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England v W Indies day one photos

England captain Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss was named as England's player of the year for 2008/09 on Sunday ahead of the first Test of the summer

England debutant Tim Bresnan checks his sunglasses in a mirror

England hand debuts to seamers Graham Onions and Tim Bresnan - with the latter keen to look his best on the big occasion

England captain Andrew Strauss tosses the coin, watched by opposite number Chris Gayle, television commentator Mike Atherton, match referee Andy Pycroft and England's young mascot

Chris Gayle, who only arrived in the UK on Monday, opts to field first on a ground where the last six Tests have all been draws

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew is among those waiting for the earliest start to a Test in England

West Indies' players take the field at Lord's

The MCC members watch from the pavilion as West Indies walk out, although there are plenty of empty seats in the rest of the ground

West Indies celebrate after Andrew Strauss is dismissed

But Strauss is the first wicket to fall, making only 16 before he edges Jerome Taylor to keeper Denesh Ramdin

Ravi Bopara

Strauss's dismissal brings Ravi Bopara to the crease - the latest batsman given a chance in England's problematic number three spot

Alastair Cook on-drives

Bopara and Essex team-mate Alastair Cook carefully build a half century stand for the second wicket, reaching 88-1 at lunch

Spectators take lunch at Lord's

Plenty of spectators at Lord's enjoy a picnic lunch at the Nursery End of the ground during the interval

Fidel Edwards

Having bowled from the Pavilion End during the morning, Fidel Edwards switches to the Nursery End to bowl a hostile spell

Alastair Cook is bowled by Fidel Edwards

Four overs after lunch, Cook departs for 35 when he plays forward but edges Edwards onto his stumps

Kevin Pietersen edges his first ball to the keeper

Kevin Pietersen follows, first ball, when he edges to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, to leave England 92-3

Fidel Edwards salutes the crowd after removing Paul Collingwood

Edwards claims his third scalp of the day when he has Paul Collingwood caught at second slip

Ravi Bopara salutes the crowd after reaching 50

Bopara, who scored a century against the same opposition in Barbados, passes 50 for the second time in Tests

Matt Prior hits out

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior shares an important partnership with Bopara as England reach 182-4 at tea

Ravi Bopara edges a four

Bopara rides his luck at times, but does his prospects of filling the number three berth no harm at all with a measured knock

Fidel Edwards appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of Stuart Broad

Prior falls for 42, Stuart Broad survives an early lbw shout - and is dropped twice in the slips - but gives Bopara valuable support

Fidel Edwards kicks the turf in frustration after another catch is put down

The West Indians' catching leaves a lot to be desired, and Edwards kicks the turf in frustration as another chance is put down

Ravi Bopara salutes his century

Bopara eventually reaches his second Test century from 207 balls, earning a place on the Lord's honours board

Ravi Bopara is applauded by MCC members at the close of play

And although he loses two more partners in Broad and Tim Bresnan, Bopara finishes the day unbeaten on 118

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West Indies in England 2009
04 Dec 08 |  Cricket

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