Anderson helps England win series against Windies

Wednesday 13th September 2017 07:47 EDT
 
 

A superb bowling display by James Anderson helped England win three-match Test series against West Indies by a margin of 2-1. With match winning figures of 7/42 in the second innings Anderson became the first England bowler to take 500 Test wickets and bundle out West Indies for 194. This allowed the visitors to secure a paltry lead of 107 which was comfortably chased down in 28 overs by England as they won the Test by nine wickets. While England did survive a scare when they lost Alastair Cook early, Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley forged a fifty-run partnership to guide England home.

Earlier, West Indies were bowled out for 177 in their second innings. This was after a fantastic spell of bowling by James Anderson in the opening hour rocked the visitors as they were always struggling as they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. Shai Hope was the only batsman who offered some amount of resistance. Later on, James Anderson came back once more to clean up the tail and finish the job for skipper Joe Root. He ended the day with figures of 7/42.

Anderson struck twice in his opening spell as England threatened to fatally constrict the West Indies innings but Hope, the "man of stone" on whom victory at Headingley was built, gave another display of his class. It may not have provided West Indies with a winning score but it served further notice of Hope's burgeoning talent.

West Indies' hopes had rested squarely on his shoulders during the morning session, when he was vigilance personified while losing three partners. But having faced 144 balls, Hope was finally removed - almost inevitably - by Anderson, in his second over after the interval.

Anderson's bellow of delight was unrestrained, in part because of the identity of the batsman and perhaps also down to the quality of the ball, which demanded a stroke before taking the edge with Hope stuck on the crease. That completed his five-wicket haul and he had a sixth moments later when he bent a delivery in from round the wicket to beat Devendra Bishoo's defensive prod and hit off stump.

Jason Holder struck a few boundaries to push West Indies' lead into three figures but when he top-edged a pull to mid-on to depart for 23 - Anderson taking the catch for Stuart Broad - the jig was just about up. Shannon Gabriel avoided a king pair thanks to the Decision Review System but Anderson then rattled Kemar Roach's stumps to better his 7 for 43, against New Zealand in 2008, by one run.


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