Windies rocking at Lord's

08 September 2017 01:34:10 GMTPlus10

The West Indies have endured a tough start to the third and final Test at Lord's, reaching just 119-7 by tea on an overcast afternoon.

Ben Stokes led the England assault in the afternoon session, taking three wickets as he bowled for 13 consecutive overs.

James Anderson however remains in the hunt for his 500th Test-match wicket in an England shirt.

Sturt Broad, Toby Roland-Jones and Moeen Ali were also in on the act as England made the perfect start in the decisive Test.

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 he inexplicably dropped him 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. Anderson took wicket 499 of his Test career after a mid-morning rain delay, removing Kyle Hope for a duck with Bairstow again making the catch.

After lunch the Windies pairing of Shai Hope and Kieran Powell offered some resistance at the crease, combining for 58 but Stokes removed the former before Roland-Jones put paid to Hope, Alastair Cook making the catch.

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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