Lucas Street, Barbados:Ravi Bopara and Amjad Khan both overcame jet-lag to make good first impressions, as England dominated their warm-up match against a Barbados Cricket Association President's XI.
Bopara hit a stroke-filled 124 that lifted England to 351 for eight declared in their first innings before Khan snared two late wickets that left the President's XI 49 for four in reply when stumps were drawn on the opening day of the two-day fixture at the Windward Sports Club on Sunday.
Bopara and Khan boarded four separate flights and spent more than 40 hours travelling through various time zones from the England Lions' tour of New Zealand to arrive in the island on Saturday afternoon as cover for the injured Andrew Flintoff.
"I was called into the room of David Parson (the England Lions coach), and thought I was in trouble," he said.
"It reminded me of the headmaster at school, but then he told me Freddie has picked up an injury and I was needed in the West Indies with Amjad."
The 23-year-old Bopara admitted he had to fight to stay awake before entering the fray with England on 173 for five.
"I looked at my phone and saw it was Sunday, but had no idea what day it was when I was in LA or Miami," he said.
Bopara was dropped on 23 at deep mid wicket, but he brought the sizeable crowd to life with some explosive hitting and took just 34 balls over his second 50.
He added 147 for the sixth wicket with England reserve wicketkeeper/batsman Tim Ambrose. He made 74 before he was caught at mid-wicket.
But his innings reassured the England team management that should Matt Prior's wife, Emily, go into labour early, he would be a capable replacement.
Prior is scheduled to return to England on March 2, and will miss the fifth and final Test at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad, but he is set to leave the Caribbean early if the baby arrives before the fourth Test, starting on Thursday at Kensington Oval here.
England captain Andrew Strauss continued in his rich vein of form with 66 before he retired out, after the visitors reached 109 for two at lunch.
They had lost Alastair Cook for 16 and Owais Shah for four to lanky 17-year-old pacer Jason Holder.
After lunch, Ambrose joined Ian Bell and they began to score freely in a stand of 64 for the fourth wicket.
But Bell was caught at gully for 44 before Prior was caught at square cover for a third-ball duck to make way for Bopara.
Ambrose was the first of three wickets England lost for 15 runs before some more power hitting from Bopara hastened the declaration.
Ryan Sidebottom made the breakthrough for England, when he had 16-year-old schoolboy opener Kraigg Brathwaite caught behind down the leg-side gloving a bouncer.
Khan then had Kofi Hurdle, who he struck on the helmet in his first over, caught behind and Roston Chase caught at second slip.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid then trapped Kirk Edwards lbw in the final over to prompt an early close.