broad too.

And Mr Newman also questions why England are playing Australia in the 50-over format in the middle of a full summer of Test matches.

10.55am: Hello, what's this The rain appears to have subsided, a couple of covers are coming off and the super-soppers are mopping up the outfield. The groundstaff are preparing the field for play, so we have hope. But then, as John Cleese once said, I can take the despair… it's the hope I can't stand.'

10.45am: So, what chances of play are there this morning The forecast had been for light drizzle with sunny spells later. Max temp: 14C. Gusts of 21mph. But that all looks rather optimistic at the moment. The Met Office is predicting heavy rain, with a balmy break this afternoon for simply heavy showers. Here's the gloomy outlook from Michael Fish's pals.

10.35am: The
toss has been delayed. No news on when it will actually take place yet.
Full covers are on at the ground and the outfield is wet. Don't you
just love the British summer

10.30am:
Morning. I'm afraid that the soggy spring has turned into a sodden
summer. (Yes I said sodden. Not that other similar word, tempting as it
was). And it's dark, dank and damp at Edgbaston this morning. Play will
not start on time at 11am

Raindrops keep falling on my head: A spectator shelters from the rain at a soggy Edgbaston

Raindrops keep falling on my head: A spectator shelters from the rain at a soggy Edgbaston

Why does it always rain on me Tim Bresnan sums up the mood in Birmingham on Thursday morning

Why does it always rain on me Tim Bresnan sums up the mood in Birmingham on Thursday morning

England v West Indies: Day three, second Test, Trent Bridge, live

LIVE: England v West Indies – the action on day three of the second Test as it happens

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Stay up to date with all the action on day three of the second Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action unfolds at Trent Bridge while our brilliant team of writers will update with their insights from the ground. Email your thoughts to [email protected]

England v West Indies: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Shane Shillingford, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Asad Rauf.

First innings: West Indies 370

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84th over: England 302-4 (Strauss 113, Bairstow 1)

Rampaul continues his spell.

83rd over: England 302-4 (Strauss 113, Bairstow 1)

Bairstow again looks uncomfortable with the short ball from Roach, but he gets off the mark with a defensive prod. Strauss cuts a single to the man on the point boundary. There's a clear plan to bowl short to Bairstow, but he copes well with it this time from the hostile Roach.

82nd over: England 300-4 (Strauss 112, Bairstow 0)

Rampaul will share the new ball. It's a maiden and that will be drinks – a good hour for the West Indies but England remain in the driving seat.

81st over: England 300-4 (Strauss 112, Bairstow 0)

Jonny Bairstow is the new man in. Close! Brilliant bowling from Roach as he gets one to rear up on the young Yorkshireman – but the ball lands safely short of the slips after looping up off the glove.

WICKET! Bell lbw b Roach 22

The new ball strikes for the West Indies. Not for the first time in this Test Asad Rauf sees a decision of his overturned. The only question was whether the ball struck him in line but the replay shows it comfortably did. The ball would have clattered int Bell's leg stump, half way up.

81st over: England 300-3 (Strauss 112, Bell 22)

Sammy takes the new ball and gives it to Kemar Roach. It will be interesting to see if continues to struggle with no-balls today – twice he had Cook out to no-balls yesterday. Strauss tucks a single to bring up the 300 for England. Huge appeal! Not out. They're reviewing it…

80th over: England 299-3 (Strauss 111, Bell 22)

The new ball is due after this Shillingford over. Strauss paddles a single to fine leg to move on to Nelson. Just one from the over.

79th over: England 298-3 (Strauss 110, Bell 22)

Bell is on strike to Sammy. It's a maiden.

78th over: England 298-3 (Strauss 110, Bell 22)

Four! Shocking fielding from Chanderpaul down at fine leg from Bell's sweep. That should have been only two but Shiv completely misses the ball attempting the pick-up. That will add to Shillingford's frustration after Ramdin's drop in his last over. More ironic applause as Shiv successful fields the next ball to restrict Bell to a single. Strauss cuts a single to midwicket before Bell punches one down the ground.

Trudging back: Pietersen walks before the review is completed

Trudging back: Pietersen walks before the review is completed

77th over: England 290-3 (Strauss 109, Bell 16)

There's a ripple of ironic applause as Strauss cuts a single to take his score today to seven – the most runs he's added resuming an unbeaten century overnight. Bells pulls a single to fine leg to make it two from Sammy's over.

76th over: England 288-3 (Strauss 108, Bell 15)

Close! One keeps low on Bell and he feathers and edge that Ramdin just can't cling on to. Two singles from Shillingford's over.

