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Anderson closes in on 500 club
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Posted on: September 7th 2017
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London - James Anderson was just one wicket away from becoming the first England bowler to take 500 Test wickets after striking twice against the West Indies at Lord's on Thursday. 

West Indies, who won the toss, were 35 for two at lunch on the first day of the third and deciding Test with a three-match series all square at 1-1. 

England spearhead Anderson, who started this match on 497 Test wickets, had lunch figures of two for 18 in 10 overs after removing both Kraigg Brathwaite and Kyle Hope with the aid of catches by wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow. 

Kieran Powell was 17 not out and Shai Hope eight not out. 

Despite a green-tinged pitch affected by fungus, West Indies captain Jason Holder - whose side were unchanged following their shock five-wicket win in the second Test at Headingley - opted to bat first as he backed his top order to come through the tricky overcast conditions.

Anderson, who went wicketless in the second innings at Leeds, should have had his 498th Test wicket when he took Brathwaite's outside edge when the opener, who made 134 and 95 at Headingley, was on three. 

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