In the third Investec Test, England eased to 9-wicket win on a cool September afternoon and gave victory to their series with an aspect of comfort it hardly deserved. The best seven wicket haul of James Anderson’s career, including his 500th in test matches, gave another reason to pop the champagne corks early. It was a time to drink in the end of Test summer, as Tom Westley and Mark Stoneman knocked off the runs needed.
Since their defeat, the mantra of West Indies at Edgbaston had been around showing the fight and England has ended the series with couple of bruises than they expected. The resistance was embodied again by Shai Hope, due to which his half-century gave something to them for bowling, but England had a man in Anderson who is known to battle. He started decline of West Indies in second innings with his 500th wicket and wiped them off his 506th wicket on third afternoon and England was left with target of 107 runs to secure another victory for Joe Root who played as captain in two series.
Anderson struck two times in his spell as England already threatened to constrict the innings of West Indies fatally but the man of stone, Hope who was behind the victory at Headingley, shown his another talent. It may It may not have offered a winning score to West Indies but it served another note of burgeoning talent to Hope.
The hopes for West Indies rested squarely on him on the morning session, when he was careful when it comes to lose three partners. But after facing 144 balls, Hope was removed by Anderson in second over by him.
The bellow of delight of Anderson was unrestrained, especially due to the identity of batsman and it is down to the quality of ball, which asked for stroke before getting the advantage with Hope on the crease. He completed his haul of five wickets and he bent delivery in sixth moments later in from the wicket to beat the defensive prod of Devendra Bishoo and gone off stump.
Jason Holder tried to push the lead of West Indies to 3 figures by striking few boundaries but he departed for 23 for trying to top-edge the pull to mid-on. Anderson caught him out for Stuart Broad. Due to the Decision Review System, Shannon Gabriel avoided the king pair. But Anderson rattled the stumps of Kemar Roach to improve his 7 for 43 by one run against New Zealand in 2008.