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Yorkshire beat Uva Next in Champions League qualifier

Yorkshire edge Uva Next in first Champions League qualifier after Miller knock

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16:30 GMT, 9 October 2012


Ouch: David Miller receives attention after being struck by Umar Gul at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium

Ouch: David Miller receives attention after being struck by Umar Gul at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium

David Miller recovered from being hit in the face to guide Yorkshire to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lankan side Uva Next in their opening Twenty20 Champions League qualifier.

Miller was unbeaten on 22, with Yorkshire on 91 for four and chasing 151, when he was hit as he attempted to pull a short ball from Umar Gul.

The Australian retired hurt for treatment but returned with Yorkshire requiring 18 from 12 balls – and he promptly struck two fours and a six from his first three deliveries.

Miller hit the winning single to finish unbeaten on 39 from 29 deliveries, while Adil Rashid was 36 not out as Yorkshire won with three balls to spare.

Uva Next posted a total of 150 for seven, with Thilina Kandamby scoring an unbeaten 29 and West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul contributing 27.

Dilshan Munaweera and Bhanuka Rajapaksa put on 42 for the opening wicket in 5.2 overs before Moin Ashraf broke the partnership.

Munaweera was caught by Miller for 22 and Rajapaksa followed two overs later when he was bowled by Rashid.

Andrew McDonald and Chanderpaul put on 38 for the third wicket before the Australia was caught by Gary Ballance off Azeem Rafiq for 17.

Steven Patterson claimed the key wickets of Chanderpaul and Jacob Oram in successive overs as Uva Next were pegged back to 116 for five after 16 overs.

Howzat: Steve Patterson (left) of Yorkshire celebrates the wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 27

Howzat: Steve Patterson (left) of Yorkshire celebrates the wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 27

Kandamby hit two fours and a six in his 29 while Miller claimed his second catch to dismiss Chinthaka Jayasinghe for three and Sachithra Senanayake was bowled in the final over by Ryan Sidebottom.

Phil Jacques gave Yorkshire's reply some momentum with 32 from 21 balls, including three boundaries, but they lost early wickets.

Andrew Gale went for 13, Joe Root for 11 and when Ballance was bowled by Munaweera for a golden duck Yorkshire were on 66 for four.

Timber: Sachithra Senanayake is bowled by Ryan Sidebottom of Yorkshire for nine runs

Timber: Sachithra Senanayake is bowled by Ryan Sidebottom of Yorkshire for nine runs

Rashid steadied the ship, initially with Miller and then with Dan Hodgson in a 42-run partnership that was ended by Munaweera's third wicket.

Miller returned after Hodgson was stumped for 18 and wasted no time in powering Yorkshire to victory.

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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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: Andrew Strauss insists he can keep a grip on team spirit

Strauss insists he can keep a grip on fabled team spirit despite fuss over KP and Jimmy

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21:16 GMT, 6 June 2012

Good team spirit, it was once said, exists only at times of success. But even on the back of a series triumph over West Indies, England's has been put at risk by a chain of events that has left two senior players decidedly disgruntled.

Since England retained the Wisden Trophy with victory over West Indies at Trent Bridge there has been the saga of Kevin Pietersen’s one-day retirement followed by the resting of Jimmy Anderson from a third Test at Edgbaston that he was desperate to play in.

Add the fact that Andy Flower might risk upsetting the applecart further by telling Stuart Broad that he is also on the sidelines and it will be fascinating to see whether the fabled harmony which has done so much to inspire 'Team England' has been undermined.

Staying strong: England captain Andrew Strauss is not concerned about team spirit

Staying strong: England captain Andrew Strauss is not concerned about team spirit

It is an unexpected twist to an Investec series that was going so well before Pietersen clashed with England over his desire to ditch 50-over but not Twenty20 cricket and a disbelieving Anderson was told he was being saved for tougher challenges ahead.

