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It may have been West Indies’ best chance because now England have got a foothold in the series. With two of England’s favourite venues to come it will be a tough task to keep the series alive. Trent Bridge offers help for swing bowling – even now the sun has emerged after a cold, damp start to the season- which will provide another examination of West Indies’ top order, the area that remains their weakest link.
Kevin Pietersen had a quiet match at Lord’s but that is not the same as being out of the news. He has been fined for his Twitter remarks about Nick Knight, and during the net session on Thursday was giving the ball a fearful smack. A frustrated Pietersen can be dangerous if he can channel his feelings into motivation. If he scores a hundred it is just a shame Knight is not on the commentary roster for this Test to interview him afterwards.
He is not confirmed in the team, but Shane Shillingford’s absence was keenly felt at Lord’s and he is pushing hard for a recall. One of the by-products of his omission was West Indies’ awful over-rate which cost them financially and he is also a bowler who can provide control for Sammy. England have struggled against spin in recent times – albeit away from home – so it is surely worth a punt from West Indies.
As at Lord’s, England’s only decision revolves around the third quick bowler. Tim Bresnan now has 12 wins in 12 (and last year he hit 90, then took 5 for 48 against India at Trent Bridge) but had a limited impact at Lord’s with one wicket and duck although, for long periods, did an important holding role with the ball. The question remains: Could Steven Finn do the same job and also provide an additional cutting edge? Finn is frustrated at being on the sidelines. He may have a bit more time there yet.
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