Swinging Anderson calls the tune
James Anderson underlined his status as the leader of the England attack with a sensational display of swing bowling to propel them to a crushing victory over West Indies.
The pace bowler claimed 4-38 to give him match figures of 9-125 as the hosts wrapped up an innings-and-83-run win shortly after lunch on a rain-interrupted final day at the Riverside.
There were also three wickets for Tim Bresnan - including his first in Tests - one of the many notable displays in a thoroughly impressive team performance from England.
That they sealed a 2-0 series success - and reclaimed the Wisden Trophy - with such ease reflected the huge gulf in class between the sides throughout both, hugely one-sided contests.
They may have won the recent series between the sides in the Caribbean, but West Indies’ failure to cope with the moving ball was central to their downfall in England, and there was no better example of that than during today’s precipitous collapse that saw seven wickets tumble for 35 runs.
Resuming on 115 for three and charged with making 259 to force England to bat again, West Indies were hustled out for just 176 inside 44 overs.
They had no answer to Anderson’s ability to move the ball both ways in the air and off the pitch at considerable pace during a splendid spell of 11-3-18-4 either side of lunch, although he and his colleagues were assisted by an alarming lack of application from the West Indies batsman.
The exception, as so often in the past, was Shivnarine Chanderpaul, whose dogged 47 was the highest contribution on a day of total England dominance. He was ninth out but, in truth, West Indies’ fate had long since been sealed.
The tourists, who began 144 in arrears and charged with batting out the majority of the final day to stave off defeat, were initially thankful for the intervention of the weather.
But two stoppages totalling 40 minutes failed to deter England, who took to the field without wicketkeeper Matt Prior and Ravi Bopara due to the respective finger and knee injuries they sustained yesterday.
Anderson was grateful for a tame back-foot waft outside off stump from Lendl Simmons which gifted substitute fielder Scott Borthwick a simple catch at backward point.
Brendan Nash was equally culpable, chipping Bresnan to the same fielder at a square midwicket, and the newcomer followed that up with a more conventional outswinger which found Denesh Ramdin’s edge.
Anderson set Jerome Taylor up beautifully with an inswinger to which he almost fatally shouldered arms, then a leg-cutter which whistled past the outside edge, followed by a delivery of fuller length that shaped in and left him off the seam to uproot his off stump.
An almost identical fate befell Sulieman Benn, who was beaten by one angled in from around the wicket before nipping away off the pitch.
The lunch interval merely delayed West Indies’ fate. The obdurate Chanderpaul, who pulled and cut his way to within sight of a half-century, edged behind playing forward to Anderson, and Fidel Edwards offered minimal resistance before top-edging Bresnan to fine-leg.