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Strauss century puts England in command

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  • England take command on the opening day of fourth Test against West Indies
  • The visitors reached 301 for three at stumps with Andrew Strauss scoring 142
  • It is Strauss' 16th Test hundred and follows his hundred in drawn Antigua Test
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(CNN) -- Captain Andrew Strauss struck his 16th Test hundred to put in England in control of their must-win fourth Test against West Indies in Barbados on Thursday.

Strauss followed his 169 in Antigua to score a first day century against West Indies in Barbados.

Strauss followed his 169 in Antigua to score a first day century against West Indies in Barbados.

Strauss and Alastair Cook shared England's first double-century opening stand for more than four years -- although once their partnership of 229 came to its conclusion minutes after tea, the runs dried up.

England totally dominated the first two sessions only to be pegged back by a loss of wickets in a turgid evening period, and closed on 301 for three.

Strauss was dismissed for 142 in spectacular manner by fast bowler Daren Powell to provide a breakthrough in the 65th over of a bat-dominated opening day. A full delivery demolished Strauss' stumps to provide Powell with some joy after much suffering.

Opening partner Cook then perished five overs later, six short of a hundred, when he mis-hit a pull off Jerome Taylor which was clutched by a diving Ryan Hinds at midwicket.

It continued Cook's run of failing to register a Test century to 27 innings and to add to the frustration this was the 11th time he has got halfway there without converting.

Owais Shah returned to the Test team at Antigua with a half-century, but appeared nervous this time around and perished, after spending 47 balls over seven, when he chopped a delivery from Benn to slip.

The Middlesex batsman contributed to a clogging up of the scoreboard -- only 39 runs were scored in 22 overs between tea and the new ball being taken at 260 for three.

Meanwhile, Strauss followed his 169 in Antigua last week by celebrating his latest three-figure contribution before the halfway point of the opening day.

He did so in great style, hauling a delivery from spinner Sulieman Benn into the second tier of the Greenidge & Haynes stand.

Strauss took advantage of being dropped on 58 to reach his latest hundred from 144 deliveries -- in addition to that monstrous six he also struck 15 fours.

When play finally finished for the day, former captain Kevin Pietersen was unbeaten on 32 and Paul Collingwood was 11 not out.

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