England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day
Strauss Hundred Brings Relief as England Take Charge18-May-2012 17:54:00 GMT
London: England captain Andrew Strauss ended his long wait for a century with a polished unbeaten 121 to lead his team to 259 for three on the second day of the first Test against West Indies at Lord's on Friday.
Strauss reached three figures in a Test for the first time in 18 months, England finishing 16 runs ahead of the touring side with seven wickets remaining and in complete control of the match.
Strauss's watchful innings was studded with trademark attacking strokes, crisply-timed drives through the covers, powerful cuts and firm shots off his legs.
He hit 19 fours in his 20th Test century, sharing a second-wicket partnership of 147 with Jonathan Trott who scored 58.
England fast bowler Stuart Broad had struck with the first ball of the day to dismiss West Indies for 243, removing Shannon Gabriel for a golden duck to complete Test-best figures of seven for 72.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was left stranded at the other end, 13 runs short of his 26th Test century after another brave attempt to hold together the West Indies brittle batting order.
Strauss and Alastair Cook shared an untroubled opening partnership of 47 before the latter, on 26, tried to pull a short ball from Kemar Roach and dragged it on to his stumps.
Strauss and Trott took England to 80 for one at lunch and the pair continued to accumulate cautiously in the afternoon session, both reaching fifty.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy rotated his four-man pace attack but Fidel Edwards, Roach, Gabriel and Sammy failed to extract much life from a placid pitch.
The hosts took tea on 167 for one with Strauss on 78 and the pressure started to show as he neared three figures.
On 95, he was dropped by Chanderpaul at slip off a no ball from Edwards and Trott's dismissal could have further unsettled him, the right-hander nicking
Ian Bell joined his captain for the last few overs and was unbeaten on five at the close.
West Indies 243 (Chanderpaul 87*, Broad 7-72)
England 259 for 3 (Strauss 121*, Trott 58)
Status England lead by 16 runs