The West Indian captain Ramnaresh Sarwan won the toss and put England into bat on the first day of the first Test match played at Lords.

The left handed pair of Alistair Cook and Andrew Strauss starred in an opening partnership of 88, before Strauss fell for 33. Soon after Owais Shah was out for 6. Both wickets went to Daren Powell.

At the time of this post, England were 156 for 2, off 40 overs, so fairly brisk progress in terms of run rate. Cook was unbeaten on 81 and that man Kevin Pietersen was just getting into his groove on 25 with 4 boundaries.



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