England vs West Indies, 1st Test - Live Cricket Score, Commentary

Series: West Indies tour of England, 2024 Venue: Lord's, London Date & Time: Jul 10-Jul 1211:00 AM LOCAL
ENG 371
WI 121 & 136
England won by an innings and 114 runs
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Gus Atkinson

A fast bowler who's played 21 years. A fast bowler who's remained this fit even at 41. A fast bowler who in the day of money-luring global franchise leagues chose to be a purist. A fast bowler who despite playing only one format has stayed so relevant and potent for all these years. A fast bowler who realised swing isn't the only way to win and mastered scrambled seam bowling midway through his career and adapted. A fast bowler who strategically played mind games with batters. A fast bowler on whom oppositions had to discuss at length in their team meetings. A fast bowler who quietly did his job and went off without hogging the limelight. A fast bowler who is aggressive yet nice on the outside. A fast bowler who finished with 704 Test wickets. A fast bowler like never before. James Michael Anderson - thank you for beautifying Test cricket with your swing-seam. Thank you for getting us glued to our seats while setting up batters. Thank you for your commitment to Test cricket and carrying the flag high. Thank you for your time. The Burnley Express has been shunted to the yard and retired!

A - Aesthetic run-up
N - Nagging line and length
D - Disciplined routines
E - Enigmatic release
R - Relentless accuracy
S - Shattering records
O - Outsmarting opponents
N - Never give up attitude

Here is a compilation of Anderson's milestone moments in his Test career

Maiden Test wicket - 23 May 2003 (vs Zimbabwe at Lord's)

Umpire - Steve Bucknor. Overall figures in the game: 31 overs 8 maidens 138 runs 5 wickets

Anderson knocks the middle peg of Mark Vermeulen (45 years now)

Call it the butterflies in the stomach or the burden of sharing the new ball at Lord's, the Burnley boy's very first delivery in Test cricket flirted with inches of discipline - a front foot no-ball. A triple, a couple of no-balls and three boundaries - 17 off the opening over. Whatever nerve-jangling symptoms Jimmy had, all of it was burnt and buried in his opening over. What followed, however, was the beginning of baby footprints of a GOAT. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W. 11 successive dots and an in-ducker to hit the top of middle stump. Vermeulen had no clue as he ended up playing down the wrong line, leaving his willow in an absolute state of cluelessness.

100th Test wicket - 07 August 2008 (vs South Africa at The Oval)

Umpire - Aleem Dar. Overall figures in the game: 37-3-127-5

The inswinger that trapped the GOAT all-rounder of Test cricket. Jacques Kallis (48 years now)

By May 2008, Jacques Kallis had 30 tons in Test cricket and arguably had one of the best defensive techniques going around at that time. Anderson may not have had the number of wickets he would have liked over the five year span, but he sure mastered the art of setting up a batter. 3 single digit scores of the 5 innings prior to that, Kallis was under slight bit of pressure to prove a point. 3 of the first 4 balls he faced were outswingers and little did Kallis know that the fifth ball had his name on it. A cunning inswinger to trap him in front of off stump.

200th Test wicket - 18 December 2010 (vs Australia in Perth)

Umpire - Marias Erasmus. Overall figures in the game: 46-10-126-4

The wobble seam marriage with extra bounce to dismiss Peter Siddle (39 years now)

After being blown away by the pace and bounce of Mitchell Johson in the first innings, England were under immense pressure to try and restrict Australia under 200 in their second essay. Things didn't go to plan as Michael Hussey engineered a crucial hundred, but Anderson had his piece of glory on the final session of the moving day. Jimmy unfurled a skiddy wobble-seamer that rose sharply in the fishing channel which left Siddle's bat hanging in hope. The poke flew to straight Collingwood at third slip, helping Anderson seal his 200th wicket in the purest format.

300th Test wicket - 17 May 2013 (vs New Zealand at Lord's)

Umpire - Steve Davis. Overall figures in the game: 35.3-16-70-7

Jimmy's incessant discipline to nip out Peter Fulton (45 years now)

With just 232 on the board in the first innings, England, like they did for the best part of the last two decades, yet again had to rely on Anderson's accuracy to get a grip on the proceedings. In the very first over, Anderson removed Rutherford with an away swinger and put up a clinic of teasers to challenge both edges of the bat. His next two overs (both maidens) had Williamson and Fulton searching for respite as the king of swing settled into his metronomic rhythm. And after building 15 successive dots from his end, the pressure was insurmountable. Fulton had already played 19 dots by then. He had to do something. Strike that. Anderson made him do something. Flirt at a harmless delivery wide of off. End result? A healthy outside edge to Swann at second slip as Jimmy became only the 4th English bowler to claim 300 wickets at that time.

400th Test wicket - 29 May 2015 (vs New Zealand at Headingley)

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