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Sunday, May 10, 2009

English conditions= English supremacy

England 377 (R Bopara 143, G Swann 63*, F Edwards 6/92) and 0/ 32 defeated West Indies 152 (G Onions 5/38,G Swann 3/16)and 256 (B Nash 81,D Ramdin 66, Swann 3-39, S Broad 3-64) by 10 wickets: T#1/2 at Lord's.

OK, it wasn't just the conditions which were typical of an English May (the earliest a Test has been played there). Though they did play a big role in the convincing English victory.

The West Indies fielding was atrocious and the batting well below par, though England's batting wasn't much better.

How reliable a guide to the Ashes the performances in this match of the England successes Ravi Bopara, Graeme Swann and Graeme Onions will be remains to be seen. Bopara and Swann look good though whether Onions will be able to trouble Australian batters in July and August remains to be seen.

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