West Indies fought really well in first Test at Lord's: Andrew Strauss

England captain Andrew Strauss said the target set by West Indies in the Lord’s Test was tricky Getty Images

Nottingham: May 24, 2012

England captain Andrew Strauss has warned his side to expect more difficult days ahead as they seek to wrap up a series victory over the West Indies.

Strauss’s men go into the second leg of a three-match series, which gets underway at Trent Bridge here on Friday, with a 1-0 lead after a five-wicket win at Lord’s.

But the West Indies took England, the world’s leading Test side, into the fifth day at Lord’s and twice made them stumble in pursuit of a victory target of 191.

“It was very hard work (at Lord’s), that’s always the case with Test match cricket,” Strauss told Sky Sports at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

“Often it’s hard work to get on top of the opposition and often it’s hard work to nail that final nail in coffin. The West Indies put up a really good fight, there’s times when they made life difficult for us and we were relieved to a certain extent to get over the line and win that game, but we’re also aware we have to do it again this week if we want to win,” added opening batsman Strauss, who ended his 18-month wait for a Test century at Lord’s.

Alastair Cook (79) and Ian Bell (63 not out) saw England to victory at Lord’s after they were in trouble at 57 for four, while the first Test was a personal triumph for seamer Stuart Broad, who took 11 wickets in the match.

“That target was tricky and there was a time when we were under a bit of pressure and Alastair Cook and Ian Bell dealt with that very well, and that’s very important,” said Strauss.

“There were some really good performances from our side. Obviously Stuart Broad bowled exceptionally well, most of the batters got a score in the game, so I think we’re feeling in pretty good form heading into this match.

“But as I said before, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, it’s going to be very hard work this week, and matches here are always hard fought.”

While England ponder whether to alter their seam attack, after all-rounder Tim Bresnan managed just one for 144 at Lord’s, the West Indies will be forced into at least one change. (AFP)