75th over: England 286-3 (Strauss 107, Bell 14)

Sammy brings himself into the attack to give Rampaul a rest. Bell continues his quick start with another single to fine leg. Strauss tries to cut but can't get it away. He's never scored more than six runs after resuming unbeaten – he's added five today.

Kicking on: Strauss started day three on 102

Kicking on: Strauss started day three on 102

74th over: England 285-3 (Strauss 107, Bell 13)

Shot! Bell launches Shillingford for a one-bounce four to midwicket. He then sweeps a single down to fine leg.

73rd over: England 280-3 (Strauss 107, Bell 8)

Shot! Bell gets off the mark with his favourite cut shot off Rampaul. He then times a drive beautifully through the covers – but it only yields three runs after some fine fielding on the rope. Strauss works a single into the leg side before Bell clips one of his own to midwicket.

72nd over: England 271-3 (Strauss 106, Bell 0)

Strauss is on strike for the first time today. Four! Too straight from Shillingford and Strauss clips him precisely through square leg.

71st over: England 267-3 (Strauss 102, Bell 0)

Ian Bell is the new man in, fresh off the back of two 50s in the first Test. Wicket maiden – fine bowling from Rampaul.

Breakthrough: Rampaul celebrates taking Pietersen's wicket

Breakthrough: Rampaul celebrates taking Pietersen's wicket

WICKET! Pietersen lbw b Rampaul 80

They're reviewing it… Out! Pietersen was never confident with that review. HawkEye shows it was just clipping his leg stump so the decision stays with the umpire. A fine inswinging delivery from Rampaul and there was nothing the big man could do about it.

70th over: England 267-2 (Strauss 102, Pietersen 80)

Shillingford comes into the attack to bowl his off spin and give the seamers a rest ahead of the new ball. Four! Pietersen sweeps crisply down to fine leg. Two more are then whipped through midwicket. He keeps the strike again with a single to midwicket.

69th over: England 260-2 (Strauss 102, Pietersen 73)

Ravi Rampaul – the pick of the West Indies bowlers yesterday – will start proceedings. Pietersen is on strike. He leaves the first five outside off before whipping a single to fine leg to keep the strike.

No cigar: Pietersen fell 20 runs short of his century

No cigar: Pietersen fell 20 runs short of his century

10.55am: England start day three trailing by 111 runs, but with eight wickets still intact. Captain Andrew Strauss will be looking to kick on after scoring his second century in two matches yesterday. He has a poor record resuming unbeaten overnight and added just two runs to his total doing so at Lord's last week. Kevin Pietersen meanwhile is closing in on his ton thanks to a typically exciting and innovative innings yesterday – he resumes on 72.

10.46am: Here's some essential reading for you before we get under way at 11am…

Sam Peters' report on day two is here.

And James Anderson's exclusive Sportsmail column is here.

10.40am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of day three of the second Test between England and the West Indies at Trent Bridge.

Unbeaten: Strauss (left) and Pietersen (right) resume on day three looking to build a big lead

Unbeaten: Strauss (left) and Pietersen (right) resume on day three looking to build a big lead

England v West Indies: Day two, second Test, Trent Bridge, live

LIVE: England v West Indies – the action on day two of the second Test from Trent Bridge as it happens

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10:52 GMT, 26 May 2012

Stay up to date with all the action on day two of the second Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action unfolds at Trent Bridge while our brilliant team of writers will update with their insights from the ground. Email your thoughts to chr[email protected]

England v West Indies: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Shane Shillingford, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Asad Rauf.

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102nd over: West Indies 340-7 (Samuels 116, Roach 0)

Broad continues – surely it's time for Swann though. England are into the tail now – can Roach help Samuels guide their side up past 400

101st over: West Indies 340-7 (Samuels 116, Roach 0)

Bresnan wheels away and nearly finds a crucial breakthough as Sammy chops down and inside edges just short of Prior. Sammy then rubs it in by crashing past point for four.

WICKET!!! Sammy c Pietersen b Bresnan 106

But the big man can't resist hacking at a short ball and only succeeds in holing out at deep midwicket. A superb innings ends in suitably cavalier style.

100th over: West Indies 336-6 (Samuels 116, Sammy 102)

Another four leg byes keeps the Windies' total ticking along nicely, Broad this time straying onto the pads. The Trent Bridge crowd breaks into a polite (if a little grudging) round of applause as this pair's 200 partnership comes up – what a stand.

