Broad and Anderson fire out West Indies top order

West Indies opted for the offspin of Shane Shillingford in the expectation that he would come into his own on the last two days, especially with five days of hot weather forecast. The only challenge was exactly how they intended to reach them.

By drinks on the first morning they were three wickets down for 42 and the doleful figure of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, back at the crease prematurely, sipped a refreshment he did not need and observed a scoreboard he did not want.

James Anderson had a hand in all four wickets, dismissing Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo in an opening spell of 9-4-22-2 and holding two slip catches as Stuart Broad accounted for the openers, Adrian Barath, without scoring, and Kieran Powell, whose footwork was limited, but whose 33 from 49 balls was as good as it got for West Indies.

Anderson has an outstanding Test record at Trent Bridge, 33 wickets at 17 runs each going into the Test, and he was a picture of serenity as he threatened to put West Indies out of the match. He was so contented that he might have won an advertising contract for camomile tea, although while he held slip catches for Broad, others were spurning then off his own bowling in a manner that suggested his equable mood could not be relied upon.

West Indies won the toss, and their decision to bat was one that England’s captain, Andrew Strauss, suggested that he would also have taken, but England did not regard it as quite the straightforward decision that it appeared. They expected that the pitch would have most life in the first two sessions and, although that life was limited, it was more than enough for West Indies.

Broad was also comfortable on his home ground and he struck first, Adrian Barath edging a back-foot force in Broad’s second over and Anderson intercepting a fast, athletic catch with a nonchalant thrust of his left hand at third slip.

For his own bowling, England’s fielding lacked the same grace. He might have dismissed Kirk Edwards for a single, but Tim Bresnan could not take the chance at third slip.

Edwards’ tour of England has been a difficult one. He scored a century on Test debut against India last year, but he has yet to reach double figures on this tour. Anderson picked him off with ease, jagging one back through the gate as, not for the first time in this series, he seemed late on the shot. He added Darren Bravo in his eighth over of the morning, switching round the wicket and drawing a prod at a wide-ish delivery that found its way to Graeme Swann at second slip.

And so, with indecent haste, it was time for Chanderpaul. He batted for nearly ten-and-a-half hours at Lord’s, although his scoring rate – around 17 runs an hour – meant that England’s concern remained within limits.

For all that, he remained the prize scalp. Anderson’s bouncer almost dislodged him first ball as the ball flew off his arm guard and over the wicketkeeper, Matt Prior. An edge in Anderson’s next over flew at catchable height between Bresnan’s half dive and Graeme Swann’s crouch as neither locked on to the coordinates. He was also took a nasty blow to the box.

England refined their tactics against him, experimenting imaginatively with a leg gully to dry up, or at least bring an element of risk, to his get-out shot in which he shuffles across his stumps and works the ball to the leg side.

Broad completed an excellent morning’s work by England as Powell edged a good-length delivery to third slip. Anderson held that, too, although not with aplomb on this occasion as the ball almost escaped him.

England’s director of cricket, Andy Flower, had spent some of the morning on the balcony chatting to Steven Finn, who looked clearly dejected to have missed out on selection once more. To the bowlers who had been chosen, there was the slightest nod of recognition as they left the field at the interval.

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