Strauss gets critics off his back

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Updated: May 19, 2012

Andrew Strauss today silenced his detractors with his first Test century in 26 attempts, spread over the past 18 months.

Not since his second-innings 110 in the famous Ashes-opening draw in November 2010 had the England captain managed to add to his 19 hundreds at the highest level.

But he did this time – reaching the milestone with his favourite square cut, off opposite number Darren Sammy, for his 17th four from 213 balls in the hosts’ ominous 259 for three in reply to the West Indies’ 243 all out, on day two of the first Investec Test at Lord’s.

England 259 for 3 (Strauss 121*, Trott 58) lead West Indies 243 (Chanderpaul 87*, Broad 7-72) by 16 runs