Windies are no walkovers: Strauss

May 23, 2012, 07:57 IST | IANS

England captain Andrew Strauss rubbished the talks that the West Indies were easy walkovers after his side was forced to fight before securing a five-wicket win in the first Test

Starting the final day on Monday precariously placed at 10 for two, the home side slipped to 57 for four before a 132-run, fifth-wicket stand between opener Alistair Cook (79) and Ian Bell (63 not out), steered England to victory at Lord’s.

“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 said.

“You only had to see the way they ran Australia close (in the recent Test series in the Caribbean) to know they are a competitive side. None of the Tests will be a walkover by any means,” he added.

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