Captain Andrew Strauss’s first century in 18 months helped England take a 16-run lead at the end of the second day of the opening cricket Test against West Indies.
Strauss is 121 not out as the hosts reached 259-3 at stumps at Lord’s in London. It was his 20th career century and the first since his second-innings 110 in the first Ashes Test in Australia in November 2010.
“It’s been a little while coming,” Strauss said on Sky Sports. “I had to dig pretty deep and work pretty hard, but luckily it come together today.”
Strauss and Jonathan Trott, who scored 58, combined for a 147-run second wicket stand that left England on 194-2. Kevin Pietersen was caught on 32 by Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Marlon Samuels. Alastair Cook was bowled on 26 by Kemar Roach.
Ian Bell replaced Pietersen, and was unbeaten on 5 at the end of the day.
England bowled West Indies out for 243 in the morning session as Stuart Broad took a career-best seventh wicket with the day’s first ball.
Shannon Gabriel, making his Test debut, edged to Graeme Swann at second slip to end the visitors’ innings. Broad, who was 7-72, had Fidel Edwards caught by Matt Prior with the final ball yesterday.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul finished an unbeaten 87 for West Indies.
England is undefeated in its last 12 Tests at Lord’s since losing the 2005 Ashes Test at the venue.
West Indies hasn’t won an overseas Test in a country other than bottom-ranked Bangladesh since winning in South Africa in December 2007. The Caribbean team hasn’t won an away series against anyone other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in 17 years.
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