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Strauss salutes 'clinical' England

Skipper Andrew Strauss was satisfied after guiding England to an easy 10-wicket victory in three days over West Indies in the first Test at Lord's.

With the tourists out for 256 in their second innings on Friday, England needed just 32 runs to wrap up the win.

"I am very happy with the win. The guys stood up when they needed to. The bowlers worked hard and I'm delighted with the performance," Strauss said.

"We were pretty clinical but we still have a lot of hard work to do."

A 143-run partnership between Brendan Nash and Denesh Ramdin delayed England's drive for glory inside three days but three wickets apiece for Stuart Broad and man of the match Graeme Swann ensured a quick victory.

Strauss and Alastair Cook finished unbeaten with the home side needing just 37 balls to complete their first win in an opening match of a series in 15 attempts.

We have ourselves to blame, we dropped too many catches and we were on the back-foot

West Indies captain Chris Gayle

It was also the first time they have taken 20 wickets in seven completed Test matches - when they won their last Test against South Africa in the final match at The Oval last summer.

"Most of the things we did, we did pretty well," Strauss told BBC Sport. "From a team point of view it's good to register a win. It starts breeding confidence and a little more spirit in the dressing room.

"We had a tough winter and we struggled to get over the line but we did that today."

Strauss in particular praised the contributions of Graham Onions, who contributed seven wickets on his Test debut, Ravi Bopara, who hit his second back-to-back hundred for England, and a fine all-round performance from Swann.

"Onions bowled full and straight with venom, heart and courage," said the 32-year-old.

"Ravi, we all knew he had plenty of character and technique, but he had to show both of those on day one. Wickets were falling at the other end and he got stuck in.

"You have to react well to circumstances, I thought we did that pretty well.

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"Graeme has bowled exceptionally well for us and he keeps chipping in with wickets. He's contributing all the time and it's good to see him scoring runs because we know how capable he is with the bat."

Off-spinner Swann revealed his first-innings knock of 63 had allowed him to bowl with confidence, causing particular problems to the tourists' left-handed top order batsmen.

"It's a lot harder for a left-hander with the ball turning away from the bat," said the Nottinghamshire player. "It's a great asset to have an off-spinner who enjoys bowling at left-handers."

And with the second Test starting next Thursday at Chester-le-Street, Strauss said: "If we play like we did this week, then we've got a good chance (of victory).

"You never know what it's going to be like up there, apparently the wickets are reasonably flat. We've got the upper hand and we need to nail it home next week."



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see also
England seal emphatic Lord's win
08 May 09 |  England
England v West Indies photos
08 May 09 |  England
Jonathan Agnew column
08 May 09 |  England
Onions savours dream Test debut
07 May 09 |  England
Debutant Onions inspires England
07 May 09 |  England
England v W Indies day two photos
07 May 09 |  England
England rescued by Bopara century
06 May 09 |  England
West Indies in England 2009
04 Dec 08 |  Cricket


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