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Anderson’s Career-Best Sets up Nine-Wicket Victory and Series for England

Joe Root guided England to a second series win from two in charge as James Anderson helped wrap up victory over West Indies at Lord’s.James Anderson followed up taking his 500th Test wicket with career-best figures to skittle West Indies and guide England to a series victory at Lord’s with a nine-wicket triumph.Anderson ended with figures of 7-42 – beating his previous best, taken against New Zealand in 2008, by a single run – as West Indies fell all out for 177, leaving England requiring 107 for victory.

Shai Hope, the hero of West Indies’ Headingley victory, made a belligerent 62, but the game appeared to be up for the tourists when he was removed by Anderson.And so it proved as the tail was swiftly dealt with, setting England a modest target that was seen off with the minimum of fuss.Tom Westley (44) and Mark Stoneman (40) put on an unbeaten 72 together after Alastair Cook was trapped lbw by Devendra Bishoo for 17, both men avoiding the kind of slip-up that could have put paid to their hopes of making the Ashes tour later this year.

With a 2-1 win to his name, a second series success from two in charge, Joe Root can now formalise plans for Australia, while West Indies will reflect on a contrasting contest in which they have plumbed the depths of despair, enjoyed glorious victory and then fallen short in a low-scoring affair at the Home of Cricket.

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