99th over: West Indies 331-6 (Samuels 116, Sammy 102)

Tim Bresnan gets his first bowl of the day as Anderson is handed what looks like a much-needed rest. The burly Yorshireman gives away four leg byes to start as the ball angles down leg and flies fine down to the ropes off Samuels' thigh pad.

98th over: West Indies 326-6 (Samuels 115, Sammy 102)

Bit more grunt from Broad – a yorker is well dug out by Sammy. One more for Samuels on the leg side.

97th over: West Indies 325-6 (Samuels 114, Sammy 102)

Signs that Samuels is getting to Anderson again. The batsman edges one through the slips for four then plays and misses, Anderson gives him a glare and tries to utter something… but words fail him and he simply turns and trudges back to his mark.

Umpire Dar steps in and has a word at the end of the over – he didn't seem to like the exchange. There didn't seem to be anything too hostile, but Dar isn't having any of it.

96th over: West Indies 320-6 (Samuels 109, Sammy 102)

Hundred for Sammy!

Oh, you lucky boy! The nervous nineties get to Sammy who has a wild slash outside off stump. The ball flies over the slips for four. Next up a horribly mistimed flick through midwicket is edged just past the outstretched hand of Bairstow at backward point and disappears to the third man boundary. But he's made his own luck, and the West Indies captain breaks into a huge smile, kisses the badge on his helmet and raises his arms to the sky to celebrate his first Test ton.

95th over: West Indies 312-6 (Samuels 109, Sammy 94)

Shot! Sammy punches Anderson crisply through the covers for the first four of the day. Into the nervous nineties he goes. This is his highest Test score already. In fact, he has only ever scored two centuries – one for the Windward Islands and one in English club cricket!

94th over: West Indies 307-6 (Samuels 109, Sammy 89)

Still a distinct lack of pace or hostility from Broad and Anderson, pace down at 80mph. Surely England need someone to stand up, steam in and shake this pair up. Sammy and Samuels both continue on their merry way with a couple of easy singles.

93rd over: West Indies 305-6 (Samuels 108, Sammy 88)

Anderson, it turns out, didn't bowl a single ball in warming up this morning. Worrying signs for England Those eagle-eyed Sky cameras caught him necking a couple of pills too. Feeling the effects of back-to-back Tests, perhaps – he's spent a sizable chunk of the last week steaming in to Samuels, Sammy, Chanderpaul and co. Sammy's defences are nearly breached, the ball chopped down into the pitch and back towards his stumps, but the big St Lucian survives. Maiden.

On the attack: James Anderson opened the bowling on the second day

On the attack: James Anderson opened the bowling on the second day

92nd over: West Indies 305-6 (Samuels 108, Sammy 88)

Stuart Broad joins Anderson in the attack and, like Anderson, a little down on pace. Samuels remains watchful and plays out a maiden.

91st over: West Indies 305-6 (Samuels 108, Sammy 88)

Anderson's on target straight away around off stump but that pitch is doing nothing. Samuels gets in right behind the ball with impenetrable defence, before nicking a single to start the day's scoring. Slow from the Lancashire man though – down at around 80mph.

Guard of honour: England's team run out for the start of the second day at Trent Bridge

Guard of honour: England's team run out for the start of the second day at Trent Bridge

10.59: Anderson to resume the attack…

10.55: The familiar strains of England's anthem, Jerusalem, ring out across the sun-drenched ground, we're ready for action.

10.50: It was a long, hard slog under the baking hot sun for England's bowlers yesterday – Jimmy Anderson getting particularly hot under the collar in his rivalry with Samuels.

Click here to read Sportsmail's cricket correspondent Paul Newman's report on the first day's play at Trent Bridge.

And Mr Newman has broken an exclusive story on another row bubbling away, between Kevin Pietersen and Sky Sports commentator Nick Knight. They've held clear the air talks after their recent spat. read the full story here.

10.40: Sir Beefy has been down checking out the pitch at Trent Bridge, and reckons that there could be a bit more turn on offer for Graeme Swann today with a few cracks opening up. But it remains a very flat track, and batsmen will be hard to shift should they decide to dig in.

10.30: The sun is shining, the weather is sweet…

It's day two of the second Test between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge, and the conditions are more Antigua than England. Perfect for batting and, you have to suggest, perfect for West Indies to push their overnight score of 304-6 on past 400 and put scoreboard pressure on England.

Friday belonged to Windies captain Darren Sammy, who remains unbeaten on 88, and Marlon Samuels, who made up for his near miss at Lord's with a defiant and at times brilliant 107 not out. Those two will resume their stand at 11.00.


