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England clinches Windies series

ENGLAND beat West Indies by an innings and 83 runs on the final day of the second test match yesterday to clinch the two-match series 2-0.

England's swing bowler James Anderson took 4-38 to help dismiss West Indies for 176 in the second innings and finish with match figures of 9-125 at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.

"Jimmy was outstanding," England captain Andrew Strauss said. "The way he's controlling the ball at the moment is as good as anyone in test cricket. We knew the conditions would help us, but the way we played was very clinical and it bodes really well. We realize we've got further to go as a test side, but we're going to enjoy tonight," he said.

Anderson was named the man-of-the-match, while Ravi Bopara was player of the series after scoring 108 in England's first innings of 569-6 declared and hitting another hundred in the first test at Lord's.

England began the day needing seven wickets for victory with the West Indies on 115. Anderson made the breakthrough 26 runs later - after play had resumed following two rain interruptions - drawing Lendl Simmons on 10 into a poor shot that flew straight to substitute fielder Scott Borthwick at point.

Borthwick, fielding because wicketkeeper Matt Prior injured a finger on Sunday, then caught Nash at square leg for 1 to give Bresnan his first test wicket and leave West Indies on 142-5.

Bresnan took his second wicket two balls later when Denesh Ramdin edged an outswinger to Anderson at slip for a duck.

Anderson then ripped Jerome Taylor's off stump out of the ground to make it 163-7, and the final ball of the session he bowled Sulieman Benn for a duck.

West Indies lost Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 47 in the second over after lunch when he edged a delivery to stand-in wicketkeeper Paul Collingwood.

Seven balls later, Tim Bresnan completed the rout when Fidel Edwards top-edged a ball and was caught by Anderson at fine leg.

England will play a one-day series against West Indies and the World Twenty20 before the first "Ashes" test against Australia in July.


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