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08-Sep-2017 04:45:00 GMT
England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Lord's, day 1

West Indies hit back after Stokes stars with six-for

London: Ben Stokes took his Test-best figures as the all-rounder's six-wicket haul kept England spearhead James Anderson waiting for a landmark success on a dramatic start to the series finale against the West Indies at Lord's on Thursday.

A capacity crowd had gathered at 'the home of cricket' in the hope of seeing Anderson becoming the first Englishman to take 500 Test wickets.

He moved to within one of the milestone by taking the first two West Indies wickets to fall on the first day of the third and final Test.

But instead it was all-rounder Stokes who then did most damage as West Indies were shot out for 123, with the Durham paceman taking six for 22 in a near unplayable and unbroken 14.3 over spell of fast swing bowling spanning two hours either side of tea.

Yet that was far from the end of the wicket-taking spree, with England slumping to 46 for four in reply -- a deficit of 77 runs -- before bad light eventually ended play for the day to leave the match intriguingly poised with the series all square at 1-1.

Stokes's return saw him become just the sixth England cricketer to put himself on both Lord's honours board that record all those who have scored hundreds and taken five wickets in an innings -- or 10 in a match -- in a Test at 'headquarters'

Brief scores:
England 46 for 4 (Malan 13*, Stokes 13*) trail West Indies 123 (Stokes 6-22) by 77 runs

England captain Joe Root, who had only allowed Stokes five overs in the second innings at Headingley last week as West Indies won by five wickets, was happy to let his old friend keep going on Thursday.

Stokes paid tribute to the guidance he had received from England bowling coach and former West Indies paceman Ottis Gibson.

This is Gibson's last match in his second spell with England's backroom staff before he becomes the new head coach of South Africa.


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