WI under Strauss attack
An opening stand of 229 featuring a century from captain Andrew Strauss lifted England to a commanding 301 for three on the first day of the fourth Test against West Indies in Barbados on Thursday.
Strauss made 142 after winning the toss and was well assisted by Alastair Cook, who struck 94, in a record England first-wicket partnership against West Indies.
The hosts will have gained some encouragement, however, from their performance in the final session when they removed both openers and Owais Shah to peg back England's run rate.
But Chris Gayle's side will be rueing Jerome Taylor's drop of Kevin Pietersen off Fidel Edwards just before stumps, one of three spilled catches during the day.
Pietersen was unbeaten on 32 at the close with Paul Collingwood on 11 and in the absence of the injured Andrew Flintoff they now shoulder the main responsibility for ensuring the tourists go on to make a big first-innings total.
Strauss, who made 169 in the last Test in Antigua, is clearly coping well with the added responsibility of captaincy and he led from the front with fine stroke-play on a fast track.
England 1st Inns: Strauss b Powell 142, Cook c Hinds b Taylor 94, Shah c D Smith b Benn 7, Pietersen not out 32, Collingwood not out 11
Extras (b-5, lb-1, w-5, nb-4) 15
Total (for 3 wkts) 301
Fall of wkts: 1-229, 2-241, 3-259.
Bowling: Taylor 18-5-45-1, Edwards 14-0-64-0, Powell 17-3-72-1, Benn 16-4-59-1, Gayle 15-4-28-0, Hinds 4-0-18-0, Nash 6-1-9-0.