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Back on top, Vaughan passes Test of time

cricket Updated: May 26, 2007 02:58 IST
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Captain Michael Vaughan scored a fluent 103 on his return to Test action after 18 months on the sidelines on the opening day of the second Test against West Indies at Headingley on Friday. Kevin Pietersen also hit a hundred as England closed on 366-5 after winning the toss in sunny conditions on a slow pitch. Pietersen was unbeaten on 130 at stumps and Matt Prior had made 13.

West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, meantime, left the field in the 71st over with an injured joint in his right shoulder after diving to prevent a boundary. A team spokesman said the shouldzer was not dislocated but could not say if he would bat. He left for hospital tests.

While Pietersen cracked his eighth Test hundred, Vaughan registered his 16th with a thick edge through the vacant third slip region off Jerome Taylor. Vaughan's 173-ball innings ended shortly after when he pulled Taylor to the square leg boundary only to be caught by Runako Morton at waist height a foot from the rope.

Vaughan scored 25 runs either side of lunch, taking 62 deliveries before the interval but just 32 afterwards to illustrate the way his stroke-play grew in fluency. He hit 11 boundaries in total after being stuck on three for 25 balls.

World number three Test batsman Pietersen profited from some good fortune when on 20. He advanced down the pitch to off-spinner Chris Gayle and was stumped after missing the ball, but Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf called a no-ball. Earlier, Alastair Cook was lbw to Gayle for 42 with the last ball before lunch and Andrew Strauss was caught behind off Daren Powell for 15.