England Cruise to Third Test Victory Over West Indies

england-cruiseEngland were rampant in the third and final Test match of the series against West Indies at Lord’s last week, eventually winning by nine wickets after a sensational bowling effort.

The hosts restricted the West Indies to fewer than 200 runs in both innings and England legend James Anderson put up career-high figures to prevent any faint hopes of a comeback.

Anderson, a stalwart of international cricket for well over a decade, finished with seven wickets for just 42 runs – an impressive performance to say the least.

The tourists did their utmost to slow Anderson down but to no avail, England’s all-time leading wicket taker was just too good on the day as he extended his own personal haul to 506 at Test level.

The West Indies gave a decent account of themselves with the ball in hand, also restricting England to fewer than 200 runs in both innings. But when push came to shove, Anderson had too much class for what was a fairly average West Indies batting line-up. England will now turn their attention to the T20 series before the Ashes tour this winter.

As of September 11, England are 9/5 with William Hill to win the urn – but it won’t be easy Down Under. Australia have failed to inspire confidence in recent years but defeating their oldest rivals on home soil could prove difficult. Bad memories of recent tours in Australia may affect preparation and the psychological battle in a five-match series like The Ashes is vital.

For the West Indies, restoring some pride after missing out in the Test series is the number one priority. The short term attention for England will also be on the shorter form but Joe Root knows that Ashes preparation is the most important factor for Trevor Bayliss’ men.

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