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England steady after the West Indies makes 299

Samuels gets ton, Cook surpasses Stewart to be England's second highest-run getter in Tests; visiting side ends day at 76/0

England steady after the West Indies makes 299 - Cricket News
England didn't have the best of days on the field, but ensured it recovered well enough to go into stumps on Day 2 of the second Test in St George's, Grenada, at 76 without loss, after Marlon Samuels's seventh Test century lifted the West Indies to 299.
Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook, who hasn't scored a Test century in over two years, blunted the new ball on Wednesday (April 22) and ended the day unbeaten on 32 and 37 respectively. The highlight for Cook in England's short batting session was surpassing Alec Stewart (8463 runs) to become England's second-highest run-getter in Test history.
Things could have been worse for the West Indies had it not been for Samuels’s knock. Unbeaten on 94 overnight, he started cautiously in the morning, where only 8.5 overs were possible, to trudge to 97. He was kept in the 90s for as many as 45 deliveries.
England took the new ball as soon as it was available after lunch, but Samuels was made to wait further as rain intervened again. Finally, when he was offered some width, he guided the ball to the third-man fence to move to 103. Clive Lloyd, the chairman of the selection committee, team-mates in the dressing room and the crowd stood up in appreciation.
That he was denied a boundary for 42 balls seemed to have drained him mentally, as an attempted drive off a James Anderson in-swinger resulted in a regulation catch by Ian Bell at second slip. He made 103 in 228 balls at a strike rate of 45.17.
Samuels, who had taken guard in the 15th over, spent a total of 69 overs in the middle and looked determined to not let go of the opportunity, especially after having taken part in a fair bit of banter with England on Tuesday.
After Samuels departed, wickets fell quickly. Stuart Broad and Jos Buttler, the wicketkeeper, combined to send back Denesh Ramdin, the captain, and Jason Holder, whose maiden century had helped the West Indies draw the first Test, in the space of two overs. Then Broad picked up his fourth in the form of Kemar Roach.
If England thought that the last wicket would be an easy affair, it was mistaken as Devendra Bishoo and Shannon Gabriel (20 not out) frustrated it for 11.2 overs for 52 runs, much to the delight of the home fans.
Bishoo (30) was trapped in front by Moeen Ali trying to play a sweep, but he had done enough for Phil Simmons, the coach, to offer a rare smile in the dressing room.
With the ball, the West Indies missed the services of Jerome Taylor as Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel couldn’t trouble the openers. Although Bishoo, the leg-spinner, was consistent, he lacked the bite to trouble Cook and Trott, who have an opportunity to set the record straight when play starts on the third day at the National Cricket Stadium.

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