Anderson makes early inroads

07 September 2017 23:13:12 GMTPlus11

James Anderson moved on to 499 career Test wickets as his brace reduced West Indies to 35-2 at lunch on day one of the third Test at Lord's.

The tourists, who levelled the three-match series at 1-1 courtesy of their thrilling second Test win at Headingley, won the toss and decided to bat first.

Anderson thought he had made a very early breakthrough when Kraigg Brathwaite edged one of his deliveries to Alastair Cook, but the former captain inexplicably dropped him on just three runs with the West Indies on 4-0 at the time.

However, the 35-year-old was not to be denied as Brathwaite again edged a delivery, but this time Jonny Bairstow made no mistake with the catch to remove him on 10.

Rain stopped play with the West Indies on 18-1 and when it resumed, the tourists added just four more runs before Anderson took his second wicket of the day to remove Kyle Hope for a duck with Bairstow again making the catch.

The West Indies went in for lunch with Shai Hope and Kieran Powell at the crease and looking to build up a big first innings lead, while Anderson will be eyeing up that 500th Test wicket after the break.

England are 2.00 to win the third Test, while the West Indies are priced at 2.00 and the draw is 2.00.

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