Half century: Marlon Samuels is ticking along nicely

Second Test: Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy frustrate England

Samuels and Sammy frustrate England as Windies show there's life after Chanderpaul

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A defiant seventh-wicket stand between Marlon Samuels and captain Darren Sammy dragged the West Indies back from the brink on day one of the second Investec Test against England.

Sammy's decision to bat first at Trent Bridge looked to have backfired when a top-order collapse left them 136 for six but no further wickets fell for the rest of the day as Samuels (107no) scored a third Test century and Sammy made an attacking 88no.

Trent Bridge tormentor: Marlon Samuels frustrated England's bowlers

Trent Bridge tormentor: Marlon Samuels frustrated England's bowlers

England v West Indies essentials…

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Shane Shillingford, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Asad Rauf.

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The unbroken 168-run partnership left the tourists on 304 for six at the close and in a promising position.

Samuels' first hundred since January 2008 was just reward for a disciplined knock lasting almost five hours, while Sammy easily topped his previous Test best of 61 and will resume in sight of his own century.

The morning session had yielded two wickets apiece for James Anderson and Stuart Broad but after Denesh Ramdin was sixth man out, England sent down 41.3 overs without success.

Just as they had at in the five-wicket win at Lord's, England made light work of the Windies' top order.

Adrian Barath departed for a 13-ball duck, Broad taking the edge and Anderson showing superb reactions to snare a memorable one-handed catch at third slip.

Number three Kirk Edwards had a life when Tim Bresnan grassed a tough chance off Anderson but did not capitalise. Instead, Anderson found enough seam movement to guide one into the gap between bat and pad to bowl him for seven.

Rebuilding: Chanderpaul and Samuels

Windies wonder: Samuels hits out

Windies wonder: Samuels hits out

Day One ton: Samuels hits out (right) on his way to a century against England

Kieran Powell, who had started his innings with a couple of streaky fours, began to time the ball at the other end, but Darren Bravo scraped only three before Anderson struck again.

The seamer moved round the wicket and struck gold at the first attempt. He found a shade of away swing and drew a big drive from the left-hander, who could only succeed in feeding Graeme Swann in the cordon.

That brought Shivnarine Chanderpaul in at 42 for three and Anderson welcomed him with a nasty bouncer that clipped his shoulder.

Chanderpaul, who hit 87no and 91 in a losing cause at Lord's, nicked Anderson just short of Bresnan on four but it was Powell who fell next.

Important victory: Sammy (seconf left) called correctly after Strauss tossed the coin and chose to bat

Important victory: Sammy (seconf left) called correctly after Strauss tossed the coin and chose to bat

Catch of the day: Anderson snares Barath at third slip

Catch of the day: Anderson snares Barath at third slip

He perished in identical fashion to Bravo, though this time Broad was the man coming round the wicket and taking the edge.

Lunch came at 84 for four, with Chanderpaul and Samuels doing a decent job of stemming the tide.
Just 32 runs came in the first hour after lunch until Chanderpaul to milked nine from Bresnan's next over to reach 46.

He did not score again. Swann got one to straighten, beat the bat and appealed loudly for lbw. Asad Rauf turned him down only to be overturned on review.

Darren the destroyer: Sammy remained unbeaten as England struggled

Darren the destroyer: Sammy remained unbeaten as England struggled

On the pull: Chanderpaul takes the attack to England

On the pull: Chanderpaul takes the attack to England

Wicketkeeper Ramdin scored a single before losing his off stump to Bresnan, bringing together a settled Samuels and Sammy at 136 for six.

They reached tea safely and Samuels reached 50 in 130 balls by collecting two fours in Bresnan's first over after the break.

Sammy's aggression proved a good foil for Samuels, with the captain racing to 20 in short order.
Samuels struck Bresnan, whose line strayed at times, for two fours in four balls as the West Indies began to enjoy their first period on top.

Down but not out: Sammy avoids a ball hit by teammate Marlon Samuels (left)

Down but not out: Sammy avoids a ball hit by teammate Marlon Samuels (left)

Heads up: Strauss tosses a helmet to Ian Bell

Heads up: Strauss tosses a helmet to Ian Bell

Sammy produced the shot of the day when he thumped Bresnan for four more past mid-on and a single took the total to 200 for six.

Swann returned to the attack and tossed one up to Sammy, who duly clubbed the first six of the series over extra-cover.

Sammy's 50 came from his 76th delivery and his ninth four, off Jonathan Trott's innocuous trundlers, took him past his Test best of 61.

