Bell steers England to Test victory

England won the first Test against the West Indies at Lord’s but it was far from the comfortable victory many had expected. England survived a few scares on the final day before Ian Bell steered the winning runs to secure a five wicket win.

The West Indies bowlers, especially Kemar Roach, troubled England’s openers. England had lost Andrew Strauss and Jimmy Anderson on the fourth day, and they were soon joined by Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen as the West Indies threatened to steal the match.

Alastair Cook and Bell steadied the ship, accumulating the runs to take England close to the target. Cook was out before it was reached, but Bell finished off the job.

"There's always a bit of pressure when you're chasing a score," the England captain Andrew Strauss said, "but we always had faith the wicket was going to stay very flat. It was an outstanding performance from Cook and Bell, they played in a very professional way and showed their class. We had to work very hard for this victory and it certainly wasn't a formality to wrap it up today."

The teams now move on to Trent Bridge for the next Test, with England determined to seal a series victory on one of their favourite grounds. England may be tempted to bring fast bowler Steve Finn into the side in place of Tim Bresnan, although Bresnan has now played in 12 Tests and England have won every one. The West Indies can take heart from their spirited performance.

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