But a day that started in bright sunshine became overcast and showery, and the quick bowlers took advantage. "We're not too far away from clinching a series win".
Anderson has a realistic chance of finishing his career as the leading wicket-taker among the fast bowlers with former West Indian great Courtney Walsh (518) and Australia's Glenn McGrath (563) up the latter and the Lancashire seamer is hoping to play as much he can. His speeds are up, his skills undiminished. That was accorded to Henry Blofeld, the plummy-voiced Old Etonian who is retiring after 45 years on radio's Test Match Special, during a rapturous lap of honour wearing a bright lime jacket, pink shirt and fuschia pants.
Blofeld's final two words as a commentator had been "how lovely" which pretty much sums up his view of the game.
It was yet another significant contribution from the 23-year-old Barbados batsman, whose twin hundreds - including a maiden Test century - had provided the backbone of Windies' series-levelling victory at Headingley. Only four England bowlers have ever done better in a home summer.
James Anderson claimed a career-best 7 for 42 to knock over Windies for 177 shortly after lunch in the third and final Test at Lord's on Saturday (September 9), giving England an 107-run target for a 2-1 series victory.
It snaked past the left-hander's forward-defensive for lbw, before his opening partner Mark Stoneman and under-fire number three Tom Westley took an opportunity to marginally restate their respective credentials for an Ashes winter in an unbroken stand of 72.
Stoneman and Dawid Malan are near-certainties to be chosen for the Ashes trip but Westley will contest with several others. Collymore, a fellow Barbadian, played several seasons of county cricket in England (he represented Warwickshire, Sussex and, most memorably, Middlesex) alongside his worldwide career and was therefore well-placed to offer his advice to Roach.
West Indies was bowled out first for 123, then England for 194 to start the test.
He then bowled Kemar Roach for three to better his previous best of seven for 43 against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham in 2008.
Hope, Roston Chase and Jermain Blackwood all perished to the caught Bairstow, bowled Anderson combination as the ball wobbled through the air. In keeping with his batting performances in the rest of the series, Shane Dowrich didn't last long and was caught at mid-on, horribly mistiming an attempted pull shot off Toby Roland-Jones.
Hope, who also made a stylish 39 in hard conditions in the first innings at Lord's, then drove Roland-Jones past backward point for a third four in five balls.
Not content with his milestone, though, Anderson continued to destroy Windies on day three at headquarters, claiming another five wickets to return a career-best 7-42 and skittle the visitors for 177, those bowling figures shading the 7-43 he procured against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in 2008.
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