Even though England’s players appeared to be cheered no end by Pietersen’s defeat on Tuesday at a game of ‘credit card roulette’, which left him having to pay for dinner for half the team, there was a sense of gloom at Edgbaston which was not entirely due to the foul weather.

THIRD TEST ESSENTIALS

LINE-UPS

England (probable): Strauss (capt), Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Bairstow, Prior (wkt), Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Finn.

West Indies (probable): Barath, Powell, Bravo, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Deonarine, Ramdin
(wkt), Sammy (capt), Best, Edwards, Narine.

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

TV umpire: Aleem Dar (Pak).

Match referee : Roshan Mahanama (SL).

TV AND RADIO

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 from 10.30am. Highlights on Channel 5 from 7pm.
RADIO: Live on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra from 10.45am.

WEATHER

TODAY: Light drizzle with sunny spells later. Max temp: 14C. Gusts of 21mph.

TOMORROW: Wind and rain but brighter and dryer late afternoon. Max temp: 13C. Gusts of 19mph.

SATURDAY: Drier and brighter. Max temp: 16C. Gusts of 13mph.

SUNDAY: Showery, sunny spells. Max temp: 15C. Gusts of 8mph.

MONDAY: Rainy spells. Max temp: 18C. Gusts of 15mph.

Who better, then, than Andrew Strauss to bring some perspective to the situation ahead of a Test that, for the first time this summer, appears certain to be seriously affected by rain. If forecasters are to be believed then England will need to win the final Test in something like three days of playing time to complete a 3-0 clean sweep.

‘I’m not worried about our harmony,’ insisted the England captain, who knows in Steven Finn and Graham Onions he has two high-quality options to come in for Anderson and, possibly, Broad.
‘I think in some ways Kevin is relieved it’s all done and dusted and from a team point of view we’re all keen to move forward.

‘The rotation policy is a bit of a tricky subject but we know that, with the current demands on our bowlers, they cannot play in every game. This is probably the best opportunity we will get all summer to rest someone and if we are able to manage our resources better than other teams that will give us an advantage.’

This then will be Pietersen’s last game for England until mid-July but Strauss does not expect any lessening of his star batsman’s commitment.

‘I’m sure that one of the reasons Kevin made this decision is that he feels it will prolong his Test career and I still feel he’s got a hell of a lot more cricket left in him for England.’

Anderson, too, may be disappointed but he understands the decision, according to Strauss. ‘I don’t think anyone disputes there’s a need for rotation but it’s always tricky when you’re the one left out,’ he said. ‘It’s understandable players want to play in every game but you can’t have both sides of the coin. You can’t play every game yet still be at your highest capacity and avoid injury.’

How West Indies would love the luxury of resting a world-class bowler, but at least they are set to unleash one who could soon be talked of in such exalted terms.

In line: Steven Finn is the favourite to replace the rested Jimmy Anderson in the bowling attack

In line: Steven Finn is the favourite to replace the rested Jimmy Anderson in the bowling attack

Sunil Narine, the sensation of the Indian Premier League, makes his Test debut having been rushed into the squad after an injury to Kemar Roach. And, if the hype is to be believed, we will be witnessing the birth of a superstar.

The mystery spinner, whose knuckle ball moves away from right-handers without any discernible change of action, has 34 first-class wickets at 11 apiece in just six games and he bamboozled Australia in a one-day series so well that the Kolkata Knight Riders paid $700,000 for him.

England had plenty of problems dealing with Saeed Ajmal during the winter and now we will see whether Narine, 24, can be similarly effective.

Mystery spinner: West Indies could be set to unleash Sunil Narine (right) on England's batsmen

Mystery spinner: West Indies could be set to unleash Sunil Narine (right) on England's batsmen

‘This is a difficult place for a spinner to make his debut but he has a lot up his sleeve and we’re backing him to make an impact,’ said West Indies captain Darren Sammy.

The indications were that Broad would play, leaving Finn the favourite to replace Anderson, while Matt Prior was expected to recover from an eye infection that saw Steve Davies called up as cover.

