England win toss and elect to bowl against West Indies

West Indies bowlers will have to strike early to have any chance of winning against England AFP

By CricketCountry Staff


London: May 17, 2012

England skipper Andrew Strauss won the toss and put West Indies to bat first in the first of the three Test match series at Lords’ starting on Thursday.

Tim Bresnan is playing ahead of Graham Onions. He will be partnering Stuart Broad and James Anderson to form a potent pace attack.

The tourists, whose three leading pacemen – Kemar Roach (ankle), Fidel Edwards (back) and Ravi Rampaul (stiff neck) – have all overcome minor injury concerns, boast some firepower of their own.

A lot would depend on Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is currently the world number one batsman, to help West Indies give a tough fight to the home side.

Teams:

England: Andrew Strauss (C), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graham Swann, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow

West Indies: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Keith Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy(C), Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Fidel Edwards

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