LONDON (Agencies) - Andrew Strauss warmed up for next week's first Test by taking the early honours at the start of his head-to-head with Zaheer Khan. He made a commanding 78, before falling to Amit Mishra shortly before lunch on the opening day of his guest appearance for Somerset. Strauss and Arul Suppiah added 101 for the first wicket as India's seamers struggled to make an impression in good batting conditions. Strauss struck 11 boundaries in bringing up his half century from a sprightly 63 balls. All his shots were in good working order as he drove, pulled and glanced his way into form ahead of Lord's next week. He did have a couple of close shaves; firstly on 20 when Zaheer had a big lbw shout turned down by Graham Lloyd and then on 64 when Wriddhiman Saha, the reserve wicketkeeper playing in place of the rested MS Dhoni, dropped an edge off Mishra. However, the keeper took the next chance when an edge bobbled off the pad and looped in the air. The battle with Zaheer was a gentle precursor of what will follow in the Tests as the bowler eased himself back into action after a lengthy lay-off following the IPL.