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England win toss, elect to bat in fifth Test

England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and chose to bat first in the fifth and final cricket Test against the West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval. Ball-by-ball commentary

cricket Updated: Mar 06, 2009 19:58 IST

England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss on Friday and chose to bat first in the fifth and final cricket Test against the West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval. England opted to play a five-pronged bowling attack and made three changes to the eleven that played in the drawn fourth test in Barbados last week.

Amjad Khan, the Denmark-born Kent fast bowler, makes his debut at the expense of left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom. The 28-year-old Khan, who only joined the tour when all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was injured, becomes the 642nd player to represent England in Test cricket.

Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar and wicket-keeper Matt Prior have been recalled.

Ravi Bopara, who scored a maiden century at Barbados, and reserve wicket-keeper Tim Ambrose, who scored 76 not out in that same match, have both been omitted.

The West Indies made two changes to their eleven with left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn dropped and fast bowler Jerome Taylor missing out because of an ankle injury.

The 24-year-old Lendl Simmons, a right-handed batsman from Trinidad & Tobago, is included for his debut match, the 273rd player to represent the West Indies in tests.

Fast bowler Lionel Baker earns his second test cap.

The teams:

West Indies: Chris Gayle (captain), Devon Smith, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Brendan Nash, Ryan Hinds, Denesh Ramdin, Daren Powell, Fidel Edwards, Lionel Baker.

England: Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook, Owais Shah, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James, Anderson, Amjad Khan, Monty Panesar.