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England on top thanks to Anderson late show

24th January 2019, 05:15 by Michael Holland

James Anderson took four wickets in the final session to put England in control of the first Test against West Indies in Barbados.

The hosts looked to be on top at one point as Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Shimron Hetmyer all notched half centuries, but England fought back mainly thanks to Anderson.

The tourists leading bowler dismissed Hope for 57 and Chase for 54, before removing Shane Dowrich and captain Jason Holder with the second new ball.

Ben Stokes was also excellent, striking twice just before tea and returning to remove Roach for a duck as West Indies finished the day on 264-8.

Anderson and Stokes certainly came to the rescue as Joe Root's decision to leave out Stuart Broad in favour of all-rounder Sam Curran, raised eyebrows.

"Stokes is a great player to have in the team - with bat, ball and in the field he can affect the game," Anderson said.

"I thought it was going to be another quiet game for me at tea. There's encouragement for us so, no matter how flat the wicket is, if you have lateral movement that encourages you.

"The Dukes ball swings and stays hard for a long period of time. I was still getting swing in 70 overs. That's unusual."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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