Anderson on the verge of becoming first English to bag 500th wickets

08 September, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Andrea Terry
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Ben Stokes hijacked James Anderson's headlines as West Indies were bowled out for 123 and England's all-time leading wicket-taker was left tantalisingly on 499 after a manic first day at Lord's.

Jason Holder would have been forgiven for looking back ruefully at his decision to bat first having won the toss after his team's first innings total.

Jason Holder's decision at the toss might have been considered a courageous move, even considering their victory in the second Test; a buoyant West Indies, most of whom have never played at Lord's before, knew they must rise to the occasion.

But all-rounder Stokes kept England on top, taking three for 22 in an unchanged 13-over spell spanning almost two hours.

But Alastair Cook, who floored two first-slip catches in the Windies chase in Leeds, dropped a seemingly routine chance.

He added: "Cricket must be played the way it is supposed to be played and that's going out with the new ball, taking new ball wickets and getting into England's middle order".

The Lancastrian then took a second, after a brief downpour delayed proceedings by 30 minutes, removing Kyle Hope for an 11-ball duck.


On resumption, Kieran Powell drove Stuart Broad for four and Hope followed up with a textbook off-driven boundary against Anderson.

With dark clouds still hanging over Lord's, both bowlers found extensive swing, which Roland-Jones utilised to great effect to bowl the risky Jermaine Blackwood (1), who tried to offer an expansive drive.

Stokes produced a superb delivery to square up Roston Chase and bowl him with a ball that clipped the top of off-stump before removing Shane Dowrich. The match was against Zimbabwe and he took five wickets in the very first innings. "It's always hard with a declaration because you're trying to make sure you've got enough runs on the board while at the same time give yourself enough time to bowl them out".

Westley will not want to see his dismissal again after he was trapped lbw by Holder on eight.

However, the recalled Toby Roland-Jones and Stokes then shared the remaining eight wickets to delay Anderson's coronation as only the sixth bowler in the history of Test cricket to reach the 500 mark.

But never before had a Test at the "home of cricket" started so late in the English season and the 19 overs England faced Monday was time enough for a collapse of their own in still heavily overcast conditions on a green-tinged pitch affected by a fungal infection.

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