May 19, 2012
Andrew Strauss put England in command of the first Test match at Lord’s against West Indies after registering his 20th Test century, and his first for 18 months.
England closed day two on 259-3 with Strauss unbeaten on 121, handing the home side a lead of 16 runs with 7 first innings wickets in hand.
The century was perfect timing for Strauss after fielding difficult questions in the lead up to the match from certain parts of the media about his form. When England’s captain played a trademark cut shot to go to the landmark you could see the relief on his face, and he was giving a standing ovation from a big Lord’s crowd.
Struass was well supported by Jonathan Trott who made 58 from 134 balls as the pair put on 147 for the second wicket. Kevin Pietersen mad a quickfire 32 but he was dismissed just before the close, caught behind off the bowling of Marlon Samuels.
It was a tough day for the West Indies bowlers who failed to utilise the overhead conditions in London. Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy were the other wick takers for the team from the Caribbean.
Ian Bell (5*) will join Strauss in the morning at the crease as the home side will look to build a big lead on day three before the West Indies bat again.
The Scoop 19/05/2012