Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Anderson Draws a Blank in Chase for Record Test Wicket

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Anderson Draws a Blank in Chase for Record Test Wicket

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RECORD-CHASING James Anderson was thwarted on day four of the first Test against the West Indies but a stunning slip catch from Chris Jordan left England on top in Antigua.

When Gary Ballance's fine 122 allowed the tourists to declare just before tea with a lead of 437 it seemed like a memorable evening might be in the offing with Anderson leading the charge as he looked to replace Sir Ian Botham as England's top wicket-taker in Tests.

But the Lancashire bowler found himself stuck on 382, one behind the mark set by Botham 23 years ago, as Devon Smith (60 not out) took the hosts to 98 for two at stumps.

England had set the game up expertly in rushing to 333 for seven, with Red Rose wicketkeeper Jos Buttler joining Balance with a sparkling unbeaten cameo worth 59.

Stuart Broad struck with his fifth delivery of the chase but England then went wicketless for the next 32 overs, a sequence only ended when Jordan sprung one-handed to give occasional spinner Joe Root the breakthrough. …

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