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West Indies v England day one photos

Chris Gayle (left), Andrew Strauss (centre) and match referee Alan Hurst

W Indies v England: West Indies captain Chris Gayle tosses the coin - but Andrew Strauss calls correctly and England bat first

Andrew Strauss

Strauss, in his first Test as captain since replacing Kevin Pietersen, is clearly delighted after winning the toss

Andrew Strauss and Xavier Marshall

The new skipper looks on anxiously as he edges to second slip with the very first ball, but it just fails to carry to Xavier Marshall

Xavier Marshall

This time the ball does carry, but Strauss breathes a huge sigh of relief as he is dropped by Marshall

Andrew Strauss

Third time lucky for the West Indies as Jerome Taylor gets the breakthrough - Strauss edging behind to Denesh Ramdin

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook swiftly follows his captain into the pavilion as he lofts an easy catch to Ramnaresh Sarwan

Kevin Pietersen

Cook's dismissal for four brings Kevin Pietersen to the crease and the Hampshire batsman is soon into his stride

Ian Bell

Ian Bell survives a run-out scare before going on to record his 3,000th Test run

Chris Gayle

However, Bell is undone by West Indies captain Chris Gayle in the penultimate over before lunch as England go into the interval on 73-3

Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen, playing his first Test since relinquishing the captaincy, keeps the England total ticking along with some trademark strokes

Paul Collingwood

Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn traps Paul Collingwood lbw for 16

Sulieman Benn

The tall spinner celebrates the dismissal of the former England one-day captain as Andrew Flintoff joins Pietersen in the middle

Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen's charge towards a half-century is briefly curtailed by rain in Jamaica, but he soon reaches his 50 before tea

England's Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen closes in on his 16th Test century - and picks up the scoring rate as he gets closer to three figures

England's Kevin Pietersen

But the former England skipper launches another big shot on 97 - only to be caught with plenty to ponder as he leaves the field

England's Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff takes on the responsibility at the crease and, with Matt Prior, he helps England past the 200 mark

Andrew Flintoff and Matt Prior walk off the pitch at Sabina Park at the end of the day

The duo put on a 56-run partnership to give England a decent platform to build on day two

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Pietersen knock steadies England
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