Got him: England's Graeme Swann claims dismissal of West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Got him: England's Graeme Swann claims dismissal of West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul

The much-needed new ball was gratefully received after 80 overs but the runs continued to come at a good rate.

Sammy was rapidly catching up with Samuels, adding three boundaries in five balls – though two were edges down to the third man.

England mustered a couple of lbw shouts but were becoming visibly frustrated in the field, not least when Sammy brought up the 150 partnership with a straight drive off Anderson.

Samuels reached three figures by tucking Anderson to fine-leg for his 14th boundary and steered another to third man before stumps.
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England v West Indies: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Fidel Edwards.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Marais Erasmus.

First innings: West Indies 243, England 398.

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66th over: West Indies 160-4 (Chanderpaul 42, Samuels 58)

Right, so the West Indies are in effect 5-4 and this pair are just five runs short of a hundred-run partnership.

65th over: West Indies 160-4 (Chanderpaul 42, Samuels 58)

Swann is brought into the attack. Shot! Too short from the spinner and Samuels cuts with aplomb through the covers… And again! Another textbook cut from Samuels as Swann plops it too short and a touch wide. Samuels is timing the ball sweetly and showing what an elegant batsman he can be. That will be drinks. A very good first hour for the tourists.

64th over: West Indies 152-4 (Chanderpaul 42, Samuels 50)

Bresnan into his second over of the day. Chanderpaul seems happy to let Samuels do the scoring as he leaves six balls from the big Yorkshireman. Maiden.

63rd over: West Indies 152-4 (Chanderpaul 42, Samuels 50)

Anderson into the seventh over his spell. Samuels swings and misses at a short one. Shot! Wide of off from Jimmy and Samuels drives past mid on to bring up his 50.

62nd over: West Indies 148-4 (Chanderpaul 42, Samuels 46)

Bresnan replaces Broad in England's first change of the day. His first ball is too straight and Samuels is able to clip a single to square leg. The tourists trail by just seven runs now.

61st over: West Indies 147-4 (Chanderpaul 42, Samuels 45)

Edge! But it falls short of the slip cordon once more this time from Chanderpaul's bat. Platy and a miss from Shiv as Anderson moves one away from around the wicket. Fascinating contest between the two bowlers and the batsmen. Chance! Chanderpaul dozily jogs down the wicket after prodding to cover but the run was never on. He gets back in time though after a slightly wayward throw into Prior. Maiden.

60th over: West Indies 147-4 (Chanderpaul 42, Samuels 45)

Ouch! Samuels is whacked in the shoulder by a perfectly-directed short ball from Broad, that's got to hurt. He's clearly rattled by that and gets a thick edge off the next ball but it's safe and they're able to hurry a single. Shiv works one of his own to fine leg yet again. Four! Samuels pulls another short ball from Broad down to fine leg. Trott should probably have stopped that and Broad isn't happy. Shot! Another pull from Samuels this time right out of the middle to the midwicket boundary. This is starting to hot up and Samuels is looking good.

59th over: West Indies 137-4 (Chanderpaul 41, Samuels 36)

Anderson continues his spell… His line has been a bit off today and Shiv is again able to work a single to fine leg. Samuels nearly misses a straight one from Anderson, not for the first time today, but he gets enough on it for a single to midwicket. Slow going so far today but the Windies won't mind.

Frustrated: England ponder as the tourists continue to build their partnership

Frustrated: England ponder as the tourists continue to build their partnership

58th over: West Indies 135-4 (Chanderpaul 40, Samuels 35)

Alec Stewart is spotted in a commentary box proudly wearing his Chelsea shirt with a Blues flag draped over his desk… he looks a tad bleary-eyed having been in Munich last night. Another single to Shiv before Samuels flicks a couple past mid on.

57th over: West Indies 132-4 (Chanderpaul 39, Samuels 33)

It's getting a bit feisty out there between Samuels and Anderson and the umpire has to intervene. Jimmy raps him on the gloves with a short ball and the pair exchange a glare… worth keeping an eye on that one. Close! Chanderpaul would have been yards short there had the hit been direct from cover. Shiv works yet another single to fine leg.

56th over: West Indies 130-4 (Chanderpaul 38, Samuels 32)

Samuels works Broad for a single before Chanderpaul guides one for himself down to third man. Close! Samuels edges again but it falls agonisingly just short of Strauss at first slip. He adds a single to fine leg to make it three from the over.

