West Indies vs England: James Anderson lifts visitors with late strikes on opening day of first Test
Bridgetown: James Anderson spearheaded a late England assault with the second new ball to scale back the West Indies to 264 for eight at stumps on the opening day of the primary Check at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Wednesday.

With long-standing quick bowling accomplice Stuart Broad dropped from the ultimate 11 to accommodate a further spinner, Anderson took on the double position of inventory and strike bowler to complete the day with the spectacular figures of 4 for 33 from 24 miserly overs.

England’s James Anderson celebrates a fall of Windies’ wicket. AP

Three of these wickets got here in an eventful closing session, together with two with the second new ball as a beforehand placid pitch abruptly provided disconcerting bounce to a West Indies center and decrease order which crumbled in opposition to the renewed vitality and hostility of the guests.

Having chosen to bat first regardless of deciding on 4 quicker bowlers of their line-up, together with captain Jason Holder, the hosts had been paced by half-centuries from Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Shimron Hetmyer to the relative consolation of 240 for 4 within the closing session.

Anderson, probably the most profitable quick bowler in Check historical past with a tally of wickets that now stands at 569, had Hope caught behind off the within edge for 57 to say his first wicket of what had beforehand been a irritating day for the senior seamer.

“I assumed it was going to be one other quiet recreation for me at tea,” stated Anderson on the finish of the day.

“There’s encouragement for us so, regardless of how flat the wicket is, when you’ve got lateral motion that encourages you.”

Chase and Hetmyer placed on 56 for the fifth wicket nevertheless it was when Anderson struck once more with the second new ball, Chase caught at slip by England captain Joe Root for 54, that the floodgates had been opened.

He rapidly added the scalps of wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich and Holder earlier than Ben Stokes dismissed Kemar Roach to what proved the ultimate ball of the day, Root taking his third catch of the innings at slip.

It was Stokes’ third wicket of the innings after he eliminated stubborn opener Kraigg Brathwaite (40) and the skilled Darren Bravo, enjoying his first Check for greater than two years, inside a matter of minutes throughout a day session shortened by a light-weight bathe.

– Broad axed –
West Indies might nicely have been dismissed earlier than the tip of the day had Jos Buttler not missed a easy catch at extra-cover provided by Hetmyer off Anderson when the batsman was on solely three.

He resumes on the second morning on 56 carrying the hopes of the West Indies to take their whole nearer to the 300-run mark.

Debutant opener John Campbell had impressed at first of the day with a stroke-filled innings of 44 off 53 balls with eight fours earlier than turning into the one wicket to fall within the morning.

England dropped a selectorial bombshell earlier than the beginning of play in omitting Broad, a veteran of 134 Assessments with 433 wickets to his title, in choice for a second specialist spinner in Adil Rashid, given the expectation of better help for the sluggish bowlers than had been initially anticipated within the lead-in to the match.

Sam Curran shared the brand new ball with Anderson however neither may impact the breakthrough with Campbell beginning brightly in taking two boundaries to 3rd man within the first over he confronted from Curran.

Nevertheless his aggressive intent finally obtained the higher of him when Moeen Ali got here into the assault.

Clearly intent on beating the off-spinner off his line, Campbell swept two boundaries instantly however fell palpably leg-before in Ali’s second over when the left-hander missed one other tried sweep to finish a gap partnership of 53.

However that success, each Ali and Rashid proved costly, conceding a mixed 115 runs off 29 overs and prompting Root to utilise himself for 5 overs of part-time off-spin.


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