Windies duo frustrate Anderson

Published: Wednesday 15th April 2015 by The News Editor

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James Anderson’s pursuit of a place in England’s record books had a slow start on day three of the first Test in Antigua.

Anderson began the day needing two West Indian wickets to match Sir Ian Botham’s English Test record of 383, but was denied by Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jermaine Blackwood in a three-over burst with the old ball.

Anderson, who moved to 381 when he had Devon Smith caught behind on the second afternoon, found some early swing at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium but could not beat the fifth-wicket pair.

There was one false shot, Blackwood lobbing a late inswinger just wide of the diving Stuart Broad at mid-on, but otherwise the batsmen were in control.

Anderson’s first two overs went for 17, Chanderpaul driving him for successive boundaries as he pitched up in search of the edge.

At the Sir Andy Roberts End, Broad quickly found a decent line but could not persuade the batsmen into a rash stroke.

Five overs in the West Indies were 175 for four, with Anderson and Broad withdrawn in anticipation of the new ball.

Ben Stokes replaced Broad and took just nine deliveries to make an impact.

One ball after Blackwood hit him unconvincingly over extra cover, Stokes cramped the batsman for room and found the shoulder of the bat.

The ball carried to James Tredwell, who dived swiftly to his left only to grass the ball as he hit the ground.

It was unlucky for Stokes, who had already been denied Blackwood’s wicket on day two having overstepped.

Published: Wednesday 15th April 2015 by The News Editor

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