Legend: Sir Viv Richards is in the crowd on day four

Legend: Sir Viv Richards is in the crowd on day four

55th over: West Indies 127-4 (Chanderpaul 37, Samuels 30)

Samuels nudges a single into the leg side. Shiv tucks a couple to fine leg as Anderson continues to try and prise his wicket. Close! Anderson just beats Shiv's edge coming around the wicket. Three from the over.

54th over: West Indies 124-4 (Chanderpaul 35, Samuels 29)

There's a ripple of ironic applause as the Lord's scoreboard finally turns on after a power failure, although it's a few overs behind. No such problems with the floodlights though, which are already on due to the gloomy conditions. No runs yet from Broad's bowling today as he produces another maiden.

53rd over: West Indies 124-4 (Chanderpaul 35, Samuels 29)

Lovely timing from Samuels as he clips Anderson off his pads through midwicket for three runs. Too straight again from Jimmy and Shiv is able to tuck a single to fine leg. Four from the over.

52nd over: West Indies 120-4 (Chanderpaul 34, Samuels 26)

Stuart Broad will bowl the second over of the day. Too wide from Broad outside Shiv's off stump and that's another maiden.

Evasive action: Chanderpaul ducks under a bouncer

Evasive action: Chanderpaul ducks under a bouncer

51st over: West Indies 120-4 (Chanderpaul 34, Samuels 26)

Anderson to open the bowling… Close! Samuels gets a thick edge but he manages to guide it down and short of Swann at second slip. Some signs of swing for Anderson despite the chilly conditions. Maiden.

10.58am: The players are out in the middle and we're about to get underway…

10.50am: Here's you essential reading before the start of play…

Peter Hayter's report on day three is here.

James Anderson's Sportsmail column is here.

And Ian Bell tells Sam Peters that Chanderpaul will not save the West Indies from defeat today here.

Brains trust: Strauss and Broad organise the field

Brains trust: Strauss and Broad organise the field

10.45am: It's vital England break this partnership early. Chanderpaul and Samuels have put on 55 so far for the fifth wicket and began to look comfortable late last night after initially digging in against the England assault. If they can survive the morning session, the West Indian pair could set a platform for the tourists to leave England a tricky target in their second innings. That being said, England have to be strong favourites and, on the balance of all probabilities, look likely to take a 1-0 lead in the series today.

10.43am: The forecast is looking much better for today than was originally thought. A couple of days back we were told day four could be a complete washout but, with a bit of luck, we may have another full day of cricket.

10.30am: Good morning and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the fourth day of the first Test between England and the West Indies at Lord's.

England are closing in on a win in the first Test of an action-packed summer, but must first dislodge the limpet Shivnarine Chanderpaul. West Indies trail by 35 runs and have six second-innings wickets in hand. The action starts at 11.00am.

Ton-derful: Strauss celebrates reaching three figures with Pietersen

Ton-derful: Strauss celebrates reaching three figures with Pietersen

Ton-derful: Strauss celebrates reaching three figures with Pietersen

Bowlers dominate as England weather Windies fightback to set up victory charge

England left to prise Chanderpaul out after weathering Windies fightback with the ball

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Even West Indies' limpet left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul had bleak prospects of blocking England's victory course in the first Investec Test.

The world-beating hosts were unable to shift Chanderpaul for the second innings running, yet by stumps on day three at Lord's they had their opponents 120 for four, still 35 behind and up against it to avoid going 1-0 down with two to play.

Ian Bell (61), back to form after his unaccustomed run of low scores during England's tough Asian winter, kept them in control after captain Andrew Strauss could add only a single to his overnight 121.

Nuggety: Shivnarine Chanderpaul remains at the crease with West Indies chasing England's first innings total

Nuggety: Shivnarine Chanderpaul remains at the crease with West Indies chasing England's first innings total

West Indies limited England to 398 all out, but Bell played the long game in a 105-ball stay, to shepherd the tail – among whom Graeme Swann top-scored with 30 from only 25 balls.

West Indies therefore faced an hour of afternoon batting, a passage of play which would encapsulate the frustrations of their supporters and well-wishers over the past decade or more.

After a promising opening stand, they haplessly lost three wickets for no run just before tea.

Adrian Barath edged behind when first-change Tim Bresnan got one to leave him off the pitch up the slope, and Kieren Powell ran out of patience after mustering one run from his last 25 balls and mis-pulled Stuart Broad high to square-leg.

