• West Indies 123 and 177; England 194 and 107-1
• England win by nine wickets to take series 2-1
Just think how many wickets he would have got here if he had bowled at the right end. Jimmy Anderson, ever more relaxed now that there were no landmarks in sight, polished off the West Indies’ second innings with career-best figures of 7 for 42, thus enabling England to win the match by nine wickets and to retain the Wisden Trophy.
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• Third Test day two: West Indies 123 & 93-3; England 194
• Anderson removes Kraigg Brathwaite to reach much anticipated landmark
For everyone who endured the dank drizzle of the morning when just 20 balls were possible, there was the reward of more rich, helter-skelter entertainment. England swashbuckled to a first innings lead of 71 and then there was Jimmy Anderson making a bit of history.
Let us start with the history. Anderson glided in to Kraigg Brathwaite; the new ball jagged down the hill and splattered the stumps. The crowd leapt to its feet and Anderson indulged in a modest celebration, plus a rare on-field smile. He took the ball from the umpires to acknowledge the applause and then tossed it back to them before contemplating how to take his 501st. You might expect any bowler, let alone a fast one, to be in decline once they reach 500, but this does not apply to Anderson. He has seldom bowled better than he has this summer
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• West Indies 123; England 46-4
• Stokes takes six for 22 after Anderson moves on to 499 wickets
The run-drenched sunshine of Leeds was replaced by the devilish gloom of Lord’s, the glowering skies that have pace bowlers salivating, but still the cricket was captivating, fluctuating wildly. It was a bowler’s picnic. Fourteen wickets fell on the first day, the most at Lord’s since the Ashes Test of 2005, and each one had the balance of the match – and the series – juddering back and forth.
When West Indies were bowled out for 123 Headingley seemed like a mirage but when the players left the field for bad light – despite the blazing floodlights – England were 46 for four, which represented something of a recovery since their fourth wicket fell at 24. Both Alastair Cook and Joe Root have come and gone; more predictably so have Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley. So England will need another lower-order revival if they are to gain a first-innings lead. In the gloaming Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes at least hinted that this might be possible.
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• England 458 & 233, South Africa 361 & 119
• England win by 211 runs on day four at Lord’s
This was an astonishing day for all concerned and it ended with England one up in the series and the tourists in some disarray. In his first Test in charge Joe Root oversaw an incredible victory, by 211 runs.
Any consternation comes not so much from the margin of the win, but the speed with which it was attained: it won’t always be quite so easy. The game accelerated incredibly with 19 wickets falling for 233 runs on a startling day.
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• First Test, day three: England 458 & 119-1, South Africa 361
• Spinners Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson help put England in command
Now the tourists are in a deep hole. They will probably have to bat for four and a half sessions to save this Test on one of the best Lord’s surfaces of recent times. Its excellence stems not from the unalloyed evenness that batsmen love, but from the fact that it is deteriorating as a good cricket pitch should.
The ball is turning a little, the bounce cannot always be trusted and on Saturday night England were ahead by 216 runs with nine wickets in hand. It looks as if Joe Root will be in a position to deliver his first declaration as an England captain some time on Sunday afternoon.
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• England 458; South Africa 214-5
• Moeen and Broad take two wickets apiece as tourists struggle
South Africa’s proud and spotless record at Lord’s since returning to world cricket is under threat. In five visits here they have won convincingly four times and drawn once. Currently they are 244 runs behind with five wickets in hand. From here they might settle for another draw.
On another balmy day they were tormented by two of England’s all-rounders, neither of whom was Ben Stokes. Argue among yourselves whether Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali can truly be categorised as all-rounders – maybe the former does not bat well enough and the latter’s bowling is too limited. But there was no denying that in mid-afternoon Moeen joined Broad and five other illustrious England cricketers who have hit 2000 Test runs and taken 100 Test wickets. (The others are Wilfred Rhodes, Trevor Bailey, Tony Greig, Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff). Oddly Moeen has reached 2,000 runs and 100 wickets in the same match – as did Ravi Shastri. Of the Englishmen only Greig, in 37 matches as opposed to Moeen’s 38, has reached this landmark more quickly. Both Broad and Moeen are in fine company.
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• England 357-5 (87 overs)
• New captain rides his luck to finish undefeated on 184
At the first stroke Joe Root has made life easier for himself and his team. The first priority of a new captain who is a batsman has nothing to do with such ephemeral notions as bonding the team or setting the tone; it is to score runs. And at the first attempt Root has delivered in style.
He has sparkled more in the past on his passage towards three figures, but having posted his hundred he was at his impish best, melding sweet and solid orthodoxy with a few homespun specialities that must have had his father and grandad beaming in the stands.
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