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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Winning Start for England’s New Permanent Coach Andy Flower

Andy Flower has started off his new job as England’s permanent coach with a massive victory as England defeated West Indies by 10 wickets in the first of the two-match test series. Ravi Bopara’s excellent hundred and brilliant bowling from spinner Graeme Swann and debutant medium pacer Graham Onions helped England to take lead in the series.

Batting first, England put on 377 runs losing all wickets in the first innings. Bopara played a brilliant innings of 143 runs. Fidel Edwards took 6 wickets for 92 runs. However, West Indies batsmen failed to show any resistance against England bowlers in the first innings as they got all out only for 152 runs.

England’s debutant pacer Graham Onions took no time to show his talent, picking up 5 wickets for 38 runs. West Indies was followed on and could do something better than their first innings as they put on 256 runs in the second innings, setting up a winning target of 32 runs for England. Swann took 3 wickets in the second innings too alongside Broad’s 3, and 2 wickets for Onions and Anderson each. England reached the winning target without losing any wicket. Second test of the series kicks off from 14 May 2009.

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