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James Anderson takes 7-42 as England beat Windies 2-1

James Anderson takes 7-42 as England beat Windies 2-1

Numerous statistical landmarks have come his way, with Anderson passing Ian Botham's previous England record of 383 Test wickets in the Caribbean in 2015.

Anderson's exploits - Roach was his 39th victim of the Test summer - left England needing 107 runs for victory, a tally they eased to thanks to an unbroken second-wicket stand of 72 between Ashes hopefuls Tom Westley (44no) and Mark Stoneman (40no).

England contrived to spill three chances before lunch - Stuart Broad, twice, and Alastair Cook were the guilty men - and that makes a total of 16 drops in the three-match series. Shai Hope, whose twin hundreds in Leeds set up the decider here, was named their man of the series.

Joe Root tipped his England team to achieve something special in this winter's Ashes defence after they brushed aside West Indies with a three-day victory at Lord's and made it two series wins from two under his fledgling captaincy. The home side resumed the day at 46 for four, trailing West Indies 77 runs.

Anderson's bellow of delight was unrestrained, in part because of the identity of the batsman and perhaps also down to the quality of the ball, which demanded a stroke before taking the edge with Hope stuck on the crease. His fifth five-wicket haul at Lord's.

The 35-year-old moved on to 506 scalps at the venue where he claimed his first, in 2003, by lastly castling Kemar Roach, the wicket ensuring he bettered the 7-43 he bagged against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in 2008. But despite the improved batting conditions, it only needed four balls for Anderson to strike.

Hope left to a standing ovation, his 62 runs the foundation of a lead that stood at just 84.

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"I don't know how he managed to get seven wickets with it". And they failed to add to that before the leader of England's attack struck with the fourth ball of the day, Roston Chase the victim of a attractive delivery that he edged behind to Jonny Bairstow.

"In the second innings we didn't bat as well as we would have liked", said West Indies captain Jason Holder.

"He does [seem to be bowling better than ever]", said Root. Anderson, fresh from breaking the 500-wicket barrier and having switched to bowling from the Nursery End due to his pair of warnings for running on the pitch on the second evening, was immediately into his work. However, the tall lanky bowler once again bowled him two deliveries later.

Anderson ought to have had his fourth a few overs later, when Blackwood slapped a drive to mid-off, but Broad saw the ball burst through his hands as he dived to his right.

Broad then had Blackwood given out lbw, but the batsman successfully reviewed after replays confirmed an inside edge. I enjoy playing cricket with this squad and I enjoy leading this squad. Joe Root nearly struck himself, having come on to bowl the final over before lunch, but England saw another low catch escape Alastair Cook at gully when Holder chanced a drive. For England there is more reason to celebrate as they extended their winning streak over the West Indies to 29 years.

Malan made two half-centuries against the Windies, while Westley ended a run of five single-figure scores with 44 not out as England sealed a nine-wicket win inside three days at Lord's. When we sit down and critique each series, we just try to look for improvement.