Anderson makes early inroads

07 September 2017 22:13:12 GMTPlus10

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 1/1 to win the third Test, while the West Indies are priced at 1/1 and the draw is 1/1.

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