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England Trails West Indies by 362 Runs in Second Test

Captain Andrew Strauss got a consecutive century as England got to within 111 runs of West Indies on the second day of their second cricket Test.

Strauss and Kevin Pietersen, unbeaten on 72, combined for 136 runs for the hosts at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. England finished the day on 259-2 in response to 370 from West Indies.

Alastair Cook was caught on 24 off the bowling of Ravi Rampaul, who also trapped Jonathan Trott leg before wicket on 35. Rampaul finished 2-42.

Marlon Samuels and captain Darren Sammy combined for 204 runs to push West Indies to 370 all out. The pair started the day after settling the visitors yesterday by combining for 168 runs. That allowed the West Indies to reach 304-6 at the end of the day after the fall of four early wickets.

Tim Bresnan was 4-104 for England, including the wickets of Samuels, caught on 117, and Sammy caught on 106. Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Graeme Swann each took two wickets.

West Indies stumbled at the start of the match, and were restricted to 84-4 at lunch of the opening day. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat.

England won the first Test by 5 wickets at Lord’s in London, and needs to win the three-match series to stay atop the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings ahead of South Africa. England will host South Africa 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.

West Indies is unbeaten in eight previous Tests at Trent Bridge, winning four and drawing four.

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