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If Andrew Strauss’ hundred in the first Test against West Indies on his beloved home ground at Lord’s provided personal regeneration, another hundred in the second Test at Trent Bridge was an exercise in pampering. The weather was idyllic, the pitch was good natured and the West Indies attack was full of pleasantries. It was part Test cricket, part spa treatment.
Strauss had a poor record on this ground – only two half-centuries in 13 attempts – and he got off the mark with a slash over the slips off Kemar Roach. But long before the end he played with a panache of old, driving and cutting effortlessly, his lacerating cut shot making Sammy’s tactic of a deep gully an irrelevance.
Sammy beamed, and there was contentment in the applause, too, because his innings, 106 from 156 balls, had provided rich entertainment. His worth as West Indies Test captain has been perpetually questioned – he entered this Test with an average below 20 and only two half-centuries, and his bowling does not entirely compensate – and he deserved his day in the sun. He might not enjoy his day in the sun on Sunday: England will have designs on 650.
Tim Bresnan, whose retention of England’s third seamer role ahead of Steven Finn has come into focus ahead of the South Africa series later this summer, added lustre to his figures by taking three of the last four West Indies wickets, finishing with 4 for 104.
He removed Sammy on the pull shot at deep midwicket for 107, a trap which by then Sammy was on too much of a high to take much notice of, so ending a stand of 204 in 52 overs, a seventh-wicket record for Tests at Trent Bridge. Bresnan also dismissed Marlon Samuels, West Indies’ other century maker, in his next over for 117 as James Anderson held a sliced drive in the gully.
Bresnan’s intervention was necessary. Anderson and Broad both had speeds well done on normal after their exertions of the first day, registering around 80mph on a bountiful pitch for batting. Neither looked as if they had leapt out of bed energetically and before them was the sort of featherbed designed to give any fast bowler a sleepless night.
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