Saturday, 16 May 2009

Essex boys to the business


Alistair Cook and Ravi Bopara both scored centuries as England domintae the first day of the second test against the West Indies.

The built to the test saw a war of words between captains Stauss and Gayle. The latter stating he would mind if test cricket died out and that Staruss was concerned of the emrgence of the t20 game as his style of play wasnt suited to it.

At the toss the tension between the two was clear. Staruss won the toss and chose to bat.

He and Cook got England off to a decent start before Strauss lost out in his personal duel with Gayle as he gloved the a ball from theWest Indies captain and Ramdin took the catch. This braught Bopara to the crease, and the rest was history.

Bopara and Cook went on to both record centuries. Cook's was a gritt determined one and whereas Bopara's was free flowing and easy on the eye. Bopara becomes only the third Englishman ever to score three consecutive hundreds in three consecutive innings.

Ahead of the Ashes he is doing evrything he can to cement himself in that troublesom number three role.

Unfortunately Bopara fell for 108 late in the day. Night watchmen Anderson survived and Cook managed to bat out the entire day finishing on 126 not out from 262 balls. Anderson managed to continue his record run of 48 consecutive test match innings without a duck.

For highlights of day one click here
Unfortunately day two was a complete wash out due to hevay rain. The forecast is much better for day three, though the odd shower is expected. Cook will aiming for his first test match double hundred.

For a full scorecard click here

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