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Anderson replaces Jadeja as No. 1 Test bowler

Anderson replaces Jadeja as No. 1 Test bowler

Anderson returned figures of 7 for 42 in the second innings - his career-best effort - to go past Ravindra Jadeja by 12 points. For the second time in the match, Anderson walked off to a standing ovation from a capacity Lord's crowd.

"There were two hard weeks, but what is most pleasing is the resilience and character to come back from both of those with two extra strong performances", said Root in reference to losing the second Tests against South Africa and West Indies both. "To be able to hold a length and put guys under pressure is a great skill".

Roach, meanwhile, scooped 5-72, his seventh five-for in Tests, after adding the wickets of Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali to his opening day dismissals of Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman.

Cook's exit, lbw for 17 to leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo's first ball of the innings, denied England a 10-wicket success.

Victory meant Root has won both his first two Test series as England captain after a 3-1 success against South Africa earlier in the season.

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England coach Trevor Bayliss has insisted his side won't be heading Down Under to "make up the numbers" when their Ashes defence in Australia begins in November.

But having been kept waiting for the landmark achievement since going wicketless in the second innings of West Indies' series-levelling win at Headingley, Anderson said his main emotion at breaking the 500 barrier was one of relief.

That was just their fourth away victory, excluding matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, in 88 Tests.

Anderson took 24 wickets at 26 apiece during England's victorious 2010/11 Ashes tour but a mere 14 at 44 during a humiliating 5-0 defeat in 2013/14. "He (Anderson) gets wickets but doesn't go for a lot of runs". I just want to keep playing as long as possible.


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