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England cruise to nine-wicket victory and seal series

AFP, NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND

The West Indies’ Denesh Ramdin, left, and Darren Sammy, center, look on as England’s Alastair Cook plays a shot on the fourth day of the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, on Monday.

Photo: Reuters

England beat the West Indies by nine wickets to win the second Test with more than a day to spare at Trent Bridge on Monday and take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Set 108 for victory on the fourth day, England finished on 111 for one.

England captain Andrew Strauss, who made 141 in the first innings to follow his century in the five-wicket first Test win at Lord’s, was out for 45 when he chipped part-time spinner Marlon Samuels to short extra-cover with his side just 19 runs short of victory, but fellow left-hander Alastair Cook (43 not out) and Jonathan Trott (17 not out) completed the win.

“We’re delighted to get over the line,” Strauss said. “It was quite hard work at times. It’s been a hot, hard four days and there were some really good performances from the lads.”

The West Indies were all out for 165 in their second innings shortly after lunch.

Samuels made a dashing 76 not out, top-scoring for the tourists for the second time in the match after his first-innings 117.

However, he merely delayed the inevitable and the loss extended the West Indies’ winless run in England to 16 Tests, with 14 defeats and two draws.

Man-of-the-match Tim Bresnan took four wickets for 37 runs in 17 overs for a Test-best match haul of eight for 141, while James Anderson was close behind his fellow paceman with a second-innings return of four for 43 in 20.1 overs.

This victory meant Bresnan, who made a useful 39 not out in England’s first innings, had been on the winning side in all his 13 Tests.

“Tim Bresnan was fantastic,” Strauss said. “He showed what a good contributor he is for the side in both innings, and he chipped in with the bat as well.”

“It’s quite difficult at times when you’ve got a soft ball and a flat pitch, but that’s when you’ve got to step up and do it,” Bresnan said. “Consistency is my major weapon and to keep banging in that length.”

Considering the West Indies resumed on their overnight 61 for six, their second-innings total represented a considerable recovery.

“We’ve really got to consider how we go about playing Test cricket, something has got to be done,” said West Indies captain Darren Sammy, who made a maiden Test century in the first innings.

“We just have to be more focused and put a higher price on our wickets. We’ve been lacking top-order runs for a while and it has set us back,” he said.

Samuels started the day on 13 not out and Sammy on nought not out.

They started positively, with Samuels clipping Bresnan for a leg-side boundary, while Sammy drove him through extra-cover for four, but Bresnan trapped Sammy leg before wicket — his fourth leg before of the innings — for 25.

Sammy reviewed the decision and replays showed the ball, which hit him on the back leg, would have just clipped the top of the stumps.

As Aleem Dar had given Sammy out, the Pakistani umpire’s call was upheld and the West Indies were 110 for seven after their two best batsmen of the match had only added 49 this time around.

Kemar Roach struck several fours before he was trapped leg before by Anderson for 14, although England had to review umpire Asad Rauf’s original not-out decision.

Samuels, on 58, survived a sharp chance to Cook at short-leg off the bowling of off-spinner Graeme Swann, who did dismiss Shane Shillingford for a duck, but Swann then conceded 16 in an over to Samuels, who drove him for a four and a six in successive deliveries, before, two balls later, lofting him for a huge straight six.

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