Barath defies England attack
Adrian Barath defied England's famed pace attack to guide West Indies to a lunchtime 83 for two on day one of the first Test at Lord's.
England captain Andrew Strauss, who confirmed a debut for young Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow at the toss, duly got the call right and prepared to unleash James Anderson and Stuart Broad under cloudy skies.
Openers Barath and Kieran Powell were in no mood to play the compliant stooges - until the latter succumbed to Anderson in the ninth over, as did number three Kirk Edwards soon afterwards.
Barath, however, drove especially well through the covers and down the ground and numbered nine boundaries in his unbeaten 41. Powell had to ignore the indignity of a misnomer on the Lord's scoreboard which, for two overs, insisted his surname was Pollard.
Big-hitting Windies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has yet to make his Test debut, and is instead currently plying his trade for Mumbai in the Indian Premier League.
Back at the home of cricket, Barath announced himself with a cover-drive for four in each of the first and third overs when Anderson pitched up in search of outswing.
Powell, his name correctly displayed by now, opened his account from the 17th ball he faced - with a leg-glance off Broad for West Indies' third boundary.
But the left-hander had added just a single when Anderson got his first look at him, and worked him over expertly.
A succession of deliveries moved down the slope from the pavilion end - Powell played-and-missed once - before Anderson brought one back superbly to bemuse his victim and hit off-stump.
Edwards received a devilish inswinger first ball from Anderson, hit on the boot in the crease but not out lbw to a delivery doing too much.
Barath had yet to face his first ball from Broad, and when he did he dispatched it past cover for his third four. At the other end, he drove Anderson for boundaries to the pavilion fence in successive overs.
He lost his second partner to Anderson, who capped his first spell by pinning Edwards lbw as he shaped to push across the ball, but found a new ally in his fellow Trinidadian Darren Bravo.
First-change Tim Bresnan began with four successive maidens, and it paid to be watchful too as the West Indies saw off Anderson's nine-over stint without further loss - and Barath and Bravo more than doubled the score together in an unbroken half-century stand.