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England v West Indies 1st Test



Steve Harmison struggled with his line and length at Lord's
Durham star Harmison struggled with his line and length at Lord's
England coach Peter Moores has defended Steve Harmison despite his poor display in the first Test against West Indies.

The paceman took only one wicket in the draw and was wild at times at Lord's.

But Moores said: "Steve's grown as the game has gone on. He put himself under pressure in this game which shows how much he wants to do it for England.

"He started to get back his rhythm and he will be better for having a Test under his belt and he's started to get himself to where he wants to be."

Neither Harmison nor Liam Plunkett posed many problems in the 20 overs that were possible on the final day as a result of rain and bad light, while spinner Monty Panesar, who took 6-129 in the first innings, found little turn second time around.

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Skipper Andrew Strauss admitted his pacemen had been below par but said Matthew Hoggard's thigh injury had weakened the attack considerably.

"There were some very good aspects - our batting was first-rate and that's a good springboard for the rest of the series - but we have things to work on, there's no doubt about that," he explained.

"As a bowling unit it was tough in this game with Matthew walking off pretty early, that put of lot of extra strain on our bowling resources.

"Fortunately Monty came to the party but you need consistency coming from all your bowling and that's something we need to work on.

"If we can get pressure coming from all angles we will be a very tough side to beat."



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