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After spending the last 12 weeks being battered and bruised at the hands of Australia, Stuart Broad could be forgiven for wishing he was already back at home.

Ian Bell emerges from the Trent Bridge dressing room
after being reinstated against India last year

Ian Bell: Forget good-looking shots, I want to be known as a tough operator

There are few better feelings in cricket than scoring runs under pressure to help your team win a game. I managed it at Lord's and I'd like to be able to do the same in the second Test against West Indies, starting today at Trent Bridge, where I was involved in one of the most bizarre incidents to take place on a cricket field in recent times.

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Cable & Wireless Communications, the British-based overseas phone group with operations ranging from Macau to Jamaica, is to halve its dividend next year to reflect tougher trading.

Kevin Pietersen upset Sky with his forthright Twitter post

West Indies' unbeaten record at Trent Bridge under threat

While little else favours West Indies in the second Test tomorrow, history is solidly in their camp. The tourists have never lost a first-class match at Trent Bridge.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel of the West Indies has been ruled out of the second Test against England

Windies forced to make Best of bad situation

The fast bowler will need more than a sunny personality

England's Kevin Pietersen rarely turns out for his county, Surrey

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England's Stuart Broad celebrates taking Darren Sammy for 37 runs

Stuart Broad joins Jimmy Anderson in the world's top five

England now have three bowlers in the world's top five. For once, this reflects exactly why they have also become the world's No 1 Test side.

Shannon Gabriel to miss remainder of Test series for West Indies

West Indies paceman Shannon Gabriel has been ruled out of the remainder of the Investec Test series against England, with Tino Best recalled to the squad in his place.

Marlon Samuels hits out for the West Indies yesterday

Samuels shows tourists they do not need to be a one-man band

Shivnarine Chanderpaul's batting technique is the antithesis of elegance. Shuffling across the crease to turn the ball into the leg side, his workmanlike style frustrates bowlers and spectators alike. Yet Test cricket will miss him when he is gone.

Marlon Samuels hits out for the West Indies yesterday

Samuels shows the tourists need not be a one-man band

Shivnarine Chanderpaul's batting technique is the antithesis of elegance. Shuffling across the crease to turn the ball into the leg side, Chanderpaul's workmanlike style frustrates bowlers and spectators alike. Yet Test cricket will miss him when he is gone.

England's Stuart Broad celebrates taking Darren Sammy for 37 runs

England battle for first victory over West Indies in Investec Test

Stuart Broad etched his name in Lord's folklore today - but England still had work to do to defy a West Indies fightback and clinch victory in the first Investec Test.

Jonny Bairstow (out of shot) runs out Kirk Edwards

Future in good hands as assured Bairstow makes presence felt

Yorkshireman shows shades of Pietersen before his brilliant run-out leaves West Indies staring inevitable defeat in the face

Bell's sound: England's Graeme Swann (left) congratulates Ian Bell for reaching his half-century against West Indies in the First Test at Lord's yesterday

Swann's sheer pugnacity with both bat and ball is built to last

Bravo has shining potential but he will look back at this match with little fondness

England on top at Lord's at end of day three

Even West Indies' limpet left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul had bleak prospects of blocking England's victory course in the first Investec Test.

Ian Bell and Andy Flower during the nets session

Ian Bell: Matches can still be won and lost when it's raining

It is strange to think that in 12 days' time we will have completed a third of our Test matches for the summer. We've got three Tests against West Indies, the first of which was due to begin at Lord's today, and then three against South Africa later in the summer.

Ian Bell and Andy Flower during the nets session

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