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England look to wrap up Trent Bridge test

England will take an unbeatable lead in their three-match series against the West Indies if they win the second Test at Trent Bridge starting here on Friday.

And, after a five-wicket victory in the first Test at Lord's, few would bet against Andrew Strauss's number one ranked side going 2-0 up in Nottingham.

The West Indies did take the first Test into the fifth day and twice had England wobbling as they pursued a modest target of 191.

But England were only ever one decent partnership away from victory, which came courtesy of Alastair Cook (79) and Ian Bell (63 not out).

Well though Shivnarine Chanderpaul, officially the world's best batsman, played in scoring 87 not out and 91 at Lord's, the fact he came in with the total on 86 for three and then 36 for three was a testament to the failings of West Indies' top order.

The likes of opener Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards can expect their techniques to be tested again by James Anderson and Stuart Broad, man-of-the-match at Lord's with an 11-wicket haul, at a Trent Bridge ground renowned for aiding swing bowling.

West Indies have won just twice in their last 31 Tests and are without a win in 15 Tests in England, a run including 13 defeats.

They badly need someone in the top order to lend more support to Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels, who made 86 in the second innings at Lord's.

'Shiv and Marlon are leading from the front and the younger players are taking a pattern from their book,' said West Indies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin.

'Young Adrian Barath and Kieran Powell went into the nets and batted for a long period of time. Their confidence is still high. If they bat for a long period of time in the middle, they will get runs.'

Gabriel's absence will mean at least one change for the West Indies with fit-again Ravi Rampaul set to come in ahead of Tino Best, summoned from the Caribbean on Tuesday.

And they could add some much needed variety to their attack by recalling spinner Shane Shillingford.

Despite taking 10 wickets in his previous Test appearance against Australia, Shillingford was omitted at Lord's where Samuels' part-time slow bowling posed few problems.

England all-rounder Tim Bresnan may have celebrated his 12th win in as many career Test appearances at Lord's but a match return of one for 144 has left his place vulnerable to a challenge from pacemen Steven Finn and Graham Onions.

England (from): Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Graham Onions.

West Indies (from): Darren Sammy (capt), Kirk Edwards, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Assad Fudadin, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Tino Best.

Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Asad Rauf (PAK)

TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI).
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