(CNN) -- Ravi Bopara struck a maiden Test century as England gained control on the second day of the fourth Test against the West Indies with their highest score for five-and-a-half years at the Kensington Oval, Barbados.
Ravi Bopara hooks another boundary on his way to a maiden Test century at the Kensington Oval.
Bopara (104) celebrated his recall after more than 12 months out of the side by following captain Andrew Strauss to three figures.
He was the last batsman to fall in a score of 600 for six declared, four fewer than England managed in victory over South Africa at the Brit Oval in September 2003. It was a display of extreme positivity from the tourists, who rattled up 299 runs in just 63.2 overs.
Paul Collingwood agonisingly fell for 96 while Tim Ambrose, like Bopara another player returning after a lengthy absence, finished unbeaten on 76.
There was also a significant blow made with the new ball before the close as West Indies captain Chris Gayle became a victim of the referral system being trialled in this series.
Although umpire Russell Tiffin turned down huge appeals for leg before wicket when James Anderson produced an inswinger which defeated Gayle to ping into the pads, Strauss opted to challenge the decision upon the enthusiasm of wicketkeeper Ambrose.
Television umpire Daryl Harper's advice after reviewing the incident persuaded Tiffin to reverse his decision. But it was the only success in another bat-dominated contest and West Indies closed on 85 for one wicket.
Meanwhile, England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has flown home with a view to returning ahead of the one-day series. Flintoff, 31, is currently sidelined with a hip injury and has been ruled out of the final Test in Trinidad next week.
He will continue his rehabilitation back in Great Britain and is scheduled to join up again with the squad on the final day of the Test series -- fitness permitting.