Anderson Savours 500-wicket Milestone as England Seal Series

Posted September 11, 2017

James Anderson has leapt to the top spot in the ICC Test bowling rankings after a scintillating display in the nine-wicket win over West Indies at Lord's.

James Anderson shot up to the top of the International Cricket Council's rankings for bowlers in Test cricket after helping England decimate Windies in the third and final Test, which handed the hosts a 2-1 series victory at Lord's on Saturday.

After Bishoo had dismissed Cook LBW for 17 with the leg-spinner's first delivery of the match, Mark Stoneman (40 not out) and Tom Westley (44 not out), who both needed runs to press their claims for a place in the England side to defend the Ashes in Australia at the end of the year, guided their side home to an untroubled victory.

Anderson, who made his Test debut at Lord's back in 2003, needed just four balls Saturday to take his third wicket of the innings after a double strike on Friday.

However, with his dismissal after almost four hours at the crease, the West Indies' hopes of setting England any sort of challenging target disappeared.

In the Test batting rankings, Steve Smith held the top spot with a massive 936 points while Joe Root trailed him by 47 points.

"Obviously I've been talking to past players [like] Corey Collymore, guys that played in England for a couple of years so coming here I was prepared, so obviously I knew how to bowl on certain pitches - the length and stuff that was going to be crucial".

"The control he has when the ball is doing a minimal amount, or when it is hooping around, is remarkable".

The Headingley match featured twin hundreds from Shai Hope - his first centuries in Test cricket - and the 23-year-old underlined his promise with two more impressive innings in hard conditions at Lord's. "Credit must go to our bowlers and obviously Shai was outstanding in this entire series, and Kraigg (Brathwaite) did a hell of a job too - especially at Headingley". In global cricket, they'll make you pay for that.