Captain Andrew Strauss admitted England were forced to "dig deep" before sealing a five-wicket win over West Indies (6/1 to win Second Test) in the first Test at Lord's. They recovered from 59-4 early on the fifth day to reach their target of 191 by mid-afternoon. England (4/9 to win the Second Test) later named the same 13-man squad for the Second Test at Trent Bridge, which starts on Friday.
Strauss, who hit a century in the first innings, said "We had to dig deep but it makes it even more satisfying when you get over the line. We certainly didn't have it all our own way. West Indies made it difficult for us but we are delighted to be 1-0 up."
Strauss (9/2 Top England Batsman - Second Test) had answered many of his critics with his impressive first innings knock. He added "It was lovely to score that hundred and when you do that in a winning cause it makes it all the more special. It has been a little while coming, there's been a bit of chat and it's good to get the monkey off my back. You know it's a talking point and the only way to keep people quiet is to go out and perform. I was happy and relieved to get those runs, but I never felt they were unobtainable."
Strauss also praised the other outstanding performance in the Test, that of Stuart Broad (15/8 Top England Wicket Taker - Second Test) who became the first Englishman since Ian Botham in 1978 to take 10 wickets or more at Lord's. Strauss said "He got in a good rhythm; he bowled very well. In the second innings he had to work very hard for his wickets, but so did all of our bowlers."