MAN OF THE DAY
How do you follow a landmark like 500 Test wickets? By taking the best figures of your career the following day. James Anderson’s majestic performance brought figures of seven for 42, just beating his seven for 43 against New Zealand nine years ago.
For his final day behind the microphone, the Lord’s caterers rustled up a treat for Henry Blofeld (right): his favourite dish, lobster thermidor. “Way beyond exceptional” was the verdict of the old favourite, who opted for a typically understated lime green blazer, baby pink shirt and maroon cravat and slacks combo for his last day at the office. When he finished his final stint on TMS, he received a standing ovation around the ground.
Just when everyone had written off the Ashes chances of Tom Westley (right), he rushed England to victory with a breezy, confident 44 not out and ensured his name will at least come up for discussion when the selectors meet. At the other end, Mark Stoneman’s unbeaten 40 surely secured his flight to Australia.
BALL OF THE DAY
Shai Hope’s name has demanded puns throughout the series, such has been his the sheer class of his batting, and he really was West Indies’ last hope yesterday. It took a jaffa from Anderson to get rid of him, an immaculate delivery that straightened just enough to turn Hope round and take the outside edge.