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Anderson passes 500 wickets, WI leads England by 22 runs

09 September, 2017, 12:09 | Author: Carla Brady
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With all eyes on Anderson as he edged towards his 500th test wicket it was all rounder Stokes who ripped through the West Indies either side of tea with career-best figures of six for 22 from 14.3 nearly unplayable overs.

On a gloomy north London Thursday, the crowd had been sustained by the promise of witnessing history: seeing Jimmy Anderson take his 500th Test wicket.

Their mood was not improved by the defiance of Broad, who adopted a cavalier attitude with some remarkable, unorthodox shots to help add 60 for the final two wickets.

"That extra pressure will find out a bit more about people's character and things like that so it should be an exciting week", said England spearhead James Anderson.

However, the Lancastrian's career went downhill amid attempts to remodel his action and injury struggles, and it was not until 2008 that a reinvigorated Anderson fully established himself in England's team.

Next ball saw Holder reinforce his slip cordon but, as if to underline the error, Stokes celebrated his reprieve by driving Gabriel down the ground for four.

Hope unsuccessfully reviewed the decision - his day summed up by the replay showing it had ticked all three boxes in the appeal process.

And with Powell and Headingley double centurion Shai Hope looking comfortable, the Windies calmly erased England's advantage.

Ready to dig in Kraigg Brathwaite celebrates his first innings ton
Ready to dig in Kraigg Brathwaite celebrates his first innings ton

His opening spell produced a wonderful distillation of the virtues that have brought Anderson this far, combining a relentlessly nagging off stump line, sumptuous late curve on the ball and nous over which was to instruct the ball to move.

With a rainbow visible in charcoal-coloured clouds over the Mound Stand, Stokes jagged one in sharply to the pads of key man Hope, and England gambled unsuccessfully on a review.

Roston Chase was 3 not out.

"I wouldn't say I was teary but I was certainly emotional for a couple of overs".

After a 40-minute break for rain, Anderson took his second wicket in 12 balls at no cost when Hope tried to bail out of a drive but not before edging another catch to Jonny Bairstow to go for an 11-ball duck. "Conditions may get a little easier for the batsmen but the bowlers will continue to dominate".

Legendary fast bowler Michael Holding on Wednesday dismissed Brian Lara's criticism of his conduct during West Indies' 1980 tour of New Zealand, saying he has "never been interested" in the batting great's opinions. The England selectors look after him pretty well too.

Nasser Hussain, the swing star's first England captain who witnessed Anderson's 500th Test wicket live at Lord's in his current role as a Sky commentator, paid tribute to an "incredible talent". It's been my biggest passion since I was a kid.

Even if they get big runs, most people will still wonder if the two rookies, who are playing their third and fifth Tests respectively, have what it takes to counter the likes of Mitchell Starc and company in Australian conditions. Good luck to him if he thinks he can stay fit for that length of time.



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