Comfortable win for England at Trent Bridge

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Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook shared an 89-run stand to ease England to a nine-wicket victory over the West Indies on day four of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook shared an 89-run stand to ease England to a nine-wicket victory over the West Indies on day four of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

As was the case in the first Test, the Windies posed plenty of questions but their hosts once again came up with answers with bat, ball as well as in the field.

Having started the penultimate day on 61 for six, which was effectively three for six as they conceded a first-innings deficit of 58, Marlon Samuels once again put up some stubborn resistance to give the bowlers at least something to defend.

The first-innings centurion finished with an unbeaten 76 from 160 balls while there were also contributions from Darren Sammy (25) and Kemar Roach (14) as the Windies eked out a 107-run lead.

While Samuels was solid against the excellent bowling of Tim Bresnan (four for 37) and James Anderson (four for 43), the rest of the batting line-up just didn't hang around long enough to help him to a possible second century in the match.

Samuels and Sammy – the heroes from the first innings – added 49 before the Windies skipper was trapped lbw by Bresnan while Roach departed in similar fashion off the bowling of Anderson. Shane Shillingford and Ravi Rampaul didn't put up much of a fight as the Windies' innings finally came to an end on 165.

Set a mere 108 for victory, Strauss and Cook took their time to get going but it once they were in their stride there wasn't much the fielding side could do.

Skipper Strauss, who hit 141 in the first innings to lay the foundations for England's 428, continued his rich vein of form as he finished 45 before hitting Samuels to extra cover while his partner Cook was 43 not out with Jonathan Trott the other unbeaten batsman with 17.

The victory helped England to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. It is also England's seventh consecutive series victory on home soil.

The West Indies will take on Leicester in warm-up game from 25-29 May before the final Test gets underway on June 7 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

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