Scenting blood: Graeme Swann celebrates after dismissing Darren Bravo

Scenting blood: Graeme Swann celebrates after dismissing Darren Bravo

That was bad enough, but the Windies also lost number three Kirk Edwards for a duck when he was run-out by a direct hit from cover by Jonny Bairstow following a mis-communication with Darren Bravo over an aborted single.

Bravo and Chanderpaul did not have a run between them, and then took risk management to extremes after tea in an hour of near strokelessness.

The culmination was not a release of pressure from England but success for Swann, who deceived Bravo with a ball which did not turn and clattered into off-stump, with the left-hander waving it through for the only dismissal of the final session.

Over and out: Andrew Strauss added one run to his overnight tally with Kemar Roach taking a prize wicket

Over and out: Andrew Strauss added one run to his overnight tally with Kemar Roach taking a prize wicket

Chanderpaul had survived on two when James Anderson failed to cling on to barely a half-chance, diving to his left at third slip, off Bresnan.

He proceeded to play with a dourness few could even approach, following his first-innings 87 not out with an unbeaten 34 at stumps in which he needed 46 balls to warm up to his first boundary, keeping out 95 in all to date, as Marlon Samuels caught the bug too in an obdurate and unbroken half-century stand.

With Strauss gone first thing, England had appeared intent on swift progress rather than mere consolidation on this slow pitch.

On target: Stuart Broad and teammates hail the taking of Kieran Powell's wicket

On target: Stuart Broad and teammates hail the taking of Kieran Powell's wicket

Strauss last night completed his first Test century in 18 months but, as so often previously when he has started a new day with a hundred already under his belt, he was unable to make worthwhile addition.

The captain lasted less than four overs, getting a thin inside-edge behind off Kemar Roach (three for 87) as the tourists redoubled their efforts with the second new ball.

The contact went undetected until West Indies reviewed the decision, and Hotspot evidence ended Strauss' six-and-a-half-hour innings.

Direct hit: Kirk Edwards was run out after a superb throw from Jonny Bairstow

Direct hit: Kirk Edwards was run out after a superb throw from Jonny Bairstow

Debutant Bairstow quickly looked the part at the highest level, his career under way with a stuttering single to cover but soon containing two high-class boundaries clipped off his legs from each of the new-ball bowlers.

When he missed a delivery which came in on the angle from Roach, though, Bairstow sensibly saw no reason to review Marais Erasmus' lbw verdict.

Sterling effort: Ian Bell departed for 61 after another classy innings

Sterling effort: Ian Bell departed for 61 after another classy innings

Matt Prior was the next foil to Bell's studied accumulation and operated at a run-a-ball until he became debutant Shannon Gabriel's first Test wicket, loosely aiming to leg and bowled middle-stump.

When Bresnan then hung a defensive bat out at Darren Sammy to be caught-behind for a duck, England appeared to be frittering away their dominance.

Entertaining: Shannon Gabriel took the wicket of Graeme Swann after hitting 30 off 25 balls

Entertaining: Shannon Gabriel took the wicket of Graeme Swann after hitting 30 off 25 balls

Broad had his off-bail clipped by Fidel Edwards, the first ball he faced after lunch, making Swann's six fours all the more important in a ninth-wicket stand of 55 in under eight overs.

Gabriel (three for 60) bowled him, much as he had Prior earlier, and then had Bell last out, pulling to deep square-leg and well-held by Powell.

But if West Indies thought they might have a foothold in this match, the illusion soon evaporated.

Lively: Jonny Bairstow looked confident on his debut Test innings

Lively: Jonny Bairstow looked confident on his debut Test innings

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England v West Indies: Essentials

England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy (c), Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Fidel Edwards.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Marais Erasmus.

First innings: West Indies 243.

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WICKET! Cook b Roach 26

Cook chops on to his stumps attempting the cut to bring a promising opening partnership to an end. It probably wasn't wide enough to cut and Roach has a reward for his endeavours after a frustrating hour.

12th over: England 47-0 (Strauss 15, Cook 26)

Cook on strike to Roach. The seamer's frustrations continue as he bowls a no-ball.

11th over: England 46-0 (Strauss 15, Cook 26)

Gabriel into his second over. Cook flicks a single through midwicket off an attempted yorker. Just one from the over. England's run-rate is over four an over – Strauss and especially Cook must have severe nosebleeds.

10th over: England 45-0 (Strauss 15, Cook 25)

Roach will continue his spell. He's looked the most likely to take wicket despite being the most expensive of Sammy's bowler. Cook prods a single to cover. Four! Strauss times a punch down the ground perfectly.

