Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chasing Seventh Heaven

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chasing Seventh Heaven

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ENGLAND'S batsmen were aiming for more of the same at The Oval today as they tried to set up win No 7 in this summer of sweet success.

The old ground had a fresh new look to it with the ambitious redevelopment scheme at the Vauxhall End taking shape. But for Michael Vaughan and Co, it was a case of trying to demolish West Indies all over again in the fourth and final npower Test Drizzle delayed start of play for 20 minutes this morning after Vaughan had won the toss and dark clouds were homing in on The Oval again as Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss tried to lay sound foundations.

But Trescothick, who made a wonderful double hundred against South Africa at The Oval a year ago, and Strauss kept their eyes on the new ball and away from the sky during the early overs.

Trescothick soon flicked Fidel Edwards off his pads for four and later deflected the same bowler to third man for another boundary.

Then, when Jermaine Lawson entered the attack, Strauss picked up his first four with a nicely timed clip to take the total to 20.

Apart from Graham Thorpe's injury-enforced absence and a first cap for Ian Bell, England were unchanged as they set off in pursuit of a second whitewash following the 3-0 beating of New Zealand.

That meant another chance for Lancashire swing bowler Jimmy Anderson, who bowled very little during the Old Trafford Test, and more disappointment for Glamorgan seamer Simon Jones, who was named 12th man for the third consecutive match.

As for the West Indies, they rang the changes again in the hope of finding a stronger combination.

Officially, at least, injuries were responsible for the departures of left-arm paceman Pedro Collins ( b a ck) and spi n ner Dave Mohammed (foot).

But a first outing in this series for all-rounder Dwayne Smith and the return of lively seamer Jermaine Lawson following a side strain, should strengthen both batting and bowling departments. …

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