It has been a rocky week or so for England but they should have enough to end it on another winning note, rain or no rain.

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

Click here for a full scorecard

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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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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 [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.

Click here for a full scorecard

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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

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

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

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Stay up to date with all the action on day one 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.

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15th over: West Indies 42-2 (Powell 28, Bravo 3)

The relentless Anderson is now into his eighth over.

14th over: West Indies 42-2 (Powell 28, Bravo 3)

Bravo flicks single off Bresnan. Shot! That's three lovely cover drives from Powell so far today. Five from the over.

13th over: West Indies 37-2 (Powell 24, Bravo 2)

Anderson now into the seventh over of his opening spell. Four! He goes too straight into Powell's pads and the left-hander whips him through midwicket.

12th over: West Indies 33-2 (Powell 20, Bravo 2)

Bresnan comes in to replace Broad. He's under pressure for his place from Finn and Onions and will need a good performance in this Test to retain his place. Close! Bresnan squares Bravo up and just beats his edge. A good start. Maiden.

11th over: West Indies 33-2 (Powell 20, Bravo 2)

Close! More good fortune for the tourists as Powell very nearly chops on to his stumps and the ball runs away for four down to fine leg. Four from Anderson's sixth over.

10th over: West Indies 29-2 (Powell 16, Bravo 2)

Powell pushes Broad to cover for a single. Bravo mistimes a drive to cover to get off the mark with two runs.

9th over: West Indies 26-2 (Powell 15, Bravo 0)

Darren Bravo is the new man in for West Indies. They need a decent innings from their great young hope here. Wicket maiden from the excellent Anderson.

WICKET! Edwards b Anderson 7

Bowled him! Beauty from Anderson. He nips it back off the seam and bowls the hapless Edwards right through the gate.

8th over: West Indies 26-1 (Powell 15, Edwards 7)

Powell tucks Broad to square leg for a couple. Tight bowling from England so far – 12 of their runs conceded have come from either edges or off the batsmen's pads.

7th over: West Indies 24-1 (Powell 13, Edwards 7)

Edwards slightly mistimes a drive down the ground but they pick up two – the only scoring shot off Anderson's over.

Bowled: Anderson hails the wicket of Edwards

Bowled: Anderson hails the wicket of Edwards

6th over: West Indies 22-1 (Powell 13, Edwards 5)

Shot! Another cracking cover drive from Powell off the bowling of Broad. Four from the over.

5th over: West Indies 18-1 (Powell 9, Edwards 5)

Big edge! Edwards gets a thick edge that somehow finds the gap between Swann and a diving Bresnan at second and third slips and runs away for four. Appeal! That was definitely going down but Edwards is living dangerously here. Four leg byes added to the total.

4th over: West Indies 10-1 (Powell 9, Edwards 1)

Kirk Edwards is the new man in for the tourists. He scored just one run in two innings at Lord's. He doubles his total for the series with a single down to fine leg.

WICKET! Barath c Anderson b Broad 0

Barath gets a thick edge off the top part of his bat that flies through to the slips, where Anderson – who roughed him up in the last over – takes a brilliant one-handed catch. Great start for England.

Duck: Barath heads back to the pavilion

Duck: Barath heads back to the pavilion

4th over: West Indies 9-0 (Barath 0, Powell 9)

Powell pushes a single to cover.

3rd over: West Indies 8-0 (Barath 0, Powell 8)

Anderson into his second over. He clatters Barath on the thigh pad two balls in succession – the Lancastrian has had great success at Trent Bridge in recent years and he's cause the West Indian opener plenty of problems with a barrage of inswingers and short balls. Fine start from Jimmy – another maiden.

2nd over: West Indies 8-0 (Barath 0, Powell 8)

Stuart Broad will share the new ball at his home ground. He took a hat-trick last time he played here for England – against India last summer. Shot! Broad over-pitches and the left-handed Powell leans beautifully into a cover drive. Edge! But it falls short of Strauss at first slip and runs away for four down to third man.

