Pietersen shines brightest in draw

England v West Indies
Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss drives in an innings of 97 in England's warm-up before Sabina Park

Kevin Pietersen continued the imperious start to his post-captaincy England career, contributing a fluent 90 in a drawn warm-up match before the first Test.

Pietersen was one of three batsmen who failed to reach three figures when well placed, as England were dismissed for 414 by West Indies A at Warner Park.

Captain Andrew Strauss fell three short of making back-to-back hundreds, and Paul Collingwood hit 82.

Collingwood’s knock means all England’s specialist batsmen have made a score in excess of 50 in the two warm-up matches in St Kitts.

But none were able to replicate the mammoth scores of Lendl Simmons (282) and Adrian Barath (132) in the hosts’ batting effort.

England actually fell 10 runs short of the follow-on target, but West Indies A skipper Darren Sammy elected not to enforce it.

The West Indian second-string added a further 16 without loss in five overs before Strauss' first first-class match in permanent charge of England came to its inevitable conclusion with an early handshake.

The third day was dominated by spin, with Amit Jaggernauth and Gavin Wallace bowling the lion’s share of overs for West Indies A.

Pietersen was soon under way on the final morning, tucking a delivery from pace bowler Brandon Bess off his pads to the midwicket rope in the opening over.

Strauss was more subdued but two leg-side fours off Kevin McClean in the final over before drinks, a fine flick and a clip through midwicket, took him into the eighties.

The incumbent captain appeared to be winning the race to three figures, however, when he swept a six and followed up with a pulled four off off-spinner Jaggernauth.

But in the next over, leg-spinner Wallace produced a big, turning leg-break which defeated Strauss' attempted drive and hit off-stump.

Paul Collingwood & Matt Prior

Paul Collingwood and Matt Prior shared a stand of 80 before the latter was run out in bizarre fashion

Pietersen, like Strauss, succumbed in attack, missing a delivery from Jaggernauth that he was attempting to smite to the leg-side.

A quick treble strike was complete when Test bowler Jaggernauth won a fortuitous leg-before against Owais Shah (nine), which appeared to strike the Middlesex batsman outside the line of off-stump.

Having clattered into Ian Bell mid-pitch last weekend, Matt Prior (36) was run out for the second time in as many innings when he initially called Collingwood through for a single, then changed his mind to dire consequences.

Collingwood's 50 included two sixes and three fours and came up during an 80-run stand with Prior for the sixth wicket.

His alliance with Graeme Swann (12) was brief, the Nottinghamshire off-spinner edging to slip off Wallace.

Collingwood succumbed to McClean in the third over with the second new ball when an attempted hook provided a catch on the run for wicketkeeper Devon Thomas.

Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Harmison both offered return catches from short balls as the final three wickets fell for seven runs.

Meanwhile, Andrew Flintoff this morning stepped up his bid to regain fitness following a side strain.

He sent down the equivalent of six overs on the square before play on the final morning and appeared to come through with no adverse effects.

England left him out of the current first-class fixture in a bid to get him fit for the opening Test at Sabina Park, starting on Wednesday.

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