Anderson And Bresnan Get England Closer To Victory
James Anderson and Tim Bresnan exploited favourable conditions to reduce the West Indies to 167 for eight at lunch on the final day of the second and final Test at the Riverside.
After two early rain breaks, the ball began to swing more than it had in the match previously, the pair sharing the five wickets to fall to leave the West Indies staring down the barrel of an innings defeat, having been asked to follow on when they were bowled out for 310 in reply to England's 569 for six declared.
Bresnan bowled unchanged throughout the morning session, picking up his first Test wicket when an inswinger was clipped to substitute fielder Scott Borthwick at square leg by Brendan Nash (1).
He promptly doubled his tally in the next over when Denesh Ramdin pushed at an outswinger, edging to third slip where Anderson, who also bowled through the session, took a comfortable catch.
England are still missing regular wicket-keeper Matthew Prior and Ravi Bopara, who are resting injuries they picked up on day three, but were sharp in the field, Collingwood coping well with the pronounced movement in the air produced by his bowlers.
Anderson, who picked up five wickets in the first innings, ended a promising partnership of 52 between Lendl Simmons (10) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul when Simmons limply chipped him to Borthwick at point.
After Bresnan's brace, Anderson flattened Jerome Taylor 's off stump with a perfect late outswinger that would have had far better batsmen struggling. Taylor, who made ten, had got off the mark with a driven boundary, but he had no answers to Anderson.
Chanderpaul stood alone at the other end, hitting six fours as England set attacking fields although even he occasionally played and missed at the swinging ball, making it to lunch unbeaten on 46.
Playing and missing was something that Sulieman Benn also did a lot of, and he failed to get off the mark before his off stump was also sent cartwheeling by Anderson with the last ball of the session.
England lead the series 1-0.
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