Strauss makes steady start for England

Alastair Cook (left) and Andrew Strauss

Alastair Cook (left) and Andrew Strauss

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Andrew Strauss made a convincing start as he began England's reply to West Indies' first-innings 243 all out at Lord's.

The England captain, under the microscope as his quest for only a second Test century in his last 51 attempts continues, eased into double figures in an embryonic total of 47 for one after the first hour on day two of this Investec series.

Strauss was outscored by Alastair Cook (26), who was dismissed by Kemar Roach, but was by far the more comfortable of England's two left-handed openers during their stand.

Stuart Broad needed just one delivery this morning to consign West Indies' debutant number 11 Shannon Gabriel to a golden duck, and claim new career-best figures.

Broad (seven for 72) had Fidel Edwards acrobatically caught-behind by Matt Prior with the last ball of the first day.

Today, at the first attempt, he produced a testing delivery on a length and near off-stump, which Gabriel edged to Graeme Swann at second slip.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was therefore left unbeaten on 87.

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