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Newcomers excite England captain Strauss

cricket Updated: May 09, 2009 10:44 IST

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England captain Andrew Strauss was enthused by the way several relative newcomers to Test cricket played major roles in the 10-wicket first Test thrashing of the West Indies in London at Lord's.

The opening batsman hoped there was more to come ahead of a home season which features an Ashes contest against Australia.

England will head to the Riverside ground buoyed by a victory inside three days which put them 1-0 up in this two-match series and meant they'd won the opening Test of a campaign for the first time in 15 attempts.

Ravi Bopara, in only his fifth Test, and first at home, made 143 in England's first innings 377, having been given a chance to shine in the No 3 position ahead of the more experienced Owais Shah, Ian Bell and ex-captain Michael Vaughan.

Meanwhile, man-of-the-match Graeme Swann starred with both bat and ball, making a Test-best 63 not out and then returning match figures of six for 55, which saw the off-spinner twice dismiss Shivnarine Chanderpaul, ranked the world's number one Test batsman ahead of this clash, for nought and four.

Meanwhile England debutant fast bowler Graham Onions will now travel to his Durham base on the back of a match return of seven for 102.

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