Friday, 8 May 2009

England dominate first two days

England dominated the first two days of the first test against the West Indies thanks to a century from Ravi Bopara and a 5-for from Graham Onions on debut.

The test started badly for Andrew Strauss as he lsot the toss and England were put in and shortly later he departed for just 16. Bopara and Cook then added a 50 partnership for the second wicket.

Cook was dismissed for 35 asnd this braught Kevin Pieteresen to the crease. After his trbulent winter off the pitch he began the English summer badly on it, as he was dismess for a first ball duck.

With Pietersen gone the stage was Bopara's and he confidently got his second test ton. Though he did have a couple of let offs along the way.

Bopara went about rebuilding the innings by and was supported well by Prior (42), Broad (38) and Swann (63 n.o.). Eventually he fell for 143 from 285 balls, an inning which included 17 boundaires. This knock showed why Flower and Strauss had picked him ahead of Vaughan, Bell and Strauss to bat at no.3. e will be hopin to maintain this form ahead of the Ashes.

Day one highlights:

The West Indies innings began steadily. But when Stuart Broad removed Gayle the innings collapsed. Broad when on to remove Sarwan for 13 and Swann claimed the wickets of Chanderpaul, Nash and Smith.

It was the debutant Onions that then stole the show as he blew the West Indies tail away with figures of 5-38. This despite his frist two overs in test match cricket going for 19.

To listen to his view on his performance click here

The West Indies were all out for 152 and were forced to follow on. James Anderson then took two wickets late and the end of the second day leaving the West Indies on 39-2.

Day two highlights:

Going in to the third day an England win looks on the cards. This is the perfect start to the Summer following a dismal winter for tge England side.

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