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Summary: Andrew Strauss hopes England can set up a victory bid on the second day of the final Test against West Indies.

Captain Andrew Strauss hopes England can set up a victory bid on the second day of the final Test against West Indies on the back of his fifth hundred of the winter.

Strauss' unbeaten 139 means England resume on 258-2 in this must-win series finale at Queen's Park Oval.

England must beat their hosts to seal a 1-1 draw and were directed by Strauss' 17th century at the top level.

Paul Collingwood is alongside him on 54 not out, while Owais Shah is fit to bat again after he retired with cramp in his hands.

Their position along with hints of deterioration in the pitch provides hope they can go one better than in Antigua and Barbados.

Strauss said: "It's a slow, attritional wicket but there were certainly signs of turn there in the evening session, which on day one is a nice situation for us to have."

He added: "It is going to be hard work again, we're not going to rip through them by any means, so we are going to have to work hard.

"But I think we have the armoury in our bowling attack to take those 20 wickets."

Of his own form, he added: "It has been an incredible little run for me, a purple patch, and having been through a couple of difficult patches in my career, perhaps you appreciate it a little bit more.

"Maybe that makes you hungrier to take advantage when you're in good form."

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