Cook and Bell steer England to Test win

Job done:  Ian Bell celebrates after hitting the winning runs for England - he finished on 63 not out.                    PICTURE: anthony devlin/pa
Job done: Ian Bell celebrates after hitting the winning runs for England - he finished on 63 not out. PICTURE: anthony devlin/pa
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Alastair Cook and Ian Bell restored order in a century stand which guided England to a five-wicket win over West Indies in the first Investec Test.

The threat of Kemar Roach (three for 60) continued to sow doubts about the superiority of the world number one team on the final morning at Lord’s.

But, after England had stumbled to 57 for four - in pursuit of 191 to go 1-0 up with two to play - Cook (79) in particular did not panic.

Back-to-form Bell (63 not out) completed his second half-century of the match too, to help seal the outcome by mid-afternoon after Cook cut Darren Sammy straight to gully to go with only two more runs needed.

Roach landed an early blow today with the wicket of Jonathan Trott, and Shannon Gabriel also soon eliminated Kevin Pietersen.

Cook and Trott set out to calm home nerves against Roach and Fidel Edwards with a ball just four overs old.

But Trott got no further than the sixth over of the day, his second delivery from Roach pitching up the slope and resulted in a neat catch by Sammy at second slip.

West Indies therefore got an early look at the dangerous Pietersen with the ball still new. Pietersen responded with a busy approach, and in under four overs he and Cook had gone past 50 from 29 for three. But the introduction of debutant fast bowler Gabriel brought a last twist in the tale.

Pietersen had clubbed a pull for four to midwicket from the third ball of Gabriel’s first over. Once again, though, a boundary was instantly followed by a wicket as Pietersen aimed for a repeat to a ball which was slightly less short and took an under-edge for caught behind.

Cook, joined by Bell, gradually found some fluencyt.

As Sammy juggled his options, to give Roach necessary rest, Cook regularly found the boundary with cuts and drives as England moved to within 60 runs of their target by lunch.

Cook completed a 78-ball fifty, in the last over of the session, with a back-cut off Marlon Samuels for his eighth four.

The route was cleared for an England victory, widely considered a formality before the start but achieved in unpredictable fashion.

Only Stuart Broad’s 11-wicket haul swung the verdict, as West Indies fought back with great determination on the third and fourth days.