Breakthrough: Broad celebrates the wicket of Barath

Breakthrough: Broad celebrates the wicket of Barath

1st over: West Indies 0-0 (Barath 0, Powell 0)

Anderson to open the bowling as ever for England… Incredibly, West Indies have never lost at Trent Bridge in 22 matches since 1906. If England make it four wins a row in Nottingham then that run will be over. It's a maiden to start up with.

10.57am: Not long until we're underway at Trent Bridge and, as ever, the first hour will be vital. Early wickets in the first Test set the tone for England's victory, and they'll be hoping to do the same again. The West Indies produced a stirring fightback at Lord's though, and they'll be confident that if their top order batsmen can show just some of the resilience that Shiv Chanderpaul did, then their bowling attack – boosted by the returning Rampaul and Shillingford – will be able to win them the match.

10.42am: Here's some reading for you to get stuck into before we start at 11am…

Paul Newman reflects on Kevin Pietersen's fine and its repercussions as he previews the Test here.

Smart stop: Anderson gets down to field off his own bowling

Smart stop: Anderson gets down to field off his own bowling

Lawrence Booth looks at why the ball tends to swing so much at Trent Bridge here.

And former England captain Nasser Hussain shares his thoughts here.

10.35am: Andrew Strauss confirms that England are unchanged from the first Test, meaning that Steven Finn and Graham Onions miss out. Strauss also confirms he would have batted had he won the toss.

10.34am: Darren Sammy confirms that Ravi Rampaul and Shane Shillingford come in for Fidel Edwards and Shannon Gabriel.

10.33am: WEST INDIES HAVE WON THE TOSS AND ELECTED TO BAT

10.30am: Good morning everyone and welcome to day one of the second Test between England and the West Indies from Trent Bridge. We're just awaiting the toss and the announcement of the teams…

Controversy: Pietersen (right) was fined, but Strauss (left) stood by his fellow batsman

Controversy: Pietersen (right) was fined, but Strauss (left) stood by his fellow batsman

West Indies just the sort of test England required – Nasser Hussain

Far from faultless, but just the sort of test England required

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22:00 GMT, 21 May 2012

This was just the kind of game England needed. They would have gained nothing from a three-day finish, with West Indies bundled out for 150 and 200.

Instead, they got a really tough battle that went well into the final day.
I'm not saying this was a faultless display from England – far from it. But they will take a lot from it.

They were made to work hard for their 20 wickets, especially by Shivnarine Chanderpaul and on Sunday by Marlon Samuels. Then on the fourth evening, and for a while on Monday morning, Kemar Roach steamed in to give them a right working-over. It was proper Test cricket.

Hard work: Kemar Roach (left) provided a stern test for England's batsmen

Hard work: Kemar Roach (left) provided a stern test for England's batsmen

That will stand them in good stead when South Africa arrive later in the summer. Jacques Kallis can be as immovable as Chanderpaul, while Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel are bound to give England’s batsmen the hurry-up.

The captain Andrew Strauss got runs in the first innings, which put to bed that particular issue, and Ian Bell – after a difficult winter in which he could not pick Saeed Ajmal – produced two classy innings to remind everyone what a talented batsman he really is.

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I still think the seamers did not quite get their length right during that partnership between Chanderpaul and Samuels, and I hope they will go away and have a think about how best to bowl to Chanderpaul.

These things do not happen overnight, but good teams constantly seek to improve, and that is what I expect England to do.

The only issue they will have to think about ahead of the second Test at Trent Bridge is the third seamer's role. In the long term, I believe Steven Finn is England's best bet in that role, even though Tim Bresnan is the better batsman.

But the ball tends to swing in Nottingham. Jimmy Anderson is king there and when I played there in 2003, against South Africa, James Kirtley did well. Bresnan is more of a swing bowler than Finn. For the time being, I would stick with him, even though Finn may prove to be the more complete bowler.

