Anderson: West Indies decider good Ashes preparation

It has been nearly 10 years since India have won a Test series in England

Their victory in the second Test was all the more remarkable given they suffered an innings and 209-run thrashing in the series opener at Edgbaston as the inaugural day/night Test in England ended inside three days.

Tom Westley was trapped leg before by Holder for just eight, before Joe Root, the England captain, fell to only his second ball, having scored one, as he was caught by Powell off Holder.

England's response did not start well, though, Stoneman wafting at one from Roach to get out caught behind.

It meant Stokes took centre stage once again by the end of the day, reaching the close unbeaten on 13 alongside Dawid Malan to help his side to 46 for four by the close.

The series is perfectly poised at 1-1 after West Indies, who last won a series in England in 1988, chased down 322 to win by five wickets at Headingley.

England bowler James Anderson says his side already have half an eye on the upcoming Ashes series ahead of this weekend's third and final Test against Windies.

"On a personal note it's a special feeling to be on the honours" board.

It is well-known that both the West Indies' greats, Lara and Holding, are not the best of friends. Indeed, this is the first summer where he has made two Test centuries.




However, it is in Test cricket where his true value is perhaps best shown.

At that stage, the West Indies were 22-2, but despite bowling beautifully, Anderson was unable to take a further wicket as Stokes and Toby Roland-Jones (2-32) ran through the rest of the card. The only break he had was the 20 minutes for tea.

India's Tests will start on August 1 in Edgbaston before moving to Lord's, Trent Bridge, Southampton and The Oval.

Coverage of the final and Series deciding Test continues on Sky Sports Cricket from 1.40pm.

But as his haircut has become ever more conventional, so too has Anderson's ability to indulge in "sledging" or verbal sparring with the opposition become ever more noticeable. The Essex batsman's grip on the No3 position is now seriously tenuous.

Yet he retains the support of Skipper Root who has handed him another chance to stake a claim for an Ashes place.

As for Westley, whose loss of form has coincided with an unpicking of his technique by some high-profile pundits, Root is hoping the answers can come from within rather than from "experts" beyond the boundary.

Stokes, given just five overs by Root in the second innings at Headingley, produced the delivery of the day to square up Roston Chase (18) and clip the top of his off stump before polishing off the tail in a spell of three for none in six balls.

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