London: James Anderson took the best innings figures of his Test career as England completed a nine-wicket and series-clinching victory against West Indies at Lord’s today.
Anderson followed up his Friday feat of becoming the first England bowler and only sixth in history to take 500 Test wickets by finishing with a return of seven for 42 in 20.1 overs as West Indies were dismissed for 177 in their second innings on the third day of the third Test.
That left England with a meagre target of 107 and they finished on 107 for one off 28 overs as they took a three- match series 2-1.
Mark Stoneman was 40 not out and Tom Westley 44 not out in an unbroken stand of 72.
Anderson’s return just surpassed his previous best in 129 career Tests of seven for 43 against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in 2008.
It was also the fifth time the 35-year-old Lancashire swing bowler had taken five or more wickets in a Test innings at Lord’s, with England all-round great Ian Botham’s eight such hauls the most anyone has taken in Tests at ‘the home of cricket’.
Shai Hope, whose twin hundreds were the backbone of West Indies’ series-levelling win at Headingley, top-scored in this innings with 62.
But no other batsman made more than opener Kieran Powell’s 45.West Indies were 153 for six at lunch, with Hope 60 not out. But Hope’s fourth ball after the interval saw him undone by a superb Anderson leg-cutter and caught behind.
West Indies’ tail folded cheaply with Anderson, fittingly, ending the innings when he bowled Kemar Roach. For the second time in the match, Anderson walked off to a standing ovation from a capacity Lord’s crowd.
West Indies needed everything to go their way in the field if they were to record a remarkable win yet the very first ball of England’s chase, from Shannon Gabriel, went for four byes.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo struck first ball to have Alastair Cook (17) lbw but that merely denied England a 10- wicket victory.