A word about West Indies, who pushed England hard and scored 345 in their second innings. Last year, a star-studded India line-up came to this country and reached 300 only once in eight innings. But West Indies knuckled down without several of their best players.

I do look at Darren Sammy, though, and wonder if he is the man for the job of captain. He is a lovely guy and he has instilled some discipline but he seems a bit representative of this West Indian team as a whole: not quite good enough.

Proved his class: Ian Bell hit an unbeaten 63 to steer England home

Proved his class: Ian Bell hit an unbeaten 63 to steer England home

West Indies have a problem. Do they recall some of the more talented players – the likes of Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan – while risking what the West Indian board deems to be their lazy attitudes Or do they supplement the current lot, who just lack that extra ability needed to compete over five days, with a bit of stardust It's a tough call.

They have outperformed here – but they have still ended up losing fairly comfortably. They will have to play out of their skins if they are not to lose the series in Nottingham.

England v West Indies: Day five, first Test, Lord"s, live

LIVE: England v West Indies – follow the action on day five of the first Test from Lord's

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Stay up to date with all the action on day five of the first Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action unfolds at Lord's 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), Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Fidel Edwards.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Marais Erasmus.

First innings: West Indies 243, England 398.

Second innings: West Indies 345.

ENGLAND REQUIRE 191 RUNS TO WIN

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14th over: England 53-3 (Cook 13, Pietersen 9)

This pair have already added 24 runs in the five overs they have been together. A shot in the arm for England who were threatening to stagnate in their chase for victory. Three more singles move England on nicely who now need 138 to win the first Test.

13th over: England 50-3 (Cook 12, Pietersen 7)

Spectators are still filing in, with lunch boxes and hampers in-hand as they settle down for the day. I'll say it again – there are plenty of spare seats today if you can make it to north west London. Generous applause rings round Lord's as Pietersen dabs a single to cover to bring up England's half century.

12th over: England 49-3 (Cook 12, Pietersen 6)

Yeeeeaaaaooooooh… that's the noise the massed ranks in the slip cordon bellow as Cook nibbles outside his off stump and sends the ball racing between third slip and gully. Tense stuff, this. Cook finishes the over with a flourish: a straight drive back down the ground which zips to the fence for four in the blink of an eye.

11th over: England 35-3 (Cook 1, Pietersen 5)

Fidel Edwards has decided to join the party – after an average start, he's finding a semblance of rhythm. What he's not finding though, is bounce. KP's beaten all-ends up but a delivery which pitches on off, moves away off the seam and leaves Pietersen scratching his brow. A bit more bounce would have taken the ball up closer to the outside edge.

10th over: England 33-3 (Cook 1, Pietersen 3)

Writing was on the wall for Trott who found the outside edge with the delivery prior to his wicket: a thickish edge which ran low through the slip cordon. KP is treated to a jaffa of an opening delivery: just shy of a length, screaming up past his chest. Game well and truly on!

WICKET! Jonathan Trott c Sammy b Roach 13

Roach strikes again! Trott feels outside off stump to a delivery which moved away just enough and edges through to Sammy who takes a very smart double-handed catch at second slip.

9th over: England 25-2 (Cook 1, Trott 9)

Owizaaaaat Trott's beaten for pace, sliding across his pads, the ball rattles in line… but umpire Erasmus shakes his head. There's a brief conflab over whether to use the review, but Darren Sammy shakes his head. Its the right choice, too. Replays show the ball was angling down leg. Trott then creams Edwards off middles stump, past square leg for four runs.

8th over: England 20-2 (Cook 1, Trott 4)

Very quiet at the home of cricket this morning. Only a couple of thousands hardy souls are braving the cold. You can still get in for just a tenner if you want to watch some Test cricket. Roach oversteps, an extra in the over reduces the runs England require for victory to 171.

7th over: England 19-2 (Cook 1, Trott 4)

Nope Fiddy hasn't quite got it right so far this morning. His radar has gone awry, allowing Trott to move off the mark with a stinker – well wide of off and dispatched dismissively for our first boundary of the morning.

