Anderson makes history but incurs umpire's wrath as deciding Test stands on a knife-edge
Hendo 8th September 2017
Third Test, evening session, day two: West Indies 123 & 93-3 (S Hope 35* Chase 3*) England 194. With the clock beneath Father Time ticking round to 5.17pm, Jimmy Anderson lined up at the top of his run at Lord's, the imposing members' Pavilion rising up behind him, to deliver the final ball of his second over in the West Indies second innings. Kraigg Brathwaite, the West Indies opener, looked up to see him in that familar, polished roll to the wicket. A split second later, Brathwaite was staring back at broken stumps, Anderson was surrounded by congratulatory team-mates and history had been made: the Burnley Express had steamed his way through 500 Test victims, the first Englishman to do so.
All eyes on Stokes as wickets tumble on compelling opening day
Hendo 7th September 2017
Third Test, close of play report (day one): West Indies 123 all out England 46-4 (Stokes 13*, Malan 13*). Not for the first time – and it almost certainly won't be the last – Ben Stokes managed to steal the thunder of one of his team-mates on a remarkable first day of the decisive third Test at Lord's.on which 14 wickets fell. Jimmy Anderson had moved to the brink of 500 Test wickets by removing Kraigg Brathwaite and Kyle Hope in a first session disrupted by rain but a devastating spell from Stokes, who wasn't even brought into the attack until mid-afternoon, left Anderson still waiting for the one scalp which would take him to a milestone achieved by only two pace bowlers before him.
A triumph of Hope over expectation: West Indies pair drive tourists to historic victory
Hendo 29th August 2017
Close of play report: England 258 & 490-8dec lost to West Indies 427 & 322-5 by five wickets. It is rare that a Test match reaches tea on the final day with all four results possible. That it should do at Headingley with the unlikeliest of those results an England win is testament to the resilience of this West Indies team and in particular the grit and skill of opener Kraigg Brathwaite and the less experienced but no less talented Shai Hope.
Inimitable Moeen Ali grabs initiative to give England sight of victory
Hendo 28th August 2017
Close of play report: England 258 & 490-8dec West Indies 427 & 5-0 (Powell 1*, Brathwaite 4*). Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes led a charge after tea against lifeless West Indies bowling to almost certainly put the second Test out of reach of the tourists. Having established a lead of 321, Joe Root was able to put England's opponents in for a tricky six overs before the close. The all-rounders had come in when England had hit a trough as they tried to navigate to safety mid-afternoon and having stabilised before tea, began to open up with a series of elegant strokes. Moeen drove as elegantly and imperiously as ever while Woakes provided the ballast, with a series of late cuts breaking the spirit of the spinners.
England v West Indies 2nd Test day 3: like the scales of justice this game is in the balance
Andy Ward 27th August 2017
The West Indies extended their lead to 169 in an exciting session of Test cricket. Fans had barely settled into their seats before Jimmy Anderson nipped out Shai Hope with the first ball of the morning and Shane Dowrich with the second. Somehow Jason Holder and Jermaine Blackwood survived a frenetic 15 minute spell, although only Moeen Ali knows how he shelled Blackwood at mid on from a simple chance.
We had joy, we had sun, we had several hundred runs
Paul Howarth 26th August 2017
On and on they marched. Messrs Brathwaite and Hope picked up in the evening where they'd left off in the afternoon. Shai reached his century, the first in his 12 Tests, and joined his partner in three figures. It's the first time West Indies have had two centurions together at the crease in a Test innings since Samuels and Brathwaite at Port Elizabeth in 2014. On the Guerilla mic, The Bear posited the theory that Chris Woakes needs a better haircut. Ye gods, it's not hair but teeth that we need. The England attack as a whole was looking as edentate as a grass carp with gingivitis.
Ben Stokes rides his luck to complete compelling century
Hendo 25th August 2017
Close of play report, Headingley day one: England 258 West Indies 19-1 (Brathwaite 13*, Bishoo 1*). Ben Stokes's desire to attack is beginning to look more like a carefully considered approach than a compulsion. The England all-rounder could have perished on a number of occasions on the first afternoon on day one at Headingley but, when his wicket was not being endangered, his commitment to a series of stinging strokes threatened to rip the filling out of a much improved West Indies performance.
Britsa beats Beefy, England crush Windies
Paul Howarth 19th August 2017
137 is all the West Indies managed in their second dig. A crushing defeat by an innings and 209 runs is not in any way a flattering scoreline. History was made by Stuart Broad, the fading boy-band star surpassing IT Botham's Test wicket haul of 383. He did it in the grand manner, too, nibbling Shane Dowrich's off peg with one that nipped back. Broad's partner in crime Jimmy Anderson moved closer to his 500 when he bowled Kemar Roach and ToRoJo took the final scalp, Stokes pouching the catch offered by Alzarri Joseph at third slip. It's the first time England's top two Test wicket takers have been in the same XI since 1963. Trueman and Statham, as we're sure you know.
Rain rescues West Indies from trial under lights after Alastair Cook's fourth double hundred
Hendo 18th August 2017
First Test (day 2, close of play report) England 514-8 dec; West Indies 44-1 (Powell 18*, K.Hope 25*). West Indies were spared too forensic an examination under lights when rain came half an hour into the final session at Edgbaston and washed out play for the day. They had already lost opener Kraigg Brathwaite in a testing period before the suppertime interval after Alastair Cook's fourth Test double century had enabled England to declare perhaps earlier than expected on an imposing 514 for eight.
Joe Root and Alastair Cook hit centuries as England make West Indies toil
Hendo 17th August 2017
First Test, first day:Close of play report: England 348-3 (Cook 153* Malan 28*) v West Indies. Captains present and past scored untroubled centuries as England dominated West Indies on the first day of the inaugural day/night Test in this country at Edgbaston. Joe Root, the incumbent, went to his hundred shortly before the end of the second session, and his predecessor Alastair Cook joined him as the floodlights took effect lending, in combination with a setting sun, an almost ethereal ambience to a special occasion. Root finally went for 136 after the pair had added 248 for the third wicket but by the close, Cook was still there, undefeated on 153.