Gus Atkinson Wreaks Havoc at Lord’s with a 7-Wicket Haul on Test Debut; Picks 3 Wickets in Four Balls: WATCH
Gus Atkinson Wreaks Havoc at Lord’s with a 7-Wicket Haul on Test Debut; Picks 3 Wickets in Four Balls: WATCH
When the spotlight was on James Anderson playing his final Test, the debutant Gus Atkinson stepped up to the plate as he finished with seven wickets in the first innings against the Windies.

England’s newest pace sensation and debutant Gus Atkinson managed to steal the show in James Anderson’s retirement game in the first Test against the West Indies at Lord’s with a seven-wicket haul.

The Surrey quick was a puzzle that could not be solved by the West Indies batters as he finished with figures of 7/45 in 12 overs which also included three scalps in a single over.

When the West Indies stood at 88/3 and were desperate for a partnership, Atkinson ran riot in the 35th over where he got the wickets of Alick Athanaze and the experienced all-rounder Jason Holder in the second and third delivery of the over.

The wicketkeeper batter Joshua Da Silva survived the hat-trick delivery but was nonetheless dismissed for a duck courtesy of an inside edge which carried to the keeper, Jamie Smith, another debutant from Surrey.

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The pacer also managed to set the third-best figures on debut for an English pacer, beating the former international John Lever for the spot. The best figures by an English bowler on debut belongs to John Ferris who took 7 wickets while conceding 37 runs against South Africa in Cape Town back in 1892.

The West Indies were easily bundled out for a mere score of 121 runs. The skipper Ben Stokes contributed early on in the innings with the wicket of the opening batter, Mikyle Louis and Chris Woakes who struck in the middle overs thanks to a brilliant catch by Ollie Pope to dismiss Kavem Hodge. The veteran Anderson took the final wicket of Jayden Seales to bring the innings to an end.

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The English batters have already taken the lead thanks to the half-centuries by Zak Crawley (76) and Ollie Pope (57). While the two set batters were dismissed they will now rely on the experienced Joe Root to lead the middle-order to help set a big target on the board and get the win in quick time.

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