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James Anderson's excellent spell late in the day helped England pull things back

Remarkably, there are those who still believe that James Anderson is a flat-track bully who can only have success at home. However, after he saw four wickets on the first day at the Kensington Oval, Barbados, he moved past 200 overseas Test wicket he cricket 15 of the all-time list in the Test, and confirms its place among the best all-round fast-bowlers in the game.

Given that its first seven years of Test cricket away from home in a fight, Anderson ' s goods are performances outside of England and Wales since the 2010/11 Ashes series is excellent. In this time, away from home he average less than 29, is the third most wickets of any bowler, and most of the fast bowler. And he has the second best economy rate of 2.68, the top 10 wicket-takers in the same period.

"I always have the challenge enjoyed, but it has often, for me, quite heavy in the handle, with conditions away from home," he said. "It was about to get my game, my skills and my confidence over the years, so now I have the feeling that I can out of the bowl on most of the places that you can take, in Sri Lanka.

"Tours like these that make you appreciate know, if there is a little something for you. It was a little bit of momentum-even if the wicket was pretty flat. You are always encouraged, that the movement through the air. I have to say, I enjoyed it - I enjoyed it, I'm in the garbage bowl, but in the last few years, I have improved overseas, I have really enjoyed the challenge."

Today was another example of Anderson at his best. His first 13 rounds were only six runs and he removed Shai hope in a crucial time, just after tea. Then, three wickets with the second new ball and the game in England turned to favour, after West Indies won the first two meetings. In contrast to Sri Lanka, where Anderson admitted he felt like a replacement, there was some movement in the fast-bowlers will be utilized throughout the day, the Anderson, to good effect.

"I thought it was another quiet game for me tea. It is an encouragement for us, no matter how flat the wicket is, if you have a side-to-side movement, calls it," Anderson told BBC Sport. "The Dukes ball swings hard and stays on for a long time. I was still swing in 70 overs. This is not unusual.

"All in all, it was a day to sit where we were and I thought we did that really well. We have really let them away from us in every Phase, and we know, in cricket, if you stay in the game, the second new ball two or three wickets. We bowled really well with the second new ball and got our reward."

There were also some inconsistent bounce at the end of the day, with Shane Dowrich and Kemar Roach receiving deliveries, spat unexpectedly from Anderson and Ben Stokes, who finished with 3 for 47. Although West Indies were not able to benefit to a good start - you 240 4 prior to the late collapse - they will be cheered by the prospect of the last bowling on a surface that will deteriorate, is expected to continue, as the game.

"The wicket was doing a bit, especially at the end, so we'll see how it plays out, on the other days," batsman Roston Chase, 54, said. "The first day is always slow at the Kensington Oval, but it speeds up on the days two and three. Days four and five are unpredictable and I can't tell if the ball bounces or low. I think, if the variable bounce comes into play, it will be more difficult to play fast bowling than spin, because it is more difficult to adjust to, with fast bowling."

In contrast to England, who has., Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid, the leg-spin of West Indies a specialist spinner chosen not to play in favor of a four-man pace attack, the pace and bounce in abundance If the pitch doesn't speed up, you could make life uncomfortable for England's top order, but the first, the home team is to search on the search as many runs as possible tomorrow morning. Shimron Hetmeyer is unbeaten on 56.

"We lost crucial wickets at the end," said Chase. "We were looking better, if only four wickets were down, but we lost those wickets in the end. We would be happy with the result to start the day? Probably not.

"But Anderson is a quality bowler. He has 500-odd wickets and he bowled a brilliant spell. You have to give credit to him: he rolled tremendously. Hopefully Hetmyer the coat and see if we can press, to get a good score. He has a heavy IPL contract, and he shows why."

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