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ENG vs WI: [WATCH]- Gus Atkinson Picks Up Three Wickets In Four Balls On Day 1

ENG vs WI: [WATCH]- Gus Atkinson Picks Up Three Wickets In Four Balls On Day 1

England‘s newcomer Gus Atkinson made a significant impact on Day 1 of the 1st Test at Lord’s, taking five wickets. The right-arm paceman removed Alick Athanaze, Jason Holder, and Joshua da Silva in quick succession, exposing the West Indies’ vulnerable batting order.

Atkinson’s breakthrough came in a single over during his ninth of the innings, shortly after being introduced by Ben Stokes. He began by dismissing Athanaze, caught by Joe Root at first slip. Holder followed suit, edging to Harry Brook at slip on the very next ball, while Da Silva managed only two deliveries before nicking one to keeper Jamie Smith.

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Atkinson claimed his maiden Test wicket by dismissing the visiting captain Kraigg Brathwaite during the first session of play. By the end of the opening session, the West Indies were 61-3 after 28 overs, with Atkinson taking two of those wickets.

James Anderson prevents Gus Atkinson from achieving an eight-wicket haul

Ahead of the Lord’s Test against the West Indies, much attention has been focused on James Anderson. He announced his retirement in May following discussions with captain Stokes, coach Brendon McCullum, and managing director Robert Key. After retiring, Anderson will continue to support the national team as a fast-bowling mentor.

During his final Test appearance, the 41-year-old has his entire family present, including his daughters who rang the bell before the match. Despite going wicketless in his first nine overs, Anderson finally struck in his 11th over by dismissing Jayden Seales.

The spotlight is also on Anderson as he approaches a significant Test record. With an impressive tally of 701 wickets, he needs eight more to become the second-highest wicket-taker in Test history. Achieving this milestone will require a determined effort from him in the second innings.

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