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WI strike early

England got two early jolts after both openers Andrew Strauss and Alistair Cook were dismissed to give West Indies a dominant start in the first Test at Kingston.

cricket Updated: Feb 05, 2009 12:24 IST

England got two early jolts after both openers Andrew Strauss and Alistair Cook were dismissed to give West Indies a dominant start in the first Test at Kingston on Wednesday.

Andrew Strauss marked his first Test as England's official captain by winning the toss and choosing to bat first, as England prepared for their tour of the Caribbean on a Sabina Park wicket. But things quickly started to fall apart as the skipper was dismissed in the fifth over the match, edging the ball to Ramdin and give the Windies their first breakthrough.

Cook, soon followed as he went for an ambitious pull, only to top edge to mid on.

Earlier, England's pre-match preparations were boosted after Andrew Flintoff was declared fit to play, after recovering from the side strain that forced him out of their opening warm-up in St Kitts last week. Agencies