6th over: England 15-2 (Cook 1, Trott 0)

Much, much better start from Kemar Roach who glides a succession of deliveries outside Cook's off-stump, encouraging the opener to feel for the ball. Some oohs and aaahs from the slip cordon as the ball travels through. Maiden.

5th over: England 15-2 (Cook 1, Trott 0)

Oh dear. Fidel Edwards begins the attack and slides one miles down leg, flies past Ramdin's outstretched arm and runs for four extras. A real early boon for England. Not the start the Windies wanted, really, they need to bowl at the stumps, make them play some shots.

Early breakthrough: Roach wheels away after nabbing Trott's wicket

Early breakthrough: Roach wheels away after nabbing Trott's wicket

10.57: Very nippy this morning, low cloud cover, definitely time for the thick jumper. The player's are making their way out onto the pristine playing surface. Cricket on the way presently. Excellent!

10.53: As much as I'd like you to be sitting at the office/college/home clicking refresh on this over-by-over coverage (it keeps me in a job, after all) but you still have the chance to get to St John's Wood station and mooch down to Lord's to watch some live cricket. Plenty of spare seats and we're guaranteed an exciting result one way or another. Just a thought.

10.45: There's still 15 minutes until the resumption of play, plenty of time to have a read of David 'Bumble' Lloyd's musings on day four at the home of cricket.

10.41: General consensus: early wickets for the West Indies and we are firmly into squeaky bum territory for England. But with blues skies scheduled to arrive around lunch time, England should ease to victory. Simple, right

10.40: Huge amounts of frustration for England as the world No 1 Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul ambled to a 250-ball 91 on Sunday.

A gritty knock from a man who averages 85 on this ground, but Nasser Hussain thinks England got their tactics all wrong to Shiv.

10.34: If you missed the action yesterday, England laboured in the field to wrap up the West indies innings, leaving them needing 191 for victory. But two late wickets had England wobbling in the final stages at Lord's. Have a read of Paul Newman's report on day four here.

10.30am: Morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day FIVE of the first Test. That's right, day five. Incredible scenes.

Most pundits backed England to win this one at a a canter, but the West Indies have shown more pluck and determination than many had given them credit for.

And what seemed like a dead-cert victory inside four days could now blow up in England's face.

The Windies need eight wickets for victory, England require 181 further runs to take a 1-0 series lead. Stay right here, you don't want to miss this one.

Breakthrough: Kemar Roach picked up early wickets late on day four

Breakthrough: Kemar Roach picked up early wickets late on day four

Graeme Swann still believes England will beat West Indies

We're still confident! Swann believes England will see off West Indies in Lord's Test

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22:15 GMT, 20 May 2012

Graeme Swann insisted on Sunday night that England remained on track to win the first Test – despite the nervy loss of two late wickets on the fourth evening, including captain Andrew Strauss for a single.

'It's unfortunate to lose the skipper after his hundred in the first innings but it was always going to be a tricky 15 minutes against a world-class bowler like Kemar Roach,' said Swann.

'But Trott and Cook are there so we're confident going into the final day, knowing the wicket is still good.

Still confident: Graeme Swann celebrates taking the wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Still confident: Graeme Swann celebrates taking the wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul

'It's better than it was on the first two days. As we know, Lord's get's flatter and flatter.'

But the West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson, was in bullish mood.

'A win would be massive,' he said. 'We know they did not sell any tickets for the fifth day, so perhaps they thought we wouldn't last that long.

Late blow: Kemar Roach celebrates taking the wicket of Andrew Strauss

Late blow: Kemar Roach celebrates taking the wicket of Andrew Strauss

'We are coming back to fight and to make them fight. If we do well enough to win we will celebrate hard.

'Winning will be very tough against the world's No 1 team, but we are up for the battle and if we can get Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen early, then it will be a good opportunity for our attack to show what they're made of.'