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CRICKET: Strauss dismissal a blow for England.

MARCUS TRESCOTHICK began imperiously as England pressed to double their advantage in the one-day series against South Africa.

Trescothick drove with exquisite timing and placement to strike regular boundaries in the opening half dozen overs after South African captain Graeme Smith opted to bowl first in the day-nighter at Goodyear Park.

The Somerset left-hander scored at better than a run a ball before chopping a delivery from Shaun Pollock into his stumps, having contributed 37 of an opening stand of 52 with new partner Geraint Jones.

His aggression encouraged Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher to stand up to the stumps off Pollock in a bid to discourage advancement down the pitch.

Captain Michael Vaughan clogged up the scoring rate, however, in taking 15 deliveries to get off the mark. He did so with a push to wide mid-off, in Andrew Hall's first over, before Jones miscued to mid-on to provide Andre Nel with a wicket.

England, who retained the same XI which earned victory at the Wanderers in the opening match, were 62-2 at the end of the fielding restrictions.

Five runs later, Andrew Strauss was caught behind by Boucher off Hall to put pressure on the batting side.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2005
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