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Anderson puts pressure on Windies

Second Test (day three, close):
England 569-6 dec v West Indies 94-3
Venue: Riverside Stadium, Chester-le-Street Dates: 14-18 May
Start time: 1100 BST Coverage: Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio 4 LW, Red Button and online, with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website & mobiles. Live on Sky Sports

By Jamie Lillywhite

James Anderson strikes
Anderson captures the key wicket of Chris Gayle albeit fortuitous

England strengthened their grip on the second Test after the West Indies closed day three 475 behind on 94-3.

James Anderson (3-36) struck either side of a rain delay at the Riverside before Ramnaresh Sarwan dropped anchor.

After Friday's washout, England resumed at 302-2 and Alastair Cook recorded his maiden Test 150, sharing 84 with Kevin Pietersen who compiled a cameo 49.

Matt Prior struck eight fours in 63 and Paul Collingwood hit a 13th Test fifty as England declared at tea on 569-6.

A final session interrupted by bad light and rain meant play did not finish until 1923 BST, but England will be content with their position.

Anderson's subtle swing at lively pace exploited frailties in the West Indies batsmen and put his side in a decent position to complete a 2-0 series victory and regain the Wisden Trophy in style.

Devon Smith was bowled by a deviating full delivery in the fifth over and, though Chris Gayle was unlucky to have been given out lbw having been struck on the top of the pad when offering no shot, Lendl Simmons edged a good one to first slip.

Questions have frequently been asked about England's conservative approach to declarations.

Whether it was necessary to continue when the 500 was recorded just before 1500 BST remains to be seen, but the batsmen can at least be praised for a positive approach throughout.

The north-east public, criticised for a low attendance on day one, turned out in impressive numbers, some dressed in admirably incongruous Hawaiian shirts, when play began on schedule in bright, but bracing conditions.

Windies paceman Fidel Edwards charged in menacingly in excess of 93mph, but curiously, it appeared to be only when night-watchman James Anderson was facing.

Matt Prior
Prior's enterprising innings ensured England of a mammoth total

Anderson was dropped by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who had a poor day behind the stumps, and was also caught off a no-ball.

But he was intent on playing shots and hit two further fours until being bowled off his pads to the delight of Edwards.

Pietersen was also full of intent and hit three fours in an over off Jerome Taylor, who destroyed England with 5-11 when they were all out for 51 in Jamaica earlier this year, but seemed to find steady drizzle and a stiff breeze less desirable to bowl in.

Cook went past his previous Test highest of 139 with a fine cover drive to the boundary, and played sensibly again before a leading edge looped up to short mid-off to give Sulieman Benn a deserved wicket.

The giant slow left-armer produced some fine deliveries, one ball turning and bouncing sharply even though fired in at 65mph, but Ramdin was unable to execute a sharp stumping chance.

After the early series of clipped strokes through mid-wicket and imperious drives down the ground, it seemed as if Pietersen was set for a classic century, but one short of his 15th Test fifty he skewed Benn to backward point.

Prior ensured that the runs continued fluently, however, with another impressive innings bringing up his eighth half century.


He survived a technical chance off the inside edge to Ramdin on 41, before holing out to mid-on attempting to set up the declaration as Simmons celebrated a maiden Test scalp.

Collingwood kept the scoreboard ticking in quiet fashion, though he skipped down the wicket to launch Benn over the top for four to bring up the 500, and added some unusual, but deft and deliberate flips almost back over his head.

Broad underlined his growing presence with the bat, thumping Benn over long-on for six, and will hope to get among the wickets on the final two days.

The West Indies, by contrast, can only look to their Guyanese batting rocks, Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, to defy the odds once again.

Sarwan was struck a nasty blow on the side of the visor by Graham Onions and there are likely to be many headaches ahead for the Windies in the remainder of the match.

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