9th over: England 40-0 (Strauss 11, Cook 24)

Shannon Gabriel replaces Edwards to bowl his first over in Test cricket… Cook is the man on strike. He's got some pace about him, beating the bat with an 88mph delivery there. Cook is able to push three through extra cover as Gabriel strays a touch wide.

8th over: England 37-0 (Strauss 11, Cook 21)

Roach continues his spell. He's been a tad expensive but has caused some problems. Four byes as both Cook – attempting the pull – and Ramdin are beaten by the in-swing from a short one from around the wicket. Four! Cook prods a thick edge down and through the slips to the third man rope. Another bye as Ramdin is beaten again. Not easy for any keeper in these conditions though, the ball is swinging all over the place past the stumps. Nine from that over.

7th over: England 28-0 (Strauss 11, Cook 17)

Strauss on strike to Edwards. He's bowling a tight, probing line to the left-handers outside off. That one's a touch too wide though and Strauss is able to push two through the covers.

6th over: England 26-0 (Strauss 9, Cook 17)

Cook works Roach for two to square leg before adding a couple from the next ball via a misfield at mid on. Four! Roach goes a touch too full and wide and Cook flashes a drive just past a despairing dive at gully. Eight from that over.

5th over: England 18-0 (Strauss 9, Cook 9)

Edwards continues with Strauss on strike. A good, even contest so far in this innings. Shot! A touch wide from Edwards and Strauss produces a textbook drive through the covers.

4th over: England 14-0 (Strauss 5, Cook 9)

Edge! But it falls short of the slips from Cook's bat and squirts away between second and third slip for the first boundary of the innings. The keeper and slips are far too deep, Ramdin is taking every delivery at shin height. Close! Roach beats Cook's edge by a whisker getting some movement away from the left-hander coming around the wicket. Four! Cook cuts hard but gets a thick edge and the ball luckily flies between third slip and gully to the rope.

Guest of honour: Brian Lara ring the bell to signal the start of play

Guest of honour: Brian Lara ring the bell to signal the start of play

3rd over: England 6-0 (Strauss 5, Cook 1)

Cook gets off the mark with a prod into the leg side. A decent over from Edwards – just one from it.

2nd over: England 5-0 (Strauss 5, Cook 0)

Kemar Roach will share the new ball. He averages an impressive 28.7 in 18 matches. Strauss punches him down the ground for two before seeing off the next five deliveries.

1st over: England 3-0 (Strauss 3, Cook 0)

The pacy, skiddy, Fidel Edwards will open the bowling with Strauss on strike. After a couple of good leaves, Strauss guides the fourth ball of the over down to third man for three runs.

Great start: Stuart Broad wrapped up the West Indies' innings with the first ball of day two

Great start: Stuart Broad wrapped up the West Indies' innings with the first ball of day two

11.08am: Right, so a great start to the day for England, who now come out for their first innings. Strauss desperately needs some runs and what better scenario could he hope for than playing on his home ground – where he averages over 50 for England – with a low score to attack against one of the weakest sides statistically in international cricket. We'll see how he fares…

WICKET! Gabriel c Swann b Broad 0

What a start! First ball, thick edge and Swann says thank you very much at second slip. Broad wraps up the innings and has taken a career-best seven wickets in an innings. He'll be on a hat-trick when the he bowls in the second innings.

90th over: West Indies 243-9 (Chanderpaul 87, Gabriel 0)

Stuart Broad will complete his over from last night. He has the debutant and No 11 batsman Shannon Gabriel on strike for two balls.

Waiting in line: MCC members form an orderly queue outside Lord's on day two

Waiting in line: MCC members form an orderly queue outside Lord's on day two

10.52am: Here's some essential reading ahead of the start of day two…

Paul Newman's report on day one is here.

Nasser Hussain's views on the action are here.

Stuart Broad speaks to Lawrence Booth after taking six wickets on day one here.

And Bumble reflects on his new hairstyle amongst other thing in his alternative take on day's action here.

10.47am: There's no rain at Lord's at the moment so we will start on time, but it's unlikely we will get through the day without any stoppages. I'll keep you posted on any news.

10.45am: When England inevitably come out to bat today there are plenty of questions to be answered. There are form issues over Strauss and Ian Bell and we may get to see Jonny Bairstow bat for the first time in England whites.

10.30am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the second day of the first test between England and the West Indies. Andrew Strauss' side start the day needing just one wicket to wrap up the tourists' first innings before their batsmen look to build a match-winning lead.
Six of the best: Broad was in the wickets on day one

Six of the best: Broad was in the wickets on day one