England Heads to Second Cricket Test Unchanged After Opening Win
Top-ranked England will start preparations for the second cricket Test against West Indies tomorrow as it seeks to wrap up a series victory after winning the opening match.
Selectors named an unchanged squad following England’s five-wicket triumph at Lord’s in London yesterday. The Second Test starts May 25 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
“There were some very impressive performances across all five days of the first Test both from individuals and the team as a whole and we were made to work hard for the first victory of the summer,” head selector Geoff Miller said in a statement.
England needs to win the three-match series to stay atop the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings ahead of South Africa, which it will host in a best-of-three contest in July and August. West Indies hasn’t won an away Test in a country other than bottom-ranked Bangladesh since winning in South Africa in December 2007.
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell shared a 132-run partnership yesterday to guide England to the victory after the home team had slumped to 57-4 following the early dismissals of Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen, both of whom were out for 13.
England, which started the final day on 10-2, finished on 193-5. Opening batsman Cook fell two runs short of the 191 victory target, caught on 79 by Kirk Edwards off West Indies captain Darren Sammy. Bell finished 63 not out.
England lost captain Andrew Strauss and nightwatchman James Anderson at the end of day four. Kemar Roach finished with 3-60, having taken both of those wickets and that of Trott. Pietersen was caught by Denesh Ramdin off Shannon Gabriel.
“Whenever you’re chasing there’s a bit of pressure so it was an outstanding effort from Cook and Bell,” Strauss said in a news conference. “They played in a very classy manner. It’s been a tough Test match and we’ve had to work very hard.”
West Indies was restricted to 243 runs in its first innings as England bowler Stuart Broad took 7-72. England replied with 398 before the Caribbean team made 345 in its second innings.
Broad was named man of the match after claiming career-best match figures of 11-165, becoming the third player to score a century, take five wickets in an innings and 10 wickets in a match at Lord’s, the so-called home of cricket.
“The most important thing was getting that victory,” Broad said. “Any cricketer will say the same, score a hundred, take a five-for or a 10-for and lose, it means nothing.”
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