James Anderson became the most accomplished fast bowler in Test history when he claimed victory for England with an 118-run win against India at the Oval.
With only one wicket to fail, Anderson only needed one more to break the 563 record that he had shared with retired Australian legend Glenn McGrath. The Lancashire bowler took Mohammed Shami to give England the win for the fifth test an a 4-1 series win. India, who set a huge 564 to win, collapsed to two for three after Anderson struck twice.
A six-wicket partnering of 204 between KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant gave them the hope of an unlikely victory. Adil Rashid managed to remove both century-makers in a succession of two wickets for three runs in just two overs that left India struggling at 328 for seven.
The audience’s attention was on Anderson as he bowled the first over during the second part of the game, and then once again when he earned England the win by bowling out Shami via the middle stump.
England had started with a strong position after Alastair Cook, their all-time leading scorer, had marked it as his last Test before international retirement with 147 out of a total of 423 for eight, which also included Root’s 125. It was the perfect time for Cook to prove he still has what it takes with a six-and-a-half-hour 147, after an otherwise disappointing year.
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